An award 30 years in the making

Landscape architect Dennis Scott has made the trip to Waiheke Island countless times. On a Saturday morning in August we make the trip together so he can show me his island - the place where he reimagined and responded to it’s growing popularity - leading and collaborating in an applied landscape planning approach that lead to a sustainable landscape transformation for the once “bohemian community.”

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Selling your project

Mark Ames from Sydney-based Strategic Cities specialises in media management and engagement strategy for cities and government agencies. He played an influential role in London, helping to secure an ambitious and controversial 10-year one billion pound cycling strategy and action plan. Other clients include Auckland Transport, and the cities of Sydney, Adelaide and Vincent (WA).

He recently visited New Zealand courtesy of Boffa Miskell, to discuss how to overcome resistance to change in cities.

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World Architecture Festival - LandLAB's 3 shortlisted LA projects

Last year LandLAB’s Henry Crothers was a judge in the World Architecture Awards landscape and masterplanning categories. This year his firm has been shortlisted in the division for it’s work on the Queenstown Masterplan. And it’s not the company’s only recognition, it’s also been noticed for its work on Ponsonby Park in the civic category, and a man-made island in the experimental section.

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World Architecture Festival: NZ landscape architecture finalists - part 1

Four New Zealand landscape architecture projects have been shortlisted for this year’s World Architecture Festival, which will be held in Amsterdam at the end of November. Festival organisers reported a record number of entries this year. LandLAB had three projects shortlisted, and we’ll look at them tomorrow. But here’s the Jasmax project Te Whau Pathway, which has been shortlisted in the Future Projects, Infrastructure category.

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Adaptive planning for coastal climate change

The idea of adaptive management in response to climate change is being increasingly discussed as a means of dealing with the degree of uncertainty about what exactly the future holds. The coastal margin is seen as a critical area in our response to climate change as the impact of increased storminess and seal-level rise will impact on an already highly dynamic environment. But what is adaptation and how is it seen on the ground?

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A Christchurch earthquake anniversary update

Today marks eight years since life in Canterbury’s changed forever - the first earthquake which rocked the region at 7.1 on the richter scale. It struck as people were sleeping at 4.35am on a Saturday morning. Miraculously only one person died, few were injured but many buildings in Christchurch were left in ruins. Of course a more deadly quake was to strike just six months later and out of that came the residential red zone.

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Nga Aho - "Our faces in our places"

Ngā Aho was a name gifted to a group of Māori design professionals by their kaumatua, Haare Williams. It translates as “the many strands", in this case suggesting the weaving together of the many strands of Māori design culture: strategy, planning, landscape architecture, architecture, visual communications, product design and education.

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