Swarnabhoomi Academy of Music | Seekinankuppam India | Studio 7

Amidst the 600 acre Satellite Township and a 75 acre Institutional segment, this 4 acre piece of land was identified closer to the lake to achieve maximum possible natural scenic value. The lake wraps around one third of the site and ensures to carry a cool breeze. Since a major part of the township is still under progress, coastal breeze carry all the dust from the construction site around. Thus from the other side, we had ensured within the campus that on ground the landscape design will manage to trap the dust at every way possible and to also ensure a better ground water percolation.
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Park Killesberg | Stuttgart Germany | Rainer Schmidt Landschaftsarchitekten

 Park Killesberg | Stuttgart Germany | Rainer Schmidt Landschaftsarchitekten
The history of Park Killesberg has its origins in the industrial use of the site as a quarry. Known as “Stuttgarter Werkstein” (Stuttgart Ashlar) this sandstone was mined intensively for a long time and left a jagged artificial topography, just like an open wound in the landscape. The design is conceived as the interweaving of two themes that mark the Killesberg: a soft landscape close to nature and man-made quarries as hard topographies. The result is a landscape that tells its own story.
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What to do with stalled construction sites?

Nathaniel Popper at the LA Times has answered the question with a summary of how cities, architects, publications, and other groups are addressing stalled projects in cities across the USA in the article Cities embrace temporary fixes for stalled construction projects.  Its a great read and file this article under great read & summary. To save you sometime I have linked in the list below the people and projects mentioned in the article.

Georgeen Theodore of Interboro Partners
Lentspace, Manhattan
Brad Lander – New York City Council Member
Holding Patterns, Design Competition, Seattle with 13 finalists
Highway 101 Urban Farm (aka Hayes Valley Farm) – San Francisco [SF Streets Blog]
Hayes Valley Farm – History
San Francisco Office of Economic and Workforce Development
Boston Redevelopment Authority
Jeffrey Holmes – Woods Bagot
‘Icebergs NYC’ – Woods Bagot
Squared Design Lab
Blaine Merker – Rebar [MLA Berkerley]

NYC launches urbancanvas Design Competition

A design competition to improve construction sites across New York City.  The competition is seeking artists and design professionals to  develop creative artwork for construction fences, sidewalk sheds, supported scaffolds and cocoons in New York City.

This competition, created by the Department of Buildings and Department of Cultural Affairs and supported by The Rockefeller Foundation, is a unique opportunity for artists and designers across the United States to contribute to New York City’s urban landscape.

Registration Deadline is 5:00pm EST July 19, 2010

Submission Deadlines is 3:30pm EST on July 28, 2010

NOTE: Design competition is limited to residents of the United States of America.

For more information go to the urbancanvas competition website