The heart of Colchester’s cultural quarter is created by the new square. This project is the first new urban space for Colchester’s Cultural Quarter. The square has a simple aesthetic of grey blue stone and white concrete punctuated by detailed mosaic benches in gold, pink and brown.
Continue reading New Square for Visual Arts Facility | Colchester UK | Kinnear Landscape Architects
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How urban planners’ bid to impose order on cities is compromised | Jonathan Foyle | FT
“We like to think we are free agents, entitled to some individual expression in our built environment. But if world history is one long stumble towards emancipation, are planned cities – the imposition of urban order in which a single design process dictates the pattern of our lives – really a good idea?”
Forget forests, an urban jungle is what we need | Neil Hudson | Yorkshire Evening Post
“Various studies have shown that if you stand in patch of greenery for just three minutes, you can lower your blood pressure. Other studied have proved a link between healing rates and people being given access to trees.”
ASLA Launches New Guide on Health Benefits of Nature | J.Green | The Dirt
A new online guide launched today by the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) showcases the long- and short-term mental and physical health benefits of spending time outside.
Continue reading This Week In Landscape | 15 September 2013
The successful regeneration of the 2.5 hectare area, which forms part of the city’s protected World Heritage Site, has involved a complete redesign of the public space and the construction of the first major urban canal extension in the UK in a generation. The drama of the new waterway threaded through the public space is accentuated by the flanking flights of steps which turn the waterway into a stage filled with activity.
Continue reading Pier Head Public Realm | Liverpool UK | AECOM
University of Minnesota Landscape Arboretum branches out with art garden | Tom Meersman | Star Tribune
“Thanks to an unprecedented donation by a retired Wayzata couple, the arboretum has acquired in one fell swoop a permanent new sculpture garden with 23 world-class art works that normally would take many years and millions of dollars to collect.”
Philadelphia’s Incremental Landscape | OLIN
“Incremental landscape infrastructure can create opportunities to improve ecologic functions, enhance the civic experience, and ignite economic investment.”
Landscape scenic quality assessment techniques | Tom Turner | Garden Visit
“….it would then be necessary to find out which areas ARE of low scenic quality and, I am sorry to say, the UK landscape architecture profession appears to be ducking this question.”
Harvard leader in urban planning, waterfront restoration to share keys to success | Holly Bechiri | The Rapidian
“Primarily, my role is not to tell you about Grand Rapids,” says Krieger of his upcoming talk, “but to show what other cities have done relative to waterfronts as Grand Rapids is about to embark on some planning regarding your urban waterfront.”
Continue reading This Week In Landscape | 4 August 2013
On Friday 26 July, the Landscape Institute will launch their Water Sensitive Urban Design film at Generation H20 student conference at the Garden Museum in London. The film, commissioned by the Landscape Institute and based on work by CIRIA, Arup and AECOM, explains the concept of Water Sensitive Urban Design (WSUD) and argues the case for designing ‘with’ water when planning any new development.
Continue reading Landscape Institute to launch WSUD film at Generation H20 Conference