Lantau North Country Park opens (hong kong)

Two-thousand hikers helped Secretary for the Environment Edward Yau open Hong Kong’s 24th country park on Lantau Island today.

The Lantau North (Extension) Country Park adds another 2,360 hectares to Hong Kong’s country park area. It brings Lantau Island’s total country park area to 10,000 hectares, or 70% of the island.

SOURCE: news.gov.hk – Lantau North Country Park opens.

Martha Schwartz Partners to undertake landscape design and public realm for pioneering educational discovery centre in Damascus

Martha Schwartz Partners Ltd has won an international design competition to provide the public realm and landscape design for Massar Children’s Discovery Centre and public park in Damascus, Syria.

[SOURCE: AMEinfo.com – Martha Schwartz Partners to undertake landscape design and public realm for pioneering educational discovery centre in Damascus | Martha Schwartz].

Infrastructure development in Middle East expected to slow – Propertywire.com

Propertywire.com is reporting “Falling oil prices could seriously affect construction projects in the Middle East with a review of infrastructure spending likely.”

[SOURCE: Propertywire.com (subscription) Infrastructure development in Middle East expected to slow]

Initiative will educate public about Abu Dhabi’s development – The National Newspaper

National Newspaper reports that

“Planners, architects and the public will be taught the philosophy behind the Abu Dhabi 2030 Plan, the framework for the city’s future development, under an Urban Planning Council (UPC) initiative announced yesterday.

Estidama Community Sustainable Responsibility 2030 (ECSR 2030), will deal with four main elements: environment, economic, social and cultural elements.”

[SOURCE: The National Newspaper – Initiative will educate public about Abu Dhabi’s development - The National Newspaper].

Landslide 2008: Marvels of Modernism (until Dec 4)

George Eastman House
Rochester, New York
November 19, 2008 to January 4, 2009

The Cultural Landscape Foundation, Garden Design magazine, and George Eastman House
International Museum of Photography and Film Announce the 2008 ‘Landslide’ Designees:
Marvels of Modernism

Modernist landscapes with boomerang curves, reservoirs inspired by Joan Miro paintings, animated fountains, soaring roof gardens, geometric earthworks, futuristic Fair grounds, and sunken and expansive plazas all became celebrated design elements during the nation’s massive post‐World War II development. These experimental and innovative expressions, adopted by maverick landscape architects such as Dan Kiley and Lawrence Halprin, became a catalyst for inserting Modern design sensibilities into newly minted public and private spaces. During this period, designers, their clients, and patrons utilized revolutionary new and experimental materials, and subdued transitions between indoor and outdoor spaces to infuse Modern forms into classic sensibilities. However, until recently, many of these designs have been misunderstood and underappreciated. To draw attention to these irreplaceable works, the 2008 Landslide theme: Marvels of Modernism, spotlights our diverse postwar garden and landscape heritage.
[SOURCE: Cultural Landscape Foundation]

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