karres+brands builds temporary park in Fosnavåg

karres+brands together with Ghilardi+Hellsten arkitekter have made the development plan for the coastal town of Fosnavåg in Norway. The town is one of the most important fishing towns along the west coast and the governing centre for the Herøy area. The urban development focusses on creating a better connection to the sea for big ships, densifying the city centre and re-interpreting the historical inner harbor. New public spaces will be developed, connecting different parts of the town and surrounding landscape.

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BIM and Landscape Architecture

Many landscape architects get hung up on the concept of BIM (Building Information Modeling), simply because it contains the word ‘building’. But BIM is really just the next technological progression in the AEC industry. It is a shift from creating printed drawings of the landscape, to creating and coordinating data within a digital model of the landscape. In some ways, the switch to BIM is perhaps more difficult than the switch to CAD because it requires a substantial change in the processes that have been in place since hand drafting.

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Park Hyatt Resort | Mallorca Spain | AECOM

AECOM has completed the landscape architecture of the Park Hyatt Mallorca, a new luxury resort set within the Cap Vermell Estate. Open this month, it is the first Park Hyatt Resort in Europe and the first Hyatt Hotel in Mallorca, providing 142 guest rooms and 16 uniquely designed suites. Recreational facilities will include swimming pools, a fitness centre and a luxury spa.

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Parks Without Borders reveals 8 Parks receiving $40 million in improvements

NYC Parks recently revealed the eight showcase parks selected for reconstruction using Parks Without Borders design principles. Launched in November 2015, supported by $50 million in Mayoral OneNYC funding, the new design concept better connects parks and communities and improves access by opening sight lines, beautifying edges, and adding furnishings to underutilized spaces. The announcement was made today during the agency’s PARKS WITHOUT BORDERS summit at The New School.
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Pool planned for Melbourne’s Yarra River

©Studio Octopi, Yarra-Swim, Picture-Plane

Yarra Pool ©Studio Octopi, Yarra-Swim, Picture Plane

Melbourne non-profit, Yarra Swim Co, has teamed up with UK architects Studio Octupi to visualise what it might look like to swim in the Yarra in the near future.
The Yarra Pool concept design is one of the many visual treats featured in the broadsheet publication of The Pool*, Australia’s Venice Biennale Exhibition which opens on May 28th.

The architects behind the Thames Baths, Studio Octopi, who produced the conceptual design, are making a name for themselves designing visionary renderings of urban lidos. Their rendering for the Venice exhibition, in collaboration with Yarra Swim Co, includes a 25m lap pool and a smaller children’s play-pool within a planted, floating pontoon. Spectacular views of Melbourne’s CBD are realised from the water and surrounding decks, while changing facilities and a café support the proposal, serving to activate the river bank and provide a vibrant new public destination in Australia’s rapidly growing cultural capital.

‘The Yarra Pool is an exciting project that talks to a wider conversation globally around access to urban waterways’ –
Chris Romer-Lee | Studio Octopi & Thames Baths

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Join 65 landscape architecture leaders at the Summit on Landscape Architecture and the Future


On June 10-11 in Philadelphia, Landscape Architecture Foundation is convening preeminent thinkers and influencers from around the world to set the course for landscape architecture to make its vital contribution in the 21st century. Over the course of two days, an exceptional line up of 65 established and emerging leaders will reflect on what landscape architecture has achieved over the last 50 years, present bold ideas for what it should achieve in the future, and engage in lively debate about realizing landscape architecture’s potential and effecting real world change.

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Community Vision Plan set to reinvent the Brooklyn Strand


Gateway to Brooklyn

New York City is already home to many of the world’s greatest public spaces including Central Park, Prospect Park and of course, the High Line. So when Mayor de Blasio announced a set of initiatives to “reinvent the Brooklyn Strand” – a series of underutilized and disconnected public spaces and City-owned lots – a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity presented itself.  This project will not only add another name to that accomplished list, but more importantly create a grand gateway befitting the County of Kings.

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