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Prestigious Newcastle project features in London exhibition highlighting the importance of landscape

A project created by forward-thinking Newcastle architects is being featured in a London exhibition highlighting the importance of landscaping in shaping cities around the world.

OOBE Landscaping Architects’ Newcastle University’s King’s Road project will be spotlighted in Rethinking the Urban Landscape exhibition.

The new exhibition, curated by The Building Centre and the Landscape Institute, will exemplify how landscape architecture can offer sustainable solutions to the big challenges facing contemporary urban society including flooding and public health.

It opens at The Building Centre in London on January 8 and is sponsored by ACO Technologies and Penter.

Newcastle UnitShowcasing big landscape projects including King’s Cross and the Olympic Park alongside small, community-led schemes, the exhibition will highlight the importance of investing in green infrastructure if cities are to become more liveable, healthy and safe.

A spokesman for OOBE, which has offices on Archbold Terrace in Jesmond, Newcastle, said: “OOBE’s winning proposal to redevelop the main campus artery for Newcastle University was built on three key objectives – create a pedestrian focused environment, develop a sustainable approach to current surface water and flooding problems and provide a flexible, multi-functional environment.

“Our proposal creates a high quality campus environment with a recognisable personality underpinned by sustainable processes.

“Weaving the spaces together is a landscape language that includes a series hard and soft landscape features which work in tandem to create an attractive and sustainable landscape scheme at the heart of the university.”

Noel Farrer, president of the Landscape Institute, said: “This exhibition is about highlighting the urgent need for a landscape-led approach to our towns and cities.

“Landscape architects are able to find solutions from within the natural landscape, avoiding highly engineered responses and ultimately creating schemes that are more sustainable, better-designed and nicer to live in.”

Colin Tweedy, chief executive of The Building Centre, said: “While this show features fantastic projects, it’s a major concern that most of our city planning does not meet these standards.

“We’re delighted to work with the Landscape Institute on this major celebration of the value of good landscape architecture.”

Re-thinking the Urban Landscape will run for six weeks to February 10 and will feature 45 projects from around the world.

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