The City of Kunshan has a unique history and its people have been responsible for establishing many of the cultural traditions for this region; Kun Opera, canal villages, hairy crab, the Double-headed Lotus flower and a long history of aquaculture production are all notable. As a gateway for the city’s westward expansion, Lotus Lake Park had to define and demonstrate the character of the future public realm in the west.
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UNISA’s brief to the design team was to reflect a new Africanism, a site of confluence of traditional wisdom transmitted to a younger generation. The Kgorong Centre was built as a gathering place for students and gateway to the rest of the campus. The centre is envisioned to become the soul, heart and spirit of the UNISA campus, while linking different levels on a steep slope through sweeping forms that relate intimately with the building architecture. The brief also called for the creation of a piazza space accessible to all. The challenge was to integrate the steep slope with the different levels of the building.
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The Southport Broadwater Parklands, with its spectacular Nerang River frontage and proximity to the Southport CBD, has long been a popular community gathering place on the Gold Coast. Realizing the potential for the parklands, the Gold Coast City Council applied for funding through the Q150 Legacy Infrastructure Program. Following the allocation of funding, which was matched by Council, AECOM was commissioned to develop the masterplan for the parklands and see the project through to the delivery of the first stage of construction.
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Russian Green Building council is happy to announce the start of the international competition for concept and financial model for Park “Russia” which is to become the largest theme park in Europe. Competition is held in 2 stages in both Russian and English. Prize fund is 10,5 million RUR (approx 315,000USD).
The Contest is held in two stages
Stage 1: Pre-qualification of participants. Teams will be selected to participate in the second stage on the basis of evaluation of the applications submitted by applicants.
Stage 2: “Russia” Theme Park concepts and financial models Contest. The winner and the finalists may be selected for further cooperation in developing the project.
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Building a prison landscape: Iowa State University landscape architecture students with prison Warden Patti Wachtendorf (center) and Assistant Professor Julie Stevens (front right). IMAGE CREDIT | Bob Elbert
This summer, five students and their professor constructed a series of multipurpose outdoor classrooms in the center of Iowa Correctional Institution for Women (ICIW) new 30-acre campus. The classrooms will provide offenders, counselors and staff with a restorative outdoor environment for classes, counseling and vocational training. The project is part of a $68 million expansion and modernization, which includes a landscape master plan designed by Iowa State students. The new facility will open this fall.
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An international competition for built and visionary (unbuilt) residential landscapes in professional and student categories
The James Rose Center is pleased to announce its third international Residential Design Competition/Exhibition. of Suburbia Transformed 3.0 is to promote and celebrate residential designs that go beyond “green” by explicitly using sustainable strategies, tactics and technologies to enrich the aesthetic spatial experience of people. ST 3.0 will assemble contemporary projects achieving this goal into a travelling exhibition and catalogue. The emphasis is on how such sustainable landscapes can be beautiful, inspiring, perhaps profound; and serve as examples for transforming the suburban residential fabric, one garden at a time.
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Do you spend hours playing sim city or crushing candies? We’ve found a productivity tool for landscape architects that is just as fun. Streetmix is a free interactive street section builder that allows anyone to be able to build up a street with various lanes and urban elements including lighting, trees, bike lanes, light rail, signage. It’s a quick and easy to use web application that lets landscape architects and urban planners mockup various street section options for the same street.
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