Singapore’s HDB launches new landscape guide

HDB-landscape-guideHousing & Development Board (HDB), Singapore’s public housing authority has launched a new landscape guide “not only serves to integrate designs at the precinct or town level, it also provides a comprehensive and up-to-date reference on the new standards and important landscape design principles for HDB estates.”  MOS Maliki Osman also stated that “built environment is landscaped also plays an important role in creating spaces that are visually attractive and functional for the community. More than just verdant greenery, the creative use of landscape design at the precinct, neighbourhood and town levels can enhance the quality of recreational areas, add to community vibrancy and improve the ambient temperature and surroundings.”

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Triangle Building Plaza | Denver USA | Design Workshop

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Downtown Denver is undergoing an unprecedented revitalization. At the heart of this impressive public-private transformation sits the Historic Denver Union Station and the adjacent Riverfront Park Neighborhood.  Design Workshop, Inc. has been commissioned to design one of the key public spaces on the site of a former rail yard and atop a new parking garage at the center of this up and coming neighborhood.
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Vietnam Veterans Commemorative Service Wall | Seymour Australia | Sinatra Murphy & AQL Landscape Design

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A Collaboration between Melbourne practices Sinatra Murphy Pty Ltd and AQL Landscape Design transformed the design of the Vietnam Veterans Commemorative Service Wall from a traditional black granite wall with 60,000 gold gilded etched names, to a meaningful visual story that invites an audience beyond those who served. The 85 metre wall is composed of 108 glass art panels that describe Australia’s involvement in the war from 1962 to 1973.
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Lotus Lake Park | Kunshan China | Integrated Planning and Design

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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 Kgorong Centre | Pretoria South Africa | Cave Klapwijk and Associates

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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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