Don River House | Toronto Canada | Scott Torrance Landscape Architects


The Don River House Garden represents a new form of luxury: a sustainable, holistic and bio-diverse environment that fosters long-term wellness. The landscape architect restored the site’s ecology by remediating the riverbank and replacing a residential lot with a series of connected outdoor rooms planted with diverse indigenous species. The Don River House fully integrates the architecture with the landscape and re-envisions a typical residential lot to engage the clients profoundly with their setting.

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Garden City Lands Legacy Landscape Plan | Richmond, Canada | PWL Partnership Landscape Architects


The unique character of the land, its ALR designation, and input from the community provided the basis for the Garden City Lands (GCL) Legacy Landscape.  After being used as a rifle range in the early 1900’s and housing National Coast Guard communication towers in the later part of the century, this extraordinary 136 acre site located in the heart of Richmond, B.C. has remained predominantly unused.  City Council made a landmark decision to purchase the site from the Federal Government in 2010 to serve as a community amenity.  The resulting Legacy Landscape plan combines: sustainable, small-scale agro-ecological approaches to crop production; engaging, research-based approaches to conservation; community uses that promote intergenerational health and wellness; and the creation of a cultural landscape identity.  Rather than compartmentalizing these potentially divergent land uses, the Legacy plan and framework blend them, with each enhancing the other towards the creation of a truly dynamic and multifunctional landscape.


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Schob Nature Preserve Rain Gardens installation

Schob Nature Preserve Rain Gardens installation from TAMU College of Architecture on Vimeo.

Students install rain gardens at Schob Park Nature Preserve that sustained by stormwater runoff they absorb from nearby impervious surfaces such as walkways and parking lots. The project was funded by a small grant from the Department of Landscape Architecture and Urban Planning.

VIDEO CREDIT | TAMU College of Architecture

North Embarcadero waterfront park | San Diego, USA | Civitas

San Diego’s new North Embarcadero waterfront park forms part of a revitalized gateway to the city’s downtown center and establishes an energized destination within a rapidly developing area of the city. The 1000-foot-long linear park adjacent to San Diego Bay is the first phase of a $200 million, 10-phase project which had remained in a conceptual stage for more than 20 years. Denver-based urban design studio Civitas as part of the team of consultants has worked with clients Civic San Diego (formerly known as Centre City Development Corporation), Port of San Diego, and the City of San Diego for the past seven years to bring this first phase of the project to completion. The design team evolved an existing master plan to develop a people-friendly, urban park area and promenade alongside a working waterfront that is home to cruise ships, fishing operations and museums.


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ADEPT & Mandaworks win Kolkajen-Ropsten design competition

ADEPT & Mandaworksare now officially announced winners of the large urban development of Kolkajen-Ropsten in Stockholm’s Royal Seaport, Sweden. The Jury appointed the proposal, ’Royal Neighbour’ as the winner of the parallel assignment on basis of it’s high architectural and urban qualities. Since summer 2014, the team has worked closely with the city of Stockholm to develop the masterplan. The ambitious phase 1 will commence building in 2017.


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RESOURCE | Water Sensitive Urban Design

World Water Day (Sunday 21 March) is a great time to remember the role that landscape architects play in managing water in the landscape. Over the last decade Water Sensitive Urban Design (WSUD) has increased in importance as the world understands the importance of water in cities and the effects of climate change. The video above published by the Landscape Institute is a great example of the material available on the net in assisting landscape architects understand WSUD, but also use the video as a tool to educate the public on the importance of water in cities.

I have collated a list of great resources that you can use to learn, understand and promote Water Sustainable Urban Design in your projects, classrooms and cities.
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Grorudparken (Grorud Park) | Oslo Norway | LINK Landskap


Grorudparken (Grorud Park) is one of four new neighbourhood parks in Groruddalen. The park introduces facilities for athletics, play, recreation, youth programmes, social interaction, and cultural activities for the diverse local population. LINK Landskap was the project Landscape Architect, under commission from Oslo Municipality’s Department of Water and Sewage. However, several other municipal departments were also involved in the project – The Department of Recreation, The Planning Office, The Office of Cultural Heritage Management, and the District of Grorud. Planning and design work for the park began in the autumn of 2009, based on recommendations contained within the Development Control Plan for Alna Reserve (KDP Alna Miljøpark).

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