Redefining the 17th floor of the historic Western Publishing Building in midtown Manhattan, HM White has created a contemporary green roof garden terrace as an extension of Shorenstein Properties’ new corporate offices. The 6,500 square-foot living roof establishes a biophilic transformation of the office environment and daily employee experience. A lush, sculpted garden wraps the building and visually merges interior office spaces with a serene meadow landscape, layered in contrast to its dense urban context.
HASSELL, in collaboration with We Made That, has been appointed by London Borough of Croydon to deliver an important public realm project as part of the Connected Croydon programme. Supported by Engineers Buro Happold and graphic designers, Objectif, the team will deliver the South End Public Realm, part of a coordinated set of projects to enhance Croydon’s high streets.
The £2.8m South End scheme will transform the streetscape of a key gateway into central Croydon – and the heart of the Borough’s restaurant district – to create a coherent, high
quality and welcoming place. Works are expected to start on site in early 2014 following extensive engagement and consultation with stakeholders and community groups.
London Wetlands Park | Image Flickr User amandabhslater
Sue Illman, President of the Landscape Institute, wants the UK’s water supply chain to become more sustainable with priority given to all elements of the water cycle when designing and developing new places. Illman will speak this week at Ecobuild about water sensitive design – a fully integrated solution to flooding, droughts and water quality, the multi-faceted benefits of sustainable drainage and a green infrastructure approach to development.
“It’s time we started to see water as a potential resource – rather than something to be hidden away underground. Elsewhere in the world a mixed green, grey and blue infrastructure is being adopted. In February the White House committed the US to taking a GI approach after some years monitoring its effectiveness, and in Melbourne, Australia the City is introducing legislation to ensure it owns all of the rain falling on the City as part of their Water Sensitive approach, as it sees it as a valuable resource.” - Sue Illman, President of the Landscape Institute
“Australian’s are surrounded by ocean and ambushed from behind by desert – a war of mystery on two fronts” – Lands Edge Tim Winton
In a former sand quarry, a new botanic garden has been completed, one that allows visitors to follow a metaphorical journey of water through the Australian landscape, from the desert to the coastal fringe.
The Landscape Institute has launched a new website - New London Landscape. The website was inspired by the Highline for London design competition and is a showcase of green infrastructure ideas for the capital. New London Landscape allows visitors to explore the 100 previously unseen designs from the recent ‘High Line for London’ competition. The showcase offers a critique of the capital’s existing green infrastructure and suggests a 100 possible futures. The website maps each of the projects and also gives a details of each project. Users can also browse through the projects by category including bio-diversity, connectivity, new parks, lost rivers, transport, urban greening and water.