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Save Victoria Tower Gardens from London’s Second Holocaust Memorial

  However good the design, Victoria Tower Gardens is the wrong place for London’s Second Holocaust Memorial: It is a classic London park, made before sport became a dominant aspect of park design. It was designed for local residents to

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A day in the life of Regent’s Park

Regent’s Park is a brilliant work of landscape composition. On what must have been an unremarkable site, buildings, land, water, trees, wildlife and gardens have been composed into a place that should by on many London visitors’ bucket lists. It

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The landscape architecture of the London Holocaust Memorial

The winning entry has, in Kathryn Gustafson, a very good landscape architect who worked with winning architect,  David Adjaye, on a great project for the Mall in Washington DC. So what went wrong in London? The problem lies with the

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Landscape architecture comments on GLA Environment Strategy

The points I made at Peter Massini’s presentation of the Draft London Environment Strategy were: I’d like to give answers to your two of the CONSULTATION QUESTIONS at the end of the Green Infrastructure section of the 2017 Draft Environment Strategy:

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Loyd Grossman first Chairman of the Royal Parks charity

Here is a short summary of Lloyd Grossman’s talk to the London Society on 17th October 2017, followed by my comments. The Royal Parks Charity was established in July 2017, taking over the roles of the Royal Parks Agency and

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Crystal Palace Park Trust and landscape architecture history

Are public parks best managed by local authorities on not-for-profit trusts? Bromley Council is about to find out. It took on the management of the Crystal Palace Park when the GLC was wound up. I think it did a better

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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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Burgess Park 1943-2017 landscape architecture review

Burgess Park in Southwark, South London, was identified as a good site for a major new London Park in the 1943-4 Abercrombie County of London Plan. Sir Patrick Abercrombie, who was on the Council of the ILA (which became the

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Listed London landscape destroyed

In the 1960s part of the London County Council’s Holland Park was given over to the new Commonwealth Institute. Designed by RMJM the new building was remarkable for its hyperbolic paraboloid roof. It was described as a tent in a

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Beijing tackles air pollution by shifting the muck around.

Beijing is planning a network of “ventilation corridors” to promote air flow and blow smpg away. Five main corridors will be 800 m wide and minor ones will be 80 m wide according to Wang Fei, deputy head of Beijing’s

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