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Recently, Eskenazi Health opened The Commonground, an outdoor public plaza design led by LAND COLLECTIVE Principal David Rubin. The plaza is just over an acre large and located adjacent to a historic Olmsted Brothers’ landscape which is part of Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. As part of the design guidelines which Rubin developed for the entirety of the Hospital Campus, a new Wellness Trail helps connect the new hospital to its community and the City’s cultural amenities and developing Cultural Trail. The new campus, including the plaza and facility expansion by HOK, is now on track to become the first LEED® Silver certified hospital campus in the country. World Landscape Architecture recently had the opportunity to interview David Rubin about “The Commonground”….
Continue reading INTERVIEW | David Rubin on “The Commonground”
Landscape architect Dominic Cole, the principal designer of the Eden Project, is to give the Landscape Institute’s third Jellicoe Lecture. Returning to the unusual landform he helped transform 12 years ago he will provide a glimpse into the creative process behind the transformation of the former china clay pit into a truly spectacular landscape and visitor attraction.
Continue reading EVENT | Dominic Cole returns to the Eden Project for the Landscape Institute’s annual Jellicoe Lecture
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.
Continue reading This Week In Landscape | 15 September 2013
Plans have been announced for a mega integrated healthcare hub, to be built around Tan Tock Seng Hospital in Singapore, designed by Broadway Malyan. ‘Health City Novena’ is spearheaded by Tan Tock Seng Hospital, the National Healthcare Group and Singapore Health Ministry, and will serve patients in Central Singapore, where the local population is aging faster than the rest of the country. Community-focused design philosophy will deliver a highly-sustainable complex with a large, central open space featuring a new plaza, aimed at putting the community at the heart of the inter-connected buildings.
Continue reading Health City Novena | Singapore | Broadway Malyan
The importance of usable open space has been well documented at various times and at various places throughout the world. For centuries small parks and playgrounds have functioned as vital social networking tools and places of reprieve from the city and home. When networked, these parks have the capability to provide and enhance transferences of the social ethos, strengthening bonds and establishing new ones. These peer-to-peer relationships, while often ignored, are a necessity to communities of any scale and location. Research has shown small open spaces to not only provide the infrastructural benefits, but also health benefits of lowering blood pressure, decreasing fear and anger and contributing to the education of children.
Continue reading Chutes and Tires | ATLAS Lab
Situated in the heart of downtown Chicago, the Crown Sky Garden is a sanctuary for patients, families, doctors and administrators within this 23 story Children’s Hospital. The commitment to this sky garden was built upon a growing body of scientific research which links access to natural light and contemplative spaces to reduced patient recovery time. This regenerative project offers a new paradigm for healthcare design that integrates healing gardens as part of the health care regiment within these institutional environments.
Continue reading Crown Sky Garden | Chicago USA | mikyoung kim design
TechTown—an emerging knowledge district in Midtown Detroit—is currently characterized by surface parking, vacant properties, and inward-facing, siloed hubs of activity. The TechTown District Plan articulates an inspiring vision for the revitalization of the district. The plan accelerates innovation, promotes entrepreneurship, and builds community around the generation of ideas in a vibrant, mixed-use setting. Leveraging the potential of key institutional anchors within the district (Wayne State University, College for Creative Studies, and Henry Ford Health System), the plan creates an environment that fosters knowledge generation and innovation. The plan repurposes the historic building stock with uses that support innovation and create vibrancy, and also strengthens connections within Midtown Detroit and to surrounding neighborhoods.
Continue reading TechTown District Plan | Detroit USA | Sasaki Associates