Sydney’s newest master planned suburb

The Ponds is the newest 320 hectare development in Sydney master planned by CLOUSTON.  Touted as ‘A showcase for sustainable living’ with Community Facilities, Water Sustainable Urban Design, Open Spaces, Built form guidelines for housing that has features that is flexible and can accommodate young families, older residents and/or those with mobility impairment.

The landscape is an important part of development – Justine Kinch from Clouston Associates said: “The design intent was to maintain consistency across the entire parklands project with unique elements strategically placed to create a sense of place and assist with orientation.

Read more at Architecture & Design and Landcom

SLANT: International Competition for Students of Landscape Architecture

The international competition for the SLANT AWARDS is being held this year for the first time and on this occasion is aimed exclusively at students of Landscape Architecture and Landscape Design.
The central idea behind this challenge is that the project in question is a “virtual project”, one  that has been created specifically for this competition.  What you are being invited to do is to create a concept design for a public park, one which will not  only serve the needs of the citizens of this city, but which will also aim to achieve iconic status and in so doing will enhance the international reputation of the city.

You will see from the brief that we are looking here at urban renewal, with the project being set on a vacant site in a riverside location.  This competition has been designed to offer students an interesting challenge with what we believe are interesting rewards, and we have tried to keep it as simple as possible.
You can enter as often as you like, either as an individual, or as a team of 2 or 3, and an entry fee will be charged accordingly.

Registration Deadline: 22 April
Deadline for submissions: 10 June 2011

First Prize          Euro 3,000
Second Prize      Euro 1,500
Third Prize         Euro 750

Jury Members:
John Brookes (UK),
Ulf Nordfjell (Sweden)
Paolo L. Bürgi (Switzerland)

More Information at SLANT Design Competition

PLEASE CONTACT COMPETITION ORGANISERS FOR MORE INFORMATION OR QUESTIONS.

LAND Reader has no involvement in the organisation or judging of this competition.

Landscape Performance Toolkit

The Landscape Foundation has posted a searcheable collection of online tools to measure landscape performance. The tools also allow users to compare life-cycle costs for conventional and sustainable design features. Calculators for air quality, watershed, construction carbon, erosion and many other factors.

go to Benefits Toolkit at the Landscape Foundation.

Natural Learning Initiative: New role for Landscape Architecture

NC STATE UNIVERSITY’s Natural Learning Initiative have a been posting on their blog Robin’s Nest. Recently they posted(author unknown) a new post – A New role for Landscape architecture

Like many professions, medicine being an example, landscape architecture is beginning to subdivide into specializations informed by empirical evidence………
At NLI, we believe that landscape architects are a crucial partner in creating new types of landscapes to support active, outdoor lifestyles in childhood. We urge state chapters to get on board, to refocus Olmsted’s vision of landscape architecture as a public health intervention, and to appoint representatives to the new Children’s Outdoor Environments Professional Practice Network (PPN) hosted by ASLA.

An interesting quick read about how landscape architects can provide necessary spaces for children.

Landscape Fusion Symposium in Portland

ASLA Oregon is holding the Landscape Fusion Symposium where they will explore a FUSION of ideas, concepts, and design that will inspire you to see the Northwest landscape in a whole new light. Two days of activities and education sessions led by national and local experts will generate its own unique energy, providing power and passion for attendees, as well as valuable professional development hours (PDHs), networking, and fun!

APRIL 15-16, 2011: PORTLAND STATE UNIVERSITY, SHATTUCK HALL
DESIGN CHARRETTE WILL BE HELD AT ALTA PLANNING & DESIGN

Go to the Landscape Fusion website for more information

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