Interesting landscape reading from across the web with some thought provoking material before you start your working week.
High Lines and park life: why more green isn’t always greener for cities | Owen Hatherley | Guardian
“Transforming old industrial areas into urban woodland may look nice but can be conterproductive[sic] in the long run” – Interesting read, but still wondering how the Highline is conterproductive[sic] in the long run.
‘Open spaces needed for meetings’ | Riyan Ramanath V, | Times of India
“Lack of such open areas inside the city is forcing communities, political, religious and social groups to use smaller spaces, which is resulting in traffic congestion on the roads.”
See How NYC Streets Got More Pedestrian-Friendly In 25 Years | Curbed NY | Zoe Rosenberg
Great images of before and after the implementation of pedestrian/bike friendly road design
How town planning can make us thin and healthy: Architects show that more green space and less housing density has a clear effect on public health | Charlie Cooper | Independent
“With responsibility for public healthcare devolved now from central Government to local authorities, it’s vital that planners and developers take the lead in ensuring healthier cities,” said. RIBA’s president, Stephen Hodder.
Continue reading This Week in Landscape | 2 February 2014
The project was created with the intention to complete the new complex of buildings in Via Larga, Bologna. The landscape therefore has two functions: the first is to represent the “green identity” of companies that fit into the different buildings, secondly it is not only a purely aesthetic element but also accessible and liveable and designated to every kind of user of this space.
Continue reading Unipol Tower | Via Larga Italy | Frassinagodiciotto
The intervention here proposed focuses on landscape restoration and design of the area between the historic town of Vicovaro and Aniene river valley, near Rome, Italy. The realized project has been very recently awarded with an Honorable Mention “Premio Paesaggio del Consiglio d’Europa 2012” because it has be considered a model for the design of degraded areas located around medieval Italian villages.
Continue reading KNOTTING the hill town and its landscape | Vicovaro Italy | Luca Peralta Studio
Hangzhou is an economy-driven city that is famed for its natural beauty. The design team felt that this uncommon combination of civic ambitions was an informal call to action that asked the designers to provide a balanced set of programs for the residents. The apartments at Wulin Palace provide a resort-residential lifestyle within the city of Hangzhou.
Continue reading Wulin Palace Apartments | Hangzhou China | Integrated Planning and Design
Back in April we reported that 3 entries from over 100 had been short-listed for the RIBA Vauxhall The Missing Link Design Competition. The RIBA announced recently that erect architecture with J&L Gibbons has won with their entry. London based Erect Architecture and J&L Gibbons will now work with Vauxhall One to re-design the public realm in the Vauxhall area of Nine Elms on the South Bank.
Continue reading Vauxhall Missing Link Design Competition winner announced