February 2014

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Perspective sketch for the University of Pretoria

Four days after I posted the last newsletter, our beloved Madiba passed away. What an emotional and exhausing last two weeks of 2013 those were.

During a quiet and philosophical builders’ break, the facebook page saw two quotes relating the place-making. The first, from Fred Kent : “If you plan cities for cars and traffic, you get cars and traffic. If you plan for people and places, you get people and places.” Profound, no? The next quotation was from Jan Gehl : “Cultures and climates differ all over the world, but people are the same. They’ll gather in public if you give them a good place to do it.” Both admirably illustrated by the most recent post, a link to an article on recent road transformations in New York City.  Use the sliders in the middle of the images to get the full effect!

James spotted some of our work while browsing in Exclusive Books in Nelspruit – yes, GREENinckers holiday in exotic locations. “New Landscapes 2 : Commercial and Public Landscape” features articles on Forum Homini and the Environmental Education and Research Centre at the Johannesburg Botanic Gardens,  and “New Landscapes 3 : Leisure and Tourism Landscape” includes Freedom Park and the Sharpeville Memorial. Freedom Park also featured in “Open Space – Urban Public Landscape Design”.

There is also a link to a “kinetic drawing” video clip featuring artist Heather Hansen.

We have been fortunate to have eager new faces in the office, as Abby and Mikael joined us for some vac work; they went back to school today, and we know they will do really well this year. Also, Wouter joined us at the beginning of the year to fill Elize’s shoes, she has taken a job closer to home, and we wish her all the best in her career.

And to everyone, all the best for 2014!

’til next time.

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