2013 in Review | September

Monks Garden Redesigned by Michael Van Valkenburgh
Michael Van Valkenburgh’s work combines an artist’s perspective and a love of plants in the making of a garden. His firm, Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates, has been significantly recognized in recent years for work on larger urban parks, campus work and landscape urbanism projects.

London 2012 Olympic Park | London UK | LDA Design with Hargreaves Associates
The London 2012 Olympic Park is one of the most significant new pieces of urban realm to have been created in living memory. LDA Design in collaboration with Hargreaves Associates has led the design of the Parklands and Public Realm for the entire 102 hectare site

Burnley Living Roofs | Melbourne Australia | HASSELL
The Burnley Living Roofs, recently opened at the University of Melbourne’s Burnley Campus, is a world-class research and teaching facility – the first of its kind in Australia. The University has established the facility to demonstrate to the wider community how green transformations can be achieved in our cities, aspiring to lead through example.

VIDEO | Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park: a Landscape Legacy

As we enter December and start to look back at landscape architecture projects of 2012, there is one project that stands out – The Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. A park that involved numerous landscape architecture firms and allied professionals. The Landscape Institute recently published a short video – The Olympic Park: a Landscape Legacy produced by Room60. The video shows the transformational power of landscape and how various landscape architects can join together as a team.

Blaxland Riverside Park | Sydney Australia | JMDdesign

Blaxland Riverside Park | Sydney Australia | JMDdesign
In early June 2012 JMDdesign’s latest project, Blaxland Common Regional Playspace was officially opened. The new regional scale playground and associated kiosk, amenities block and car park were commissioned to expand the recreational opportunities of the Hargreaves and Associates masterplan designed for Blaxland Riverside Park.  The park is one of a number of parks that make up Sydney Olympic Parklands.

Continue reading Blaxland Riverside Park | Sydney Australia | JMDdesign

Finalists reveal designs for Gateway Arch Competition

The finalists recently submitted designs for the St.Louis Gateway Arch Competition (The City+The Arch+The River 2015 Competition) . The video below gives a brief summary of the finalists submissions (SOURCE: Stltoday.com). We will update with a more in depth look at the designs soon. The winner will be announced after public comment on September 24.

Finalist teams include
Behnisch Team
MVVA TEAM
PWP Landscape Architecture,
Foster + Partners, Civitas
SOM, Hargreaves, BIG
Weiss/Manfredi Team

(SOURCE: Stltoday.com)

Planting starts at London Olympic Park wetland

Planting Day at London Olympic Park Wetland

TV Gardener Charlie Dimmock helping local children with planting

The first of 4,000 new semi-mature trees are taking root in the London’s Olympic Park with around 100 ash, cherry and hazel trees, grown in Hampshire, already planted. The first of 300,000 wetland plants, grown in Norfolk and Wales for the UK’s largest ever urban river and wetland planting, were laid on the river banks today by Minister for Sport and the Olympics Hugh Robertson, TV Gardener Charlie Dimmock, Olympic Gold medal winner Jonathan Edwards, Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) Chairman John Armitt and children from the Olympic Park construction crew.

The new reed beds are being created in a large wetland bowl in the north of the Olympic Park, formerly a 100 year old landfill site, where visitors during the Games will be able to relax and watch the action in 2012 on live screens. In legacy the riverside area will be a tranquil space for people and wildlife which will also help protect 5,000 properties in the area from flooding.

Over 30 species of native reeds, rushes, grasses, sedges, wet wildflowers and irises have been grown initially by Salix in its nursery on the Gower peninsular in Wales with around a third grown from cuttings and seeds collected in and around the Olympic Park before construction started in 2008.

You can watch the park turn from brown to green with two new webcams

LDA Design in partnership with Hargreaves Associates was selected to design the Olympic Park parklands in spring 2008 and detailed designs were published in November 2008. They are supported by Sarah Price Landscapes, University of Sheffield, Sutton-Vane Associates and Waterwise SolutionsHilliers Nurseries in Hampshire is supplying over 2000 semi-mature trees for the Olympic Park. Salix was appointed to supply over 300,000 wetland plants for the Olympic Park. The detailed design of the river planting was carried out by Atkins.

Wetland Plants at Salix's Norfolk site

SOURCE: LONDON 2012
IMAGES: LONDON 2012

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