Sasaki’s master plan for Minsk City celebrates the rare opportunity to transform an existing 320-hectare urban airport site into a dynamic, attractive, and sustainable new district for the city of Minsk, Belarus. The master plan provides a 24/7 vibrant, diverse, and balanced mixed-use program that celebrates the unique airport heritage, while also re-integrating regional ecological, vehicular, and public transport networks. The master plan brings Belarusian landscape heritage, ecology, and contemporary sustainable living together to create a compact urban district in the urban context of Minsk.
Continue reading Minsk Forest City | Minsk Belarus | Sasaki Associates
Later this week the 2014 Melbourne Food and Wine Festival opens to the public with a centrepiece designed by HASSELL. The cloud-like structure suspended above a floating bar and open-kitchen restaurant on the banks of Melbourne’s Yarra River. HASSELL designed The Immersery: Festival Kitchen, Bar and Raingarden from a concept dreamt up by the team at MFWF, and more than double the size of last year’s Festival hub. HASSELL designer Brenton Beggs said The Immersery brings the Festival’s water theme alive and offers a glimpse of the long term potential of the Southbank site.
Continue reading HASSELL dreams up centrepiece for Melbourne Food and Wine Festival
A roundup of this weeks landscape related news from around the world.
The Green Team: On Occupying Urban Space | Johanna Phelps | Metropolis Magazine
In urban environments, where square footage comes at a premium, landscapes are frequently designed to satisfy multiple social performance requirements ranging from small group activities to large scale event spaces.
A Lesson for Detroit in Efforts to Aid a New Orleans Devastated by Katrina | Campbell Robertson | NY Times
“If any city can speak about the difficult politics of downsizing, it is New Orleans, where a group of planners and business leaders proposed the idea as the best way to bring back the city after it was devastated by the flooding after Katrina in 2005 ”
Life on Mekong Faces Threats As Major Dams Begin to Rise | Joshua Zaffos | e360 Yale
“River experts say that if the dam-building boom proceeds as planned, it could diminish essential flood pulses and decimate fisheries and riverside gardens that are dependent on variable flows and sediment.”
Where are architecture’s Bravehearts? | Richard J Williams | bdonline.co.uk
Talk of independence omits Scotland’s built environment
Villa Mekrech gardens retain protection, despite building permit | Times of Malta
The Mepa board this afternoon rejected an application to de-schedule the gardens of Villa Mekrech in Ghaxaq.
Continue reading This Week in Landscape | 23 February 2014
The regenerative potential of a site can often be discovered following a major destructive event. The deliberation and method through which the new landscape vessel takes form can be just as important as the form itself, and may become a “blue print” for future recoveries.
Continue reading STUDENT PROJECT | Beyond Remnant: Long-Term Disaster Recovery of Mapleton, Iowa | Adam Mekies, Jihee Chung, Yue Zhao, and Young Jae Ahn
Flooding in York | February 16, 2014
Over the last few months, the UK has seen continual flooding which has seen a great deal of discussion on how to deal with the water management in the UK. Recently, Sue Illman President of the Landscape Institute has sent an open letter to Prime Minister, Rt Hon David Cameron MP. The letter signed by 12 organisations calls for a complete rethink of water management to prevent the effect of water on villages, towns and cities of the England and Wales.
The letter goes on to call for ” an immediate cross departmental conference with DECC, DEFRA, DCLG, the EA and NRW, in a similar manner to that which was convened to address the problem of ash-dieback.”. It also calls for proper exploration of the larger catchment management issues, and how forestry, land management and soft engineered flood alleviation schemes can hold back water in the upper reaches of rivers, and work alongside a dredging programme in the lower reaches.
The letter was also sent to the Rt Hon Owen Paterson MP, Anne McIntosh MP and Lord Smith, chairman of the Environment Agency.
To view the full letter visit http://www.landscapeinstitute.org/PDF/LettertoPrimeMinisterFeb14.pdf
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