Design Council calls for new strategy for good design in the built environment

Design Council has called for a new cross-government strategy and a commitment from all political parties to deliver and inspire public demand for high quality design in the built environment. Through the experience of its Cabe team and in consultation with its network of Built Environment Experts the Design Council has identified the following key recommendations to the Farrell Review of Architecture and the Built Environment to put to government:

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This Week in Landscape | 25 May 2013

This Week saw the Centenary of the Chelsea Show and numerous great articles and blog posts, we have made a selection for your weekly reading.
 

Timelapse of Chelsea Best in Show – Trailfinders Australian Garden

9/11 Memorial: The Other Half | Saundra Marcel | Design Bureau
An interview with Peter Walker about the 9/11 Memorial and the remaining section of the plaza that needs to be built after the underground museum and train station are finished.

“Born to Rewild” with Landscape Designer Margie Ruddick | Diana Budds | Dwell On Design
Dwell on Design interview Margie Ruddick, this year’s winner of the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Award in Landscape Architecture.

New Strategies for funding the Public Realm | Jon Trementozzi | Sasaki Associates
there is often a deep chasm between the vision and implementation of projects intended to enhance the public realm. The reality is that many designs for these spaces and places never see the light of day. Overwhelmingly, the difference between a paper plan and a built project comes down to funding.

RMIT honours landscape architecture pioneer | Infolink
Emeritus Professor James Sinatra will become a Doctor of Design Honoris Causa, in recognition of his role in establishing landscape architecture education in Australia during a long academic career at RMIT.

Landscape architecture should come sooner, not later in design | Michael Biafore | West Virginia Illustrated
“At the residential level, however, landscape architecture is often relegated to the last step in not only the design phase of a home, but also the construction process. Many benefits can be realized in the planning and construction of a home by hiring a landscape architect to work on site design, sometimes even prior to the selection of an architect and/or a home builder.”

Everyone Deserves Good Design | John Cary | Metropolis
“Whether as an architect, landscape architect, or planner, if you remember one thing from my talk today, I hope it’s to take the time to watch and listen to these people, and to learn from them. In that sense, your real design education is just beginning and will never end.”

The Ego and the Architect | Beth Mosenthal | Archinect
“When I think about the people I would consider “leaders” in my office, they don’t just include the people with the highest-ranking title or the most experience. They are the people who send out design inspiration emails, events, and tips to keep us involved and aware.”

VIDEO CREDIT | Flemings Nurseries

 

Midtown Manhattan Skygarden | New York USA | HM White

Midtown Manhattan  Skygarden | New York USA | HM White

Redefining the 17th floor of the historic Western Publishing Building in midtown Manhattan, HM White has created a contemporary green roof garden terrace as an extension of Shorenstein Properties’ new corporate offices. The 6,500 square-foot living roof establishes a biophilic transformation of the office environment and daily employee experience. A lush, sculpted garden wraps the building and visually merges interior office spaces with a serene meadow landscape, layered in contrast to its dense urban context.

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Moses Mabhida Stadium Precinct | Durban South Africa | Iyer Urban Design Studio

Moses Mabhida Stadium Precinct  | Durban South Africa | Iyer Urban Design Studio

Already a celebrated icon in the Kwa-Zulu Natal landscape, the Moses Madiba Stadium and precinct, built for the Soccer World Cup 2010, in the words of the jury “is commended because of its multi-disciplinary design approach that has made the most of urban design, architectural and landscape architectural skills, driven by a visionary client. “

“The urban and landscape design at Moses Mabhida Stadium Precinct allows for ongoing integration with the broader city and coastal corridor. The design is focused on the creation of an accessible, well-made and generous public-space system. The landscape design is contemporary and executed on a bold scale with continuity of approach, aesthetic appeal and response to local place and function clearly visible.”

“The stadium precinct comprises many remarkable spaces and places. These include the uncluttered concourse level surrounding the stadium and the polished concrete podium that serves as a raised plinth with planted embankments resembling a dune. This podium defines public and semi-public movement with the base assigned highest levels of being open to the public. (“publicness”.)

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