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You’ve got to hand it to the Grand Canal in Venice

‘Giant Hands’ at the Ca’ Sagredo Hotel on the Grand Canal during Venice Biennale 2017. The sculpture Support is by Lorenzo Quinn (an Italian and a son of actor Anthony Quinn).  The hands were modelled in resin-coated polyurethane foam and based on

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Quaggy River reclamation in Sutcliffe Park for flood detention and habitat creation

When I first visited Sutcliffe Park in 1992 it was a paradigm of dullness in parks, unless, like me, you were looking for a good example of an inter-war park designed to get a supply of fit young men in

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Solving London’s urban flood problem – a landscape architecture approach

Tom Turner’s lecture was given to the London Parks and Gardens Trust on 21st June 2017. This post has an edited version of the text Summary, Gentle rain, frightening floods and design of public open space The Woolwich Flood Barrier

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How landscape change causes flooding in towns and cities

‘In all the industrial countries, rivers have suffered from forest clearance in the uplands, farm drainage in the lowlands and water-proofing in urban areas. Forest clearance took place on the hills, in the valleys and on the plains. This accelerated

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The landscape architects’ role in managing London’s flood problem

The Mayor of London launched a consultation on Sustainable Urban Drainage in 2015. Robert Holden and Tom Turner discuss the issues, in the above video, and make the following points: London needs an integrated water plan for surface water drainage,

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London’s water, waterscape and flood landscape

The Architectural Review published an article on Architecture and Water, in 2014, supported by three videos which are embedded below. It’s great to see architects having a concern for these issues and many good points are made by the interviewees.

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Thames Tideway Tunnel London: a landscape architect’s view

Like all Londoners, I expect to have to pay £80/year for the rest of my life for the Thames Tideway Tunnel. The ‘supersewer’ will run under the north shore of the river in Central London. Is this a good deal for Londoners? No.

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