Otter Street New Public Space | Melbourne Australia | City of Yarra

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This little project is located at a subtly, fantastic site. You would walk straight past it. There was nothing really there. It is located at the corner of Smith Street and Otter Street in Collingwood. Smith Street has an original and colourful character. Despite the recent high house prices, it still attracts a wide mix of people from a wide range of cultural backgrounds. It is a dynamic street that evolves and changes. It becomes good, and bad and then good again, and somehow also stays the same. It is a much-loved and very well known street in inner Melbourne.
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‘Jaanila Country’ by KCAP with Felixx awarded with Habitat award for public space design

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Jaanila Country, a masterplan by KCAP Architects & Planners has been awarded with the Habitat award for the best residential public space design in the Leningrad region (St. Petersburg), Russia. The public space of Jaanila Country has been developed in cooperation with landscape architects Felixx. It was chosen as first prize winner out of a selection of 13 nominated projects. The regional Habitat contest is hosted by the Leningrad Union of Building Organisations and has been held for the first time. It aims to honor new developments for their contribution to the public environment.

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This Week in Landscape | 14 September 2014

These Synthetic Landscapes Respond To Nature In Real Time To Protect Us-And The Planet | Adele Peters | Fast Co.
A landscape architect [Bradley Cantrell] imagines a world where levees react automatically to floods and tiny robots keep water clean from pollution.

LA River proposed as the city’s next great public space | Allison Engel | USC News
Bridges, overpasses and underused lots are seen as potential sites for permanent arts installations

Urban Plunge – open swimming in the heart of the city | Jane Withers | Ecologist
“With the growing trend for natural swimming in cities new opportunities are opening for architects and designers to create dramatic, inspiring, enjoyable new public spaces in urban waterways….”

Turkey’s natural, cultural heritage jeopardized by construction boom | SALİM AVCI | Sunday’s Zarman
“Experts have pointed out that if the forest north of İstanbul is destroyed, the city will no longer be able to breathe, and it will lose its water sources”

Sunk: City cuts swimming pool barge from waterfront design plan
“The city has decided to nix a floating barge with a swimming pool from plans for a vast new public space along Seattle’s downtown waterfront.”

Landscape architecture students get an Oneida Rail Trail wish-list | Bill Lucia | Crosscut.com
“….about 20 landscape architecture students from SUNY ESF in Syracuse worked with groups of interested city residents to compile a “wish list” of what they would like to see in future developments of Rail Trail sections.”

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Kranj old city centre renewal | Kranj Slovenia | Luz, d.d.

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The winning competition project proposed to reveal, highlight and subtly upgrade an array of unique elements of urban and natural heritage in the nowadays image of the city. The new design aimed to increase representativeness and to create a good basis for a comprehensive revitalisation of public space.

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Leise-Park | Berlin-Prenzlauer Berg Germany | gruppe F landscape architects

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The park at Heinrich-Roller-Straße incorporates parts of the old cemetery of St. Marien and St. Nikolai II, a new public green space of approx. 3.7 acres (1,5 ha) was created. The new design aimed at a widely accepted solution that would bring long-lasting improvements to the neighbourhood. Therefore an intensive participation initiative accompanied the planning process, offering the chance to develop sound design ideals and a robust implementation strategy together with residents, interested local institutions and the authority in charge.

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