Sydney’s newest master planned suburb

The Ponds is the newest 320 hectare development in Sydney master planned by CLOUSTON.  Touted as ‘A showcase for sustainable living’ with Community Facilities, Water Sustainable Urban Design, Open Spaces, Built form guidelines for housing that has features that is flexible and can accommodate young families, older residents and/or those with mobility impairment.

The landscape is an important part of development – Justine Kinch from Clouston Associates said: “The design intent was to maintain consistency across the entire parklands project with unique elements strategically placed to create a sense of place and assist with orientation.

Read more at Architecture & Design and Landcom

Preserving biodiversity in suburban, rural areas [Event: Workshop]

Development in urban, suburban and even rural areas can often limit the variety of plant and animal life in these environments. In some cases, development also means an increase in exotic plants, which can ultimately displace native plant communities, which in turn can disrupt local populations of birds, bugs and other native wildlife.

Developers, planners, landscape architects, policymakers, landowners and others involved with the management of growth and development can learn about techniques for conserving and restoring biodiversity at upcoming workshops sponsored by University of Missouri Extension and the MU College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources.

The University of Missouri Extension is holding a workshop at two locations in Missouri: April 26 at the St. Charles County Extension Center, 260 Brown Road, St. Peters; and April 27 at the Boone County Extension Center, 1012 N. Highway UU, Columbia. Workshops run 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at both sites. Cost is $35.

For information and registration details, contact either Scott Killpack at the St. Charles County Extension Center at 636-970-3000, killpacks@missouri.edu; or Kent Shannon at the Boone County Extension Center at 573-445-9792, shannond@missouri.edu.

Transit driven urban development

Streetsblog asks the question Can Transit Expansion Produce Sprawl Like Highways Do? looks at the proposed Silver line in Washington DC and speaks to some experts about the possible sprawl, development of semi-urban enclaves around transit and the difference with park-n-ride.

Read more at Can Transit Expansion Produce Sprawl Like Highways Do? – Streetsblog

Developers breaking ground on Sustainable Communities in UK

Green dream lives on: A savvy breed of developers are breaking ground on sustainable communities in the Independent newspaper

There are about 10 communities around the country, loosely following principles known in the construction industry as New Urbanism……… No one is yet suggesting this new wave of sustainable communities will pass the test of time as Bath has – but they at least appear to be riding the downturn.

The article lists 8 projects in design planning stage along with the following built projects
Up and running

* Hockerton Housing Project, Nottinghamshire
* Greenwich Millennium Village (which involves Countryside Properties and Taylor Wimpey)
* BedZed, Hackbridge, east London

MRDC | Ken Smith Workshop: city of the river

Minneapolis Riverfront Design Competition - Ken Smith Workshop
“There’s a reason the city is located on the falls. The falls are really powerful. They’re beautiful and they really have a strong emotional response for people. I mean: you’re just drawn to them. They are what make a place. And that is why the native Americans were there; that’s why the settlers ended up there; that’s why people move from the sticks, from the little farms into the city; that’s why people move from the suburbs to downtown; that’s why people from other cities move to Minneapolis. People inherently want to be near the water. The water is the meaning of life, it’s the source, it’s the thing.”
Ken Smith, Principal, Ken Smith Landscape Architect

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