The Landscape Institute and the Trees and Design Action Group

Championing the value of large trees in the urban environment

The environmental, economic and social benefits of trees are well documented. Members of The Landscape Institute routinely work to ensure that trees form an integral part of the urban landscape and public realm. However, the valuable contribution made by large-growing trees in particular is often compromised or precluded by negative perceptions relating to maintenance, nuisance or safety and associated costs.

The Role of the TDAG
The Landscape Institute is a member of the Trees and Design Action Group (TDAG) – a multi-disciplinary group of individual professionals and organisations from both the private and public sectors who have come together under The London Tree and Woodland Framework to collaborate in achieving an increased awareness of the role of trees in the built environment. Its other members include representatives from the GLA, Design for London, Urban Design London, Transport for London, the City of London and other London boroughs, the London Trees and Woodland Framework, the Forestry Commission, Royal Parks, the Tree Council, Trees for Cities, various leading developers, representatives of the insurance and utilities industries and design consultants.

SOURCE: LI – The Landscape Institute and the Trees and Design Action Group.

West 8 wins competition Integration of Sewer plant in Landscape park Diezemonde Den Bosch

West 8 announced in Dutch that they have won a park competition the following is a translation of the announcement.

The challenge is an integral plan for the sewage plant (RWZI), where the new building is connected to the national park Diezemond. It indicated how the water purification plant in a responsible and innovative manner can perform functions in respect of recreation, tourism, nature and energy.

Dutch text:
De opgave betreft een integraal plan voor de rioolwaterzuiveringsinstallatie (RWZI), waarbij de nieuwbouw is verbonden met het natuurpark Diezemond. Daarin is aangegeven hoe de RWZI op een verantwoorde en vernieuwende wijze functies kan vervullen ten aanzien van recreatie, toerisme, natuureducatie en energieopwekking.

Sustainable urban development a necessity

Sustainable development of an urban area or territory depends heavily on its development plan.

As in other countries, Viet Nam is working on establishing an urban structure plan for a period of 20-25 years which is divided into several stages.

SOURCE: Viet Nam News.

RMJM help inner city youths become architects

Scotsman.com reports that RMJM the Edinburgh based firm has launched a  project worth £1m  in conjuction with the Stephen Lawrence Trust to encourage more inner city youths from ethnic minorities to pursue a career in architecture.

RMJM worked on the Scottish Parliament building hopes that the project will increase the diversity and creativity of architecture and help address the global skills shortage that will become more pressing over the next 25 years as more architects retire.

SOURCE: RMJM has designs for young urban architects – Scotsman.com Business.

New parks in the capital

The Phnom Penh Post reports that the new and improved parks are providing Phnom Penh residents some much-needed respite from the squeeze of the capital city’s increasingly cramped quarters.

The Wat Botom, Hun Sen, Vimean Ekreach and Wat Phnom parks have all undergone makeovers and are drawing hoards of locals to relax, exercise, picnic or loll with their sweethearts.

SOURCE: The Phnom Penh Post – New parks: too little, too late for capital?.

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