Experts at the University of East Anglia recently launched a new weapon in the fight against the deadly ash disease which threatens to wipe out 80 million UK trees, has seen ash imports to the UK suspended and large-scale tree felling tabled. But quick thinking environmental specialists at UEA’s Adapt Low Carbon Group have come up with a new smartphone app which will not only help monitor the spread of disease, but allow conservationists to target infected areas.
The free ‘Ashtag’ app will make it possible for anyone to take a photo of diseased leaves, shoots or bark and send it remotely to plant pathologists to identify whether or not the tree is infected. As well as collecting photographic evidence, the app also uses geo-tagging software to give a precise location of infected trees – allowing researchers and authorities to build up a picture of where the dieback is happening. This can then be used to target areas for culling to stop the spread of the disease.
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Design competition for a Lighting Master plan for the future urban development of Kruunuvuorenranta as a part of Helsinki. On the site, a former oil harbour, a new residential area will be built containing 10.000 houses and its neighbourhood facilities. The assignment consists of a Lighting Master plan which could give guidance to the development of Kruunuvuorenranta by: creating a functional lighting plan and introducing an attractive nightscape seen from a distance.
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The project seeks to find a effective collaboration between two principal necessities: find a new brand for the productive area which is now experiencing a deep crisis and contrast the strong ecological impact that the area has on surrounding territories. The solution is transform the area into a ZEA: Zero Emission Area.
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The Skolkovo Innovation Center, also known as the Russian Silicon Valley, is a key Russian development project: a 460 hectare technology business area planned at Skolkovo, near Moscow, Russia. The strategic goal of the Skolkovo Innovation Centre is to concentrate international intellectual capital, thereby stimulating the development of break-through projects and technologies. The landscape by AECOM is designed to at once reflect and encourage innovation, providing places to refresh and inspire the minds of the people living and working within Skolkovo.
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Twitter Network: @wlandscapearch Fig.3 in “Finding Multi-Centers: Using crowd-sourcing technologies to define communities of landscape architecture” Hewitt et al
Landscape Architects are connecting through various social networks and platforms to stay informed and learn about the latest landscape topics. Recently, Robert Hewitt, ASLA, is a Professor of Landscape Architecture at Clemson University who has recently co-authored “Finding Multi-Centers: Using crowd-sourcing technologies to define communities of landscape architecture” (1) and World Landscape Architecture has been included in the study that shows landscape architects, architects, planners “share degrees of common topical interests related to competitions, projects, and research topics.”
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A working, educational landscape that re-uses demolition debris in the construction of a “landfill garden” utilizing concrete planks sawn from an existing ash storage tank and crushed asphalt from an existing parking area, both of which were removed to make way for the new project . The use of these materials in the garden diverted approximately 90 tons of debris from Rhode Island’s Central Landfill. The garden, located to the south of the Narragansett Bay Commission’s new Operations Center, performs as a water retention and filtration system integrated with an outdoor room for staff and for educational groups that frequently tour the center.
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Eo Wijers foundation organizes competitions every few years aiming to solve regional planning and landscape design issues in the Netherlands. This year teams were asked to design strategies how to deal with population shrinkage in peripheral, on agriculture based areas in the north of the country.
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