Urban Action #positEA, using the square and promoting heritage (Photography: Gema Luque Higueras)
#rEAvivaJaén is being developed in Jaén (in the south of Spain) since April 2013. It is a project that is based on citizen participation in order to regenerate the Historic Downtown of Jaén by means of special events, ephemeral transformations and activities that weave a continuous project for revitalising these historic neighbourhoods.
When studying in depth its old city, it appears that it has been practically forgotten by institutions and neighbours: there are too many plots and houses in very bad conditions and non-existent uses for tertiary sector, especially public areas.
Continue reading #rEAvivaJaén | Jaén, Spain | Estudio Atope Architects
The latest edition of WLA Magazine (WLA 15) features Large scale projects and Large Ideas. These grand ideas and large scale projects showcase the ability of landscape architecture to transform cities and the surrounding landscape. BIG’s Rebuild by Design project , HUD provides a design to mitigate climate change by transforming existing structure and adding several interventions – moving and permanent. Liupanshui Minghu Wetland Park by Turenscape transforms a peri-urban channelised waterways into a beautiful large wetland and water landscapes that provide ecological and socially sustainable designs. These are just two of the projects featured in WLA 15 which also includes projects from AECOM, STOSS, MVRDV, Sasaki, Openfabric, ASPECT Studios, UNStudio, BDP, Mandaworks & HOSPER, Mathews Nielsen and a student project from PennDesign.
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UAE Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum has endorsed the fifth phase of Jumeirah Beach Hotel expansion plan, which is set for completion in 2018.
Continue reading Fifth phase Jumeirah Beach Hotel | Dubai, UAE | Broadway Malyan
Landscape on the Front Lines: Resiliency Begins on Site – 7.29.14 from Center for Architecture on Vimeo.
Fears over Heatherwick’s garden bridge | Jim Dunton | bdonline.co.uk
City planners have fears that the new bridge will significantly reduced or completely obstruct views and damage the area’s “historic fabric”.
Instead of Killing Lawns, we should be banning golf | Charles Davis | Vice
“It’s irresponsible for golf courses to be as green as they are in California,” said Keats. Instead of dark green fairways, “we could have California brownways, with rock and with dirt and with scrub—the kind of vegetation that naturally grows here. We’re not in Scotland. Why are we pretending that we are?”
Designing Tattnall Square Park’s Rain Gardens | Andrew Silver | City Parks Blog
Victoria Taylor: Landscape architect | Kevin Richie | NOW
“Apart from creative vision and attention to construction, a good landscape architect has a deep love for and curiosity about plants and the diverse beauty and dynamic processes of the natural world. That’s the bottom line, the critical foundation for the design of our spaces.”
Cal Poly names interim chair of landscape architecture department | Nick Wilson | The Tribune
David J. Watts has been named interim chair of the landscape architecture department of Cal Poly’s College of Architecture & Environmental Design.
The proposal is a mix-up of the character of the co-working space and artist studios with the qualities of the open space of the courtyard houses or “casa chorizo”; an historic typology of urban housing in Buenos Aires. The aim was to create a living space for social, utilitarian and productive exchange, where thinking, exchange ideas, share, plant, harvest and recycle can be the starting points to promote community living for artists and visitors.
Continue reading PATIO RAÍZ | Buenos Aires. Argentina | Raíz