Proto Tamansari: Where Urban and Agricultural forms of land use coexist

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Proto Tamansari is a research project, dedicated to develop alternative planning tools for the urbanization of Indonesian Desakota areas.
Desakota’s are areas in the extended surroundings of large cities, where urban and agricultural forms of land use coexist and are intensively intermingled. Many Indonesian cities suffer from issues caused by the vast urbanization of these areas, reflecting the shortcomings of regular planning tools to cope with this particular context. Proto Tamansari aims to develop appropriate planning instruments for the development of these areas. Several themes are investigated by different teams, to capitalize the current conditions as a base for new developments. Felixx covers the theme ‘resilient agriculture’, in collaboration with Wageningen University.

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Saffron Square | London, UK | HTA Design

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Saffron Square, a large brownfield regeneration project in the centre of Croydon, was identified in Croydon’s Vision 2020 as the key northern gateway site to the town centre. Having lain fallow for almost 15 years, it was earmarked as a location for high quality, high density residential accommodation with new pedestrian routes and a public open space that facilitates ease of use, safety and provides shelter for all users.
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Creative Director announced for 2016 Festival of Landscape Architecture

AILA (Australian Institute of Landscape Architects) has announced Richard Weller as the creative director for the 2016 International Festival of Landscape Architecture in Canberra, Australia. Australian-born Weller is the Professor and Chair of landscape architecture at The University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia (USA).

2016 IFLA Asia-Pacific Regional Congress will be the main event of the Festival program to be held from 27-29 October 2016. Festival programs are designed to educate, inspire and engage landscape architects, students, universities, government, the community and the public. Events for the 2016 Festival of Landscape Architecture in Festival in Canberra will be wide ranging and include a Research Summit, Student Charrette, Welcome Reception, a two-day IFLA Asia-Pacific Regional Congress, the AILA National Awards Gala Dinner, public talks, tours and exhibitions. It expects to attract 500 delegates from Australia and the Asia-Pacific.

Prior to taking up the position at Penn (having succeeded James Corner in 2013), Weller was Director of the Australian Urban Design Research Centre. With Vladimir Sitta (Terragram) he was also Director of the design firm Room 4.1.3 who designed the controversial, Garden of Australia Dreams at the National Museum of Australia, Canberra. This renowned garden will host the Welcome Reception for the 2016 Festival.

Sail Boxes | Boston, USA | Virginia Melnyk Designs

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The Sail Boxes were constructed as a temporary play structure for the Boston PlayDay 2015 at the Lawn on D.

Bright and colorful spandex fabric stretches over a box-like bamboo framework to create a unique play experience which offers a diverse range of interactions. The asymmetrical layout of the fabric creates a maze-like obstacle course where children are encouraged to push and pull on the fabric as they navigate through the structure.

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Bang Sue Environmental Education and Conservation Center Project | Bangkok, Thailand | Group Three Design

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The Bang Sue Environmental Education and Conservation Center (EECC) project was developed on the northwest reservoir of Vachirabenjatas Park or the Railway Park’s (SUAN ROD FAI) boundary. The circulation path within the compound had been designed to maintain the existing main routes such as bicycle lanes, walkways, and jogging route, and connect to the Park’s circulation system.

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Call for Applications for Maeder-York Family Fellowship in Landscape Studies

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The biennial Maeder-York Family Fellowship in Landscape Studies recognizes an emerging designer whose work articulates the potential for landscape as a medium of design in the public realm. The residential Fellowship is awarded through a juried international portfolio competition and builds upon the Gardner’s Artist-in-Residence program that has fostered creativity and collaboration in the arts for over two decades.
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WaterPlus | Solrød, Denmark | Active City Transformation

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The project WaterPlus responds to the need for an immediate climate change adaptation strategy in the municipality of Solrød located 30 km southeast of Copenhagen. This project transforms an inaccessible and unused plot into a park, activity center, educational laboratory, and water management facility. The project gets its richness from the intersection of these programs.
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