Colegio Panama | Juan Diaz Panamá | BeOnLand Landscape Architecture with JBJC

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The proposed landscape design is translated into a symbolic representation of meanders in wetlands. The inspiration for the concept stems from the natural characteristics of place and respect for it.

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This Week In Landscape | 16 March 2013

Weekly roundup of landscape news stories from around the world.

Seoul demolishes its urban expressways as city planners opt for greener schemes
The levelling of the Ahyeon overpass marks the latest attempt to improve the environment of South Korea’s sprawling capital

Why Andrés Duany Is So Focused on Making ‘Lean Urbanism’ a Thing | Atlantic Cities
Duany describes lean urbanism as “not a philosophical approach, but a narrow seam of activity, a sharing of secret knowledge.”

Light pollution impairs rainforest regeneration | Lewanzik D, Voigt CC | Journal of Applied Ecology
Increasing light pollution in tropical habitats could be hampering regeneration of rainforests because of its impact on nocturnal seed-dispersers.

Why William Kent was one of the great garden designers | Tim Richardson | The Telegraph
“But does it say enough about his talents as a garden designer, arguably his most original contribution? Rousham in Oxfordshire, the Elysian Fields at Stowe, Buckinghamshire, and Chiswick House in London are three of his surviving masterpieces.”

Of parks and recreation | Pauline Deborah R. | The Hindu
“Why are parks important? Urban parks play a dynamic role but are sometimes underappreciated and are often taken for granted. Parks are ‘urban oases’ that serve as carbon sinks for a highly polluted city. ”

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Tiana Garden | Barcelona Spain | Simbiosi

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The original idea for this, and all of our creations, came from three very important items for us: space & physical limitations, visitor needs, and design essence.

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STUDENT PROJECT | Urban Design for Aveiro City | Alexandre Parente

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The urban design was based on the idea of people to walk and rest on large footpaths with safe and comfortably and also to car and loading and unloading vehicles have enough space for parking. It was also took in consideration the need for public space for local inhabitants and for people passing by, providing squares and  ‘pocket’ gardens. These green spaces contribute to join local commuters and at the same time to ensure climatic comfort and boost on biodiversity in urban landscape. The shops and services needed for inhabitants daily routine are located in the two central avenues where the bus stops, bike lanes and roads and parking lots are located.

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CONSTRUCTION UPDATE | Final Stage of the High Line

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Final Stage of the High Line | Image Credit Timothy Schenck courtesy of Friends of the High Line.

The third and final stage(known as the Rail Yards) is currently under construction and the Friends of the High Line have told WLA via email that most of the High Line’s signature planking has been laid. The interim walkway (where the High Line curves north at the intersection of West 30th Street and 12th Avenue) is all in place. Planting will begin in spring and continue throughout the summer whilst also installing additional construction elements. No date has been set for the opening of the final stage but is expected to be open to the public in the Fall of 2014.

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