£1.5 billion contract awarded for regeneration of Elephant & Castle

London Borough of Southwark announced that they have awarded the £1.5 billion (circa A$2.7 billion) regeneration of Elephant & Castle to Lend Lease.

The project is one of the most significant schemes of its type in Europe, comprising over 300,000 square metres of new build, mixed-use development, together with major infrastructure improvements and a range of enhanced community facilities. The location, within two miles of London’s West End, is unrivalled for a development of this scale.

The scheme comprises six phases. The first phase demolition is scheduled to commence in February 2010. Detailed planning consent for the first phase is expected to be achieved by April 2011. Both parties have expressed their commitment to work together on the redevelopment of all six phases of the site.

SOURCE: Lend Lease

IMAGE SOURCE: Elephant & Castle

Malaysian designers told to return to rain forest and cultural roots

The Star.com.my reports

A prominent landscape designer urged Malaysian designers to put natural beauty and art back into its garden designs and return to her tropical forest roots.

Made Wijaya, a landscape designer, said local designers should look towards the rich local culture like those in Kelantan and Terengganu for inspiration.

SOURCE: The Star.com.my Get out of ‘boxy’ look, says famous Indonesian designer

Atkins: Another two years of recession

Architects Journal recently reported that the chief of Atkins has warned that

…We are in for another two years of recession….

Although on the positive side he also intimated that we are at the bottom of the recession.

read the full article at the [SOURCE: Architects JournalExpect another two years of recession, warns Atkins chief]

Edinburgh College of Art launches its ‘Vision’ of academic research

Edinburgh College of Art is delighted to launch Vision, a major new publication about its current and future research projects in the creative disciplines.

A lavishly illustrated book, Vision includes focus features on the College’s current research groups as well as profiles of over 100 staff and their ‘visions’ of future research developments.

With the aim of progressing lively and accessible public engagement with academic research, Vision presents ground-breaking creative thinking across a vast range of art, design, architecture and landscape architecture disciplines. It also highlights the increase in cross-disciplinary and external collaboration in projects where experts in architecture, digital design, visual communications, business, anthropology, medical and computer science work with us to develop imaginative solutions to theoretical and practical issues.

Read more about Vision go to Edinburgh College of Art where you can download a copy of Vision

Guelph students present ideas for pit rehabilitation

Recently University of Guelph landscape architecture students presented design concepts for rehabilitation of  Puslinch quarries. Concepts included wind-turbines to power local industry, resorts, cottages, golf courses, recreational facilities, lakes, wetlands, and trails. The concepts showed numerous uses and activities to enable the park to be used year-round.

GuelphMercury.com cited Puslinch Councillor Don McKay

…….saying he favours those that offer the most community use. Dual use ideas that combine environmental conservation with practical uses like resorts were also intriguing.……
The university’s landscape architecture students have demonstrated they have a lot to offer the region and should be asked to contribute to future rural designs, McKay said.

Read the full article at the [SOURCE: GuelphMercury.com Students take risks with gravel pit rehabilitation projects]

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