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Working waterfronts are constantly in flux; crusty, utilitarian, muscular and dissolving, with temporal qualities that engage all of our senses. Yet contemporary waterfront redevelopments are often characterised by the removal of the very qualities that attract us to these places. At Auckland’s Wynyard Point redevelopment these conventions are challenged in a development that anticipates transforming a forlorn industrial and maritime precinct into a layered, mixed-use precinct.
Continue reading Jellicoe Harbour & Silo Park | Auckland New Zealand | Taylor Cullity Lethlean & Wraight + Associates
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Perkins+Will’s new Atlanta office presented the opportunity to transform an existing building in the heart of Midtown by both reusing the building’s worthy assets and correcting its signature faults. Recently certified LEED Platinum, with the highest score ever recorded in the Northern Hemisphere, the success of the project suggests that reuse and renovation is central to the concept of sustainability. While earning accolades for excellence in building design, one of the project’s most profound features is its renewed connection to the street. Like the building, the site design represents the humanistic values and sustainable aspirations of the firm through open, welcoming spaces and material and detail choices.
Continue reading Peachtree Street | Atlanta USA | Perkins+Will
This weeks round-up of landscape news from around the web
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The increasingly rare sight in UK’s green spaces – children playing | Martin Wainwright | Guardian
“The National Trust says that despite warnings, Britain’s kids are increasingly staying indoors and losing touch with nature….”
Celebrate Spring at the Brooklyn Bridge Park | Kadie Yale | Metropolis Magazine
Already in bloom, the gardens at Brooklyn Bridge Park’s Pier 1 give those of us who can’t get out of the city for a day the opportunity to find the beauty of nature just across the water
Livable streets in Calgary | Steven Snell | Calgary Herald
“A complete street accommodates all of its users where pedestrians and cyclists are not lower order to motorized traffic…. ”
Saskatoon’s urban forest focus of pollen audit | Betty Ann Adam | Star Phoenix
Unfortunately, the lack of females to draw in the pollen from the males leaves the tiny allergenic grains to bombard the vicinity of the tree, causing and aggravating allergies, says horticulturalist Tom Ogren.
How full is full? Planning Sydney to be big, sustainable and healthy | Anthony Capon | The Conversation
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