This Week in Landscape is back after a two week hiatus over the holiday break. We start 2014 with some great reading from the past couple of weeks.
London will have bike highways in the sky | Lloyd Alter | Treehugger
Foster & Partners releases new images of an update based on the SkyCycle scheme developed by Sam Martin’s from Exterior Architecture in 2012.
Ten new year’s resolutions for architects in 2014 | Oliver Wainwright | The Guardian
10 resolutions with some applicable to landscape architects including “Be nice to skateboarders”.
When Tech Culture And Urbanism Collide | John Tolva | Gizmodo India
An interesting piece following on from recent media about how tech don’t understand how to create cities offline.
We need a Jamie Oliver of architecture to save us from uninspiring design says Living Architecture founder Alain de Botton | Jonathan Owen | Independent
Alain de Botton is hoping their is a Jamie Oliver out there to sort out architecture in Britain, I wonder if landscape architecture needs its own Jamie Oliver?
7 Architects On How To Design For Disaster | Fast Co.
Diana Balmori, Michael Manfredi, Peter Gluck, And More Top Architects Speak Exclusively To Co.design On How To Safeguard Cities Against The Next Hurricane Sandy.
Get to the point with your garden design | Marty Ross | Kansas City Star
“Focal points are a garden’s visual resting spots. In the flashy riot and exuberance of a summer garden, they lead the eye through it all, gently imposing order on a view.”
Continue reading This Week in Landscape | 5 January 2014
The project was created with the intention to complete the new complex of buildings in Via Larga, Bologna. The landscape therefore has two functions: the first is to represent the “green identity” of companies that fit into the different buildings, secondly it is not only a purely aesthetic element but also accessible and liveable and designated to every kind of user of this space.
Continue reading Unipol Tower | Via Larga Italy | Frassinagodiciotto
Image Credit | Peter Bennetts
Green infrastructure, including the installation of plants on under-utilised urban surfaces, can provide significant environmental benefits for our cities. These green interventions have the capacity to cool the urban environment, reduce energy consumption, mitigate flooding and increase habitats for biodiversity. They provide an opportunity to evolve the way we develop the built environment, to maximise existing infrastructure and lower the need for costly upgrades.
Continue reading Burnley Living Roofs | Melbourne Australia | HASSELL
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How urban planners’ bid to impose order on cities is compromised | Jonathan Foyle | FT
“We like to think we are free agents, entitled to some individual expression in our built environment. But if world history is one long stumble towards emancipation, are planned cities – the imposition of urban order in which a single design process dictates the pattern of our lives – really a good idea?”
Forget forests, an urban jungle is what we need | Neil Hudson | Yorkshire Evening Post
“Various studies have shown that if you stand in patch of greenery for just three minutes, you can lower your blood pressure. Other studied have proved a link between healing rates and people being given access to trees.”
ASLA Launches New Guide on Health Benefits of Nature | J.Green | The Dirt
A new online guide launched today by the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) showcases the long- and short-term mental and physical health benefits of spending time outside.
Continue reading This Week In Landscape | 15 September 2013
Housing & 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.”
Continue reading Singapore’s HDB launches new landscape guide
The location of Bellamy Park in Vlissingen is unique, certainly in the Netherlands and because of its relation to the Western Scheldt and the sea. The Bellamy Park, the de Ruyterplein and the Beursplein in Vlissingen form an ensemble of spaces in the context of a changing maritime town. The image of the big ships in town has disappeared. The maritime character presents itself much more refined. The town centre has enlarged itself psychologically, with the developments around the Arsenaal and the fishing harbour, and recently with redeveloped squares and streets.
Continue reading Bellamy Park | Vlissingen Netherlands | OKRA
Contemporary China has seen swift and dramatic change in recent history. As a modern nation it struggles to redefine its culture, balancing ancient history with contemporary global values. In 2011, The City of Kunshan decided to form an education and outreach hub in the west end of the city. This involved relocating the historic Kunshan West High School, a premier high school in the city, in conjunction with the establishment of a satellite campus for Duke University.
Continue reading Kunshan West High School Master Plan | Kunshan China | Integrated Planning and Design