This Week In Landscape | 15 September 2013

WLA’s weekly summary of built environment news

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.

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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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Bellamy Park | Vlissingen Netherlands | OKRA

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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.

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Kunshan West High School Master Plan | Kunshan China | Integrated Planning and Design

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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.

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Noordelijke Hogeschool Leeuwarden | Leeuwarden Netherlands | OKRA

For the new location of the NHL University OKRA has made, in association with Architecture Studio Hertzberger, the design for the exterior space. This consists of a solid green carpet laid out as a counterpart to the imposing building. The green grass and trees continue under the building connecting the inner and outer worlds together. A spider-like network of routes and places creates an extension of the building from inside to outside.

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