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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This Week In Landscape | 30 June 2013

Your weekly landscape links from around the world….

“Lines in Four Directions in Flowers” Recognized by the Public Art Network | OLIN
“It’s been just over one year since Lines in Four Directions in Flowers opened to the public on the west lawn of the Philadelphia Museum of Art.”

Mohsen Mostafavi: an ethical future | Harvard GSD
“He was in Bangalore earlier this month to give a talk about his concept of “ecological urbanism.” Read an interview he gave to theTimes of India.”

Manufactured Landscapes | Dora Sapunar | Metropolis Magazine
“Of the many associations we link to Le Corbusier, his connection with landscape is probably not the first one that comes to mind. ”

Eight Imaginative Projects Reusing Infrastructure in Cities | This Big City
New exhibition launched this week by the Boston Society of Architects called Reprogramming the City: Opportunities for Urban Infrastructure.

Rediscovering nature | Jerasulem Post
After 16 years of campaigning, the once derelict piece of public land is now a lively green oasis. As far back as 2000, the then mayor of Tel Aviv promised to set aside the land for a park, but progress was slow.

Want to Be a Creative Leader? Look to the Garden | Tim Brown CEO at IDEO | Linkedin
“Over the years, I’ve given a lot of thought to what gardening, design, and creative leadership have in common.”

Citi Bike Is Changing My Life. How Will It Change New York? | Dan Frommer | Linkedin
“Citi Bike has already changed my life. I’ve now lived here for almost 8 years, and after riding zero blocks on bikes the entire time I’d been here, I’ve now travelled 53 miles on Citi Bikes over the past month….”

How To Decide What Ideas To Prototype | Jake Knapp | Fast Co Design
“At this point in a design sprint, you’ve got a lot of ideas down on paper. You’ve explored the problem, generated a ton of solutions, and looked around at how other companies are solving similar problems.”

Urban Agriculture: 8 Landscape Architecture Firms Leading the Way | Abbagail Taddei | Land 8
“There are few landscape architecture firms today that can say Urban Agriculture Design is on their shortlist of services offered.”

Landscaping to Attract Birds: How to Keep our Feathered Friends Plump and Happy | Sublime Garden Design
“Whether you have a 2 acre parcel of land or a 3000 sq foot lot, any garden can be planted to attract and feed birds.”

Creating a vertical garden | Marissa  Hermanson | Richmond Magazine
“Whether you’re tight on gardening space or are just looking to create a planting arrangement that is visually unique, vertical gardens are a quirky, fun way to display your verdant friends.”

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