Big City – In Manhattan, a New Playground Is an Instant Hit – NYTimes.com

16th Street in Morningside Park, which had its ribbon-cutting a few weeks ago, could have been envisioned by some of those designers, to judge from the tasteful, creative layout, a vision of bright blues and greens.

The playground was designed by Alexander Hart, a 33-year-old assistant landscape architect at the Department of Parks and Recreation. “I wasn’t so keen on designing playgrounds until I started doing it,” Mr. Hart, a father of two young children, said on Wednesday morning at the playground. “But once I started, I found the design challenges so interesting.”

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New design guidance launched to transform the future of play

Play England, the Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF) and the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) have launched, for the first time in the England, detailed guidance for the design of children’s play spaces.

Free copies of the guide can be ordered by calling (+44) 0845 60 222 60 or click here

SOURCE: Landscape Institute(UK) – New design guidance launched to transform the future of play.

Redesigning a polluted province in Italy – International Herald Tribune

For places as far gone as this one, however, a new breed of landscape architects is recommending a radical solution: not so much to restore the environment as to redesign it.

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Sausalito landscape architect SWA Group builds living roof at California Academy of Sciences in S.F. – Marin Independent Journal

Designing the living roof at the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco was a natural for the SWA Group, a landscape architecture firm based in Sausalito.

The 50-year-old company had designed a planted roof previously, did the master plan for the Golden Gate National Recreation Area and has been at the forefront in creating projects that are in harmony with the land and natural systems

SOURCE: Sausalito landscape architect SWA Group builds living roof at California Academy of Sciences in S.F. – Marin Independent Journal.

The Wave, Muscat adopts sustainable development practices

Matt Reynolds, Atkins Supervising Senior Landscape Architect at The Wave, Muscat, provides an insight on how a few initiatives can make the hard and soft landscaping both sustainable and environment friendly.

‘The landscape designers (Landscape Designs LLC, Oman) have focused on providing a landscape treatment that minimizes the use of water through a selection of gravels, paving and a palette of plant species

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