LAND Reader launch

Today we launch – LAND Reader – a new website that will provide the latest news,  books, products,  events and other information updates from across the web. LAND Reader will give updates from local to international built environment news to summaries of interesting topics. LAND Reader will be your weekly read for news about landscape architecture.

Why create another website when we have World Landscape Architect? World Landscape Architect has evolved from a blog, posting news articles; to a news website giving the latest design projects in rich images. As we read a vast amount of news daily from across the web and we sort to provide this information via twitter. However, we felt World Landscape Architect readers where missing out so we felt a new web space was needed and the reason for launching LAND Reader . World Landscape Architect is going to change over the coming months and will be moving to new home in 2011.

LAND Reader will be predominately text based so that people from across the world with varying access to the web (dial-up, broadband, mobile) will be able to be informed about landscape architecture. LAND Reader will also look at interesting topics and give a summary of resources so that readers can stay informed and today with the launch of the new site we give our first sample of a topic post with Landscape Urbanism vs New Urbanism.

If you have any tips or news that readers of LAND Reader would be interested in email damian@landreader.com

Cracknell appointed to SmartCity Malta

Cracknell Landscape Architects based in the UAE, UK and Oman have been appointed the landscape architects for SmartCity Malta - ‘a premier ICT and media park, showcasing Malta to the world as the region’s new destination for high-tech industries…..With the Government of Malta as a partner, local, regional and international companies can be assured of the country’s long-term commitment to knowledge-based opportunities.‘.

Cracknell’s scope of work extends from the strategic and master plan level through to the detailed design and construction. Key landscape elements of SmartCity Malta include the entry gate and Main Boulevard, urban ring road, coastal promenade, lagoon, and cascading terraces. The streetscape and lighting scheme will further set the ambiance and enhance the built environment.

Read more at the [SOURCE: Malta Independent Online – SmartCity Malta appoints landscape architects]

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Scotland releases simplified Planning Policy

The Scottish Government recently launched a simplified planning document which replaces 17 separate planning policies. The new document sets out planning policy on topics such as housing, wind farms, flooding and the natural and built environment.

Also published today is a circular updating guidance on the criteria and processes when developers are required to make a contribution to the provision of local infrastructure, where a development would create additional infrastructure demands.

Go here to download the new planning policy (PDF)

Go here to download the circular (PDF)

[SOURCE: Scottish Government]

Irish Government publishes policy for the future of Architecture

Mr. John Gormley, T.D., Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government(Ireland) on 8 October 2009 published the Government Policy on Architecture 2009-2015 Towards a Sustainable Future: Delivering Quality within the Built Environment. At an event to launch the Policy in the Custom House, the Minister outlined his belief that the new Policy on Architecture 2009-2015 “provides a dynamic framework for the implementation of public policy on architecture over the next seven years”.The implementation of the Policy on Architecture should lead to a greater emphasis on the role of architectural and urban-design quality in the design of the built environment.  Minister Gormley emphasised that “the Policy complements and supports the Government’s wider economic strategy in areas such as research, green enterprise and the development of efficient and sustainable technologies for the built environment. Within the Policy there are various actions that support initiatives on job creation, enterprise and the export of Irish skills and products abroad.”

SOURCE: News – Department of the Environment, Heritage & Local Government.

Landscape Architecture 5 feet and beyond

I just read the article Grounds for creativity at PostStar.com that talks about the role of a landscape architect and raises some good points about landscape architects and our scope of work however there was one statement that confounded me.

As a rule, landscape architects, who require a different license than a traditional architect, design from five feet outside of the building and beyond.

I don’t know where this came, maybe its a state law definition somewhere? However, I think that it is often a misconception that landscape architects deal with just the outside and beyond the apron of the building. We often work inside the ‘five feet and beyond’ – the entry, the walls (green), roofs, indoor atriums. However this is not the point, I often worry that the line between architect, landscape architect and other disciplines is too defined and limits the creativity of all disciplines. In my experience the best projects and designs are those that are designed as a collaboration between disciplines where a team comes together to formulate a design. Designs should be a collaboration between disciplines not sole disciplines designing ‘our scope/part’.

Landscape architects (and all disciplines) are essential to good design whether it’s a building, urban park, rooftop, or a city. Landscape architecture is the whole landscape not just the 5 feet and beyond.

By Damian Holmes 15 September 2009

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