Qianshan New City Masterplan | Zhuhai China | Christopher Counts Studio

The 55-acre on-structure landscape design for Qianshan New City sits atop two levels of parking and employs an aggressive topographic response and rich park program to humanize the unrelenting architectural density of its sixty 30-story towers serving 15,000 people.This mixed-use development, currently under construction, is recognized as the largest single-phase project in China. The project is located in Zhuhai, which borders Macau and is across the South China Sea from Hong Kong.
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EDEN Villa | Ho Chi Minh City Vietnam | ONE landscape

Inspired by the linearity of the vast paddy fields that marks Vietnam’s dramatic landscape, the design includes a series of vibrant community spaces that are interconnected through a safe and secure public realm based on “access for all” philosophy.
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Mission Hills Hot Springs and Spa | Haikou China | EDSA

The Mission Hills Hot Springs and Spa is an outdoor themed amenity area for the new 500 room luxury Mission Hills Haikou hotel. The site is approximately 65,000m2 of lush tropical landscape and rockwork and nearly 300 themed individual pool spa experiences from around the world.
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Six Finalists selected for Zaryadye Park Design Competition

Last week we told you that 87 of the 90 submissions were eligible for entry into Zaryadye Park Design Competition. Yesterday, the jury held an eight-hour long meeting the Jury and selected six teams out of 90 applications. The main criteria was composition of a consortium, consisting of representatives of various specialties, and consortium portfolio. On 27 September 2013 the six participants will provide landscape and architectural concepts for Zaryadye park. After the technical expertise these projects will be presented to the Jury early November 2013. And later on the Winner will be involved in implementation of the project.

The six finalists include teams lead by:

Diller Scofidio + Renfro (USA)

MVRDV (the Netherlands)

Turenscape (China)


West 8 (the Netherlands)

Gustafson Porter (UK)

IMAGE CREDIT |  Зарядье / Zaryadye | © Институт медиа, архитектуры и дизайна “Стрелка” / Сергей Леонтьев
© Institute for media, architecture and design Strelka / Sergey Leontiev

Wulin Palace Apartments | Hangzhou China | Integrated Planning and Design

Hangzhou is an economy-driven city that is famed for its natural beauty.  The design team felt that this uncommon combination of civic ambitions was an informal call to action that asked the designers to provide a balanced set of programs for the residents.  The apartments at Wulin Palace provide a resort-residential lifestyle within the city of Hangzhou.
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This Week In Landscape | 9 June 2013

Garden That Climbs The Stairs by Balmori Associates IMAGE CREDIT Iwan-Baan

‘Garden That Climbs The Stairs’ by Balmori Associates | IMAGE CREDIT | Iwan Baan

This Week in Landscape – your weekly update of landscape links from around the world…..

Meet The 13 Designers On Fast Company’s Most Creative People List | Belinda Lanks | Fast Co. Design
Diana Balmori (Principal – Balmori Associates) made the #3 spot on Fast Company’s 2013 Most Creative People List

ISTANBUL’S AWFUL PLANS | Daniel Jost | Landscape Architecture Magazine
“The bloody protests in Turkey aren’t just about urban design, but it was a plan to redesign Taksim Square that sparked the original demonstrations.”

A Restorative Landscape for Stamford | Will Belcher, RLA | OLIN blog
“Residents gathered for a weekend of festivities along the banks of Mill River, commemorating the long anticipated 14-acre park and river restoration by the Army Corps of Engineers and park design by OLIN”

“Urban Forest” by Jieun Yang and Ji Young Kim | First Street Green
“FIRST STREET GREEN is pleased to announce to the winning proposal for the 2013 PUBLIC SUMMER Pavilion, “Urban Forest” by Jieun Yang and Ji Young Kim. This proposal is currently being reviewed by NYC Parks & Recreation and is pending approval from DPR.”

“designer Stephen Burks takes us to the High Line and explains how the elevated park is helping to transform the surrounding areas of the city.” (needs to remember the Highline was designed by JCFO not just DSR)

Five Modernist Landscape Architects | G. Ryan Smith | Land 8
“Below are five modernist landscape architects whose work you should be familiar with….”

Exploring Melbourne’s underlying landscape | Zoe Nikakis | The Age
“Different Australian landscapes, the ways in which they came into being and the people who were instrumental in their creation are the focus of Dr Saniga’s book, the first in-depth look at Australian landscape architecture.”

Working in China: A Chat with Barry | Archinect
A chat with Barry Witherspoon, a landscape architect and contributing author at Archinect. Barry has been living and working as an architect in China and talks about his experiences. (version previously appeared in Landscape Architecture Magazine.

Building 877, the Island’s largest non-historic building, was imploded at 7:36 AM on Sunday, June 9. The implosion of Building 877, the tallest non-historic building on Governors Island will open up extraordinary views of the Statue of Liberty. (Watch Video from 22:20)


Wenying Lake | Datong China | AECOM

The Wenying Lake reservoir, also known as the “Mother Lake”, is the most important water supply for the ancient city of Datong. With a massive increase in urban development since the 1980’s, the once plentiful lake waters have been depleted, draining the site not only of water, but natural ecosystems and beautiful scenery.
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