The 240 hectare Tokachi Millennium Forest is the brainchild of the entrepreneur Mitsushige Hayashi, who acquired the land with a view to offsetting the carbon footprint of his national newspaper business, Tokachi Mainichi. The masterplan, which I contributed to with the local Japanese landscape designer Fumiaki Takano, is marketed as having a sustainable vision of a thousand years, and this big thinking aims to not only to make the newspaper business carbon neutral, but also to preserve and prevent the further loss of natural habitats on the island to development. Hayashi believes that, in order for this vision to be viable, education is key. Helping it’s users to take ownership of the park is the best way to ensure it’s future.
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The NC State Department of Landscape Architecture Design+Build Studio recently transformed an otherwise anonymous stretch of mulch between two campus residence halls into a high-‐performance landscape, rich with social and environmental affordances. This landscape, called the Artists’ Backyard (derived from the adjacent Arts Village living/learning community), uses a holistic approach to educate students, staff, and visitors about the value of landscape architecture; the ability of green infrastructure to conserve resources; and how small spaces can make big moves toward creating community value and protecting the environment.
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Heliofield | Michael Chaveriat, Yikyu Choe, Myung Kweon Park
Over 250 submissions have gone online for the LAGI NYC 2012 competition to design public artwork for Freshkills Park. Some submissions go from the surreal to the amazing, with the majority of the submissions creating large scale installations to match the grand scale of the Freshkills Park. In July LAGI held a shortlisting evening in which a team of professionals got the submissions down to the top 25 submissions with the winners of the 2012 competition to be announced on October 25 in New York City. We has some of the submissions below for your review.
Heliofield is an energy-generating network of solar modules that rise out of the prairie grasses of Fresh Kills Park. The topography and tabula rasa quality of the former landfill site make it ideally suited to collect the locally abundant and renewable solar energy that shines on Staten Island.
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Recently the plans for Copenhagen’s first climate adapted neighbourhood were presented to the public. The project’s visions to transform Saint Kjeld’s Quarter into Copenhagen’s greenest neighborhood are presented at a grand opening by Danish Environmental Minister, Ida Auken,
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Incidental play opportunities are combined with custom and proprietary elements. ©John Platt
JMD Design were commissioned by Stockland to design document and provide construction quality advice for a feature park within a new subdivision project at Glenmore Ridge, Penrith. The eastern edge of the new park had been designed and built some ten years ago, hence the name Jacaranda Park. It was decided that the new park should break with the gardenesque image of the eastern half and create a new strong identity to the new suburb dropping away to the west.
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