April 2010

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(NOTE: This is an archived press release.)

Chelmsford: A New Urban Stage - Design Solutions for the Town Centre and its Riverscape

Writtle School of Design Landscape Architecture Degree Masters Students will exhibit landscape architecture design projects for a site in Chelmsford Town Centre and its river system. Their work will be showcased in High Chelmer Shopping Centre, Thursday 22nd - Saturday 24th April 2010.

The students will display a range of skills and creative ideas, and the way in which these can be applied to achieve innovative design outcomes and new modes of representation capturing the subjects of urban landscape and water.

The project has allowed Writtle College MA Landscape Architecture and Garden Design students to use a range of conceptual and theoretical approaches. The result is a series of design outcomes that addresses urban site issues relating to rural, urban and local scales, tests pre-conceived design resolutions responding to the specific demands and potentials of urban conditions, and develops the existing theoretical body of knowledge to both urban design and local site design.

This exhibition provides an opportunity for viewing the work of the next generation of Landscape Architects that will shape the design form of our cities as complex cultural, social and ecological products and reinterpret the rapidly changing context for landscape in a discussion of the contemporary city.

The Chelmsford Urban Design Project envisions landscape as part of a natural, cultural, and economic system organised by its position within the Chelmer and River Can Basins and the town of Chelmsford. The landscape links the urban territory transportation routes, catchments, landscape patterns, ecological systems, and community participation. The community of participants include the Chelmsford community and Chelmsford Borough Council, Essex County Council, RSA, and Writtle School of Design.

We would like to thank RSA Chelmsford, Essex County Council, and Chelmsford Borough Council, as well as Chelmsford citizens for their collaboration and valuable critiques in producing student projects. The High Chelmer Shopping Centre has provided the space and support for this exhibition in the Chelmsford Town Centre.