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 .
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.
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?
The Planning Department has launched the Stage 2 Public Engagement for the New Central Harbourfront Urban Design Study to seek views on the concepts for the re-assembly of Queen’s Pier and reconstruction of the old Star Ferry Clock Tower.
The department today said the urban design framework for the new Central harbourfront has been refined after considering views collected in the first stage public engagement exercise. Different design concepts for the eight key sites have been prepared. For details click here.
On the re-assembly of Queen’s Pier, alternative concepts have been prepared for the stage two public engagement. The first concept is to re-assemble Queen’s Pier at the harbourfront between Central Piers No.9 and 10 and to revive the public pier function. The second concept is to re-assemble Queen’s Pier at its original location.
For the clock tower the first concept is to reconstruct it as a focal point on the harbourfront with an axial relationship with City Hall and the re-assembled Queen’s Pier by the harbour. The second concept is to reconstruct the clock tower close to the original location. A clock tower gallery to exhibit the salvaged items is proposed under both concepts.
The design concepts are not exhaustive, the department said, adding alternative concepts can be mixed.
Source: Hong Kong Government – Views sought on harbourfront options.
Landscape architect James Corner unveiled plans yesterday for creating America’s largest urban park in Memphis: a 4,500-acre site, five-times the size of Manhattan’s Central Park. Corner’s firm, Field Operations, beat out Hargreaves Associates and Tom Leader Studio, the other finalists in a six-month competition to master plan Shelby Farms, a patchwork of open space that had been a state-run prison farm during the mid-20th century and has since remained un-programmed.
Read more @ the Source: Architectural Record