The Porch – gateway to University City

Groundswell Design Group was brought on by Philadelphia’s University City District to redesign The Porch, a public space located next to 30th Street Station, Philadelphia’s main train station and the second busiest station in the United States. With 18,000 workers within a five-minute walk, and 16,000 people passing through the site daily, this former parking lot sits nestled between the grand colonnades of 30th Street Station and four lanes of traffic on Market Street. The Porch ultimately acts as the station’s gateway to Center City Philadelphia and University City.

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8 NYC Parks to receive $40 million in improvements

NYC Parks recently revealed the eight showcase parks selected for reconstruction using Parks Without Borders design principles. Launched in November 2015, supported by $50 million in Mayoral OneNYC funding, the new design concept better connects parks and communities and improves access by opening sight lines, beautifying edges, and adding furnishings to underutilized spaces. The announcement was made today during the agency’s PARKS WITHOUT BORDERS summit at The New School.
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King’s House | Bangalore, India | The Purple Ink Studio


Occupying a strategic position in the heart of Bangalore, the clients brief saw a potential for limited ‘Sky Villas’ where the architecture would re-interpret new levels of luxury in living. The built form and landscape is worked out to capture and involve the vibrant richness of the city’s flora.

The design challenge was to capitalize on the potential of the 30,000 Sqft site without compromising on the existing green cover and minimizing the ecological footprint of the structure.

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Landscape Institute launches the BIM for Landscape book


The Landscape Institute has launched ‘BIM for Landscape’, a book focused on the implementation of Building Information Modelling (BIM) processes in landscape and the external environment. The book is published through Routledge and is an indicator of the importance of BIM within the landscape profession, especially in the UK were the government has mandated that public sector projects will require implementation of BIM to a predetermined level.

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Oak Grove Village | Malden & Melrose, MA, USA | Pressley Associates


Oak Grove Village is located in the Boston suburbs of Malden and Melrose on 17.4 acres including 8.6 acres of green space, most of which is over parking structure.  . The phased 500 rental apartments are connected to the Oak Grove Orange Line T-Station by a new footbridge across a historic canal, whose banks were enhanced as part of the landscape vision. The planned unit development draws inspiration from historic New England towns.  Architecture and landscape architecture combine creating a sense of community.  Storefronts activate the street and dwelling units open out to accessible open space. Condensing building footprints, and placing much of the parking underground maximized the common green space.

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Shortlisted ideas for nuclear power station design have been unveiled


Shortlisted Entry | Cumbria Water Park by Iteriad, Stephenson Halliday and Charles and Lily Jencks supported by Atkins Engineers

Earlier this year, in a World-first, NuGen invited designers from across the globe to come up with ideas for Europe’s largest nuclear power station.
The shortlisted schemes, for various buildings including a visitor centre and worker accommodation, are now available on the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) website: and on the Landscape Institute (LI)

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Pool planned for Melbourne’s Yarra River

©Studio Octopi, Yarra-Swim, Picture-Plane

Yarra Pool ©Studio Octopi, Yarra-Swim, Picture Plane

Melbourne non-profit, Yarra Swim Co, has teamed up with UK architects Studio Octupi to visualise what it might look like to swim in the Yarra in the near future.
The Yarra Pool concept design is one of the many visual treats featured in the broadsheet publication of The Pool*, Australia’s Venice Biennale Exhibition which opens on May 28th.

The architects behind the Thames Baths, Studio Octopi, who produced the conceptual design, are making a name for themselves designing visionary renderings of urban lidos. Their rendering for the Venice exhibition, in collaboration with Yarra Swim Co, includes a 25m lap pool and a smaller children’s play-pool within a planted, floating pontoon. Spectacular views of Melbourne’s CBD are realised from the water and surrounding decks, while changing facilities and a café support the proposal, serving to activate the river bank and provide a vibrant new public destination in Australia’s rapidly growing cultural capital.

‘The Yarra Pool is an exciting project that talks to a wider conversation globally around access to urban waterways’ –
Chris Romer-Lee | Studio Octopi & Thames Baths

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