Tai O is an old fishing village rich in heritage, and once home of salt industries. It is now developed as a rural fishing village, a popular tourist attraction with traditional residential and commercial streets. Tai O lies on a low lying coastal area on the western side of Lantau Island, the major priority was to resolve the flooding problems occasionally experienced in Tai O. The improvement works of Tai O (phase 1) aimed to preserve cultural heritage and natural attributes of Tai O, which included the construction of Riverwall at Yat Chung, upgrading the temple garden in front of Kwan Tai Temple and improvement works to the signage within the inner-core area.
OKRA recently published a short video showing the construction work on the coast defence at Katwijk in the Netherlands. Alongside building the required coastal defence, the coast zone investments ensure that Katwijk remains a tourist destination and supporting the local economy of seaside towns. With the need to strengthen the Katwijk coast, care is taken to preserve the value of the existing town and, ultimately, how this can also be made stronger. Continue reading VIDEO | Coastal Work starts on Katwijk in the Netherlands | OKRA
Due to faster than expected sea level rise, scientists project that even the drastic intervention of the M.O.S.E. sea barrier project will only delay the permanent flooding of Venice by 100 to 200 years. In this future vision of drastically altered climate conditions, coastal cities such as Venice will have to physically and economically reinvent themselves in order to survive.
The Vertical Forest project aims to build high-density tower blocks with trees within the city. The first example of a Vertical Forest is currently under construction in Milan in Porta Nuova Isola area, part of a larger redevelopment project developed by Hines Italia with two towers which are 80 metres and 112 metres tall respectively, and which will be able to hold 480 big and medium size trees, 250 small size trees, 11.000 groundcover plants and 5.000 shrubs (the equivalent of a hectare of forest).
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Yale Urban Ecosystem Services Symposium was held this week with the Keynote by NYC Deputy Mayor Caswell Holloway – “How can ecosystem services help build sustainable, resilient cities?” after the keynote there were four panels on Urban Micro-Climate, Green Infrastructure and Stormwater, Coastal Protection, Sea Level Rise, & Hurricanes, The Use and Stewardship of Multifunctional Landscapes. The above video includes the keynote and you can watch the panel discussions on the Yale Urban Ecosystem Services Symposium livestream page.
Soils: The Measure of Moisture | James Urban | Landscape Architecture Magazine
“Most projects don’t have a soil scientist as a consultant, which leaves landscape architects to make important field decisions during construction. We need to specify soil moisture as part of the process of installing and compacting soils, and managing soil moisture is a critical part of plant establishment afterward.”
For New York–a metropolis realized on its maritime potentialities–oceanic borders now threaten America’s most populous region and premiere city. Illustrated through the ongoing havoc and devastation caused by tropical storm Sandy, in New York City climate change has become an irrevocable reality. In response to this unprecedented environmental crisis Spoil Islands envisions landscape architectural interventions that utilizes local dredge material and improve dredge-related practices to abate coastal flooding and enhance coastal habitat.