Bertrams Park | Johannesburg | Newtown Landscape Architects

Bertrams Park-Newtown Landscape Architects

BERTRAMS PARK, a small but highly significant park, in the dilapidated area of Bertrams, services a diverse community, particularly Bertrams Primary School which has no play or sporting facilities. Town Planning issues and approvals, as well as attempts to purchase additional stands, all delayed construction on the site. This resulted in extreme time challenges for The Johannesburg Development Agency (JDA), the Design Team and the contractor. As a tight budget had been allocated for the implementation of the Park, materials and existing play equipment were recycled wherever possible.

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Sowwah Island Central Park and Spanish Steps | Abu Dhabi UAE | MESA

Sowwah Island

The design concept for the Central Park is based on a contemporary expression of classic urban design principles and archetypes. The park design will be a celebration of the Sowwah Island vision, seamlessly combing the infrastructure and cultural context of the Abu Dhabi 2030 plan, with a contemporary aesthetic complementing the variety of modern buildings in the heart of the Central Business District. Sowwah Island Central Park is a single composition of diverse component parts derived from a layered system of physical and social determinants, tempered by human and cultural behavioral patterns. The influence of each layer is determined by its relative importance to shape the form of the park as well as influence the design philosophy and project approach. It is meant to be experienced and viewed from a variety of vantage points and to convey a meaningful experience to each one, holistically perceived as an artistic creation in itself.

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Sharpeville Memorial Garden, a procession through the garden | Sharpeville South Africa | GREENinc Landscape Architecture

Sharpeville Memorial Garden

The Sharpeville Massacre – also known as the Sharpeville Shootings – occurred on the 21st of March 1960. 69 People were killed, including 8 women and 10 children. Over 180 were injured, including 31 women and 19 children. Many were shot in the back as they turned to flee. This event marked a turning point in South Africa’s history and acted as a catalyst for the Resistance Movement which led to the fall of Apartheid in 1993.

The Sharpeville Memorial Garden is situated in the Phelindaba Cemetery (where the 69 graves of those killed are located) where it provides a place of remembrance and gathering for the local community. The project was conceived as a ‘procession through the garden’ based of the concepts of memorial, gathering and viewing. Key elements of the project are the Memorial Wall, Amphitheatre and Flowers.

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Ellis Park Sport Precinct | Johannesburg South Africa | Newtown Landscape Architects

Newtown Landscape Architects-Ellis Park Sport Precinct

Aerial view of Stadium Square

Prompted by the 2010 FIFA Soccer World Cup, The Johannesburg Development Agency (JDA) earmarked the ELLIS PARK PRECINCT for urgent need of rejuvenation. This inner-city development was to function as a Sports Hub connecting the upgraded Ellis Park Stadiums with the Bus Rapid Transport (BRT) system to the north and taxi rank to the south while featuring sculptural art work and including the rehabilitation of the adjacent railway embankment.

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The new urban India

The Wall Street Journal has an interesting article – Re-Imagining a New Urban India (subscription) written by Jaydeep Mody and Divya Dwivedi. The article looks at how urbanisation and economic growth go hand in hand and require macro and integrate planning.

Jaydeep Mody writes

Urban centers have the advantage of economies of scale and scope in offering a range of services to the citizenry that are simply uneconomical to provide in the vast rural hinterland……

Divya Dwivedi wrote

The concept of urbanization in India has been mostly oriented towards major cities, leading to the evolution of ‘two Indias’ – the rich urban India and the poor rural India…..

Read more at the [SOURCE: Wall Street Journal – Re-Imagining a New Urban India] (subscription)

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