BOOK REVIEW | SUNBURNT | Editors SueAnne Ware & Julian Raxworthy

Australia is a large country with many diverse landscapes ranging from dry forests through deserts to tropical rainforests. The landscape architecture profession in Australia is just as diverse as the landscape.

Julian Raxworthy and SueAnne Ware have recently edited ‘Sunburnt’, a discourse about the different ways of approaching contemporary landscape design in Australia. Thankfully, they have side-stepped the temptation to produce a coffee table book and have created a book that reflects on each project, thus giving the reader a true understanding of the landscape design, its influences and surroundings.

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Flowerbed Hotel | Aalsmeer Netherlands | MVRDV

Flowerbed Hotel | Aalsmeer Netherlands | MVRDV

Flowerbed Hotel Aalsmeer: a series of flower crates stacked inside a green house ©MVRDV

MVRDV design of the Flowerbed Hotel in Aalsmeer, Netherlands isa 19.500m2 Hotel and conference centre devoted entirely to flowers will be located next to the future Bloomin’ Holland theme park and business centre. The Hotel with 280 rooms will include 2.100m2 flowerbeds and host tourists and business travellers.

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Maggie’s Cancer Caring Centre | Glasgow Scotland | OMA

Maggie’s Cancer Caring Centre | Glasgow Scotland | OMA

Located in a natural setting, like a pavilion in the woods, the building is both introverted and extroverted: each space has a relationship either to the internal courtyard or to the surrounding woodland and greenery, while certain moments provide views of Glasgow beyond. With a flat roof and floor levels that respond to the natural topography, the rooms vary in height, with the more intimate areas programmed for private uses such as counselling, and more open and spacious zones for communal use. More than any other space, the internal courtyard provides a place of sanctuary and respite.

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Freiham Nord | Munich Germany | WEST 8

Frieham Nord-West8
West 8 won the Freiham Nord Urban Design Competition back in September. Freiham Nord will be the last substantial development to take place in Munich and will accommodate about 10.000 inhabitants. In the Masterplan Freiham Nord has been divided into several project areas with different programming, each about 40 ha in size. The city of Munich organized a design competition for the first two project areas in which 24 offices participated.

West 8’s winning entry is about a friendly green neighbourhood. Our design allows the creation of a city for all generations intending to mix ages and achieve a diverse melange of inhabitants.

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Santa Monica Palisades Garden Walk & Town Square Update

Santa Monica Town Square

Revised Santa Monica Town Square design ©James Corner Field Operations

Last November we published the design concept for Santa Monica Palisades Garden Walk & Town Square  by James Corner Field Operations. Recently, we learnt that the design for the Town Square has since been updated to reflect the Landmarks Commission conditions to be granted a Certificate Of Appropriateness  “the retention, rehabilitation and/or relocation of certain existing historic character defining elements of the site, in addition to reconfiguring the site topography and grade, the installation of new landscaping and hardscape materials, a central water feature, new benches and seat walls, and lighting. Pursuant to Santa Monica Municipal Code, a Certificate of Appropriateness is required for any proposed alterations in whole or in part, of or to a Landmark or Landmark Parcel”.  The design is currently waiting for final approval from the City Council.
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