World leading landscape architect to design living, breathing Olympic Park – London 2012

The ODA announced that world leading landscape architects LDA Design • Hargreaves Associates has been selected to design the Olympic Park for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, which will become a new kind of park promoting sustainable and active living.
The designers will develop detailed proposals for the open spaces in the Olympic Park for the Games and legacy using their combined experience designing groundbreaking parks in London, the UK and across the world, including the Sydney 2000 Olympic Park.

The 2.5 kilometre square Olympic Park is currently being been cleared and cleaned ready for construction to start in the summer. In 2009 work will start creating the parklands and public spaces that will enhance the experience of the London 2012 Games and form the largest new urban park in London since the great Victorian era of park building.

Source ODA – News: World leading landscape architect to design – living – breathing – Olympic Park – London 2012.

ODA announce shortlist of companies competing to landscape the north of Olympic Park – London 2012

The Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) announced a world-class shortlist of contractors bidding to manage the landscaping of the northern section of the London 2012 Olympic Park, which will be one of the largest new urban parks in Europe for 150 years.
The four shortlisted following a competitive procurement process are:

* Fitzpatrick Contractors Ltd
* Edmond Nuttall
* Skanska McNicholas
* Balfour Beatty

The ODA expects to appoint a landscape and public realm contractor for the north of the Park in the summer ready to pre-order trees and other plants, and for work to start on site in 2009. It’s expected that the appointed contractor will select and manage a number of specialist subcontractors.

Source: ODA – ODA announce shortlist of companies competing to landscape the north of Olympic Park – London 2012.

South Bank to reduce carbon footprint

A new project to help the South Bank reduce its carbon footprint has been unveiled by the London Development Agency (LDA), the South Bank Employers’ Group (SBEG) and London South Bank University (LSBU).

The project is the first of its kind to focus on a whole area in central London. It will build an understanding of current and projected energy consumption patterns in the area and explore opportunities for decentralised energy systems including district heating, combined heat and power (CHP) and biomass. The project will encourage proactive energy efficiency throughout the South Bank neighbourhood through co-operative business partnerships….. read more at LDA

Source:  London Development AgencySouth Bank to reduce carbon footprint

Olympics will leave east London an open space to rival Hyde Park | UK news | The Guardian

After the athletes have gone and the flame has moved on, the biggest public park in more than a century will emerge from the site of the 2012 Olympics in London.

Its designers hope the 270-acre park (pdf), which will open in 2014, will capture the spirit of the great Victorian parks whose creators hoped to counteract the urban squalor of the industrial revolution.

Source: The Guardian – Olympics will leave east London an open space to rival Hyde Park

Is Suburbia Turning Into Slumburbia?

The dark side of this surreality is that the places far from these hallowed urban cores are experiencing unprecedented decline and, according to some experts, threaten to become tomorrow’s slums.

We’re not talking about mean inner city streets getting meaner, we’re talking about the pristine, newly built developments of four-bedroom, three-bath dream homes produced in the last housing boom becoming ghettos for the poor and the disenfranchised.

Slumburbia? After decades of middle class flight from the cities in search of safe neighborhoods and good schools — a flight that continues today even from gentrified cities like San Francisco — it’s hard to conjure the image of a truly derelict suburbia. Will all those manicured lawns sprout weeds and broken bottles like a Baltimore back alley? Will drug dealers take over the local cul-de-sac? Will squatters set up camp in the neighbor’s McMansion?

Source: SFgate.com – Is Suburbia Turning Into Slumburbia?.

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