The Ponds is the newest 320 hectare development in Sydney master planned by CLOUSTON. Touted as ‘A showcase for sustainable living’ with Community Facilities, Water Sustainable Urban Design, Open Spaces, Built form guidelines for housing that has features that is flexible and can accommodate young families, older residents and/or those with mobility impairment.
The landscape is an important part of development – Justine Kinch from Clouston Associates said: “The design intent was to maintain consistency across the entire parklands project with unique elements strategically placed to create a sense of place and assist with orientation.
Read more at Architecture & Design and Landcom
The Guardian has published an Interview with Benjamin H Bratton, director of the Center for Design and Geopolitics, Calit2 and University of California, San Diego as part of their Activate New York event to be held in late April. Bratton gives interesting insights into design, technology and urbanism including
……..Only if we assume that architects and designers are responsible for the architecture and design of cities. They are and they aren’t. Cities as almost living things unto themselves, which we can certainly effect in particular ways, but which evolve according patterns in migratory networks, logistical networks, financial networks, informational networks, and so on.
Read the full interview at The Guardian: Interview with Benjamin H Bratton
Kaid Benfield recently wrote What Does a ‘Sustainable Community’ Actually Look Like? for the Atlantic. Benfield uses a narrative to create Sustainaville - a sustainable community. He goes on to ‘journey’ into downtown Sustainaville and along the way gives examples of what creates a sustainable community. Although he brushes lightly on each aspect of a sustainable and admits at the end that there is more than what he has described its an interesting way of educating about ‘What Does a ‘Sustainable Community’ Actually Look Like?”
Green dream lives on: A savvy breed of developers are breaking ground on sustainable communities in the Independent newspaper
There are about 10 communities around the country, loosely following principles known in the construction industry as New Urbanism……… No one is yet suggesting this new wave of sustainable communities will pass the test of time as Bath has – but they at least appear to be riding the downturn.
The article lists 8 projects in design planning stage along with the following built projects
Up and running
* Hockerton Housing Project, Nottinghamshire
* Greenwich Millennium Village (which involves Countryside Properties and Taylor Wimpey)
* BedZed, Hackbridge, east London