VIDEO | Coastal Work starts on Katwijk in the Netherlands | OKRA


OKRA recently published a short video showing the construction work on the coast defence at Katwijk in the Netherlands. Alongside building the required coastal defence, the coast zone investments ensure that Katwijk remains a tourist destination and supporting the local economy of seaside towns. With the need to strengthen the Katwijk coast, care is taken to preserve the value of the existing town and, ultimately, how this can also be made stronger.
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XARDÍN DAS PÍAS | Allaríz Spain | Aurora Armental Ruiz & Stefano Ciurlo Walker

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The garden draws inspiration from the beauty of the industrial and ethnographic heritage of Allariz. The point of departure of the garden is a reinterpretation of the granite tubs used for dying the leather in the tanning process, industrial practice strongly routed in the culture of this territory. The intention is to create a space of contemplation, within which to sit, to walk and to observe flowers.

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COMPETITION | Place by Design | SXSW Eco Public Space Design Competition

Place by Design, the SXSW Eco Public Space Design Competition, honors visionary design work that achieves a positive community impact through the creation or re-imagining of public spaces. The Q&A style application is open to four categories of projects: Conceptual, In Planning, Implemented and Student. The application addresses project and designer information, the designer’s intention and the social and environmental impact of the project.

Human connection with place is a key factor in the struggle for a sustainable world. Good design has the ability to reflect a community’s culture and values and compels people to engage with their everyday surroundings. Vibrant public spaces signify a vibrant community and will be maintained and conserved for years to come. Placemaking and related initiatives such as tactical urbanism and public interest design focus on strengthening our connection to place by making it more accessible, community-centered, aligned with nature and even playful. Place by Design will highlight projects that transform the way communities interact with place as a means of inspiring our attendees to improve their own places. View the winners and finalists of last year’s competition

Submissions end Tuesday, July 15th at 11:59 CST

All designers must be able to present a version of their design at SXSW Eco: October 6-8, 2014

More information at SXSW Eco

Southampton’s Watermark WestQuay goes to Grant Associates

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Grant Associates has been appointed to design the public realm for Watermark WestQuay Southampton – a £70m leisure-led regeneration scheme masterplanned by ACME for developers Hammerson.

Inspired by tidal mudflats, the strata in which the city of Southampton was first built apon, Grant Associates’ landscape design will comprise four key components: the plaza bringing a new open space for Southampton; the ancient historic town walls that form a distinctive backdrop to the spaces; the promenade that runs the length of the walls; and the steps and ramps that negotiate the 7 metre level change between the Bargate and the lower levels of Western Esplanade.

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WLA Magazine | WLA 14 | Temporary & Transitory

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Temporary and Transitory is the theme for the 14th edition of WLA Magazine. Various projects are published in this edition including temporary sand dunes, festival spaces, pop-up gardens, art installations, display gardens, indoor landscapes and waterscapes.

Firms and Organisations work published in this edition include HOSPER, UNStudio, ASPECT Studios, DE URBANISTEN, HASSELL, POLA, Groundswell Design Group, NYDPR, Karres en Brands and many more.

One of the most interesting editions that we have curated and shows the broad variety of landscape architecture across the world.

Buy your copy of WLA 14 (high resolution pdf) for $USD3.99 via  Credit Card or Paypal.

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