Kunshan West High School Master Plan | Kunshan China | Integrated Planning and Design

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Contemporary China has seen swift and dramatic change in recent history.  As a modern nation it struggles to redefine its culture, balancing ancient history with contemporary global values.  In 2011, The City of Kunshan decided to form an education and outreach hub in the west end of the city.  This involved relocating the historic Kunshan West High School, a premier high school in the city, in conjunction with the establishment of a satellite campus for Duke University.

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This Week In Landscape | 14 July 2013

Its northern summer and there seems to plenty of landscape writing for your weekly reading. This Week in Landscape will add some links from non-english sources for our readers.

Peter Latz awarded the Topos Landscape Award. Latz + Partners were the winners of the St Peter’s Square international design competition have been announced by Manchester City Council in May 2012.

Topos Landscape Award 2013 goes to Peter Latz | Peter Zöch | Topos
German landscape architect Peter Latz has been awarded the Topos Landscape Award 2013.

PLAY GROUNDS — Global | Monocle
The role of parks and other green urban spaces as quality-of-life improvers cannot be underestimated.

Architect Jeanne Gang threads nature into urban landscapes | Lori Rotenberk | Grist
Her fascination with natural and architectural form began in her childhood, when her father, a civil engineer, favored driving back roads during family vacations to marvel at local bridges.

Landscape Architecture Program Appoints New Chair
Gale Fulton, a former assistant professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, has been named chair of University of Tennessee’s Landscape Architecture Program.

Sydney’s Urban Areas To Be Hit Hard By Global Warming | Asian Scientist
Green spaces, trees and bodies of water are must-have design features for future development in Sydney’s suburbs after researchers found that by 2050 global warming combined with Sydney’s urban heat island effect could increase temperatures by up to 3.7°C.

To mark 50 years of Singapore’s green movement: Grow a plant out of a stamp | Strait Times (Sunday)
The four designs in this stamp issue portray Singapore’s vibrant urban landscape nestled within a thriving garden with native plants and wildlife. To commemorate 50 years of greening Singapore, the stamps come in biodegradable paper with the local stamp affixed with seeds of the Portulaca grandiflora.

Why are allotments becoming less popular? | Julian Baggini | Guardian
The waiting lists for allotments are falling – and, yes, they’re a lot of work but the spiritual and psychological benefits make them more than worthwhile

10 Things Adored by Landscape Architect Douglas Hoerr | Heiji Choy Black | Chicago Magazine
A beekeeper’s smoker, Lagavulin Single Malt Scotch, and Felco pruners are just a few of the things this partner at Hoerr Schaudt Landscape Architects treasures.

Il cimitero si fa paesaggio | Liana Pastorin | La Stampa
Piccoli luoghi carichi di storia, ampi spazi a giardino. Il cimitero dialoga con il paesaggio urbano

De profesión, restaurador ecológico | BBC Mundo
“Somos literalmente un grupo de fanáticos apasionados de la naturaleza”, dice para describir a quienes, como él, trabajan en restauración ecológica.

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Rooftop oasis – perennial jungle | Rotterdam Netherlands | Astrid Hölzer

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The scale of the project is quite small, located on a rooftop on a typical Dutch city house built in 1909. Not only small by size, also old in terms of structure. Our ambition was to create a luscious garden space in between the ground and the clouds. In 2005 the roof decking was renewed. A wooden terrace (18 sqm, hardwood FSC), green roof part (approximately 30 sqm), sunroom, indoor stairs, and fence were added.

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Hyllie Plaza | Malmo Sweden | Thorbjörn Andersson with Sweco Architects

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Beech is a character tree for the Swedish southernmost province Scania. The beech also has a few specifics which makes it differ from other trees. The canopy owns a horizontal structure, and together with the equally horizontal position of the single leave this renders an architectural quality to the tree. The smooth, light grey bark makes the trunk resemble a leg of an elephant. The competition entry for the new plaza at Hyllie district in Malmoe was sent in by motto Fagus, which is the scientific name for beech. The idea was to establish a beech forest on the plaza, contributing with a regional identity to a site that lacked most landscape features.

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This Week In Landscape | 7 July 2013

Another week of landscape links from the web

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Utrecht, On 5 July Queen Máxima of the Netherlands opens Maxima Park. © ANP; foto: Robin Utrecht

Koningin opent Maximapark in Leidsche Rijn [Queen Máxima of the Netherlands opens Maxima Park]
On Friday July 5, 2013, Her Majesty Queen Máxima  opened Maxima Park in Leidsche Rijn, Utrecht, Netherlands. The park is a 300-hectare green area in the middle of the Leidsche Rijn designed by West 8.

Designers Stretch Out Imaginations on Park Benches | Lisa W. Foderaro | New York Times
““When I came to New York in the 1970s, at client told me, ‘Do whatever you want, but no benches,’ ” said Tom Balsley, a prominent landscape architect who designed Riverside Park South,”

Palm Springs airport plans to save money with desert landscaping | Skip Descant | mydesert.com
“The airport plans to replace some 80 percent of its lawn areas with desertscape, according to a landscape plan”

Greener landscapes through design, maintenance | Larisa Brass | knoxsvillebiz.com
“Sustainable landscape design “means different things to different people,” says Sara Hedstrom Pinnell, founder and principal of Hedstrom Design, a Knoxville landscape architecture firm.”

When it comes to lawns, the natural way is here to stay | Alex Bozikovic | The Globe and Mail
Landscape architect Scott Torrance, who designed the garden with Levitt Goodman Architects, says the design makes a point: “Nature is luxury. … We took out a lawn and replaced it with a garden;

Chenshan Botanical Garden launches orchard plan | China Daily
Chenshan Botanical Garden Shanghai recently launched a plan to set up a 22,500-square-meter orchard, which will be one of the largest orchards for horticulture and fruit-picking in Shanghai.

Architekturbüro aus Krefeld gestaltet Platz am Bürgerhaus | Wa.de [German]
Ein Architekturbüro aus Krefeld hat den Wettbewerb zur Gestaltung des Platzes vor dem Nordkirchener Bürgerhaus gewonnen.

IMAGE CREDIT | © ANP; foto/image: Robin Utrecht. Image Courtesy of Het Koninklijk Huis

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