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

Muncie’s Urban Garden project utilizes abandoned lots to grow plants – NEWS

Ball State Daily News Online

North Street Urban Garden – the brainchild of Colby Gray, a landscape architect from Ball State University and Jason Donati, the director for the Department of Stormwater Management – is working to provide a sustainable source of vegetables by offering their abandoned house lot for cultivation. The garden has already planted more than two dozen vegetable types, as well as a handful of herbs and flowers.

SOURCE: Ball State Daily News Online – Muncie’s Urban Garden project utilizes abandoned lots to grow plants – NEWS

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Dubai development may be down, but it’s not out – Los Angeles Times

Christopher Hawthorne, Architecture Critic  for the Los Angeles Times writes

Reporting from Dubai, United Arab Emirates — If a city can be spectacularly quiet, this waterfront city-state has certainly qualified in recent months. Hundreds of abandoned construction cranes languish above Dubai’s gated communities and beach-side developments and, most dramatically, up and down Sheikh Zayed Road, its high-rise spine……………….

SOURCE: Los Angeles Times – Dubai development may be down, but it’s not out

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AECOM Joint Venture Wins US$82-Million Design Contract for Hong Kong High-Speed Rail Terminus

Businesswire

AECOM Technology Corporation (NYSE: ACM), a leading provider of professional technical and management support services for government and commercial clients around the world, announced today that a joint venture of which it is a part has been awarded a design-services contract worth US$82 million for the Mass Transit Railway Corporation Limited’s Hong Kong High-Speed Rail Terminus project, which will connect to the high-speed rail network in Mainland China.

SOURCE: Businesswire.com – AECOM Joint Venture Wins US$82-Million Design Contract for Hong Kong High-Speed Rail Terminus

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King’s Cross Square contenders in the dark | News | Architects Journal

Architects Journal reports

The architects shortlisted in the prestigious King’s Cross Square contest remain unbriefed about the project – six months after being selected

Despite being named as finalists for the 7,000m2 project outside the central London station in January, the six firms have yet to receive any further details of the scheme.

SOURCE: Architects Journal – King’s Cross Square contenders in the dark | News |

Shortlist for the project includes Stanton Williams, Gehl Architects, Field Operations, Martha Schwartz Partners, Gustafson Porter, Gross.MaxTechnorati

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