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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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Beckenham Place Park development

A 96 hectare, well wooded, park on the southern boundary of Lewisham Council, Beckenham Place was a country house and park for the Cator family in the eighteenth century. The house was built by Sir John Cator c. 1773 and

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Potters Fields landscape architecture London

Eelco Hooftman of GROSS.MAX was the landscape architect for Potters Fields Park in London. The site was once a pottery in which English Delftware was made. It is on the south bank of the River Thames. Piet Oudolf the perennial

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Mayow Park, Sydenham

 Sydenham Just north of Sydenham and in Perry Vale off Mayow Road and south of Forest Hill, this seven hectare park was opened in 1875 when the area was being first developed. It still has a fair number of field

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Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park landscape architecture London

The 2012 Olympic Park closed after the games and re-opened in 2014 as the Queen Elizabeth Park as London’s newest large park. EDAW (which became AECOM) were the landscape architects and master planners. Implementation was designed and supervised by LDA

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Manor House Gardens

Manor House Gardens was a private garden until acquired by the London County Council and opened as a public park in 1901. By 1993, when a park user proup was formed, it was under-funded and under-used. John Hopkins, a landscape

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Queen Elizabeth II Olympic Park London – comments from the landscape architects

The video includes short comments from: John Hopkins Peter Neal Annie Combs Neil Mattinson Nigel Dunnett James Hitchmough Sarah Price Phil Askew Tom Smith See also Additional videos from the Landscape Institute on the Landscape Legacy of the Queen Elizabeth

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