The Best News in the World of Landscape Architecture

Referred to as the “City Connector”, Aecom has proposed the removal of cars from the iconic gateway to Sydney to make way for a linear park, light rail line, and amphitheater. Their submission was one of over 200 for the government’s UrbanGrowth, which called for “great ideas” for the redesign of the Bays Precinct.  “It is just rethinking what you would do with the community space,” said Aecom Australia’s chief urban designer, David Barnard. Click on the headline to view the video. Related Article: The Urban Revitalisation That Inspired New York City’s High Line Park

In an exclusive interview with the founders of Manhattan’s proposed Lowline they discuss the success of their Kickstarter campaign, the Lowline Lab exhibit, and the incredible innovation that’s occurred so far. When asked where the project currently stands, Barasch excitedly responded by saying, “The project has now been endorsed by every elected official and we have an active dialogue with the City of New York and the New York Mayor’s Office, and the MTA, which currently holds the master lease on the site.” However, until it opens in 2020 (projected) we will have to be patient and enjoy the ride! WATCH >>>  Blueprint, presented by CBRE: Interview with James Ramsey of the Lowline

The once bleak and rancid Laogang Refuse Landfill near the East China Sea in Pudong New Area is gradually transitioning into an attractive park. With the help of landfill scientists from the Shanghai Academy of Landscape Architecture Science and Planning—Shanghai’s largest refuse is destined to become one of the city’s top parks. Shanghai has been undergoing rapid urbanization and a burgeoning population since 1990. The amount of garbage the city produces has also been increasing and now grows at an average 3 to 5 percent annually. Currently, Shanghai has to treat more than 10,000 tons of garbage every day.

The success of two Pavement to Parks pilot projects in First Hill has the Seattle Department of Transportation planning four more to come online this year to address a lack of public space in the city. “We’ve established now what we’re calling an adaptive streets program,” said Susan McLaughlin, transportation planning and urban design strategic advisor. “Basically, that allows us over the next year to do four new pavement parks projects, so that’s throughout the city, and then 15 tactical urbanism projects.” Those would be traffic safety improvements like restriping roads and putting in sidewalk curb bulbs. WATCH >>> Pavement to Parks 8-10-15

While Medibank Private sought a new corporate headquarters in Melbourne that promoted physical health and mental wellbeing—also known as “living architecture”—the Hassell landscape architecture team was afforded a tremendous opportunity to work directly with building architects and interior designers to shape the health-focused work place. Decked out with 2,300 plants in the interior alone, Matthew Mackay (the lead landscape architect for the project) contends, “People are beginning to understand the value of landscape architecture. And appreciate its benefits – less staff stress and greater well-being, improved air quality and a greener outlook. Four months after moving into Medibank Place, 70 percent of employees reported working more collaboratively and 70 percent felt healthier.” Related Article: 10 Great Projects Showing why Australia are Leaders in Landscape Architecture WATCH >>> Medibank Place – designing for better health by HASSELL

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