Team West 8 wins design competition for conversion of former School of Infantry and urban park in Montpellier, France

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Earlier this month Hélène Mandroux, Mayor of Montpellier announced that West 8 in collaboration with Montpellier architects, Boyer-Percheron-Assus, is the winner of the urban design competition for the conversion of the former School of Infantry site (EAI) (35 ha) in the city of Montpellier. Team West 8 beat fellow competitors BIG Agency and Bau-B. West 8’s proposal emphasizes rejuvenation of the pre-existing condition to “subtly transform the site from one state to another, without upsetting the heritage” explains Michaël Delafosse, Deputy Major and urbanism delegate. The proposed redevelopment of the EAI into a new district will be presented to the public in September. Development of the neighborhood will be led by Thierry Laget from SAAM (Development Company of the city of Montpellier).

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This Week In Landscape | 14 July 2013

Its northern summer and there seems to plenty of landscape writing for your weekly reading. This Week in Landscape will add some links from non-english sources for our readers.

Peter Latz awarded the Topos Landscape Award. Latz + Partners were the winners of the St Peter’s Square international design competition have been announced by Manchester City Council in May 2012.

Topos Landscape Award 2013 goes to Peter Latz | Peter Zöch | Topos
German landscape architect Peter Latz has been awarded the Topos Landscape Award 2013.

PLAY GROUNDS — Global | Monocle
The role of parks and other green urban spaces as quality-of-life improvers cannot be underestimated.

Architect Jeanne Gang threads nature into urban landscapes | Lori Rotenberk | Grist
Her fascination with natural and architectural form began in her childhood, when her father, a civil engineer, favored driving back roads during family vacations to marvel at local bridges.

Landscape Architecture Program Appoints New Chair
Gale Fulton, a former assistant professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, has been named chair of University of Tennessee’s Landscape Architecture Program.

Sydney’s Urban Areas To Be Hit Hard By Global Warming | Asian Scientist
Green spaces, trees and bodies of water are must-have design features for future development in Sydney’s suburbs after researchers found that by 2050 global warming combined with Sydney’s urban heat island effect could increase temperatures by up to 3.7°C.

To mark 50 years of Singapore’s green movement: Grow a plant out of a stamp | Strait Times (Sunday)
The four designs in this stamp issue portray Singapore’s vibrant urban landscape nestled within a thriving garden with native plants and wildlife. To commemorate 50 years of greening Singapore, the stamps come in biodegradable paper with the local stamp affixed with seeds of the Portulaca grandiflora.

Why are allotments becoming less popular? | Julian Baggini | Guardian
The waiting lists for allotments are falling – and, yes, they’re a lot of work but the spiritual and psychological benefits make them more than worthwhile

10 Things Adored by Landscape Architect Douglas Hoerr | Heiji Choy Black | Chicago Magazine
A beekeeper’s smoker, Lagavulin Single Malt Scotch, and Felco pruners are just a few of the things this partner at Hoerr Schaudt Landscape Architects treasures.

Il cimitero si fa paesaggio | Liana Pastorin | La Stampa
Piccoli luoghi carichi di storia, ampi spazi a giardino. Il cimitero dialoga con il paesaggio urbano

De profesión, restaurador ecológico | BBC Mundo
“Somos literalmente un grupo de fanáticos apasionados de la naturaleza”, dice para describir a quienes, como él, trabajan en restauración ecológica.

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Hyllie Plaza | Malmo Sweden | Thorbjörn Andersson with Sweco Architects

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Beech is a character tree for the Swedish southernmost province Scania. The beech also has a few specifics which makes it differ from other trees. The canopy owns a horizontal structure, and together with the equally horizontal position of the single leave this renders an architectural quality to the tree. The smooth, light grey bark makes the trunk resemble a leg of an elephant. The competition entry for the new plaza at Hyllie district in Malmoe was sent in by motto Fagus, which is the scientific name for beech. The idea was to establish a beech forest on the plaza, contributing with a regional identity to a site that lacked most landscape features.

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El-Menia Design Competition | exp and lemay | Constantine Algeria


After a global competition, exp and lemay, won an international competition launched by the Agence de gestion et de régulation foncière urbaine de la Wilaya de Constantine in Algeria. This competition aimed at the realisation of a major project in the city of Constantine, Algeria, of approximately $ 2.4 billion ($ 2.4B), including $1.57 billion ($1.57B) devoted to the residential sector.

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HUD launches Rebuild by Design competition to promote resilience for Sandy-affected regions

Image Credit | Flickr User srslyguys

U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) recently launched REBUILD BY DESIGN, a multi-stage regional design competition. The goal of the competition is to attract world-class talent, promote innovation and develop projects that will actually be built. Once the best ideas are identified, HUD will incentivize their implementation using funds made available through the Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) program as well as other public and private funds. Examples of design solutions are expected to range in scope and scale – from large-scale green infrastructure to small-scale residential resiliency retrofits.

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