Knee-jerk reaction by Government towards flooding of the Somerset levels?

“Knee-jerk reaction by Government towards flooding of the Somerset levels?” asks Duncan Goodwin, Landscape Architect and University of Greenwich Senior Lecturer  This was the tone of the strapline in the New Civil Engineer on 6th February. The NCE reported that the £3-4M required to dredge the Parrett and Tone rivers in this part of the West Country is not supported by science and so may be money … Continue reading Knee-jerk reaction by Government towards flooding of the Somerset levels?

Working with floods: leading landscape architecture & urbanism approaches

As the South of England continues to be inundated with storms, The Landscape side-steps the political finger-pointing to present leading initiatives to working with water, projects led by Landscape Architects, Urbanists and Designers. 1. On the Water: Palisade Bay – This research project explores the patterns of storms on the East Coast of the US and their impact on the New York bay. The research established the … Continue reading Working with floods: leading landscape architecture & urbanism approaches

Landscape Photographer of the Year 2013 Exhibition

MLA student, Ellen Orchard, reviews the Landscape Photographer of the Year exhibition at the National Theatre. Viewing landscape through the lens of a camera is an unique skill that does not need to rely on how expensive your equipment is, but your compositional eye more importantly. Of course, having the latest versions of technology help capture just the right moment, but it takes true talent … Continue reading Landscape Photographer of the Year 2013 Exhibition

Landscape projects to mitigate future floods

Landscape architecture projects could be set to significantly reduce future flooding in the UK. SUDS (Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems) are expected to become a requirement of future developments across the UK, an approach advocated by the Landscape Institute and embraced through green infrastructure proposals developed by many landscape architects. The BBC reports that previous delays to these new rules could be about to be opened up. … Continue reading Landscape projects to mitigate future floods

Landscape dressed as architecture

The Guardian newspaper has given landscape issues significant coverage over recent days. Look past the headlines and see some great Landscape Architects and other disciplines at work across London. 1. Exterior Architecture progress their proposals for London’s Skyride by including Normal Foster in their team. Although many questions remain, check out these links to how London may accommodate bicycling in the future: http://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/architecture-design-blog/2014/jan/02/norman-foster-skycycle-elevated-bike-routes-london 2. Public space … Continue reading Landscape dressed as architecture

Monty Don’s Around the World in 80 Gardens

MA student, Aaron Carpenter, takes on Monty Don with pleasant surprise. I was recently sent the Around the World in 80 Gardens BBC series by Monty Don as a birthday present, and instantly thought thanks mum more unwanted gifts I will never get around to using. But started watching it in the background whilst working on uni work, and very quickly retracted my initial thoughts. Monty … Continue reading Monty Don’s Around the World in 80 Gardens

Pop Art Design at the Barbican

Art and Design brought to the masses? Aaron Carpenter reviews the latest exhibition on Pop Art Design at the Barbican.  The Barbican always puts on a great exhibition in London. The Rain Room was one of the must see exhibitions of 2013, with constant queues and a long wait! in the curve, Céleste Boursier-Mougenot exhibition of guitar playing Zebra finches was one of the most memorable … Continue reading Pop Art Design at the Barbican

Trenton wins appeal to remain in the UK

In April 2012 Trenton Oldfield stepped into the Thames to protest at elitism in British society. His protest in the public space of the river Thames disrupted the 158th annual university boat race. He was duly arrested, imprisoned and was due to be deported back to Australia. Today he won his appeal against the ruling by the home secretary, Theresa May, who claimed that he was “not conducive to … Continue reading Trenton wins appeal to remain in the UK