Ecotowns to get go-ahead despite local opposition – guardian.co.uk

The Guardian reports

An abandoned Norfolk airfield and a cluster of Cornish china claypit villages are to become the first of a controversial new breed of “ecotowns”, offering thousands of new homes built within a cutting-edge eco-friendly community.

The decision will be a blow to villagers who have campaigned against new developments at Rackheath, just outside Norwich, and St Austell in Cornwall. Only Rackheath got a top rating from an independent panel set up to judge the green credentials of the plans, yet it is one of three projects expected to be taken forward by ministers this week.

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£30m revamp for Redcar seafront

FOLLOWING an international design competition, one of the region’s most ambitious seafront regeneration plans was unveiled today (3 July) which will transform Redcar seafront and create the first-ever 80ft ‘vertical pier’ on this stretch of coast.

A total of £30m is planned to be invested in the seafront defences and to create a unique and vibrant promenade which will attract visitors with a network of beautifully designed public spaces incorporating water cascades, sunshine traps, performance space and sheltered seating from which to view the towns distinctive seascape.

The winning design team led by Harrogate-based landscape architects Smeeden Foreman working in collaboration with Seven Architecture, Arup and Davis Langdon, aims to bring characteristics of the beach up onto the promenade, using textures, colours, shapes and sights from the seafront in seating, paving and the ribbons of a wave canopy stretching along the coastline.

Text and Image SOURCE: Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council

Memorial for 7/7 victims opened


IMAGE SOURCE: Mayor of London

Mayor of London

The fourth anniversary of the 7th July bombings, which killed 52 people in the capital, will be marked today with the dedication of the London Bombing Memorial in Hyde Park.

The Mayor of London Boris Johnson will join the TRH The Prince of Wales, The Duchess of Cornwall and The Prime Minister to meet the families of the victims of the bombings and representatives of the emergency services and will attend the dedication ceremony.

During the ceremony the names of all those killed in the bombings will be read out and followed by a minutes silence.

SOURCE: Mayor of London

Financial Times reports

Designed by Carmody Groarke, the London architects, in collaboration with the victims’ families and in consultation with Anthony Gormley, the artist, the memorial which works both as a single sculptural group and as a marker to each of the 52 people who were killed. The architects say it captures “the notion of the singular and the collective loss”.

SOURCE: Financial Times Memorial for 7/7 victims opened

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Density, transparency of cities through photos – Hurriyet Daily News

Hurriyet Daily News reports

ISTANBUL – Images in which the concentration of the Asian population is visible through the architecture of Hong Kong are presented in two series, ‘Transparent City’ and ‘Architecture of Density,’ in Istanbul’s Çukurcuma.

Density, transparency of cities through photos Hong Kong architectural aesthetics and the often-overlooked human presence in the heart of international industry are among the subjects of German-American photographer Michael Wolf’s recent work, currently on display at the Elipsis Gallery in Istanbul.

find out more about the exhibition at the SOURCE: Hurriyet Daily News – Density, transparency of cities through photos

Natural Play Area for School in Scotland

A natural play area is being designed and constructed in at Merrylee Primary School in Scotland. It is going to be the only school in Britain with a natural play area within its grounds.

The Evening Times reports

It will have hills, long grass, a flower garden and eco-friendly features including badger set and fox’s den.
They worked with Felicity Steers, who is a parent and a landscape architect, and came up with the design of the Merrylee Urban Jungle.

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LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT – Felicity Steers of erz studio

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