Green Square // Sandnes // Denmark // JAJA Architects

‘Today, Sandnes’ most centrally located and significant public space is a parking lot. The trading businesses demands more parking spaces while the public cries out for green public spaces.
The Green Square is a project that negotiates between the two seemingly opposites to create a combination of event space, city park and parking lot. Thus, transforming the parking lot void into a vibrant center for city, commerce and people.’

For further information visit: www.ja-ja.dk.

Imperial War Museum North Selects Topotek 1 As Preferred Designers For Proposed External Development

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The multi-award winning Imperial War Museum North (IWMN) has selected a preferred design team to develop the external spaces of the Museum following an RIBA international design competition and public consultation with visitors and key partners. (shortlist here)

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Plasma Studio Wins Competition For The Xi’an World Horticultural Expo

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London-based Plasma Studio has won the first prize in the competition for the International Horticultural Fair in Xi’an, China. The ‘Flowing Gardens’ project comprises of the redevelopment of a large area between the airport and the ancient city center of Xi’an, known as the home of the Terra Cotta Army.

Plasma Studio proposes three distinct buildings of 10,000 m2 in total within a proactive and sustainable landscape. The project is a collaboration of Plasma Studio (building design) with Groundlab (landscape and urban design) and will be completed by 2011.

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Schonherr Landscape & ADEPT Architects Win H+ Planning Competition

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ADEPT architects and Schønherr Landscape was today announced 1st prize winners in the project competition to develop a new masterplan for the 1.000.000 m2 H+ area in the southern part of central Helsingborg, Sweden.

The municipality of Helsingborg chose Schonherr and Adept Architects as winners of the planning competition with their proposal entitled ‘The Tolerant City’. Their contextual project will add value to its urban environment by creating a new identity and exploring the future possibilities for Helsingborg.

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‘Park In Sky’ Chugging Along Toward June Opening

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New York City will soon be receiving a brand new stretch of green space as the once-abandoned High Line railway is renovated to become a lush public park. Designed to capture the majesty of both nature and NYC’s industrial ruins, the first section of the elevated garden promenade is set open this June.

From the Friends of the High Line Park:

‘In just a few months, the first section of the High Line will open to the public. Section 1 of the park runs through the Meatpacking District and the southernmost blocks of Chelsea, from Gansevoort St. to 20th St. An exact opening date has yet to be set, but is likely to fall in early June. The second section, from 20th St. to 30th St., is projected to open one year later.

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Inverness Campus Planning Application Submitted

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The masterplan for Inverness Campus, designed in collaboration with landscape architect Lisa Mackenzie, has been submitted to The Highland Council for Outline Planning Consent.

The 215 acre Campus is a multi-stakeholder project facilitated by HIE which will create a modern center for tertiary education and research for the Highlands and Islands of Scotland.
It is seen as one of the most significant initiatives in the region over the next 25 years and will be a pivotal project in the eastern expansion of Inverness providing up to 175,000m2 of academic, research, residential and related business space.

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Food City: Dubai’s Self-Sufficient Ecotopia

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The Dubai Chamber of Commerce authorized the development of a free zone called Food City. Dubai Food City will be a five million square foot self-contained development, aimed at wholesale food merchants, according to Farouk Qasim, head of the food and beverage group in Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DCCI). It will be a free zone development and will be able to hold between 400 to 500 companies.

With Dubai’s economy looking more bust than boom, the emirate has decided to spin its latest venture toward sustainability instead of the gilded (literally) luxury it’s known for.

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Best Landscape Architecture Projects Received ASLA 2009 Professional Awards

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The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) announced the winners of its 2009 Professional Awards. The jury considered nearly 600 entries—the largest number in ASLA history—from around the world and selected 49 projects for recognition in general design, residential design, analysis and planning, communications and research. The awards ceremony will take place at the ASLA Annual Meeting in Chicago on September 21.

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