The Wave, Muscat adopts sustainable development practices

Matt Reynolds, Atkins Supervising Senior Landscape Architect at The Wave, Muscat, provides an insight on how a few initiatives can make the hard and soft landscaping both sustainable and environment friendly.

‘The landscape designers (Landscape Designs LLC, Oman) have focused on providing a landscape treatment that minimizes the use of water through a selection of gravels, paving and a palette of plant species

read more @ the SOURCE: The Wave, Muscat adopts sustainable development practices– The Wave.

The Central Promontory mound takes shape on the site of the AICCM

Oklahoma has a unique history that differentiates it from any other state in the nation.  Oklahoma’s newest earthen architectural landform, the “Central Promontory Mound” located at the American Indian Cultural Center & Museum (AICCM) is rising proudly on the Oklahoma River. Strategically positioned at the intersection of I-35 and I-40, east of downtown Oklahoma City, the AICCM will celebrate the remarkable continuation of culture and innovation that is prevalent throughout the state. SOURCE: Native Biz

For current pictures see Native Biz

and for contruction stage images see AICCM

Project Landscape Architects –Hargreaves

SOURCE: Hargreaves News.

Landscape Institute welcomes Mayor’s plans for ‘greener’ London

The Landscape Institute today welcomed the Mayor of London’s proposals for more green spaces in the capital as part of his climate change adaptation strategy and stressed the importance of a green infrastructure approach to planning.

Read more @ the SOURCE: Landscape Institute welcomes Mayor’s plans for ‘greener’ London.

What IS Landscape Architecture, Part II : News : Naples Daily News

Part 2 of the great article about landscape architects by Michael Spencer

Make It Green: What IS Landscape Architecture, Part II : News : Naples Daily News.

New green building guidelines will open up new avenues for landscaping business

 

Gulf Landscaping  organisers UK’s CMPi have announced their support for the 2030 initiative – Estidama – devised to make Abu Dhabi the sustainability capital of the Middle East.

 

“We support the initiative as it is an integrated program to devise guidelines and regulations for sustainable (green) design, operation and maintenance of all types of buildings and communities within the emirate of Abu Dhabi and will be a forerunner that ensures the balanced growth of residential and commercial buildings integrating ample greenery and landscaping,” said CMPi Group Director, Chris Fountain.

 

Mr. Fountain noted that Estidama New Building (ENB) design guidelines have been written to provide all concerned parties and stakeholders with outline information for an integrated approach to sustainable building design.

 

“This holistic approach to sustainable design opens up several new avenues for the landscaping business as Abu Dhabi leads the way by setting guidelines to integrate local and built environment in the regional context,” Mr. Fountain remarked.

 

Estidama, will subsequently be introduced in all seven emirates in the country and will serve as a prototype for other countries in the region.

 

Estidama, a sustainable development project still in the trial phase, is currently formulating construction guidelines for all new development projects in the capital, and is expected to save energy and water consumption by up to 30 per cent. It will also be consulting with government agencies, utility providers and developers and planning consultants to draft sustainability guidelines for public facilities such as sidewalks and parks.

  

Gulf Landscaping is scheduled to take place at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre from 17th to 18th November 2008.

 

SOURCE: Gulf Landscaping – Press Release

Estate Gardens by ValleyCrest Launches in Dallas

ValleyCrest Companies, the leading national full-service landscape firm with $1 billion in revenue, today announced that they will be re-branding the residential design-build efforts in the Dallas area under the Estate Gardens by ValleyCrest name. Providing seamless design-build services, Estate Gardens by ValleyCrest offers luxury residential landscape services to homeowners, architects, developers and building contractors.

SOURCE (PRNEWSWIRE.com) – Estate Gardens by ValleyCrest Launches in Dallas.

Eco-friendly redeveloping

Englewood – This community built around the water plans to transform its downtown into a statewide model for urban redevelopment that puts a stopper on polluted storm runoff.

read more @ the SOURCE: Eco-friendly redeveloping | HeraldTribune.com | Southwest Florida’s Information Leader.

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