YMCA Sand Beach Park | Austin USA | dwg. urban landscape architecture

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Austin has seen dramatic growth and change within its central core. Urban developing stresses continue to press against the network of preserved parkland and water systems. Compounding this, city parks are experiencing over-popularity on decreased operating and maintenance budgets, creating crisis situations for parkland. Sand Beach Park addresses these issues and re-imagines a new benchmark for sustainable planning, design, operations and funding of urban parks.

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DS+R wins Zaryadye Park Design Competition

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Competition organisers “Rossiya”, State-owned unitary enterprise “NIiPI for the General Plan of the City of Moscow” and Strelka Institute for Media, Architecture and Design have announced that the consortium led by Diller Scofidio + Renfro has won the Zaryadye Park Design Competition in Moscow with Russian-led TPO “Reserve” placing second and last but not least is MVRDV.
For more information and video of DS+R design(with designer statements and fly-throughs)….

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Leopoldpark | Nieuwpoort Belgium | Alain Cappelle

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The Leopold Park renovation is a case whereby creative planning and design can deal with some aspects of climate change.  A range of actions and techniques are available for managing flood risks in parks: green roofs, sustainable drainage, flood pathways, temporary water storage, or upland-land management. Strategies for managing high temperatures in green spaces can be the use of open water and water features, cool pavement materials and shade. Water reservoirs help to ensure sufficient water supplies during dry summers, or low-water-use-planting can reduce water demand. Vegetation management, including careful choice and placement of trees and vegetative cover, in combination with re-grading or re-inforcing of slopes, to reduce risk of erosion and landslips.

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Ceramic Museum & Mosaic Park | Jinzhou China | Casanova + Hernandez Architects

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The urban extension of Jinzhou, a city of three million inhabitants located less than 500 kilometres north-east of Beijing, has been articulated by the creation of a new large public park of 176 Ha in an area reclaimed from the sea. During a first phase, the park hosts the 2013 Jinzhou World Landscape Art Exposition and once the Expo is closed, the area will become the central park of a new urban development.

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5 teams selected for “Russia” Park shortlist

Recently 5 teams were shortlisted for stage 2 of the “Russia” Park design competition by members of the Jury and the Expert Council, as well as representatives of “Russia” Theme Park. The experts presented their conclusions on the results of evaluation of application documents.

All the experts unanimously agreed on 5 applications out of the 18 and the participants of the  Stage 2 of the International Contest are:

The participants of the second stage of the International Contest for the concept and financial model of “Russia” Park and will start developing the contest proposals untill the closing date of the Contest in December 2013.
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Munthof Park | Antwerp Belgium | CLUSTER Landscape and Urbanism with ARA

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For years, square Munthof in the historical city center was an abandoned public garden, urgently in need of renovation. The place was known for its graffiti art works and was a favorite spot for drugs, junkies, vandalism. After a process of years with stakeholder participation from the neighborhood, the City of Antwerp organized a competition for a new park design.

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Box Hill Gardens Multi Purpose Area | Box Hill Australia | ASPECT Studios

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ASPECT Studios was commissioned by the City of Whitehorse to create an innovative space with a diverse array of recreation activities and events within the historic and well-loved gardens of Box Hill Gardens.

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