DELVA Landscape Architects & Plusoffice Architects win Leiemeersen competition

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The Dutch-Belgian team DELVA Landscape Architects plusofficearchitects have been selected to produce the development plan that forms the basis for further development of the area around Heulebeek and Leiemeersen, an area that borders the edges of the city centre of Kuurne, Belgium.  Together with the municipality and the Leiedal community the designers are looking at the possible development of the 35 ha area.  The design will not only involve designers but also local residents and key stakeholders in the development of the vision through a number of workshops and participation events.

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Grange Insurance Headquarters Landscape | Columbus USA | NBBJ

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The suburban corporate headquarters campus is a common development model found across the US and abroad; and for a number of good reasons. The large volume of building and parking required for the hundreds of executives and staff coupled with the economic and logistic benefits associated with greenfield sites located at the perimeter of a city, make it an easy decision to establish headquarters out of the city core.  When faced with the challenge expansion, the Grange Insurance Company considered this option but based on their commitment to the neighborhood, decided to keep their US headquarters in the city and invest their energies in the environment they have resided in for decades.

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Shanggang Waterfront City | Shanghai China | Tract and QITE

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The site of Shanggang Waterfront City is located in the northeast of Shanghai, with Bao Steel Group in the north and Songbao Area in the south. It is bounded by Raocheng highway in the west and Yangtze River in the east.

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Minsk Forest City | Minsk Belarus | Sasaki Associates

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Sasaki’s master plan for Minsk City celebrates the rare opportunity to transform an existing 320-hectare urban airport site into a dynamic, attractive, and sustainable new district for the city of Minsk, Belarus. The master plan provides a 24/7 vibrant, diverse, and balanced mixed-use program that celebrates the unique airport heritage, while also re-integrating regional ecological, vehicular, and public transport networks. The master plan brings Belarusian landscape heritage, ecology, and contemporary sustainable living together to create a compact urban district in the urban context of Minsk.

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HASSELL dreams up centrepiece for Melbourne Food and Wine Festival

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Later this week the 2014 Melbourne Food and Wine Festival opens to the public with a centrepiece designed by HASSELL. The cloud-like structure suspended above a floating bar and open-kitchen restaurant on the banks of Melbourne’s Yarra River. HASSELL designed The Immersery: Festival Kitchen, Bar and Raingarden from a concept dreamt up by the team at MFWF, and more than double the size of last year’s Festival hub. HASSELL designer Brenton Beggs said The Immersery brings the Festival’s water theme alive and offers a glimpse of the long term potential of the Southbank site.

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