December 14, 2018

Dubai will build Desert Rose City, flower-shaped eco-city.

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When you fly over Dubai in a few years’ time, it might not just be The Palm Jumeirah and The World Islands that you can spot from the airplane window. The city may soon have another breath-taking development clearly visible from up in the desert skies: an eco-friendly mega-district shaped like flowers. Dubbed Desert Rose City, the development was initially suggested in 2014 and has just been approved by Dubai Municipality. According to initial reports, 75 percent of Desert Rose City will be residential. The plan is to accommodate 160,000 residents who will work and live in this eco-friendly satellite…

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An English Garden

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In a beautiful rural setting in the English county of Kent, two Tyler asbestos and concrete-frame barns sat within a concrete farmyard, ruining the look of adjoining gardens and a farmhouse. The client’s specifications to completely revamp the property included replacing the barns, farmyard, entrance and an adjoining tennis court with a new building; improving access, creating a kitchen garden and other gardens and linking them to existing gardens and paddocks; adding lighting throughout the garden, and converting oil-reliant buildings and a swimming pool to renewable energy sources. Getting under way E-scape decided to demolish the buildings and start from…

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The radiant city

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Atelier DYJG took on a government commission to work with artists and help rejuvenate Yantai city in China. The north of Yantai city in Shandong Province faces the sea and a range of hills 70m high, while there were major roads to the east and west. It was inevitable therefore that the city would sprawl southwards, and in 2007 the government took the decision to invest in the area and build a museum and plaza at a site along its southern edge. According to the brief, residential areas were to be in the west and south, with a park towards…

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Sensory Adventure

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Nigel Abbey Design Consultants and The Garden Builders combined to produce an exciting and beautiful play and learning space at a London school to encourage its pupils to use all their senses in a bright and safe environment. The brief was to create a sensory garden suitable for nursery and reception-aged children (three to six years old). Up to 60 children could use the garden at any one time so it needed to be low maintenance with limited planting. William Morris Primary School sits next to a large council housing estate and affordable housing in Merton Borough, a socially mixed…

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Rocky Road

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Award-winning designer John Wyer of Bowles & Wyer was charged with creating a garden in sympathy with the landscape and architecture of an avant-garde Rocky Mountain retreat. The initial contact from the clients came in an email message in June 2009: “We are in desperate need of landscaping advice… landscaping is an overwhelming blank slate… HELP!” The site was a 4.5ha plot on the western slopes of the Rockies near Spokane, Washington State, in the north-western United States. It was overwhelmingly populated by ponderosa pine, with little else other than granite boulders. With an average annual precipitation of around 30cm…

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Floating on air

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Space Landscape Designs created a resort-style swimming pool using wet edges to create the illusion it floats on air. The brief was to create a modern pool unique to the area with a resort-like aesthetic. The idea of the four-sided wet edge pool was to give the illusion that the water was floating. The clients wanted an international design team experienced with swimming pool design. Cost wasn’t a factor, but experience was paramount. Planting was to be as low maintenance as possible and tropical. Design and build As the job was designed in Oman it was important that the plans…

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36 projects to create the city of Happiness

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Dubai Municipality is currently analysing 36 projects involving landscaping and parks around the emirate. Out of the 36 projects, 25 will focus on landscaping and beautifying the city of Dubai, while 11 projects will focus on creating parks and public squares. Hussain Nasser Lootah, Director-General of Dubai Municipality , said such projects are in line with the vision of His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai. Shaikh Mohammad’s vision aims at transforming Dubai into the city of happiness. Lootah added that the current phase of the projects is worth…

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A park for people with special needs

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People with special needs can now visit a park that has dedicated services for them. Jeddah Mayor Hani Abu Ras opened Al-Erada Park in Al-Salama district on Prince Sultan Street on Thursday. “The Kingdom provides special care for people with disabilities. Just recently Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman approved a new arrangement granting people with disabilities SR150,000 for their transport needs,” Abu Ras said. He said the park is customized for people with special needs, which would allow them to integrate better into society. Mohammed Al-Mutairi, director general for landscaping at the municipality, said it covers 7,700…

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Crocodile garden planned in Dubai

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A crocodile garden, to be called the Dubai Garden of Crocodiles, is being built by Dubai Municipality in coordination with White Oryx Aquarium is expected to be completed in the third quarter of 2016. The park will be built on the pattern of crocodile-style gardens in France and will include hundreds of crocodiles living and breeding in a natural environment. The garden will also include many species of Nile crocodiles, the largest reptile that lives in fresh water around the world. Khalifa Abdullah Hareb, Director of Property Management at Dubai Municipality, said the Dubai Garden of Crocodiles will be a…

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Infinite possibility

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With an infinity pool as its central feature, TerraVerde drew upon a range of landscaping methods to deliver a challenging design and build concept at this luxury villa. In the heart of Palm Jumeirah, this luxury villa project shows how a beautiful landscape design can both complement the exterior of an existing property and the natural surrounding landscape, but nonetheless stand in isolation as an aesthetically striking outdoor area. The project implemented a range of landscaping methods including irrigation, pool installation, softscaping, hardscaping, construction and bespoke carpentry. The client had outlined a brief with a challenging design and build concept….

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