Suneden Sensory Playspace | Mitchell Park Australia | WAX Design

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The Suneden Sensory Playspace is demonstrative of what can be achieved on a modest budget, when landscape architects re-imagine standard building material into amazing new play opportunities. Suneden Sensory Playspace is the result of the imagination and innovation WAX Design and the local community.  Using a tiny budget and community support, WAX Design has created an amazing 200m2 playspace that excites, simulates and challenges the various abilities of the students at the school.

The unique and entertaining designs use a host of standard building and landscape material to create a series of outdoor rooms that incorporate explorative and sensory activities that help to improve student’s body awareness, problem solving, cognition, creativity, enhance their overall learning abilities and above all increase their happiness.

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COMPETITION | 2014 Symbiotic Cities International Design Ideas Competition

“Urban Transformations: Designing the Symbiotic City” is the theme for the 2014 Symbiotic Cities International Design Ideas Competition. The competition is looking for planners, urban designers, architects, landscape architects, engineers, or ecologists, to provide important insights with the world about how to transform our existing cities into more resilient, climate adaptive, regenerative, symbiotic cities. 

Using some combination of diagrams, sketches, 2D and 3D drawings, and accompanied by an explanatory narrative, we would like you to explore and develop planning and design concepts, for transforming the city that you live in into a regenerative symbiotic city adapted to a climate-changing environment. Your design concepts should explore how you will address key environmental problems now associated with your city, and transform now ecologically destructive urban systems into regenerative, symbiotic systems. 

Entries are due by September 21st, 2014. An international jury of planning and design experts will select the winning entry to be announced on October 21st, 2014

Goto  2014 Symbiotic Cities International Design Ideas Competition for more information

COMPETITION | Place by Design | SXSW Eco Public Space Design Competition

Place by Design, the SXSW Eco Public Space Design Competition, honors visionary design work that achieves a positive community impact through the creation or re-imagining of public spaces. The Q&A style application is open to four categories of projects: Conceptual, In Planning, Implemented and Student. The application addresses project and designer information, the designer’s intention and the social and environmental impact of the project.

Human connection with place is a key factor in the struggle for a sustainable world. Good design has the ability to reflect a community’s culture and values and compels people to engage with their everyday surroundings. Vibrant public spaces signify a vibrant community and will be maintained and conserved for years to come. Placemaking and related initiatives such as tactical urbanism and public interest design focus on strengthening our connection to place by making it more accessible, community-centered, aligned with nature and even playful. Place by Design will highlight projects that transform the way communities interact with place as a means of inspiring our attendees to improve their own places. View the winners and finalists of last year’s competition

Submissions end Tuesday, July 15th at 11:59 CST

All designers must be able to present a version of their design at SXSW Eco: October 6-8, 2014

More information at SXSW Eco

Student Project | New Urban Cemetery: Departures 1 & 2 | Tyler Allen Bradt

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Cemeteries in North America almost exclusively all follow the same model – the Garden Cemetery of 1831 Mount Auburn, based on a concept of vast naturalized space. It is no longer 1831 and local and world issues have shifted along with our values and our cultural community. The traditional design has served its purpose in most major cities on the continent. It is pervasive and it is time to consider its effects and consequences on the city. Our modern communities are faced with new challenges unforeseen 200 years ago, such as increased multiculturalism, densification of urban cores rather than expansion of suburbs, environmental challenges, and a shift towards a more economically polarized society.
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Team Lord (including Claude Cormier) wins National Holocaust Monument competition

The Honourable Shelly Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, and the Honourable John Baird, Minister of Foreign Affairs, along with the Honourable Tim Uppal, Minister of State (Multiculturalism), are pleased to announce that the design “Landscape of Loss, Memory and Survival” presented by Team Lord of Toronto has been selected for the future National Holocaust Monument, which will be located in Ottawa.

Team Lord’s submission was selected from among six finalists who were invited to present their design concepts to a jury of professionals and to the public as part of a national design competition.

“On behalf of our multi-disciplinary team, we are deeply honoured to be entrusted with designing the monument to Holocaust victims and survivors, and we are committed to creating a place of meaning and value for all Canadians in our country’s capital.” —Gail Lord, Team lead and co-president of Lord Cultural Resources

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