DELVA Landscape Architects / plusoffice architects win Masterplan ’The gardens of Puurs’

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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.
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RESOURCE | Water Sensitive Urban Design


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.

I have collated a list of great resources that you can use to learn, understand and promote Water Sustainable Urban Design in your projects, classrooms and cities.
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STUDENT PROJECT | The Petite Camargue, a new vision for industrial landscapes

The industrial salt production at Aigues-Mortes

“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.

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Place Design and Planning award winning Green Park in Reading

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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.

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Florence-Scandicci Green Tramway by Ines Romitti

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The construction of tramways represents an innovative solution to transport problems in big cities. This is the first tramway of Florence, winding west and connecting the Santa Maria Novella station to Scandicci, where open spaces have been improved by choosing trams for present mobility, proposing a greenway with highly developed technology such as the systems of flat hanging gardens which house the tram-line along the entire route, from the tree-lined avenues to the roundabouts.

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