Gethsemane – a prayer garden in Pune, India

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What makes a garden what it is? How effectively design a garden so that it can become a space with a purpose? Gardens, or as we love to say Bāghs are always spaces with a purpose. They are meant for certain pre-determined activities to take place; a place for relaxation, a place for children to play, a place for outdoor parties and dinners, a place for solitude, a place for group gatherings, a performance space… the list is never ending. The qualities that truly make up this sense of purpose in any garden begin at the very heart of the design process. The purpose behind the garden is what the designer has at the back of his/her mind from the moment he goes about putting pen to paper. Without this sense of purpose, the garden is at the risk of becoming rather like a river which flows and has abundant water, but never meets the sea.

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Morphis creates residential landscape inspired by the lotus

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Morphis were approached by TATA Housing to create a spectacular residential landscape, rooted in the culture of India’s community to promote a healthy and sustainable lifestyle for a new development in Haryana. The Lotus vision represents long life and good fortune – symbolic of purity and spiritual nature with unfolding petals suggesting an expansion of the soul.
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Ocean Hyacinth | Jihyoon Yoon, Daekwon Park

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Ocean Hyacinth is a network of floating tidal marshes that will purify the contamination caused by the ship breaking process. During the continuous tidal water exchange on the Ocean Hyacinth, the combination of various soils, plants, animals, and bacterial will not only filter and break down the contaminants from the sea but also form a tidal marsh ecosystem as a floating island. In addition to revitalizing Alang’s natural costal ecosystem, we also propose the Ocean Hyacinth to become a platform for aquaculture facilities, tidal power generators, and lighthouses. The surface provides people a coastal park with beach space. The light power for navigating ships at night and general utility power for the island are generated by tidal energy.

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Dhirubhai Ambani Memorial House | Chorwad, India | Amitabh Teotia Designs

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The Dhirubhai Ambani Memorial House is the ancestral home of the late businessman and entrepreneur who revolutionized the Indian textile market and founded the Reliance group.  The site is run by the Dhirubhai Ambani Foundation and the landscape design and restoration was lead by Amitabh Teaotia Designs whilst the building restoration was conducted by Abhikram a leading restorative architectural company.
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DA-IICT. Dhirubhai Ambani Institute of Information and Communication Technology | Amitabh Teaotia Designs

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(DA-IICT), is a technological university located in GandhinagarGujaratIndia. It is named after the Gujarati entrepreneur and founder of the Reliance group – Dhirubhai Ambani – and run by the Dhirubhai Ambani Foundation. The design was lead by Amitabh Teaotia Designs and the construction and ongoing maintenance was completed by their sister company Sanwaliya Seth Gardens Pvt. Ltd. (SSGPL).

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Confluence Banquets and Resort | Chennai, India | ONE landscape

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Located in the outskirts of Chennai, India, Confluence is a unique project in its scale and aspiration. Conceived as a resort destination it also contains a convention building with a large lawn.  The villa zone overlooks a lush central garden with series of pavilions and platforms terminating at the swimming pool in front of the club house building.

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This Week In Landscape | 1 September 2013

Another week of landscape links from around the world. Send your news, links and events to contribute@worldlandscapearchitect.com

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Infrared Image New York | Image Credit Nickolay Lamm @ Storagefront.com

Infrared Photos Reveal the Brutal Urban Heatscape | Wired  When summer temperatures rise to uncomfortable levels, cities take a bigger beating than the rest of the landscape. This urban heat effect is especially brutal in big, dense, concrete-dominated cities like New York.

Local landscape architect calls for improved landscape quality | James Qualtrough | Isle News
“‘It’s never been more important to plant trees in gardens, streets and parks. We need to introduce better planning and management of our green areas to encourage more people to take action.”

Native plants are a priority | Rebecca Trigger | The West Australian
Landscape architects are looking to native species as they manage restricted water access in a drying climate.

Delhi’s upcoming park to rival New York’s Central Park | The Economic Times
“In a tangle of forgotten, overgrown brush in the heart of India’s capital, a quiet plan has been hatched to change the landscape of one of the world’s most populous cities.An intricate Mughal garden is being created.”

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