This Week In Landscape | 15 September 2013

WLA’s weekly summary of built environment news

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.

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International ideas competition for a new Hans Christian Andersen House of Fairytales

House-of-Fairytales-1Odense City Museums and the City of Odense have launched a large-scale international ideas competition for innovative ideas for an overall concept that can combine the current facilities of the place in a single distinctive attraction. The little yellow corner house known as the birthplace of Hans Christian Andersen is one of the main attractions in the Danish city of Odense. The main focus of the presentations is currently on the life and character of the writer, but the museum does not fully respond to the great interest in the fairytales shared by the people who come from all over the world to see it.

Competition entries should take the vision for a Hans Christian Andersen House of Fairytales and a fairytale garden set out in the competition brief into account and should describe the museum presentation and communication aspects and the spatial and architectural framework of the House of Fairytales and the garden in a single concept.

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Park Russia | largest theme park in Europe design competition

Russian Green Building council is happy to announce the start of the international competition for concept and financial model for Park “Russia” which is to become the largest theme park in Europe. Competition is held in 2 stages in both Russian and English. Prize fund is 10,5 million RUR (approx 315,000USD).

The Contest is held in two stages
Stage 1: Pre-qualification of participants. Teams will be  selected to participate in the second stage on the basis of  evaluation of the applications submitted by applicants.

Stage 2: “Russia” Theme Park concepts and financial models Contest. The winner and the finalists may be selected for  further cooperation in developing the project.

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Streetmix | interactive street section builder app

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Do you spend hours playing sim city or crushing candies? We’ve found a productivity tool for landscape architects that is just as fun. Streetmix is a free interactive street section builder that allows anyone to be able to build up a street with various lanes and urban elements including lighting, trees, bike lanes, light rail, signage. It’s a quick and easy to use web application that lets landscape architects and urban planners mockup various street section options for the same street.

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International Design Competition for Zaryadye Park

Зарядье / Zaryadye | © Институт медиа, архитектуры и дизайна "Стрелка" / Сергей Леонтьев © Institute for media, architecture and design Strelka / Sergey Leontiev

Зарядье / Zaryadye | © Институт медиа, архитектуры и дизайна “Стрелка” / Сергей Леонтьев
© Institute for media, architecture and design Strelka / Sergey Leontiev

The building of Zaryadye Park (Зарядье) is a landmark initiative of the Moscow City Government and has commissioned an international competition to develop the site. Zaryadye will be the first public park built in Moscow for over 50 years. It stands alongside the development of Ground Zero in New York, the reconstruction of the Reichstag in Berlin and the competition for a new cultural district in West Kowloon, Hong Kong.

International Design Competition for Zaryadye Park is a two-stage competition. The first stage is the Pre-qualification stage — six teams will be selected to participate in the second stage. The second stage is the Concept competition — selection of the winner and the finalists (second and third places).

We are inviting architects, landscape architects and urban planners, who can bring together multidisciplinary teams of specialists in the fields of engineering, management of public spaces, entertainment industry, cultural programming, economy, sociology, anthropology, dendrology, ecology and wildlife management.

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