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The esplanade youth plaza is situated in the heart of the Fremantle City. Embodying principles of social sustainability, the facility offers opportunities for all participants. It is a central community hub for events, competitions and social opportunities.
Continue reading The Esplanade Youth Plaza | Fremantle Australia | Convic
Flooding in York | February 16, 2014
Over the last few months, the UK has seen continual flooding which has seen a great deal of discussion on how to deal with the water management in the UK. Recently, Sue Illman President of the Landscape Institute has sent an open letter to Prime Minister, Rt Hon David Cameron MP. The letter signed by 12 organisations calls for a complete rethink of water management to prevent the effect of water on villages, towns and cities of the England and Wales.
The letter goes on to call for ” an immediate cross departmental conference with DECC, DEFRA, DCLG, the EA and NRW, in a similar manner to that which was convened to address the problem of ash-dieback.”. It also calls for proper exploration of the larger catchment management issues, and how forestry, land management and soft engineered flood alleviation schemes can hold back water in the upper reaches of rivers, and work alongside a dredging programme in the lower reaches.
The letter was also sent to the Rt Hon Owen Paterson MP, Anne McIntosh MP and Lord Smith, chairman of the Environment Agency.
To view the full letter visit http://www.landscapeinstitute.org/PDF/LettertoPrimeMinisterFeb14.pdf
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Greysmith Associates have secured funding from the Mayor of London and the London Borough of Tower Hamlets to turn a dead-end street into a pocket park.
Continue reading Derbyshire Street Pocket Park | London UK | Greysmith Associates
Recently the large parts of England have faced severe flooding with the Environment Agency continuing to issue flood warnings for most parts of England and the River Thames reaching its highest level for 10 years. Sue Illman, President of the Landscape Institute has issues a statement calling for the UK to look beyond the pipe and invest in SuDs as acceptable economic and sustainable way of protecting towns and cities against flooding. Read the full statement:
“The recent floods across the country have once again exposed the UK’s lack of resilience when confronted by extreme wet weather. The existing sewer infrastructure can’t cope, and the government appears paralysed when it comes to fully implementing the Flood and Water Management Act.
Continue reading “It’s no surprise that parts of Britain are being devastated by floods again” says President of Landscape Institute
The Chinese hotspots of turbo urbanization have shifted: the large construction sites, engines of economic growth have moved inland to the large provincial capitals, like Xi‘an in Shaanxi. Literally thousands of high rises and shopping centers grow simultaneously, nerved by wide boulevards.
Continue reading Fishpond City | Xian China | Lu Yang, Christian Lindle, Raoul Bukor
WWF-UK has today opened its new Living Planet Centre and Headquarters in Woking, with sustainable landscape design provided by UK landscape architects, Grant Associates. The landscape design approach for the 0.9-hectare site reflects a shared aspiration to develop a landscape and building that is integrated and responsive to the site whilst rooted in simple ecological design thinking.
Continue reading WWF-UK Living Planet Centre and Headquarters Opens
Blackpool remains the UK’s leading seaside resort but visitor numbers have almost halved over the past twenty years and regeneration of the seafront and town has become essential. A major investment in coastal defence infrastructure has provided the catalyst for regeneration with the creation of a 3 kilometre long series of headlands and connecting promenades providing the space for the ‘People’s Playground’ as well as essential protection against rising sea levels and storm flooding.
Continue reading Tower Festival Headland | Blackpool UK | LDA Design