Discovery Green, Houston opens

Downtown Houston celebrated the Grand Opening of Discovery Green and the start of the Spring/Summer programming season at the park. The Discovery Green Family Day opening featured 12 acres of urban green space including a one-acre lake, children’s playground, interactive water features, amphitheater stage and slope, small and large dog runs, public art works, HPL Express, open lawns and excellent restaurants..

Source: Hargreaves Associates

Cityscape Asia starts Tuesday – Singapore

Tuesday(April 15) marks the start of the three day Cityscape Asia. This is an annual networking exhibition and conference focusing on all aspects of the property development cycle.

The event attracts regional and international investors, property developers, government and development authorities, leading architects, designers, consultants and all senior professionals involved in the property industry. It provides an annual forum that celebrates the very best in real estate, architecture, urban planning and design from around the world.

Pre-registration has closed, however you still register at the Exhibition at Suntec Singapore Level 4. Exhibition hours are 10am till 7pm 15 to 17 April

Source: Cityscape – The International Property Investment & Development Event.

Conceptual gardens: It’s all in the mind – Telegraph

Conceptualism is the “next big thing” in garden design: there is an international conference on the topic in July at Tate Britain, a new book seeks to define it, and it has gone mainstream by dint of the conceptual gardens section at Hampton Court Flower Show.

But we can be forgiven for feeling sceptical about it. After all, some of these “gardens” don’t actually have any plants in them.

Among conceptualists, an ecologically sensitive approach to design is seen as a good idea, but that is no reason to make it the whole raison d’etre for a garden, particularly in an urban situation. A more honest attitude, they claim, is to create garden spaces that respond to the needs of human beings as opposed to, say, beetles or badgers.

Read more @ the Source: Telegraph.co.uk – Conceptual gardens: It’s all in the mind .

IFLA 2008 – Netherlands

Transforming with Water is the theme of the 2008 World Congress of the International Federation of Landscape Architects. This 45th IFLA World Congress will be held in the Netherlands from June 30 to July 3, in conjunction with the Apeldoorn Landscape Architecture Triennale, which hosts various other cutting-edge landscape events, such as the European Summer School, A Wider View on Cultural Landscape Challenges in Europe, the Conference Landscape and Leisure, and various exhibitions on garden history and landscape architecture.

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Climate Change and Urban Design

Climate Change and Urban Design:
Science, Policy, Education and Best Practice
The Third International C.E.U. Congress
14 – 16 September 2008 – Oslo, Norway

This conference will examine the latest implications in science, policy, education and best practice. What is the latest science telling us? What are the consequences for urban development internationally? What are the practical solutions available to reduce climate gas emissions from urban settlements and transportation? What strategies are available to adapt to changing conditions?

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