June 20, 2018

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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Crucial role available on the board of LI committee

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A position for a non-trustee member of the Landscape Institute (LI) has opened up on the LI’s Finance and Risk Committee. Meeting four times per year, the Committee helps steer the LI’s financial and investment decisions by making recommendations to the LI Board of Trustees. The Committee comprises the Honorary Treasurer and between two and four other trustees. In addition, in order to broaden the range of skills on the Committee, up to two non-trustees may join. The Committee is advertising now for a member with substantial business skills to help the LI deliver its ambitious five-year corporate strategy. Interested applicants…

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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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Cutting-edge public parks and open spaces celebrated

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A project that engaged various community stakeholders in the design of a new park is among the public works that have been recognised for innovation and leadership. Design studio Spacelab was recognised by the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects ACT Chapter on Thursday for its ‘Craft your Park initiative in Finn Street, O’Connor for listening to the community and translating their feedback into the design. “The design process involved an open dialogue, woven with local stories and histories from kindergarten children to landcare groups and the local community, where the design team were the ‘editors’ and the community the ‘authors’…

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Bennetts raise £130 for Alzheimers Society from tournament

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Eleven members of staff from aluminium glazing specialists Bennett Architectural took part in a charity 7-a-side football tournament supporting the Alzheimers Society raising £130. The 7-a-side tournament organised by the Stoke on Trent branch of CCF, had 12 teams take part at the home of Nantwich Town FC; the Weaver Stadium. Despite giving a good account of themselves the Bennetts team didn’t make it out of the group stage, registering a credible 0-0 draw in the first match before four straight defeats in scorching conditions. The tournament was eventually won by Shadwell, who overcame Travis Perkins Stoke 3-0; going the…

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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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