Barren landscapes of concrete and broken glass first inspired landscape architecture professor Carl Smith’s interest in sustainable residential design. “Pit houses” – cheap housing marooned in a sea of cement, built in the late 19th century for coalmine workers – helped him to appreciate the hedges, trees and plots of land that graced his own suburban neighborhood in Sheffield, England.
“Even as a small boy I could see that the design of housing has a pretty direct impact on people’s lives,” Carl Smith said. “We’ve got to provide a healthy environment where people can live and bring up their kids.”
Smith has made a major contribution towards that goal with the recent publication of his book, Residential Landscape Sustainability: A Checklist Tool (Blackwell Publishing, 2008). Coauthored with Andy Clayden and Nigel Dunnett, the book draws on extensive research to summarize a complex topic, and promises to be the go-to guide for landscape architects, architects and planners who want to design sustainable housing. The book’s clear prose, numerous charts and photographs make it an accessible text for students as well.
Source: University of Arkansas – Daily Headlines.
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April 1 will not only be another April Fool’s Day but also the start of Landscape Architecture Month with events being organised by Landscape Architecture organisations around the world.
Check with your local organisation about what is going on in your city or area.
As landscape architects and design professionals we try our hardest to be green in our designs with water sensitive design, plants from the local ecology and materials from close to the project. And we also try to bring that green environment to our offices and work places with recycling bins, energy efficient lighting and providing bike racks for staff. But we often forget about the things that we have over the years become more and more reliant on – our computers and printers.
Over the last few years we have swapped our energy sucking CRT monitors for LCD panels and changed to digital format of pdf and dwf. However we always use the printers day in and day out and now Xerox has created the Sustainability Calculator to help us truly find out how green our office is by calculating all our office printers – Energy, Greenhouse Gas and Solid Waste use.
Xerox have also provided a few tips on how your office could be greener.
Source: Xerox North America
Have you ever taken your innovative ideas to the extreme? Now is your opportunity. If you have the ingenuity to create affordable, energy efficient housing that minimizes climate change emissions and withstands temperature extremes.
Judged by some of the leading architects around the world, total prizes and honoraria is €100,000, with the winning design being awarded €50,000. The winning architects will have the opportunity to utilize the exceptional qualities of steel to construct their design in Cherepovets, Russian Federation, known for its extreme temperature ranges.
Last year there was 3 winning firms – one for Brazil, UK and China.
Go to the Living Steel website for more information
Fee guidelines for professionals working within South Africa’s built environment are set to come under scrutiny over the next few months, when fee and work-reservation proposals for professionals operating in the sector will be presented to the Competition Commission.
Read more @ Competition body to apply its mind to new fee schedules for professionals operating within the built environment.
The jury unanimously declares the firm Kleihues + Kleihues to be the winner of the urban design competition. In addition to this evaluation by the jury, the following recommendation is made as regards the further work on the design:
The objective is to guarantee that, to the greatest degree possible, people will enjoy spending time in the area demarcated by the frontage of the Bundesrat building, Vossstrasse and Leipziger Strasse, and this also during bad weather. This means that the task of the institutions involved in further planning the site consists of realizing these planning objectives to the greatest degree possible. In this context, it is to be investigated whether covering the area with a filigree glass roof, or by other means, will be suitable for achieving these planning objectives without destroying the public nature of the road area.
In addition, it is to be ensured that along this axis, the set-off distances between the residential towers is increased significantly and that the entrances to the apartment buildings in the publicly accessible area are given a premium design to represent their top-quality address.
The jury advises the initiator of this competition to follow up on this recommendation by the jury and award a contract to Kleihues + Kleihues to work on a qualified master plan.
Source: ORCO Germany – Press Release