FIRST PRIZE | The Queensway Steps | Carrie Wilbert of Paris, France
The Emerging New York Architects (ENYA) committee of the AIA New York Chapter is pleased to announce the winners of its 2014 biennial design ideas competition, QueensWay Connection: Elevating the Public Realm. Entrants were challenged to design a vertical gateway for the elevated viaduct portion of a 3.5 mile stretch of abandoned railway in Central Queens, currently under study for conversion into an urban greenway by The Trust for Public Land, Friends of the Queensway, and their design consultants. Of the 120 submitted proposals from 28 countries, the jury selected the winners to represent the diverse array of ideas generated.
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World Landscape Architecture publishes its latest edition of WLA Magazine. The 12th edition of WLA includes 12 previously unpublished projects from various firms including Martha Schwartz Partners (Cover), HOSPER, Grant Associates, ONG&ONG, ASPECT Studios, HASSELL, AECOM, Urban Initiatives with Arterial Design, Inside Outside, GROUPE IBI-CHBA, Basic City, Felixx, Mandaworks, Adept, Hosper Sweden, WSP and others. The 12th edition also includes the full data from the 2014 Outlook Survey indicating that the world is confident about the year ahead.
Projects include a diverse range of conceptual and built projects including urban hotels, office buildings, skyscrapers, residential developments, sports promenades, green belts, art installations and memorials. As usual, WLA magazine includes projects from countries including China, Singapore, Israel, USA, Canada, and Sweden.
ASPECT Studios has renewed their partnership with World Landscape Architecture for 2014. We would like to thank ASPECT Studios for their support in 2013 that will continue through 2014. Their support assists World Landscape Architecture to continue publishing landscape architecture projects from across the world.
ASPECT Studios is a design firm specialising in Landscape Architecture, Urban Design and Digital Media. Their studios combine to promote a culture of excellence, and passion with a strong foundation of core staff led by a team of nine Studio Directors who guide their Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney, Shanghai and Digital Studios.
Recent ASPECT Studios projects include UTS Alumni Green – Temporary Placemaking Installation, Box Hill Gardens Multi Purpose Area , Greenland Shenyang Primus Hotel | Shenyang China and Ultimo Pedestrian Network
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Worcester, UK | 10 February 2014 | Image Credit Flickr User DGwildlife
This week has seen flooding continue in the United Kingdom after weeks of rain with the Army, DEFRA and the Environment Agency responding with steel and board barriers. Many heritage gardens have also had fallen trees due to overly sodden soil. More information at Environment Agency map.
UK Floods Crisis: How Do You Stop Flooding? Lydia Smith | International Business Times
With areas of the UK experiencing the worst flooding in years, attention has been turned to how it can be prevented or alleviated.
Dredging would not have stopped massive UK floods | Andy Coghlan | New Scientist
“But hydrologists contacted by New Scientist say that dredging alone would not have stopped the flooding. “Given the amount of rain that has fallen, you could have doubled the carrying capacity of every drainage channel in Somerset, at huge cost, and large parts would still have flooded,” says Hannah Cloke at the University of Reading.”
The Dutch solution to floods: live with water, don’t fight it | Tracy McVeigh | The Guardian
“With more than half the country at or below sea level, the Dutch are experts on water management – and its people have had to make sacrifices”
Cool Roofs Might Be Enough to Save Cities from Climate Overheating | Scientific American
“New research suggests that planting gardens atop roofs or painting them white could offset both the local urban heat island effect and global warming, although one roof type does not cover all situations”
Miami Landscape Designer Raymond Jungles | Candace Jackson | Wall Street Journal
“He sketches first with a thick pencil, then switches to progressively thinner ones as a design goes from conceptual to more tangible.”
Detroit’s Belle Isle set to become state park, new fee
The bankrupt city will save $4 million and $6 million a year by handing over the park to the State of Michigan.
Continue reading This Week in Landscape | 16 February 2014
The URBAN JUNGLE is a distinctive proposal set along the entire outer edge of the Dubai Outer Road of the City, as an URBAN PARK as well as a GREEN BARRIER aiming to roll back the encroaching Arabian Desert from the southern side and to shield the city of Dubai from the constant threats of sand and dust storms, invading the city every now and then.
Continue reading STUDENT PROJECT | Urban Jungle | Saira Shafiq