Habitat Landscape Architects creates educational parks in Northern Cape, South Africa

The client brief called for three principal focuses: the creation of employment opportunities, capacity building or skills development, and maximising the socio and economic impact of the project at the local level. Budgetary and resource limitations coupled with intense local politics resulted in a very challenging environment for design and implementation decisions.

In an effort to maximise the impact of the project on the local community and to really understand the context in terms of local needs, social issues and available skills resulted in an extensive and protracted consultation process. Amongst others this process included a “Dream parks” competition for school children that resulted in significant insight into their social problems and needs as well as their perceptions of the environment.


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Tagus Linear Park | Póvoa de Santa Iria Portugal | Topiaris

Tagus Linear Park – Topiaris Landscape Architecture from Joao Morgado on Vimeo. [Great Aerial Video taken with a drone]

The Tagus Linear Park is an area of 15 000 sq m that was conquered by the surrounding communities of the industrial private sector and was felt as a democratic intervention by those forever deprived of access to the River. For the first time, people of adjacent urban communities are given recreation and leisure opportunity in direct contact with the riverside, which was until recently blocked by large industrial lots. People of all ages, from different walks of life and cultural backgrounds are now invited to come and enjoy a diverse palette of equipment and activities: from sports, fishing, walking and cycling to environmental education, or simply to get an eyeful of the landscape.
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WLA 2014 Outlook Survey | Results: Confident

Recently, World Landscape Architecture surveyed its readers about their confidence going into 2014. And the results are in – with readers confident about the year ahead with 40.98% stating they are Confident and 12.7% seemly Very Confident about 2014;  40.98% of responders feel the 2014 outlook was OK, 11.07% Not Confident and 4.51% Very Cautious. A similar story was told when ask how their companies performed in 2013 with 34.71% G00d and 13.22% Beyond Expectations and 38.43% As Expected. Some didn’t see their companies perform that well in 2013 with 9.5% Poor and 4.13% Very Poor.

On the Hiring front in seems many small and large firms are hiring only 1-3 new hires in 2014. 45.61% are hiring 1-3 people, 10.4% 3-5 people, 6.28% hiring 5-10, 2.51% looking for 10-20 and 3.35% looking for over 20 new hires (mostly in nursery trade). Sadly, 32.2% of respondents stated that there companies won’t be hiring in 2014.

Most firms are expecting to see growth in Residential(28.26%), Government(27.39%) and Commercial(17.83%) work with smaller growth expected in Education(7.83%), Infrastructure(9.57%), Industrial(3.48%), and Environmental(5.65%) work.

The full report with breakdown by country, industry, management level and which type of firms are confident and hiring in 2014 will be published in the 12th edition of WLA Magazine due out February 18. 


Kenneth Hunt Garden | Clayton Australia | ASPECT Studios


The Kenneth Hunt Garden is located at the Clayton Campus of Monash University, Melbourne. Monash University and the Department of Engineering commissioned the redesign of this enclosed courtyard following the removal of a central building. The garden was a major renovation of an existing mixed Australian modernist and English style courtyard garden.

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STUDENT PROJECT | New Symbiotic System – Revitalization of Tai O | Wu Junqing


New Symbiotic System – Revitalization of Tai O is in response to the decline of Tai O’s pillar industry: Agriculture and Aquaculture. It especially focuses on the trend of increasing outflow of younger generation and that wetland value is going to take over Tai O’s cultural value, historical value and spiritual value.

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Foothill College | Los Altos California | Meyer + Silberberg Land Architects


Foothill College serves as an influential example of the integration of Landscape Architecture and Architecture in post World War II modernism and was immediately bestowed many top awards upon completion.  One of the first junior colleges built after World War, and originally designed by architect Ernest Kump and landscape architect Peter Walker, the campus master plan was structured around the idea of an “acropolis”, with the campus located at the top of the hill.  Vehicles were relegated to the edges of the campus, and the pedestrian oriented campus core was dignified and tranquil.  A rolling campus green, large central grove and intimate academic courts that were an extension of the classroom pavilions created a successful hierarchy of landscape spaces and employed a distinct design language whose structural clarity remains today.  Withstanding the test of time the project was awarded the ASLA National Classic Award in 1993.

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This Week in Landscape | 15 December 2013

The last edition of  This Week In Landscape for 2013 summarising the weekly landscape news

A Successful Push to Restore Europe’s Long-Abused Rivers | Fred Pearce | Yale e360
“From the industrial cities of Britain to the forests of Sweden, from the plains of Spain to the shores of the Black Sea, Europe is restoring its rivers to their natural glory.”

Israel Inaugurates First Memorial to Gay Holocaust Victims in Tel Aviv | Forward
“The memorial was planned by the landscape architect Prof. Yael Moriah, who has been in charge in recent years of the renovation of Gan Meir. It consists of three triangles – the symbol of the gay community. ”

Designs on King’s Cross | Dan Pearson | Guardian
“Creating a new public garden near London’s King’s Cross station reminds Dan why autumn is his favourite time of year for planting”

Jan Gehl Laments Starchitects’ Focus on Form | Rich Heap | Future Cities
“The architects have been utterly confused. We have seen an increasing focus on form. Architects are now competing on form.”

Royal Gardener Planted The Seed Of Urban Planning At Versailles | Eleanor Beardsley | NPR
“Le Notre transformed the profession of gardener into a high-level royal service and turned his trade into a grand art,” Moulin says.

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