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Urban parks reinvented

Urban parks reinvented | Urban Choreography | Scoop.it
The city park ain’t what it used to be. While most parks in Montreal still have playgrounds, grass and sports fields, green spaces all over Montreal are being overhauled to offer residents a host of new types of recreational activities in...
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First world parks - still seperated from the life of the City - Nature and Society in opposition - how do you se it?

 

 

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Palm Springs airport plans to save money with desert landscaping

Palm Springs airport plans to save money with desert landscaping | Urban Choreography | Scoop.it
Much of the lawns at the Palm Springs International Airport will give way to desert landscaping, saving millions of gallons of water every year, and putting the airport on course with the city's sustainability plan.
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Less lawn should be mandatory - however public and client perceptions of neatness etc are slow to change.

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Arboretum Playground by Taylor Cullity Lethlean » CONTEMPORIST

Arboretum Playground by Taylor Cullity Lethlean » CONTEMPORIST | Urban Choreography | Scoop.it

Taylor Cullity Lethlean has delivered a new playground at Australia’s National Arboretum, located in Canberra, Australia.

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WOW! I would like to play here!  Hey - is this fun or whatever play is supposed to be - I wonder if childrren were involved in the design - child- sourced design?

 

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Ingenious Architecture: A Skatepark That Prevents Flooding | Wired Design | Wired.com

Ingenious Architecture: A Skatepark That Prevents Flooding | Wired Design | Wired.com | Urban Choreography | Scoop.it
This new development is an innovative way to approach the increase in precipitation brought on by climate change.
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Do the skaters care if its a raincollectionbasin or what? Ice cold rendering - no tags?

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Africa's 'new cities': Urban future or utopian fantasies?

Africa's 'new cities': Urban future or utopian fantasies? | Urban Choreography | Scoop.it
Gleaming high-tech cities are being planned across Africa. Some say they are unrealistic, others say they are the future.
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Scepticism aside - the reality of these money making dreams is not even worth questioning - where will the people who live there now be dumped by the ambitious and avericious plans of ploiticians and developers? How wil lthe average African benifit from this???

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Proposal for Taichung city cultural centre in Taiwan - DZine Trip

Proposal for Taichung city cultural centre in Taiwan - DZine Trip | Urban Choreography | Scoop.it
Proposal for Taichung city cultural centre in Taiwan was created with the intention of combining nature and technology
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A gpalnted roof world expands the ground palne over a wooden basket-like  lattice 

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Current Exhibition | Garden Museum

Current Exhibition | Garden Museum | Urban Choreography | Scoop.it
Current Exhibition - Garden Museum

Dan Pearson is one of the most significant landscape and garden designers working today.  From contemporary reinterpretations of historic Arts & Crafts gardens to complex public realm urban landscapes and inspiring landscape parks, Pearson creates masterful and original outdoor environments.

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Dan Pearson is one of a group of landscape  designers providng a more naturalised version of gsrden and landscape design, one that is at once more elgant and naturalistic. 

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Grant Associates and Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios to create one of London’s most ‘liveable neighbourhood’ « World Landscape Architecture – landscape architecture webzine

Grant Associates and Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios to create one of London’s most ‘liveable neighbourhood’ « World Landscape Architecture – landscape architecture webzine | Urban Choreography | Scoop.it
Grant Associates and Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios to create one of London’s most ‘liveable neighbourhood’
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Public referendums as a means of gaining approval for public works are an example of how public participation can be extended but are not without problems e.g. how inclusive is the process and  to who has the right to vote - are the homeless included?

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A Conversation With Fred Kent, Leader in Revitalizing City Spaces

A Conversation With Fred Kent, Leader in Revitalizing City Spaces | Urban Choreography | Scoop.it
The latest installment in our ongoing series of exchanges with experts on the subjects of health, design, food, travel, and sustainability
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Recently attended a talk by PPS’s Fred Kent who was here in Cape Town for the V&A Waterfront and loaned to  the Cape Town Partnership for this talk.

I was inspired by his methods  working with the people on the ground who know what is going on and doing "LIghter, Quicker Cheaper" to get things done, not waiting for for officials who he calls the "NO" people and designers who aim to imoratalize themselves and put buildings before people.

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A Prescription for Plazas and Public Spaces

A Prescription for Plazas and Public Spaces | Urban Choreography | Scoop.it
Nationwide, urban pedestrian zones — “parklets,” plazas and public spaces — are growing in popularity, as city dwellers seek alternatives to suburbs and cars.

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New Strategies for Funding the Public Realm – Sasaki Associates, Inc

New Strategies for Funding the Public Realm – Sasaki Associates, Inc | Urban Choreography | Scoop.it
International interdisciplinary planning and design firm providing consulting and design services in Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Planning, Urban Design, Civil Engineering, and Interior Design.
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Are there ways to enhance revenue from public space projects without gentrification and also encouraging heterogenous usage ? I think there are but we need to engage all actors infinding out how.

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Djenne: An Evolving Cultural Landscape

Djenne: An Evolving Cultural Landscape | Urban Choreography | Scoop.it
Who manages a cultural landscape that has global importance? Does the United Nations have final say or the local community? It turns out a complex web of interests shape these evolving cultural lan...
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Whose culture is it anyway?

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Westminster Pier Park | New Westminster Canada | PWL Partnership « World Landscape Architecture – landscape architecture webzine

Westminster Pier Park | New Westminster Canada | PWL Partnership « World Landscape Architecture – landscape architecture webzine | Urban Choreography | Scoop.it
Westminster Pier Park | New Westminster Canada | PWL Partnership

With four awards for environmental excellence already under its “green” belt, Westminster Pier Park, a 3.84-hectare park situated along the Fraser River on a derelict industrial brownfield site, opened to the public in June 2012. The removal of 3,600 tonnes of contaminated soil and the use of piers instead of fill in the river contributed to the restoration of the site’s damaged ecology. The introduction of new habitats provides biodiversity for the riparian foreshore and river ecology with the goal of increasing fish and wildlife habitat. The urban park is built from robust, easy to maintain, man-made and natural materials that can be recycled at the end of its 75-year life span, a vital goal of the City of New Westminster.  With sustainability as an integral part of the park development, the design is not only sensitive to the site’s current ecological needs but also to its future environmental impact.

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When it comes to lawns, the natural way is here to stay

When it comes to lawns, the natural way is here to stay | Urban Choreography | Scoop.it
Wild yards and gardens are popping up everywhere, but they still draw the ire of some neighbours who prefer their domestic landscapes more domesticated
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Public and client perceptions are slow to change - the wilder way is however slowly making ground. While less intensive in its upkeep and water usage, natural or wild gardens require an appreciation of natural cycles and they  have their  own maintenance regimen - it is still an artifice which will need input over time or it will become as some fear a "mess" - nature gardens mimic nature - it takes much longer and more effort to actually achieve a sustainable state of change that satisfies our need for interest and color on a year round basis - many wilderness areas are not that interesting or colorful for a large part of the year and our media induced need for "eye-candy" relentlessly drives much of the sale of  fashionable plants and garden design - still it is encouraging that more and more people are willing to try.

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Mine's not so manicured - in fact, very little grass. I'll take some pictures over the weekend to share.

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VIDEO | West 8 profile « World Landscape Architecture – landscape architecture webzine

VIDEO | West 8 profile « World Landscape Architecture – landscape architecture webzine | Urban Choreography | Scoop.it
VIDEO | West 8 profile
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One of my all time inpisratonal urbanist landscape architects

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magnus larsson sculpts the saharan desert with bacteria

magnus larsson sculpts the saharan desert with bacteria | Urban Choreography | Scoop.it
a 6,000 km-long inhabitable sandstone wall will be the result of a collaboration between magnus larsson and a bacteria that turns sand into rock.
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Biological Architecture - Stome mimesis

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Rebuilding communities

Rebuilding communities | Urban Choreography | Scoop.it

While the reconstruction in Japan proceeds at a slow pace, a group of architects has created a series of public buildings working directly with local communities, erecting kindergardens, community spaces and play centres near temporary housing zones.


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What famous "starchhitects" can do withtheir fame for the real world - in colaboration with people and with each other. 

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World’s largest hydroelectric plant could finally rise in Africa | SmartPlanet

World’s largest hydroelectric plant could finally rise in Africa | SmartPlanet | Urban Choreography | Scoop.it
World Bank proposes funding for a long envisioned station along the mighty Congo River that could one day deliver the equivalent of about 30 nuclear r
Donovan Gillman's insight:

Would this really be a good thing? While I am sceptical of the World Bank and its interventionist strategies and I know that the region needs renewable power but the enviromental costs of large scale hydro-electric schemes is well documented, this together withthe  regions unstable politics is very scary. South Africa has had experience of this problem with Cabora Basa scheme  in Mosambique before and..... 

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MVRDV wins transformation of Caen « World Landscape Architecture – landscape architecture webzine

MVRDV wins transformation of Caen « World Landscape Architecture – landscape architecture webzine | Urban Choreography | Scoop.it

SPLA, the public development agency in charge of the transformation of Presqu’ile de Caen, has chosen MVRDV out of 3 competitors to transform the 600ha area consisting of former industry and ports. The MVRDV plan envisions the future of Caen Presqu’ile as a collection of gardens surrounded by intensified urban area. It envisions Caen as an attractive city with a connection to the sea whilst interventions improve landscape, environment, mobility and connections. The project is planned to last ten years or longer…

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Editorial> Landscape Architecture's Ascendance - The Architect's Newspaper

Editorial> Landscape Architecture's Ascendance - The Architect's Newspaper | Urban Choreography | Scoop.it
Alan G. Brake on the growing importance of landscape architecture. - Short, direct, and lively, The Architect's Newspaper is the essential read in the field.
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This viewpoint is not without its detractors e.g. see my earlier posting  

Urbanism and the Landscape Architect
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Racianske Myto Park | Bratislava Slovakia | Marko&Placemakers and 2ka landscape architects « World Landscape Architecture – landscape architecture webzine

Racianske Myto Park | Bratislava Slovakia | Marko&Placemakers and 2ka landscape architects « World Landscape Architecture – landscape architecture webzine | Urban Choreography | Scoop.it
Racianske Myto Park | Bratislava Slovakia | Marko&Placemakers and 2ka landscape architects
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How does the public percieve the idea of modernising public spaces?

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Project for Public Spaces | Book Review: Handmade Urbanism: From Community Initiatives to Participatory Models

Project for Public Spaces | Book Review: Handmade Urbanism: From Community Initiatives to Participatory Models | Urban Choreography | Scoop.it

“[Citizen-led] urban renewal instruments might take an important role,” opines Istanbul-based planner Erhan Demirdizen in the new book Handmade Urbanism: From Community Initiatives to Participatory Models, “but only if the local authorities can turn these applications into local development programs.” In other words, policymakers need to figure out better ways to facilitate and channel the energy of engaged citizens, in order for their cities to reach their full potential.

 
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Recently attended a talk by PPS's Fred Kent and was inspired by his methods  working with the people on the ground who know what is going on and doing "LIghter, Quicker Cheaper" to get things done, not waiting for for officials who he calls the "NO" people and designers who aim to imoratlize themselves and put buildings before people.

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Houtan Park 后滩公园 | Shanghai, China

Houtan Park 后滩公园 | Shanghai, China | Urban Choreography | Scoop.it
Winner of the ASLA Award of Excellence for General Design in 2010, Turenscape's Houtan Park (后滩公园) also ranked near the top for places I wanted to visit on m…
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Some very nice pics of Kongjian Yu's  award winning garden - different views  of some areas- I  know its Winter but the park is pretty deserted.

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Two books on Geodesign

Two books on Geodesign | Urban Choreography | Scoop.it
 
In recent years, Esri, publishers of the ArcGIS suite of software, has been promoting a concept called geodesign in an attempt to meld the geographic discip…
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Is Geodesign a recipe or methodology for User CEntred or Co-Design? Some of it might be - some might just be sophisticated marketing...

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The ultimate roof garden - Telegraph

The ultimate roof garden - Telegraph | Urban Choreography | Scoop.it
Take inspiration from the one of the most exciting garden clubs in the world to spruce up your roof garden.

The venue, which has just been bought by a German family, the Conleys, for £225 million, was part of Regine’s, a Seventies nightclub until 1981, when Sir Richard Branson decided to rent it, after reputedly having been denied access to the disco for being too scruffy. It became a private member’s club and restaurant, and the three gardens are cared for by head gardener David Lewis

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Roof gardens are not new - so its great to see one of the pioneers be renovated and celebrated  

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