STUDENT PROJECT | Edible Landscapes | Milkana Mladenova

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The study explores the application of edible plants in modern cities, in order to help understand today’s trends shaping the urban environment. Edible Landscaping is referred to as the practice of incorporating food – producing plants in the landscape. Fruit and nut trees, vegetables, herbs, edible flowers and shrubs with berries can be combined to create an attractive design that produces fruits and vegetables for home consumption. It is an approach to food production where exotic ornamentals are replaced with edible or productive plants.

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YMCA Sand Beach Park | Austin USA | dwg. urban landscape architecture

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Austin has seen dramatic growth and change within its central core. Urban developing stresses continue to press against the network of preserved parkland and water systems. Compounding this, city parks are experiencing over-popularity on decreased operating and maintenance budgets, creating crisis situations for parkland. Sand Beach Park addresses these issues and re-imagines a new benchmark for sustainable planning, design, operations and funding of urban parks.

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Native Child and Family Services of Toronto Roof Garden | Toronto Canada | Scott Torrance Landscape Architect

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The project converted a 1980s office building into a centre offering social and cultural support services for the aboriginal community in downtown Toronto. A green roof was conceived as cultural and ceremonial grounds to charge unused space with vitality; to provide urban aboriginals with access to nature, rituals and customs; and to crown the building with greenery and the sounds of drumming and song to project a healthy aboriginal presence to the city.

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Winner selected for Visionary (re)Generation design competition

THE SOUTHWOOD FAIRWAY IN WINTER, A RENDERING FROM THE WINNING PROPOSAL “ARPENT”

THE SOUTHWOOD FAIRWAY IN WINTER, A RENDERING FROM THE WINNING PROPOSAL “ARPENT”

In December of 2012, 45 teams from 17 countries set forth to re-imagine our landscape, and today(Nov. 4) the University of Manitoba announces that a team of Canadian firms has won its Visionary (re)Generation Open International Design CompetitionWhat has been selected are not the final plans for the site’s development. Rather, this winning concept will guide development as the university continues to work with its stakeholders and the winning team. 

The winners are Janet Rosenberg & Studio Inc., Toronto and Cibinel Architects Ltd., Winnipeg, with Landmark Planning & Design Inc., Winnipeg, and ARUP Canada Inc., Toronto. Their proposal — “Arpent”,  a unit of measurement — will guide the development of a rare and beautiful parcel of land on the Fort Garry campus.

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WWF-UK Living Planet Centre and Headquarters Opens

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WWF-UK has today opened its new Living Planet Centre and Headquarters in Woking, with sustainable landscape design provided by UK landscape architects, Grant Associates. The landscape design approach for the 0.9-hectare site reflects a shared aspiration to develop a landscape and building that is integrated and responsive to the site whilst rooted in simple ecological design thinking.

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Durham College/ University of Ontario Institute of Technology | Durham Canada | DTAH

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The guiding principle of the design is to extend the existing college campus to seamlessly integrate with the new university, arranged around a central quadrangle and colonnade. Within this framework, the movement of rainwater – from its source on rooftops and parking lots, to its release to Oshawa Creek or re-use in irrigation – organizes and articulates the landscape design. The resulting storyboard defines the campus structure and character, inspiring the visual and functional components of the exterior spaces. Stepped linear wetlands, scupper bays, bioswales and storm ponds complete with waterside decks, bridges and outlooks are knitted into the fabric of the site to engage and inform the campus users.

The integration of ordered sustainable design principles reinforces the University’s commitment to learning, teaching and professional practice in a technologically progressive environment. The goal is a campus framework that allows for flexible expansion of the new university within the existing college setting. In future phases, the addition of new residences will promote the genesis of the campus from a commuter college to a sustainable educational village.

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London 2012 Olympic Park | London UK | LDA Design with Hargreaves Associates

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The London 2012 Olympic Park is one of the most significant new pieces of urban realm to have been created in living memory. LDA Design  in collaboration with Hargreaves Associates has led the design of the Parklands and Public Realm for the entire 102 hectare site and has masterminded its transformation from contaminated industrial land into a 21st century park. The practice has also led the design of its post- Games transformation into a permanent public park. Forming the centre piece of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, the 2.5km2 Olympic Park is the largest new urban park in the capital since the Victorian era and is a catalyst for regeneration in East London.

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