WWF-UK Living Planet Centre and Headquarters Opens

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WWF-UK has today opened its new Living Planet Centre and Headquarters in Woking, with sustainable landscape design provided by UK landscape architects, Grant Associates. The landscape design approach for the 0.9-hectare site reflects a shared aspiration to develop a landscape and building that is integrated and responsive to the site whilst rooted in simple ecological design thinking.

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Yi Zhong De Sheng Secondary School | Foshan China | Gravity Green

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For the past 2 millenniums, China had been a civilization of aristocratic social structure, with education being influenced by such a philosophy that knowledge was being passed on to younger generations almost in one-way setting. In the era of economic boom and globalization, however, there has been a dramatic education revolution, in which students start to venture into the vast universe of knowledge, seek wisdom, and develop critical thinking. The campus design of this secondary school in southern China was greatly inspired by this movement, in which students are encouraged to interact with the landscape, and hence empowered to seek knowledge proactively.

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Levinson Plaza | Boston USA | mikyoung kim design

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Envisioned as an urban grove, this central gathering space represents the convergence of community in this diverse, mixed income, residential development. The design accommodates a complex program, layering the varied multi-cultural and intergenerational uses with a number of meaningful gathering and recreational spaces for the residents. Tai Chi, chess, children’s play areas, and contemplative seating areas allow for various groups to utilize the garden spaces in different ways.  Lawn areas can be used for sunbathing in the summer and also provide the community with areas for flexible programming during larger gatherings, such as celebrations for the Chinese New Year, Russian Unity Day, and other cultural and civic events.
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Urban Food Jungle | AECOM

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Our rapidly urbanizing world is faced with a very real challenge — supporting a larger population with fewer resources. The UN reports that by 2050, the global population will swell to 9.1 billion — with 6.3 billion people predicted to live in urban areas.  This unprecedented urban growth requires a novel approach to alleviate food scarcity, and a shift in preconceptions about what the urban fabric can offer.  The re-imagining of cities as a bastion for urban agriculture has spurred a number of provocative designs.  While many of the schemes succeed in bringing food production closer to where it’s consumed, they are still too energy inefficient to serve as viable models. Continue reading Urban Food Jungle | AECOM

EVENT | Dominic Cole returns to the Eden Project for the Landscape Institute’s annual Jellicoe Lecture

Landscape architect Dominic Cole, the principal designer of the Eden Project, is to give the Landscape Institute’s third Jellicoe Lecture.  Returning to the unusual landform he helped transform 12 years ago he will provide a glimpse into the creative process behind the transformation of the former china clay pit into a truly spectacular landscape and visitor attraction.

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