Polk Penguin Conservation Center – Detroit Zoo | Royal Oak, Michigan | Jones & Jones Architects and Landscape Architects

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The New Polk Penguin Conservation Center at the Detroit Zoo, open to the public on April 18, 2016, is the largest center in the U.S. devoted to public education on penguin conservation. Home to over 100 penguins of four species—Rockhopper, Macaroni, King and Gentoo—this Antarctic habitat optimizes animal well-being and encourages wild behavior, including sliding, diving, nesting, and rearing young. Penguin well-being was central to the design of the new habitat for King, Macaroni and Rockhopper penguins and the introduction of active, water-loving Gentoo penguins.

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Harvard University Team wins the 2016 Urban Land Institute Hines Student Competition

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The winning proposal from Harvard University – “The Midtown Beat”

A team representing Harvard University has taken top honors in the 2016 Urban Land Institute (ULI) Hines Student Competition with its winning master plan proposal to transform a Midtown Atlanta site in a thriving, sustainable, mixed-use, walkable, and transit-accessible neighborhood. The Harvard team ousted another team from Harvard University, one from the Georgia Institute of Technology, and one from the University of Miami.

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The Space Odyssey | Sundbyberg, Sweden | MANDAWORKS

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Commissioned by Sundbyberg’s Municipality, Mandaworks was asked to develop an urban design proposal for how Sundbyberg’s City Center could be transformed when the existing at-grade railway is buried underground. Currently a barrier in the city’s urban structure, the existing railway is also a key regional connection (5th busiest transport hub in Sweden) in the Stockholm metropolitan area, and a catalyst for urban life in one of the most rapidly growing municipalities in Sweden.  With the municipality exploring plans to bury the rail line starting in 2019 and dealing with an increased demand for housing and office space, Mandaworks was one of five multi-disciplinary teams commissioned to explore alternative proposals for the future train station area.
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Seafront on Meyer | Singapore | ICN Design

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The Seafront on Meyer residential development stands out in an area dominated by a diverse array of new high rise condominium developments of varying density and scale. The Seafront on Meyer, a premier high rise residence sits within as site that’s character is enhanced by the presence of mature trees that have been retained and form a striking and unique landscape setting, the trees visual scale provides a distinctiveness, richness, and environmental quality throughout the development.

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UniSA Childcare Centre Relocation | Adelaide, Australia | ASPECT Studios

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The project was initiated by the relocation of the UniSA’s City West Campus child care centre. Located in the west end of the Adelaide CBD which is experiencing considerable growth and renewal. The site is configured as a contemporary take on a cloister arrangement with perimeter buildings orienting towards a central playspace. In collaboration with Architects, Grieve Gillett Andersen and the Lady Gowrie Centre, the design was guided by best practice early childhood education which has been recently developed through numerous centres interstate.

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Arcadia Nursery 

| Edinburgh, Scotland | erz

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The site for the new nursery forms part of the landscape buffer at the edge of the Kings Buildings Campus at the University of Edinburgh (UoE). The site had many existing qualities featuring over 30 mature trees, meadow grasses and a sea of daffodils in the spring. 

The brief set was to design and build a new nursery garden as part of the consolidation of the UoE’s existing two nurseries into a single purpose built facility. The new nursery was to be a unique environment that would reflect the quality and standards of the UoE. The nursery wanted to promote the ideas of free play and have elements of forest schools and natural play within the garden.
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| Edinburgh, Scotland | erz

CSLA Announces the 2016 Awards of Excellence

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Lansdowne Park | PFS Studio

The Canadian Society of Landscape Architects (CSLA) announced the recipients of the National Awards of Excellence. This year, 11 projects received a national award and one project, Lansdowne Park, was selected for the Jury’s Award of Excellence, given to one project per year which best demonstrates the CSLA’s vision (advancing the art, science and practice of landscape architecture). In addition, 7 projects were attributed an honourary mention on behalf of the jury.

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