The spring edition of Landscape – The Journal of the Landscape Institute has arrived in the WLA mailbox with some great articles covering the impact of heritage on park design, practical articles on spotting disease in trees and selection and nurturing trees. This edition also includes some great information on BIM for landscape architects, changes in UK legislation and some featured projects. Best of all was a great pull out poster(see below) of urban parks from 1839 to 2012. Another good read available from the Landscape Institute.
London Wetlands Park | Image Flickr User amandabhslater
Sue Illman, President of the Landscape Institute, wants the UK’s water supply chain to become more sustainable with priority given to all elements of the water cycle when designing and developing new places. Illman will speak this week at Ecobuild about water sensitive design – a fully integrated solution to flooding, droughts and water quality, the multi-faceted benefits of sustainable drainage and a green infrastructure approach to development.
“It’s time we started to see water as a potential resource – rather than something to be hidden away underground. Elsewhere in the world a mixed green, grey and blue infrastructure is being adopted. In February the White House committed the US to taking a GI approach after some years monitoring its effectiveness, and in Melbourne, Australia the City is introducing legislation to ensure it owns all of the rain falling on the City as part of their Water Sensitive approach, as it sees it as a valuable resource.” - Sue Illman, President of the Landscape Institute
The Landscape Institute has launched a new website - New London Landscape. The website was inspired by the Highline for London design competition and is a showcase of green infrastructure ideas for the capital. New London Landscape allows visitors to explore the 100 previously unseen designs from the recent ‘High Line for London’ competition. The showcase offers a critique of the capital’s existing green infrastructure and suggests a 100 possible futures. The website maps each of the projects and also gives a details of each project. Users can also browse through the projects by category including bio-diversity, connectivity, new parks, lost rivers, transport, urban greening and water.
Fields of The Moon | Alex Trevi | Venue Venue made a detour on our exit out of Flagstaff, Arizona, to visit the old black cinder fields of an extinct volcano—where, incredibly, NASA and its Apollo astronauts once practiced their, at the time, forthcoming landing on the moon.
RIBA Competitions are delighted to announce the launch of a new international design competition for Vauxhall on London’s South Bank. Vauxhall is at the heart of a huge new Area of Opportunity and Vauxhall One, the Business Improvement District (BID) for Vauxhall, are seeking design ideas to improve and enhance the public realm, providing the ‘Missing Link’ between the New US Embassy Quarter and the cultural offering of London’s South Bank.