New Botanical Garden in Shanghai [VIDEO]

In May 2010, a new botanical garden Shanghai Chenshan Botanical Park 上海辰山植物园 (Shanghai’s 2nd botanical garden) opened after 3 years of construction. The project was apart of improvement works by the government for the 2010 EXPO.

The Botanic Park was designed by Christoph Valentien of  Valentien + Valentien  Landscape Architects and Urban Planners. The design uses Chinese Garden techniques informed by ecological principles. 35 theme parks spread across 200 hectares of land, framed by a ring of laurel forests from all over the world. New Botanic Garden Shanghai has been published about the design by Jovis.

Below is a video with Christoph Valentien by Art.21 program of Deutsche Welle channel.

The Botanical Park is situated in the area known as Songjiang and is 30km from downtown Shanghai and is accessible by the newly opened Metro Line 9.

VIDEO SOURCE: Daily Motion

Planting starts at London Olympic Park wetland

Planting Day at London Olympic Park Wetland

TV Gardener Charlie Dimmock helping local children with planting

The first of 4,000 new semi-mature trees are taking root in the London’s Olympic Park with around 100 ash, cherry and hazel trees, grown in Hampshire, already planted. The first of 300,000 wetland plants, grown in Norfolk and Wales for the UK’s largest ever urban river and wetland planting, were laid on the river banks today by Minister for Sport and the Olympics Hugh Robertson, TV Gardener Charlie Dimmock, Olympic Gold medal winner Jonathan Edwards, Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) Chairman John Armitt and children from the Olympic Park construction crew.

The new reed beds are being created in a large wetland bowl in the north of the Olympic Park, formerly a 100 year old landfill site, where visitors during the Games will be able to relax and watch the action in 2012 on live screens. In legacy the riverside area will be a tranquil space for people and wildlife which will also help protect 5,000 properties in the area from flooding.

Over 30 species of native reeds, rushes, grasses, sedges, wet wildflowers and irises have been grown initially by Salix in its nursery on the Gower peninsular in Wales with around a third grown from cuttings and seeds collected in and around the Olympic Park before construction started in 2008.

You can watch the park turn from brown to green with two new webcams

LDA Design in partnership with Hargreaves Associates was selected to design the Olympic Park parklands in spring 2008 and detailed designs were published in November 2008. They are supported by Sarah Price Landscapes, University of Sheffield, Sutton-Vane Associates and Waterwise SolutionsHilliers Nurseries in Hampshire is supplying over 2000 semi-mature trees for the Olympic Park. Salix was appointed to supply over 300,000 wetland plants for the Olympic Park. The detailed design of the river planting was carried out by Atkins.

Wetland Plants at Salix's Norfolk site

SOURCE: LONDON 2012
IMAGES: LONDON 2012

NYC launches urbancanvas Design Competition

A design competition to improve construction sites across New York City.  The competition is seeking artists and design professionals to  develop creative artwork for construction fences, sidewalk sheds, supported scaffolds and cocoons in New York City.

This competition, created by the Department of Buildings and Department of Cultural Affairs and supported by The Rockefeller Foundation, is a unique opportunity for artists and designers across the United States to contribute to New York City’s urban landscape.

Registration Deadline is 5:00pm EST July 19, 2010

Submission Deadlines is 3:30pm EST on July 28, 2010

NOTE: Design competition is limited to residents of the United States of America.

For more information go to the urbancanvas competition website

Matthew Urbanski Interview about BBP by PLACES

PLACES has published a recent interview with Matthew Urbanski of MVVA about the design & construction of Brooklyn Bridge Park. The interview goes into detail about the materials used and some of the design elements. An interesting interview that gives good insight to the design and construction process.

Read more at the SOURCE: PLACES -Building Brooklyn Bridge Park: An Interview with Matthew Urbanski via Planetizen

Edward Uhlir unimpressed by Lansdowne Park design

Following up from recent reports about the Lansdowne Park competition the Ottawa Citizen is reporting Edward Uhlir, Executive Director of Millennium Park and who oversaw the building of Chicago’s Millennium Park has commented that

“The landscape plan is pretty timid in terms of design,” Uhlir, who is now the executive director of the Millennium Park project, said Monday. “They took a lot of things from the plan that made it interesting. Is what’s left going to create the excitement and fun that people want to have? I am not sure.”

Read more Edward Uhlir’s comments at the SOURCE: OTTAWA CITIZEN – Lansdowne landscape plan ‘pretty timid’

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