Cruise down the Danube on a floating beach – Urban Landscape Group

Urban Landscape Group have just launched the Barge Beach Budapest/Uszály Strand

Budapest is famous for its Turkish baths and open air pools, but this summer there is an unusual addition to the capital’s bathing scene: a floating beach on the Danube river, right in the city centre.
Mayor Gabor Demszky on Thursday praised the solution to the “decades old” problem of Budapest citizens being cut off from the Danube by the two busy highways that run along its embankments.
The “beach” is actually a wooden-decked platform built onto old barges of the type that haul cargoes of coal and stone up and down the Danube.

It has an area of 2100 square metres, larger than six tennis courts, with a 16-metre swimming pool, a coffee bar sand pits and a childrens paddling pool and sun loungers.

Az Uszály Strand egy medencés strand, mely egy uszály rakterébõl kialakított úszó- és gyermekmedencébõl, valamint az uszály mellé csatolt 2 bárkából áll, melyeken különleges, a strandolást kiegészítõ „vízélmények” valamint napozóágyak találhatók, melyek 2100m2-en terülnek el. A vízen úszó különleges látványstrand a Duna-part frekventált, turisták által látogatott belvárosi szakaszán jelent unikális élményt  az érdeklõdõknek, a hazai közönségnek és a turistáknak egyaránt.

SOURCE: Urban Landscape Group VIA Inhabitat
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Now Hiring: Green-Collar Workers – BusinessWeek

Prashant Gopal of BusinessWeek looks at Green Jobs in the recovery

The American Recovery & Reinvestment Act of 2009 is a stimulus package that includes money for solar farms, wind turbines, electrical grid updates, mass transit, and the weatherizing and retrofitting of buildings. Besides its environmental benefits, the spending is expected to produce much needed jobs—about 1 million to 1.5 million of them, according to estimates by some environmental groups.

Read the full article @ the SOURCE: BusinessWeek – Now Hiring: Green-Collar Workers

In the News – 23rd July

Leighton’s Thiess wins Melbourne M80 upgrade contract – Business Spectator

PA Governor Rendell Announces $355 Million Investment in Water Infrastructure – PRNEWS

(Clark) County to rewrite proposed law on urban animal farming –

Jensen Corporation Landscape Contractors Wins Three CLCA Awards

Artist unveils sculpture plan Design presented for controversial city hall project – Ann Arbor News

Pupils help design sensory garden – Redditch Advertiser (UK)

City will work with nonprofits on possible garden, theater downtown – Gilroy Dispatch

Bovis wins £35m maritime museum extension job – Building reports

Construction of Sammy Ofer wing, named after shipping magnate who donated money for the project, is due to start in August

Bovis Lend Lease has won the £35m contract to build a new wing for the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich.

Construction work on the Sammy Ofer wing is due to start in August, with build set to be completed in time for the surrounding area to stage the equestrian events at the 2012 Olympics.

read the full article at the SOURCE: – Bovis wins £35m maritime museum extension job

Bovis team includes a multi-discipline team including Churchman Landscape Architects

In the News – 22 July 2009

Starting today we have a new section In the News where we will post news stories that didn’t make it as full posts but may be of interest to our readers.

Trees For The Future: Don’t Count Your Footprint, Just Plant a Tree –

Why birds in towns and cities don’t get up with the lark – The Times (UK)_

City to replace trees on Wilder Avenue –

New garden in Edmond park explains xeriscaping-

Thomas & Hutton Wins GAASLA Award of Excellence for the Ranger Memorial –

Landscapers go with the flow to survive – AJC

A peak a PECO’s green roof in the sky – Weekly Press Philidelphia

West Kowloon Cultural District concept consultants named

The West Kowloon Cultural district was a design competition won by a team led by Foster & Partners was announced in February 2002. The winning design was shelved in 2006 over concerns of funding and development. Since then three advisory groups have been in charge of the project. EOI tenders were called in late 2008 for a Conceptual Plan and on Monday after reviewing the 40 submissions the below was announced by Hong Kong Government.

Cultural district concept consultants named

Three consultants – Foster + Partners Limited, Office for Metropolitan Architecture and Rocco Design Architects Limited – have been selected to help prepare the West Kowloon Cultural District concept plan. Mott MacDonald Hong Kong Limited has been named the project consultant.

Announcing this at the West Kowloon Cultural District Authority Consultation Panel second meeting today, Chief Secretary Henry Tang said the selection process was fair and open, but vigorous.

You can watch the design presentations by Lord Foster, Rem Koolhaas & Rocco Yim at West Kowloon Cultural District Authority

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Designs on Policy – Allison Arieff Blog –

A great opinion piece about a need for a Design Policy by Allison Arieff  of the

Some designers I spoke to are less than thrilled with the whole design policy idea. An architect said emphatically, “Good design needs no spokesperson, needs no voice other than itself.” Yet I’m not convinced that’s always the case. Otherwise, we wouldn’t be living in, as I’ve heard one homeowner describe it, “a house with a Spanish Gothic front”, or driving Pontiac Aztecs through poorly designed intersections……..

read the full op-ed piece at the SOURCE: – Designs on Policy – Allison Arieff Blog

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