July 22, 2018

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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Landscape Architects outline blueprint for climate smart, resilient communities

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Climate change is intensifying the negative impacts of standard development practices and is putting people and communities across the United Sates at risk. The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) convened an interdisciplinary Blue Ribbon Panel on Climate Change and Resilience in September 2017, and this week ASLA released a blueprint for helping secure a sustainable and resilient future that summarizes the panel’s work and recommendations. Smart Policies for a Changing Climate: The Report and Recommendations of the ASLA Blue Ribbon Panel on Climate Change and Resilience found that the U.S. needs a new paradigm for communities that works in…

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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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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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