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.
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.
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.
One of the project’s main characteristics of this project is its strong social component and purpose. The project’s prime goal is to help bring awareness of the relevance of working with nature when dealing with flood conditions in Thailand. With this project, this has been achieved through the design of a complete floating village.
One of the main design elements will be the Flood Interpretative Center.This floating structure will be hosting permanent exhibitions, teaching about ecology and learning about how to live with water.The rest of the structures will have different uses, such as commercial, housing, and public park areas.
The Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) recently launced a Request for Proposals for the Rail Corridor in Singapore. The URA is inviting architects and landscape architects to assemble a multi-disciplinary Design Team and provide consultancy services to develop a Concept Master Plan and Concept Proposals for the Rail Corridor Project in Singapore.
Carrying the historic legacy of the Korean industrial era, the oil depot site has been forgotten and abandoned for many years. Disconnected from its surrounding communities, the site has been overlooked by the irresistible flow of Seoul’s development and opportunities. Our competition proposal is about re-discovering the area through creation of a narrative that weaves the old and new into an experiential landscape, creating a cultural park celebrating South Korea’s industrial heritage.
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.