Bosco Verticale/Vertical Forest | Milan Italy | Boeri Studio

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The Vertical Forest project aims to build high-density tower blocks with trees within the city. The first example of a Vertical Forest is currently under construction in Milan in Porta Nuova Isola area, part of a larger redevelopment project developed by Hines Italia with two towers which are 80 metres and 112 metres tall respectively, and which will be able to hold 480 big and medium size trees, 250 small size trees, 11.000 groundcover plants and 5.000 shrubs (the equivalent of a hectare of forest).

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New Capability Brown website is launched as countdown to 300th Birthday celebrations

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A group of organisations, landowners and individuals have come together to create a website dedicated to the life and work of Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown as the first step towards marking the 300th anniversary of his birth in 2016. The Capability Brown 300 Celebration and Festival websiteis being created by Kolab and will be completed in three phases.  Once completed it will be the first website to commemorate Brown’s work and legacy, provide an extensive directory of the many landscapes he created and host a portal of forthcoming events and activities taking place in the Birthday year.

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EVENT | Fresh Kills Park Sneak Peak 2013 | Sunday 29 September

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Celebrate the future of NYC parks at Freshkills Park’s 4th  annual Sneak Peak. The former landfill on Staten Island’s western shore is being transformed into the City’s largest park but is not yet open to the public. Don’t miss this special opportunity to get a first look! This year’s event offers more than three miles of walking and biking paths.  Free activities include kayaking, free bike share, numerous public artworks and performances, balloon aerial photography, science talks, food trucks, climbing walls,  and pony rides for the kids. There will be continuous shuttle bus service to and from the St. George Ferry Terminal.
The event is FREE and open to the public.

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IMAGE CREDIT | Flickr Teatown Trails

EOI | Natural History Museum | Civic Realm Competition

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The Natural History Museum calls for Expressions of Interest in Civic Realm Competition. In 2012, the museum created a Masterplan Development Framework, intended to serve as a charter to guide and underpin development at the NHM for the next 25 years.  A key project for early delivery is a revived grounds – the re-ordering of the extensive gardens and access-ways in order to improve the visitor experience, enhance the setting of the Grade I listed building and reconcile the overlapping uses of the space.

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Padaro | Carpinteria California | Arcadia Studio

Image Credit | Ciro Coelho

Image Credit | Ciro Coelho

The owners desired a modern aesthetic to symbolize a break from their past and to signify a new beginning in their lives. The resulting modern beach house and gardens integrated these needs employing the California tradition of contemporary indoor – outdoor living.

The project is located on an exclusive section of beachfront in Carpinteria, California. The owners, captivated by the south facing beach frontage, with sweeping coastal views and the Channel Islands in the distance, selected this narrow site raised on a modest bluff for its natural beauty. Various constraints posed a challenge for the design team. Most intrusive was the noise from railroad and highway North of the property, which would require buffering. There were privacy concerns to consider as well, with the neighbors close by on either side of the relatively narrow lot. The ocean side was constrained by a geologic bluff top setback while the right of way of the private street further reduced the available lot. The original beach house had a myriad of existing tropical plants and palms, which would purposefully be re-used in the new landscape.
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