Ideas blossom on Berlin Wall death strip

The area that bounded the Berlin Wall stretches for 155km(96miles) known as No-Mans Land and the death strip is a vast green oasis running through Berlin, some watchtowers remain.
The AFP article tells us that

Dutch landscape architect Joyce van den Berg has set herself such a task, saying secret gardens, art installations and recreational spaces could flourish in what she calls a “trauma landscape”.

She sees her work as a race against time, and her ideas range from the fanciful to the highly promising.

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Playground to be designed by game designer

In recent News via Guardian newspaper a game designer, Keita Takahashi will be working with Nottingham City Council and its landscape architect to come up with a playground design for Woodthorpe Grange Park.

SOURCE: Guardian.co.uk

Ed note: I think this will offer a new perspective on playground design. Hopefully, this will create a playground that will encourage children to spend more time in the landscape. It is good to see a city that could create a playground that responds to the new generation of children who are growing up in an age when games are played virtually not physically.

Mayor & Transport for London plan to improve cyclists safety

The Mayor of London and Transport for London have released a plan to improve cyclists safety on the roads of London.

London’s boroughs and cycling groups are being asked to comment on the content of the plan, which highlights the needs for action by:

· Promoting the cycling safety message to all road users.

· Delivering new, safe cycle routes and facilities – such as the new Cycle Superhighways routes and the central London Cycle Hire scheme with its 6,000 bikes.

· Confidence boosting training for cyclists, and other road users –£3 million has been invested in cycle training this year.

· Encouraging HGV(heavy goods vehicles) operators in London to take cycling safety seriously  – including engaging with 7,000 London companies and encouraging them to join TfL’s Freight Operators Recognition Scheme.

· Working with over 300 freight companies which operate construction vehicles – they will be encouraged to install side-bars or other safety devices on HGVs that are currently exempt.

· Calling for Government action to improve HGV safety – by removing the current exemption for some construction vehicles to have side-bars and requiring cycle safety awareness as a mandatory part of HGV drivers ‘Certificate of Professional Competence’ (CPC) periodic training requirement.

· Championing the need to allow trials of innovative safety measures – such as Trixi mirrors in London to examine their potential benefits for cycling safety.

· Creating a Cycle Safety Working Group of key road user and cycling organisations

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£100m in green initiatives to regenerate deprived areas of London

More than 1,000 jobs will be created as part of a £100m green funding boost to regenerate some of the poorest parts of London, the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson and European Commissioner for Regional Policy, Paweł Samecki announced today.

The joint funding will finance decentralised energy, recycling and waste energy creation projects. A proposal for a new decentralised energy network in Barking is currently under consideration as one of the first projects to receive support. As well as regeneration benefits, the projects will promote sustainable and carbon neutral economic growth, combat climate change and help the capital towards its target of reducing London’s CO2 emissions by 60 per cent by 2025.

SOURCE: Mayor of London 100m of green initiatives to regenerate deprived areas of London.

OMA wins competition for Rotterdam’s Stadskantoor

The Office for Metropolitan Architecture, in collaboration with Werner Sobek and engineers ABT, has won the competition for Rotterdam’s Stadskantoor, a new building for the city hall that will accommodate municipal services, offices, and residential units. The winner was announced this morning by city alderman Hamit Karakus.

SOURCE: OMA.

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