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How urban planners’ bid to impose order on cities is compromised | Jonathan Foyle | FT
“We like to think we are free agents, entitled to some individual expression in our built environment. But if world history is one long stumble towards emancipation, are planned cities – the imposition of urban order in which a single design process dictates the pattern of our lives – really a good idea?”
Forget forests, an urban jungle is what we need | Neil Hudson | Yorkshire Evening Post
“Various studies have shown that if you stand in patch of greenery for just three minutes, you can lower your blood pressure. Other studied have proved a link between healing rates and people being given access to trees.”
ASLA Launches New Guide on Health Benefits of Nature | J.Green | The Dirt
A new online guide launched today by the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) showcases the long- and short-term mental and physical health benefits of spending time outside.
Continue reading This Week In Landscape | 15 September 2013
15 Knots by ATLAS and Forbes Lipschitz at 2012 International Garden Festival
The International Garden Festival, presented at the Reford Gardens in the Gaspésie region of Québec, is preparing its 15th edition and is issuing an international call for proposals to select designers who will create the new temporary gardens that will be presented from June 20 to September 28, 2014. This call for proposals is open to all landscape architects, architects, designers and artists from Canada and abroad.
Continue reading Call For Proposals | 15th International Garden Festival | Reford Gardens Canada
A new piazza in the heart of Milan named after Gae Aulenti, the late Italian architect of the Musée d’Orsay in Paris, and sits at the heart of the Porta Nuova Garibaldi development adjacent to Milan’s main train station. AECOM, winning the project as EDAW, architect César Pelli and Italian landscape designers Land have together provided a stunning new gateway to one of Europe’s most stylish cities. Linked to Milan’s main public transport hub (Garibaldi Railway station), the square is a key part of one of Italy’s largest regeneration projects.
Continue reading Piazza Gae Aulenti | Milan Italy | AECOM
At almost 20 sq km the Seven Lochs Wetland Park will be Scotlandʼs largest urban nature park, and a major new destination for outdoor recreation. The Glasgow Institute of Architects (GIA) in association with Glasgow and Clyde Valley Green Network Partnership (GCVGNP) and Central Scotland Green Network (CSGN) are pleased to invite entries from design professionals and students to produce concept design proposals to connect two key sites within the Seven Lochs Wetland Park, a major new destination for outdoor recreation expected to attract over one million visitors per year.
Continue reading Connecting the Seven Lochs Wetland Park Design Competition
LAGI ideas competition will be held in Copenhagen for 2014. Previously LAGI was held in New York in 2012 and UAE in 2010, with the recent announcement by The Land Art Generator Initiative and Refshaleøen Holding that the LAGI 2014 ideas competition will be held in Copenhagen in partnership with IT University of Copenhagen, Refshaleøen Holding, Albertslund Municipality, Danish Architecture Centre, Information Studies at Aarhus University, and Alexandra Institute. The design guidelines will launched January, 2014.
Continue reading LAGI heads to Copenhagen for 2014