Posts Tagged ‘ landscape architect ’

August 2013

Well, if you’ve visited our facebook page in the last month, you might have noticed that we’re quite excited about an installation we’re working on for Bank City in the Johannesburg CBD. It’s to celebrate FNB’s spring festival, and James and Anton are busily preparing for spring, as you can see from all the photos. In fact, you will note that there are no other posts by these normally prolific posters, so busy are they.  I complained to James about this lack of other things to write about, and he undertook to post some interesting stuff, but – nothing. So maybe this will be a short newsletter. But this spring promises to be more exciting in the Joburg CBD, with a couple of other events planned for the end of this month and in September. These are the Joburg City Festival and the Arts Alive festival – joint the countdown on the Arts Alive’s facebook page.

I posted something about a set of plantable stamps issued to celebrate 50 years of Singapore’s green movement. I’ve seen business cards that can be made to sprout before (a landscape architect’s, of course), but I liked the fact that you could send these and if your letter wasn’t delivered, at least it would might grow along the Braamfontein Spruit. Of course, in Singapore, it would be delivered, in the same way as all the amazing green infrastructure in the last 50 years. Like the Gardens by the Bay.

I also posted a link to an article about a brick system that allows niches for house sparrows to nest in walls. Isn’t that great? At last, built acknowledgement that we share the planet with other animal species! I was more aware of birds’ nests because a week ago I got around to putting up a nesting log that had been knocking around my house for years, and a Crested Barbet has already started modifying it, hopefully with a view to moving in. I just hope it doesn’t drill through the bottom, as they are wont to. And Anton has been chastizing the Masked Weaver trying to nest over our deck here at the office about the mess he is making.

’til next time.

Leonotis at Freedom Park

Leonotis at Freedom Park

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February 2013

Well, we’re halfway into 2013 – almost – and here is our first newsletter. There wasn’t anything to report on last month because James didn’t go to Australia or anywhere that was worth posting anything from. Nor did anyone, apparently. But things are happening again. Elize posted a rubble mural from Pinterest. There’s also an animation called the ABC of Architects – a (very effective) 1 min 38 second introduction to everyone from Alvo Aalto to Zaha Hadid. Anton posted photos he took of Marco Cianfanelli’s sculpture at Mandela’s capture site near Howick during the break – so someone did go somewhere interesting after all – and an article on biophilic cities from the Landscape Architecture Network. Their T-shirts are also good, I especially like the one below. Click here to order – if you qualify to wear it, of course. Andrew put up a photo of the screens, pergolas and paving slabs going in at Houghton Golf Club. James posted an interactive site with views and sounds from the 68th floor of “the shard” in London and got all nostalgic. There are also graphics from our proposal for incremental site rebahilitation at a biomimicry centre near Knysna – just go to the facebook page.

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