Leicester Square City Quarter | London UK | Burns + Nice

Leicester Square City Quarter | London UK | Burns + Nice

Image Credit | Burns + Nice

In June 2007 BURNS + NICE won a design competition for the re-design of Leicester Square, organised by Westminster City Council. The square is the home of British cinema staging over 50 film premières every year as well as a number other large scale events throughout the year. It attracts approximately two million visitors each week. Together with its side streets the square accommodates 250 servicing deliveries every morning, over 35 al fresco dining pitches, the largest cinemas and casinos in the UK and five hotels, with another two large ones planned. In combination these activities make the Leicester Square City Quarter a challenging and multi-layered urban environment.
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Fort Werk aan ‘t Spoel | Culemborg Netherlands | Rietveld Landscape & Atelier de Lyon with Anouk Vogel

Fort Werk aan 't Spoel | Culemborg Netherlands | Rietveld Landscape & Atelier de Lyon with Anouk Vogel

Fort “Werk aan ‘t Spoel” is a national monument dating from 1794. Part of the New Dutch Waterline – a military defense line making use of intentional flooding – it served to protect one of the inundation locks. The municipality of Culemborg and Foundation Werk aan ‘t Spoel would like to see the derelict fort become a public attraction.

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VIDEO: How to create edible landscapes in your community

Pam Warhurst is the Chair of the Board of the Forestry Commission gives a passionate TED presentation about edible landscapes in which she highlights how simple it is to get communities mobilised growing their own food in public and privates spaces.
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Jubilee Gardens | London UK | West 8 | UPDATE

Jubilee Gardens | London UK | West 8 | UPDATE

Jubilee Gardens Aerial | © SBEG

Back in February we reported that construction had started on the Jubilee Gardens, this week the new Jubilee Garden opened to the public as part of the Queen’s Jubilee celebrations.

Jubilee Gardens | London UK | West 8 | UPDATE

Jubilee Pageant | © West 8 urban design & landscape architecture

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Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2012 | London UK | Herzog & de Meuron and Ai Weiwei

Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2012 | London UK | Herzog & de Meuron & Ai Weiwei

Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2012 Designed by Herzog & de Meuron and Ai Weiwei | Image © 2012 Iwan Baan

Herzog & de Meuron and Ai Weiwei have created the 2012 Serpentine Gallery Pavilion. It is the twelfth commission in the Gallery’s annual series, the world’s first and most ambitious architectural programme of its kind. The design team responsible for the celebrated Beijing National Stadium, which was built for the 2008 Olympic Games has come together again in London in 2012 for the Serpentine’s acclaimed annual commission, presented as part of the London 2012 Festival, the culmination of the Cultural Olympiad. The Pavilion is Herzog & de Meuron and Ai Weiwei’s first collaborative built structure in the UK.

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