The Piazza Vecchia (Old Square) in Bergamo Italy is a Renaissance square, that Le Corbusier called “ the most beautiful square in Europe”. As key part of a major international landscape symposium Arketipos held in Bergamo throughout September 2014 this historical square was temporarily transformed into a contemporary landscape exploring the theme of Well being and healing.
The Dutch-Belgian team DELVA Landscape Architects – plus office architects present the Master Plan ’The gardens of Puurs’. Their proposal came out as the winner in the tender call of the Vlaamse Bouwmeester, in which more than 60 international teams enrolled. The municipality of Puurs has the ambition to continue the current development of the center into an attractive and high quality housing and living area. In this development, the public space is key to support living, meeting and recreation in Puurs.
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.
“The Petite Camargue is a landscape whose characteristics have been moulded by human settlement and activities over time: it’s an essential economic and environment interdependence. One of these activities, the salt production, has been present for centuries on the vast lagoons of Aigues-Mortes, and it has shaped the landscape. Salt marshes are wasteland from the mining process, that shapes and manufacturers landscape forms and different micro-climates. Indeed, through human activity, water and salt and the major ecological landscape elements.
Green Park, a business community near Reading, designed in the mid-1990s, recently won a prestigious UK Civic Trust Award (2014). Place Design and Planning, a London-based landscape architecture and urban design practice, has been responsible for the 195 acres landscape scheme and continues to develop it with the current owners, Oxford Properties, and the estates management company, Broadgate Estates.