June 19, 2018

Members approve changes to LI governance at 2017 AGM


Four motions will improve flexibility and information sharing, and help to attract a wider variety of candidates to the role of LI president. Members of the Landscape Institute have voted in overwhelming support of four motions at this year’s annual general meeting (AGM). Voters agreed to carry the following motions: To allow the Institute to pay a president’s stipend (passed with 436 votes to 77) To allow increased flexibility in the timing of the election and nomination process (passed with 506 votes to 17) To increase the maximum number of terms of office for trustees and Advisory Council members from…

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Visionary book focusing on new paradigms for landscapes nominated for prestigious award


A visionary book capturing the learning from Europe’s largest greenspace initiative, Central Scotland Green Network, has been shortlisted for a prestigious research award from the Landscape Institute. ‘Growing Awareness – How green consciousness can change perceptions and places’ edited by Professor Brian Evans, Head of Urbanism at The Glasgow School of Art (the GSA), and Sue Evans, Head of Development at CSGN, brings together a significant research effort by the Central Scotland Green Network Trust and The Glasgow Urban Laboratory at the Glasgow School of Art together with contributions of leading experts from across the globe, to inspire the transformation…

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Civic Engineers awarded £1.8 million contract to help deliver Glasgow City Centre ‘Avenues’ project


Civil and structural engineers, Civic Engineers have been awarded the £1.8 million contract to help deliver the transformative ‘Avenues’ project for Glasgow City Council. Part of the Enabling Infrastructure Integrated Public Realm (EIIPR) commission, the project is supported by the £1.13billion Glasgow City Region City Deal, which has funding of £115million for Glasgow city centre projects. The transformation of the ‘Avenues’ seeks to dramatically improve the quality of the city centre environment, putting people at its heart.  Focusing on seven key city-centre thoroughfares; Argyle St west, Argyle St east, St Enoch’s Square, the Underline (a pedestrian and cycle route linking…

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LUC design director awarded Landscape Institute Ambassador for Landscape status


LUC have announced  that director of landscape architecture Jennette Emery-Wallis has been awarded with Ambassador for Landscape status by The Landscape Institute. The purpose of the Ambassador for Landscape initiative is for LI members to engage with school and college students to: Raise the profile of landscape architecture as a profession that makes a real difference to local and national places and environments Engage with school students, so that those with an interest in the built and natural environment, and art and design are aware of the profession as a possible career choice Promote the study of LI-accredited courses at…

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Celebrations as Manchester’s Ordsall Chord is completed


The Ordsall Chord, a 300m stretch of rail track and a series of new bridges and viaducts in Manchester designed by BDP, has now completed. The occasion was celebrated on 9 November with an event attended by Rail Minister Paul Maynard MP and Mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham. The new rail link connects Manchester’s Piccadilly and Victoria stations for the first time and unlocks new routes and improve connections and journey times across the north of England, as well as new direct links from the north to Manchester Airport. Central to the design is the world’s first asymmetric network…

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Arup and Kiwa Gastec appointed to explore potential for using hydrogen to heat UK homes


Arup is leading a UK government project examining the feasibility of phasing out the use of natural gas for domestic use by converting homes to hydrogen fuel. The £25 million Hydrogen for Heat Programme, commissioned by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), will look at the feasibility of converting a small village or estate to replace natural gas with hydrogen for cooking and heating. The Arup-led consortium, including hydrogen specialists Kiwa Gastec, will explore the practicalities of using the zero-carbon gas in homes and will facilitate the design and manufacture of new appliances such as fires, cookers…

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Calls for urgent tree planting to prevent climate change


Gathering at a landmark Tree Conference, a diverse collective of scientists, conservationists, forestry experts, and tree project leaders unanimously called for urgent tree planting to avert climate change  Planting trees is more vital than ever, an eclectic gathering of 130 scientists, environmentalists, tree experts, project leaders and multifarious tree lovers concurred at The Tree Conference in Glastonbury on Saturday, 4 November. Despite the widely converging views of those attending the event at the Red Brick Building, all were united by a common call to action – to plant more trees. Conference organiser Suzi Martineau said: “The day brought a huge…

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Research from Gensler shows impact of design on ‘great experiences’


Gensler, a global architecture, design and planning firm, today announced the results of its first-ever Gensler Experience Index, validating that design has a quantifiable impact on experience. The research identifies the key drivers of a great experience and provides a holistic framework for understanding experience across retail, public spaces, and workplaces. This first-of-its-kind research combines the known drivers of creating a human experience — product, brand and service quality, with design factors — something that has not been factored into the formula to-date. The results demonstrate that design is the key differentiating factor between a good experience and a great…

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Cinema and ice-skating rink among ideas floated for London Metropolitan University’s central plaza plan


An open-air cinema, an ice-skating rink and an area for yoga classes are just some of the ideas being touted to be included in the £125m overhaul of London Metropolitan University. The university has launched a consultation over plans to transform its central courtyard to create a large plaza which is open to the community. Proposals for the open space will enable members of the public to pass through the campus from surrounding streets, having access to a new cafe that is also to be developed as part of the blueprint. The project – dubbed ‘one campus, one community’ –…

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Galway City Council grants planning permission for Bonham Quay


Galway City Council has granted planning permission for Bonham Quay a new high end office development overlooking the docks. Aiming to attract modern high-tech industries to Galway, the BDP designed scheme will strengthen the area’s reputation as a fast growing European city. The €104m campus comprises four office blocks surrounded by two adaptable public squares and linked together by landscaped bridges. The blocks range in size to allow for user flexibility. Additional facilities include retail and restaurants, a commuter centre encouraging smarter and sustainable travel, a fitness centre and a larger dedicated arts and cultural facility. Bonham Quay will make…

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