Gardens by the Bay, by Grant Associates in Marina Bay, Singapore. Source: Gardens by the Bay Has Changed the way we Look at Landscape Architecture Forever – Landscape Architects Network
If you are in rush to find your way from point A to point B then there is no better alternative than Google Maps (the opposite goes for Apple Maps). However, if you are interested in digging into just how hard or easy it is to get around your city, Isoscape is an interesting…
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Passiflora incarnata: This sub-tropical evergreen vine is one of Florida’s most beautiful and intriguing native flowers. Also referred to as the Maypop, its intricate blossoms clamber over shrubs and can be well trained on arbors and fences.
A Congressional hearing hears arguments on how to proceed with the controversial Frank Gehry design
The stuggles continue for the proposed Eisenhower Memorial in Washington D.C. A hearing on Tuesday further magnified the debate with various parties advocating everything from changes to the already altered design ro a complete redesign. One of the biggest issues, however, is that the $60 million budget is mostly used or spoken for. From the…
FIRM: Reiulf Ramstad Architects PROJECT LOCATION: Romsdalen, Norway PROGRAM: National tourist routes CLIENT: Norwegian public roads administration SIZE: Buildings 1200 m2, landscape 150 000 m2 STATUS: Completed, 2012 The project enhances the experience of the Trollstigen plateau’s location and nature. Thoughtfulness regarding elements and materials underscore the site’s nature and character, and well-adapted, functional facilities augment the visitor’s experience. The architecture…
Competition imagining the sustainable future of Orlando
Per the competition website: The City of Orlando is currently developing the first Green Works Orlando Community Action Plan. Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer has challenged the community to develop a plan that would transform Orlando, within a generation, into one of the most environmentally-friendly, economically and socially vibrant communities in the nation. In conjunction with the…
by Gina Crandell - Princeton Architectural Press
Tree Gardens: Architecture and the Forest, written by Gina Crandell, is a sweeping exploration of projects that changed the way we think about trees in the landscape. Beginning with the wooded defense embankments of Renaissance Lucca, Italy and reaching to the powerful Memorial Forest of New York’s 9/11 Memorial, Tree Gardens examines not only the experience of…
Singapore's new super trees are as controversial as they are interesting.
Singapore’s ambitious Gardens by the Bay – Bay South project opened this month to much fanfare. The wonderful renderings have been in the news for months, but visitors finally got the chance to see the project up-close. For those of you not familiar with the project:
One of the biggest downfalls for sketch-up is the inability to produce presentable work because of its extremely cartoon-like graphics. About two years ago I was introduced to Podium, a rendering engine plug-in for sketch up that is extremely easy to use while also allowing for a great deal of customization.
The realization of imminent changes to the way we obtain resources is a topic that many within the design realm continue to ignore as a whole. Focused attempts at recycling energy, water, and other resources are fantastic and should continue, however, these attempts do not curb the reality that the city, including the suburbs, still works like a parasite, not an ecosystem. A city will never work as such until the number one rule of an ecosystem is addressed: The food source must be a cycle from within.
Let us abandon simplicity and give unity its due.’ – Ian McHarg 1969
This post is part book review and part reflection on the ecology of design and sustainability. It begins with a tour of an organic farm in north Florida and closes with one chapter of Simon Swaffield’s reader Theory in Landscape Architecture.
ArquitectonicaGEO, the integral landscape architecture division of Miami’s longtime architecture firm Arquitectonica, has designed the ecologically motivated outdoor spaces for the new Miami Science Museum located along Downtown Miami’s waterfront. The new museum is part of Miami’s vision to focus energy along their once overlooked downtown water’s edge. It will be located inside Museum Park adjacent to the new Miami Art Museum, all currently under construction and to be completed by 2015. The museum has incorporated a green roof, storm water rain garden, and food forest that will let the “living” landscape begin the teaching experience even before the user enters the state of the art museum.
Visited the ASLA greenroof on Friday. For all the pomp and circumstance that people have made about it, my visit was honestly quite an underwhelming experience. I missed my Metro stop because I was doing a crossword and ended up in Chinatown about a block away from ASLA. So I thought, “Hey, I should check out the greenroof, I’ve been meaning to do that.” The office is small and unassuming when I approached it and I was met by a seemingly perturbed receptionist who may or may not have thought it was ridiculous that I should bother her for a tour at 8:45 in the morning.
Benidorm is a coastal, tourist oriented city in Spain that is built to be very dense. The positive side of this concentration is that less acreage is used for an area that is only used for a portion of the year and empty for the rest. A competition was held to create a new promenade on a 1.5km long stretch of the west beach. The project is interesting in its focus because it serves as a barrier from the city for the beach, a transition zone, as well as a public zone with the opportunity for many other public activities.
With stormwater management and rain gardens becoming more prevalent in design, incorporating aquatic plants into designs is a necessity. Our plant of week is part of the Sarracenia genus and can add texture, color and distinct didactic forms to both residences and preserves.