July 22, 2018

Southampton’s Watermark Westquay wins 2018 Prix-Versailles World Architecture Award

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Watermark Westquay, a major mixed-use scheme in Southampton by architect ACME with landscape design by Grant Associates, has won a coveted 2018 Prix-Versailles World Architecture Award. The scheme for developer Hammerson won the Shopping Malls category, an award strongly contested by 8 shortlisted projects from around the world. Featuring a 10-screen multiplex cinema, bowling alley, 24 restaurants and cafés, a new public plaza and esplanade, Watermark is the first of a two-part redevelopment of a key area within Southampton’s town centre. Underpinned by Southampton City Council’s aim to reconnect the city to the sea, the overall design vision for Watermark…

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Grant Associates consult Bristol University development

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The team set to develop Bristol University’s new Temple Quarter includes globally recognised architecture firms Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios and Allford Hall Monaghan Morris, engineering consultants Buro Happold and ARUP and international landscape architecture consultancy Grant Associates, all of whom have local teams based in Bristol and Bath. The new campus will provide spaces for teaching, learning, research and innovation including flexible collaborative spaces for co-located enterprises. A student village will offer state of the art accommodation and an open access Quantum Technology Innovation Centre on the campus will take quantum research from the lab into the commercial world. High…

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Garden Dialogues bring an intimate look at landscape architecture to Bridgehampton

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The goal of The Cultural Landscape Foundation is to connect people with places, bringing landscape architecture into discussion. This is exactly what J. Brian Sawyer, a landscape architect and member of TCLF’s stewardship council, plans to do at a Bridgehampton residence he designed in a discussion series titled the Garden Dialogues. The Garden Dialogues began in 2012, inspired by the foundation’s focus on landscapes and patronage. “Without great patrons, there is rarely a great work of landscape architecture,” said Charles Birnbaum, the president and CEO of TCLF. Mr. Birnbaum said he never truly got the information or the real interaction…

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Riverfront park design to feature concrete petals

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American firms Lake Flato and Matsys, along with landscape architect Rialto Studio, have designed a riverfront park with concrete petals in southern Texas, with sculptural pavilions that provide shade on sunny days and help collect rainwater during storms. Confluence Park is located on a bluff overlooking the point where the San Pedro Creek merges with the San Antonio River. Covering three acres (1.2 hectares), the public park encompasses a classroom building, a main pavilion and three smaller pavilions. The park is overseen by the San Antonio River Foundation, which manages the watershed. “Confluence Park is a living laboratory that allows visitors to gain a greater understanding of…

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LI leaders join industry experts in promoting urban green infrastructure

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On Thursday 28 June, Polypipe host a one-off conference, promoting the importance of green infrastructure in the built environment. The free event will take place at the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) headquarters at One Great Street, London. Senior LI staff and members CEO Dan Cook, Sue Illman PPLI, Dr Phil Askew and Martin Kelly will be among the 16 industry experts speaking. Traditional piped drainage systems still have an important role to play in ensuring the resilience of our towns and cities. But they are now only part of the solution. This is why innovation such as drainage through…

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Logik submits plans for Arundel Street

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Logik Developments, chaired by former cricketer Andrew Flintoff, has moved forward with its plans to build a 386-home development in Castlefield, Manchester, anchored by a 35-storey tower designed by architect SimpsonHaugh. The development was first revealed at a public consultation in September last year and a planning application has now been submitted to Manchester City Council for 386 apartments across two new buildings, as well as the retained DOT Building, which is currently vacant having formerly been home to a motorcycle warehouse. The largest of these will be the 35-storey tower facing the Mancunian Way, which will contain a total…

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Landscape architecture firm unveils first glimpse at 200-acre riverfront master plan

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OJB Landscape Architecture (OJB) released concept images reimagining downtown Omaha’s riverfront – only one portion of its 200-acre Missouri Riverfront Revitalization plan. The plan, which spans both sides of the river, involves areas in and around Gene Leahy Mall, Heartland of America Park, and Lewis and Clark Landing on the Omaha side. It aims to unify Omaha, NE and Council Bluffs, IA into a regional destination and will finally allow residents and visitors to access and enjoy the Missouri River. “The approval of the Master Plan is a game changer for the City of Omaha,” OJB’s Managing Principal, Kyle Fiddelke, ASLA said. “The project will spur economic development and bring business back…

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Six-acre park opens after extensive landscape architectural design

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US studio James Corner Field Operations has created a public park on the waterfront site around the former Domino Sugar Factory in Brooklyn, featuring a sunbathing spot, an industrial-style playground and a taco stand. Opening this week, Domino Park comprises six acres (2.4 hectares) of parkland, stretching a quarter of a mile along the East River in Williamsburg, in front of the old red-brick factory. New York-based landscape architecture firm James Corner Field Operations – which also worked on the High Line with architects Diller Scofidio + Renfro – was enlisted to transform the formerly derelict parcel of land as part of a major redevelopment of the Domino Site, located just north…

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#ChooseLandscape launches next month – here’s how to get involved

Find out how you can support the LI’s new careers campaign, #ChooseLandscape and help inspire the next generation of landscape professionals. In July, the LI will launch its brand new careers campaign, #ChooseLandscape. They want to: Raise awareness of landscape as a profession. Improve and increase access to landscape education. Inspire young people to choose landscape as a career. #ChooseLandscape is a critical campaign, for the LI and for the profession as a whole. And for it to be as successful as possible, they need the whole profession on board. How can you get involved? Tell your story Are you, or…

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A look at the new Gateway Arch Museum

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St Louis’ Gateway Arch has undergone a redevelopment, with architecture studio Cooper Robertson expanding and renovating the museum beneath the record-holding structure. Landscape architects Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates have created a new park from the original by Dan Kiley, which now crosses the adjacent highway and connects the site to the city centre of St. Louis. According to the architects, the new project was conceived to restore the link between the city, the museum and the arch. “Our design makes the museum part of Downtown and you move in a linear way through exhibits which explain the meaning behind it,”…

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