TOPOTEK 1 wins GIFT City master plan design competition


TOPOTEK 1’s entry for the International Invited Design Competition “Landscape Master Plan of GIFT City and its components” has been selected as the winner between four participants. The competition has been held by the Gujarat International Finance Tec City Limited, a Government of Gujarat promoted company.


The form evolves step by step over time from the excavated earth from the building construction showing the new city growth. This dynamic process is a catalyst and signature feature of the general landscape master plan, avoiding earth transportation offering a sustainable approach by recycling all sources on site. The resulting 70 meter highly visible landmark allows a scale transition between the surrounding flat landscape and the high-rise towers. Atop its terrain, a diverse programme revolving around culture, leisure and sports ensures a rich community space for members of all ages.


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SILA| 2015 Student Awards Call for Entries

The Singapore Institute of Landscape Architects is calling for entries for its annual Student Awards. The theme of the 2015 Awards is ‘Beyond Just Green’ epitomises the
intellectual rigor of the profession, inspiring creative design solutions within parameters determined by research and analysis. It aims to create awareness that landscape architecture goes beyond the ‘green’ norms of designing with plants and gardens.

Overseas entry need not be a project located in Singapore. Projects can be sited in students’ respective countries or a project done as part of their academic coursework.
There will be two rounds of judging, of which shortlisted and winning entries will be displayed during the prize ceremony and exhibition.

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Baan San Ngam | Hua Hin, Thailand | Shma


“Baan San Ngam”, a low rise beach front condominium is situated in the Prachuabkirikhan province of Thailand. Located away from the typical tourist area, the site is surrounded by mangroves and grove wood forest with the backdrop of mountainous terrain in the distant.

The varying ecological elements within the area from the sea, dunes, swamp, swale, mound and forest scape provides the site with an interesting topography and ground texture for the designer to experiment with. The concept of “Nature vs. Art” is explored in studying the translation of different shapes, colour and textures when different ecological elements merge into each other such as how water reacts when it flows and penetrate through sand.


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5 teams shortlisted for Singapore Rail Corridor RFP

Back in March the The Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) launched a Request for Proposals for the Rail Corridor in Singapore and received proposals from 64 teams in the Stage 1 Pre-Qualification exercise that closed on 15 April 2015. The teams comprise local and international landscape architectural and architectural firms, including tie-ups between local and international firms.

The URA recently announced the 5 teams shortlisted for Stage 2A includes West 8; Grant Associates; Turenscape; Nikken Sekkei; Olin Partnership; for the full list of team members…..

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The Iridescent Bāgh | Aurangabad, India | Bāghorama


In traditional Indian crafts, the iconography of the peacock was (and still is) used in the art of weaving exquisite Paithani sarees in a place called Paithan in Maharashtra, India. The iridescence of the peacock’s beautiful plumage is mirrored in the iridescence of these sarees, with the peacock graphics dominating its yard length. As a young Landscape design practice, we recently had the opportunity to design a landscape for clients who had their roots in this illustrious city of Paithan, and we automatically gravitated towards these two beautiful elements.

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Parramatta City Riverfront Urban Renewal Strategy approved


The just completed Parramatta City River Strategy prepared by McGregor Coxall was recently endorsed by Parramatta Council.  The urban design strategy prepared over the past twelve months in consultation with the community outlines an urban renewal plan for AUD$194 million of riverfront public space and facilities together with over a billion dollars of mixed use development to reunite the city with the river.


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MVRDV wins competition to transform abandoned highway section into Seoul Skygarden


The Seoul Skygarden, MVRDV’s proposal for the 938 metre long former elevated highway next to Seoul’s Central Station, hopes to build on the city’s ambition to be greener, more attractive and more user-friendly so as to inspire a process of change for the entire neighborhood. The design populates the overpass with 254 species of trees, shrubs and flowers to create an arboretum of local species, a library of plants that can be enjoyed by Seoul’s public, and a nursery for the city’s other green spaces. Organised according to the Korean alphabet, this library makes legible the natural diversity of the city, allows citizens to take a selfie next to their favourite local plant while knowing its name. The new overpass will cut the 25 minute walk around the station to just 11 minutes, and will generate 1.83 times the cost of its renovation and maintenance in economic benefits, according to joint research by Seoul Institute and the Korea Planners Association.


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