A Place for Gathering | Fiona Hillary, Sarah Haq & Hugo Cran

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The City of Greater Dandenong in the south-eastern fringe of Melbourne, Australia is a traditionally industrial area with one of the country’s most culturally diverse populations. As such, it has long been haunted by its image as a place of social unrest, exacerbated by a media obsessed with telling bad stories. These negative perceptions, combined with high unemployment rates and poor economic prospects were making the place unsustainable. In a bid to rejuvenate the region, state government authority Places Victoria (formerly VicUrban) and the City of Greater Dandenong launched ‘Revitalising Central Dandenong’ a major urban renewal masterplan worth $AUD290 million.

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VIDEO | What is Landscape Architecture?

Landscape Architecture: Kinetic Text Group from Levi James/Kinetic Text Group on Vimeo.

Great short 43 second video explaining What is Landscape Architecture?

James Corner Field Operations selected for new Presidio Parklands

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The Presidio Trust recently announced the selection of James Corner Field Operations (Field Operations), a New York City-based firm, to design 13 acres of new Presidio parkland at the Golden Gate. Field Operations, best known for leading the design and construction of the High Line in New York City, is celebrated for its work transforming urban sites into treasured public spaces. Field Operations was selected from a group of five internationally-renowned design finalists. The New Presidio Parklands Project is a partnership between the Presidio Trust, the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy and the National Park Service (NPS).
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Waterfront Park Phase 4 | Louisville, USA | MKSK

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Building upon the success of Louisville’s Waterfront Park (Phases 1-3), Phase 4 is intended to be the westward expansion of open space along the downtown banks of the Ohio River. The 22 acre site serves as a continuation of community open space along the Ohio River corridor, connecting the downtown core with Portland Neighborhood and West Louisville to the west of the park.
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VIDEO | Claude Cormier: Happy Design

CLAUDE CORMIER HAPPY DESIGN: CURRENT PROJECTS from Boston Architectural College on Vimeo.

In his lecture, Claude Cormier will demonstrate the creative design process his firm uses in the making of happy public urban landscapes, starting from the early conceptual stage to the end of the construction phase. The lecture will focus on urban projects – Sugar Beach, Toronto; Clock Tower Beach, Montreal; Boules Roses, Montreal; Four Seasons Hotel, Toronto; and Berczy fountain, Toronto – each different in their nature, different in their expression, but at the same time sharing a clear communality in their playfulness.

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