UNISA’s brief to the design team was to reflect a new Africanism, a site of confluence of traditional wisdom transmitted to a younger generation. The Kgorong Centre was built as a gathering place for students and gateway to the rest of the campus. The centre is envisioned to become the soul, heart and spirit of the UNISA campus, while linking different levels on a steep slope through sweeping forms that relate intimately with the building architecture. The brief also called for the creation of a piazza space accessible to all. The challenge was to integrate the steep slope with the different levels of the building.
Continue reading UNISA Kgorong Centre | Pretoria South Africa | Cave Klapwijk and Associates
Landscape links from around the world this week
Jane Jacobs Defends Urbanism in 1960s New York City Planning | WNYC
A 1962 audio recording of Jane Jacobs, at a Books and Authors Luncheon, explains her current role as a community leader in the fight against what she views as the excesses and excrescences of the arrogant Modernist redesign of city neighborhoods.
Urban forestry project creates jobs | Ear to the Ground
DNR-managed projects can provide jobs and supplement the efforts of volunteers
A Peek Inside The Sad And Artificial World Of Zoo Habitats | Cliff Kuang | Fast Co Design
Zoos are inherently bizarre. The sheer thrill of seeing strange and exotic beasts is often tempered by the reality of the strange and artificial environments they’re kept in, raising the question: Can they really be happy hanging out in those habitats?
The Green Team: Part 4 – Planting for the future | Metropolis Magazine | Zeina Zahalan
Mathews Nielsen latest installment at Metropolis Magazine about the importance of planting correctly.
Keeping the winter landscape interesting | Michele Lerner | Washington Times
…options are more limited in winter. Instead, experts recommend planning for the season in advance.
Sustainable urban infrastructure key as African cities grow | Megan Wait | Engineering News
African cities would grow nearly three times faster than the global average over the next three-and-a-half decades, highlighting the need for efficient, effective and environmentally sustainable urban infrastructure development.
Another week of landscape links from around the world
The Big Task of Managing Nature at New York’s Central Park | Charles A. Birnbaum | The Cultural Landscape Foundation
“Central Park faces unprecedented use, along with changing climatic conditions and an onslaught of severe weather events. Additionally, increasing knowledge and proven notions about ecological restoration have added a new dimension to this century-and-a-half long conversation about how we interact with our environment and manage our idealized version of nature.”
Green walls ‘need building code’ to reduce fire hazard
“A SYDNEY landscape architect is pushing for green walls to be regulated under building and fire safety codes after he recently saw one go up in flames at a local bar.”
Urban Forestry for Symbolizing Eco-City | Md. Zahidur Rahman and Saeed Ahmed Siddiquee | Blitz
“Currently, unplanned urbanization resulted ecological imbalances in the city. FAO (2008) pointed out that Dhaka city has 21.57% open space where city parks belong to 0.89% and 0.02% for urban forest, garden for 0.90% and 12.12% for agriculture to meets the ecological balance of the city dwellers.”
African Ministers Adopt Programmes to Boost Sustainable Development, Eye Key Role in Post-Rio+20 Landscape | UNEP
What architects do doesn’t count | Jody Brown | Coffee with an Architect
“Because we don’t design the destination. We design the path.”
Fire-Resistant Plant List for the California Supplemental Exam | CSE for Landscape Architects
“These plants will eventually burn if the fire conditions are hot and dry enough, but they resist ignition better than many other species.”
Exploring the Upper West Side’s Riverside Park South | Curbed NY
“Riverside Park South offers up one of the Manhattan’s best opportunities to consider the city’s past as an industrial hub while considering the future of its waterfront. ”
IMAGE CREDIT: Flickr User Ed Yourdon
This weeks round-up of landscape news from around the web.
Why Designers Need To Stop Feeling Sorry For Africa | Skibsted Ideation | Fast Co Design
Taking a patronizing approach to investing in Africa undermines the continent’s people and entrepreneurial promise, argues Jens Martin Skibsted and Rasmus Bech Hansen.
How green is a parking lot? New efforts to test infrastructure | David J. Unger | Sacremento Bee
A growing number of civil engineers, landscape architects and urban planners are making a case for not just repairing but also for greening the structural underbelly we rely on to drink our water, cross our rivers and park our cars.
NY state parks system getting $89M funding boost | Wall Street Journal
$89 million in New York Works capital projects for the state-run system of 178 parks and 35 historic sites.
Six new spots for architecture lovers | Katia Hetter | CNN
Various spots around the world including the High Line
A new approach to infrastructure | Denise Deveau | Calgary Herald
Canadian cities need to replace their aging infrastructure to accommodate new weather patterns, shifting demographics and social trends
The Shell Game | Martin C. Pedersen | Metropolis Magazine
New York University announced yesterday that it was scaling back its controversial plans for expansion
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CHESTER Zoo (UK) recently submitted planning applications for its ambitious Natural Vision project.
Following extensive consultations, detailed plans for the Heart of Africa biodome together with expansion of the main entrance and car park have been submitted to Cheshire West and Chester Council.
This hybrid planning application includes detailed drawings for the first phase. Future phases may include a hotel and conservation college.
The biodome could be open to visitors by 2014. Chester Zoo is advised by Hill Dickinson, Aecom and Barton Willmore.
You can download the Public Consultation Boards in pdf format (includes more renders and plans)
[SOURCE: CHESTER Zoo and Place Northwest via Architect’s Journal]
[IMAGE SOURCE: CHESTER Zoo]