July 21, 2018

WiFM Summer Social Event in collaboration with Landscape Institute

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Join the WIFM Summer Social for this collaborative event between WIFM and the Landscape Institute to hear from those who are responsible for managing the parklands, venues, community engagement programmes and development of the Park. Visitors will be able to learn about how the facilities management and landscape architecture professions can work in partnership to ensure public spaces and buildings are managed and maintained effectively for the benefit of millions. Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park has continued to be in the spotlight since hosting the Olympic and Paralympic Games. The Park’s journey from games time, through transformation to a dynamic new…

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Landscape plans for Emanuel Nine Memorial unveiled

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Three years after a self-identified white supremacist murdered nine black parishioners at the Mother Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina, plans for a memorial to the victims have been revealed. As Camila Domonske at NPR reports, the new memorial will be built on the church grounds, mostly on areas currently occupied by car parks. Michael Arad, a partner of Handel Architects, was selected to design the space. The firm’s website details the proposal for the Emanuel Nine Memorial: “The memorial features a courtyard with two fellowship benches, facing each other with high backs that arc up and around like sheltering wings. At…

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UKDN Waterflow releases report on tree root growth impact on urban drainage

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“With the onset of climate change, better understanding of the risks trees pose for buried water utility assets is vital to asset maintenance,” says UKDN Waterflow (LG) Ltd director Richard Leigh. Tree roots and their impact on drainage systems The paper highlights surprising findings from Swedish & UK researchers and the Arbroricultural Adivsory and Information Service (AAIS). Common perceptions suggest that tree roots directly cause damage to pipes. Yet research discovered in the majority of cases, roots only take advantage of previously damaged or vulnerable pipes. Tree roots can exert a pressure of up to 20 bar per sq. cm,…

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NSW government proposes enclave around western Sydney Metro station

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A proposal for the enclave development of government-owned land around an under-construction Sydney metro station would bring higher-density residential buildings to western Sydney. Landcom, the NSW government’s property development arm, is seeking concept approval to develop the land around the under-construction Tallawong metro station (formerly known as Cudgegong Road Station), designed by Hassell, in Sydney’s Rouse Hill. The station is being built as the northern terminus of the Sydney Metro Northwest project, which is set to begin service in 2019. The proposal would see surplus government land around the station converted into a largely residential enclave, with an indicative residential yield of 1,100…

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Last chance to enter: Landscape Institute Awards 2018

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Applications are open to enter the Landscape Institute Awards, the landscape profession’s most illustrious awards, until the end of July 2018. Celebrating excellence, innovation and creativity in the natural and built-environment, the Landscape Institute Awards showcase the exceptional work of the many different types of landscape professionals, including landscape designers, managers, planners and researchers and the impact it has on people’s lives. There are two new categories this year: The Dame Sylvia Crowe Award for Outstanding International Contribution to People, Place and Nature – the first Landscape Institute Award that is open to individuals and organisations globally; and an award…

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Revamp of Springfield Park before adding new greenspace

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Famed landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted said every city should have a large park for “unbending of the faculties.” A potential reality now for Springfield residents. Notable urban parks across the country offering respite from the hustle and bustle of the city include Law’s massive Central Park in New York City (843 acres), Savannah’s Forsythe Park (30 acres), and Boston’s Common (40 acres). If you can look beyond the decaying infrastructure and prison-like fences that keep residents out, then you’ll discover Jacksonville has a space that was once worthy of being mentioned in the same sentence with some of the…

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Council reveals Albert Square potential

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Indicative proposals to pedestrianise and enlarge Manchester’s Albert Square as part of the £330m of works at the Town Hall have been unveiled by the city council. The outline plans would see the square enlarged by around 20% to significantly enhance its role as an events space. The ideas for Albert Square were set out as part of a presentation given to July’s full Manchester City Council meeting, detailing progress on the project. Planit-IE is the landscape architect. The proposals for the square, which will be subject to full consultation at the design stage, would involve limiting traffic access to…

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Tropical recreation area set to cool central Singapore

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Students from the Institute of Landscape Architecture are planning some natural ways to cool the heat-afflicted metropolis of Singapore. Their testing ground is a disused railway line reclaimed by nature and converted into a tropical recreation area. The midday heat in Singapore is merciless. The sun over this tropical metropolis doesn’t shine, it burns. That’s why the city has air-conditioned underpasses that connect metro stations to shopping centres and office buildings, creating kilometres of interconnected tunnels that give its 5.6 million inhabitants at least some temporary respite from the adverse climate. This Wednesday lunchtime, ETH Professor of Landscape Architecture Christophe…

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Merrick Denton-Thompson passes torch to Adam White at LI Presidents’ Reception

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On 4 July 2018, the Landscape Institute welcomed its new president, Adam White, and thanked outgoing president Merrick Denton-Thompson OBE for his leadership and support. On behalf of the Institute, the LI’s Head of External Affairs Poppy Smith thanked Merrick ‘for his time, energy, enthusiasm and wisdom, not just for the past two years, but a long time before that’. Over 250 guests packed into the heart of the recently restored Garden Museum in Lambeth, London. The event was sponsored by CED Stone with Hillers Trees and Palmstead Nurseries generously turning the venue into a wild forest for the evening, filling…

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International Garden Festival in Quebec opens 19th edition

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For its 19th edition, the International Garden Festival is having some fun. The Festival continues its exploration of play with Playsages II – Go Outside and Play! Landscape architects, architects, artists and designers from across Canada and around the world responded to our call for proposals to imagine creative spaces to showcase in Quebec. Seven new projects offer imaginative spaces where families can congregate and play together all summer. Jump into a canoe to traverse a pond. Choose your own column for a photo op. Leap skyward above the walls of a corn maze. Ascend the vertical cliffs of a metallic Percé Rock….

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