Debated for centuries, the role of nature in the contemporary city has never seemed more essential or imperiled. As a result of great efforts to maintain the illusion of ‘nature’, the relationship between landscape and the city has been one of great stress, strain and contrivance.
Landscape was once the connective tissue between constructed elements and a continuous root system beneath our feet. Increasingly in the contemporary city, plant material appears as tiny islands adrift in vast oceans of concrete. The ground plane is a thin and brittle construct masking the hollow cavity below that houses urban infrastructure, transit systems and parking garages. Container planting has resulted in a scarce and scattered landscape of individual plants relegated to individual vessels.
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Kerb is an annual cross-disciplinary design publication produced by the RMIT University School of Architecture and Design has put out the Call for Submissions for the 24th edition. Kerb is a progressive design journal focused on contemporary landscape architecture issues from an international and national perspective. The theme for this edition is “Territory”. Submissions close on Monday 9th of May, 12 midnight (AEST ).
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NEO Brussels masterplan prescribes the redevelopment of Brussel’s Heysel plateau, one of the most strategic locations in the Brussels Metropole Region. The design for NEO Brussels aims to strengthen the significance of the Heysel, and to qualify it within a framework for sustainable development. A masterplan for the Heysel is being developed for the first time since the 1958 World’s Fair. This requires a strong vision that integrates Brussels, Belgium and Europe in one place.
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The design vision for Morgan Court, Glenroy arose from the many conversations with the local community and stakeholders that became the cornerstone of the project. This in depth local engagement process, together with the careful consideration of the long term objectives within the Glenroy Activity Centre Structure plan, resulted in a design that seeks to activate this public space now and into the future. These informative conversations strengthened the project’s focus on changing perceptions about the value of Morgan Court; how can the community’s appreciation be strengthened through an integrated and vibrant approach to this retail area?
Continue reading Enlocus revitalises Morgan Court with an integrated and vibrant approach
Optimizing Singapore’s Land Use
Singapore has a long and successful history of land optimization and intensification since its independence over a half century ago. To adjust for economic and population growth, the city-state continues to perform reclamation to ensure its industrial and commercial sector will flourish. Since Singapore’s first masterplan in 1958, each land use has been articulated and appropriated for specific usage with the exception of one: the island’s interior reserves. When seeing Singapore as a whole, large green swaths of land within the Western and Central regions of the island are dominantly used for passive open spaces, military facilities and storage. They are delineated from the urban fabric by major freeways, accessible only at discrete locations. These reserves have not been optimized to the same degree as the island’s developed land and remain underutilized. But what if Singapore could create a new reserve optimized to the same degree of the rest of island? A Third Reserve could address the future challenges facing the island with population growth and food security.
Continue reading STUDENT PROJECT | The Third Reserve | Singapore | Joseph Rosenberg, Daniel Lau, Lindsay Rule
April is World Landscape Architecture Month (#WLAM2016) and is a month long celebration of Landscape Architecture across the world through social media (twitter, instagram, facebook and more) by taking photos of landscape architecture with the “This is Landscape Architecture” card and adding the hashtag #WLAM2016.
Find out more about what is going on in your country through ASLA, Landscape Institute and CSLA. Also follow, retweet and share your fellow landscape architects posts with the hashtag #WLAM2016.
WORLD LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE is not involved with World Landscape Architecture Month, but we are very happy to share, like and retweet your posts and feel free to tag or include @wlandscapearch in your tweets or posts.
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C.F. Møller and Tredje Natur win competition to design an innovative generation community in Copenhagen – one of the largest and most visionary residential and nursing home projects in Danish history.
Continue reading C.F. Møller Architects and Tredje Natur win Future Sølund in Copenhagen