Woodlands Suffer Large-scale Biodiversity Loss – Science Daily

July 27, 2009,AEDT

Science Daily reports New research shows that 21st century British woodlands are less distinctive than those of the early 20th century due to environmental change. Native woodland plants have re-organised over the last 70 years in response to increased soil fertility and loss of light related to increased canopy shading. | Read More

International Urban Landscape Award (IULA) Competition

July 24, 2009,AEDT

The Eurohypo Aktiengesellschaft of Frankfurt, Germany, and Topos – International Review of Landscape Architecture and Urban Design are holding the International Urban Landscape Award (IULA) competition again this year in search of exemplary urban design projects for sustainable development in Germany or the United Kingdom. Taking place for the third | Read More

The plight of Britain’s ancient trees – The Guardian

July 24, 2009,AEDT

Patrick Barkham of The Guardian reports Ancient trees are ecological treasures because they provide unique habitats for rare plants, insects, birds and mammals. When they become ancient, trees such as oaks and sweet chestnuts “grow down”, dying at the top and forming a new crown of leaves below so the | Read More

Dutch success in London – OKRA wins Croydon Competition

July 15, 2009,AEDT

OKRA landscape architects have won the prestigious “International Urban Design Competition for Wellesley Road and Park Lane in Croydon” in London. Lead consultant OKRA participates in this project with Urhahn Urban Design, Peter Brett Associates, Karakusevic Carson Architects and Soundings. The ambition for Croydon is to transform the area, which | Read More

Ecotowns to get go-ahead despite local opposition – guardian.co.uk

July 13, 2009,AEDT

The Guardian reports An abandoned Norfolk airfield and a cluster of Cornish china claypit villages are to become the first of a controversial new breed of “ecotowns”, offering thousands of new homes built within a cutting-edge eco-friendly community. The decision will be a blow to villagers who have campaigned against | Read More

Futuristic roof garden opens to the public in Hammersmith, London

June 14, 2009,AEDT

The Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith and environmental charity Groundwork London are behind the remarkable garden, which is now open to the public. The garden was developed from a sketch on a paper napkin into a futuristic oasis of subtle lighting, sustainable timber decking, low planters, seating, shrubs and trees. Designed by | Read More

DSDHA wins Waterloo square competition – Building Design

March 9, 2009,AEDT

Building Design reports “DSDHA has won the competition to design a major new square on London’s South Bank. The Waterloo City Square Scheme will see the roundabout circling the Waterloo Imax theatre and the streets around Waterloo Station given a badly-needed revamp, concentrating on rationalising the dark labyrinth of streets | Read More

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