Planting starts at London Olympic Park wetland

Planting Day at London Olympic Park Wetland

TV Gardener Charlie Dimmock helping local children with planting

The first of 4,000 new semi-mature trees are taking root in the London’s Olympic Park with around 100 ash, cherry and hazel trees, grown in Hampshire, already planted. The first of 300,000 wetland plants, grown in Norfolk and Wales for the UK’s largest ever urban river and wetland planting, were laid on the river banks today by Minister for Sport and the Olympics Hugh Robertson, TV Gardener Charlie Dimmock, Olympic Gold medal winner Jonathan Edwards, Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) Chairman John Armitt and children from the Olympic Park construction crew.

The new reed beds are being created in a large wetland bowl in the north of the Olympic Park, formerly a 100 year old landfill site, where visitors during the Games will be able to relax and watch the action in 2012 on live screens. In legacy the riverside area will be a tranquil space for people and wildlife which will also help protect 5,000 properties in the area from flooding.

Over 30 species of native reeds, rushes, grasses, sedges, wet wildflowers and irises have been grown initially by Salix in its nursery on the Gower peninsular in Wales with around a third grown from cuttings and seeds collected in and around the Olympic Park before construction started in 2008.

You can watch the park turn from brown to green with two new webcams

LDA Design in partnership with Hargreaves Associates was selected to design the Olympic Park parklands in spring 2008 and detailed designs were published in November 2008. They are supported by Sarah Price Landscapes, University of Sheffield, Sutton-Vane Associates and Waterwise SolutionsHilliers Nurseries in Hampshire is supplying over 2000 semi-mature trees for the Olympic Park. Salix was appointed to supply over 300,000 wetland plants for the Olympic Park. The detailed design of the river planting was carried out by Atkins.

Wetland Plants at Salix's Norfolk site

SOURCE: LONDON 2012
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Interview with Tree Museum Landscape architect – Enzo Enea [VIDEO]

Deutsche Welle channel recently posted a video on Youtube in which they interviewed Swiss landscape architect Enzo Enea about his Tree Museum which  recently opened in Rapperswil-Jona on the shore of  Lake Zurich, Switzerland.

SOURCE: Youtube

Video Credit: Deutsche Welle

Designing Sustainable Cities

Arch Daily recently posted this fantastic video by Vandkunsten (in conjunction with Hausenberg) of Design Sustainable Cities such as Malmö, Sweden, Kløvermarken and Greve in Denmark.

masterplanning animation from Vandkunsten on Vimeo.

Thankfully spotted at the SOURCE: Arch Daily – Sustainable Cities.   Arch Daily is a great resource for Daily Architecture News.

Opening Kai-park at Vathorst: WEST 8

The Kai Park at the Vinex-location Vathorst in Amersfoort was officially opened by mayor van Vliet–Kuiper on the 28th of May.

West 8 designed the two hectare park as a green oasis, inspired by the famous Japanese artist Ando Hiroshige. Hiroshige is famous for his etchings prints about the daily life, urban scenes, landscapes and nature of old Japan. The three park bridges have details, inspired by the bridges in his paintings.

SOURCE: WEST 8
IMAGE SOURCE: WEST 8

KCAP and ARLETTE SCHNEIDERS ARCHITECTS win competition in Luxemburg

KCAP Architects & Planners in cooperation with local architect Arlette Schneiders win the competition for an office development in the city of Luxemburg. The competition entry was already awarded first prize in 2009. Recently, the client Fonds de Compensation has officially assigned the building commission to the team KCAP and ARLETTE SCHNEIDERS ARCHITECTS with advisors Ecofys, SIT-LUX and Lux C.E.C..

The site occupies a prominent location in Luxemburg’s Kirchberg district, facing the main square of Luxemburg’s future European district. The programme of 22.300 m2 gross floor area will be distributed over four buildings. They present a clear architectural language towards the main square and provide a strong volume on the street to reinforce the development’s urban appearance, as requested by the masterplan by French architect Dominique Perrault.

“The urban integration of the ensemble and the composition of individual buildings are key elements of our design. They allow us to create a block which is dense but permeable at the same time and to provide high quality and introverted outdoor spaces which complement the structure of the surrounding public spaces,” says Kees Christiaanse, founder and partner of KCAP.

Arlette Schneiders continues: “With this concept we are able to maintain a human scale within the European district and make the block a connecting element, able to link to the major pedestrian transfer routes. Pedestrians, cyclists, residents and working people will be stimulated to experience and actively use the new city quarter.”

SOURCE: KCAP

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