‘Tiger and Turtle – Magic Mountain’ | Duisburg Germany | Heike Mutter and Ulrich Genth

Tiger and Turtle - Magic Mountain
Lately, the sleek curved shape of a rollercoaster highlights widely visible the highest peak of the park like designed Heinrich Hildebrand Höhe in the South of Duisburg. The dynamic sweeps and curves of the construction inscribe themselves like a signature into the scenery and soar till the height of 21 meters. From a distance the metallic glossy track creates the impression of speed and exceeding acceleration. Viewed from close up, the supposed lane turns out to be a stairway which, elaborately winding, follows the course of the rollercoaster. The visitor can climb the art work by foot. Although the course describes a closed loop, it is impossible to accomplish it as the looping emerges to be a physical barrier. On top, at the highest point of the sculpture – 45 meters above ground – the visitor is rewarded with an extraordinary view over the landscape of the Western Ruhr.

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Penn State and Kansas State rise up the Best American Landscape Architecture Schools lists

Best American Landscape Architecture Schools

Pennsylvania State University Arboretum (Flickr User:Cuizoo)

UPDATE | 2014 Design Intelligence rankings for Design Schools is now avaliable

Its that time of year again when Design Intelligence releases their list of Best American Architecture Schools for 2012 including the best landscape architecture schools. The list has changed from 2011 when we last reported on the list with Pennsylvania State University moving up the rankings in the Undergraduate degrees and Kansas State University rising up the best Graduate School list.

Design Intelligence asked numerous firms “In your firm’s hiring experience in the past five years, which schools are best preparing students for success in the profession?” and the Top 5 for Undergraduate and Graduate schools are:

Undergraduate
1 Louisiana State University
2 Pennsylvania State University
3 California Polytechnic State Univ., San Luis Obispo
3 Purdue University
3 Texas A&M University

Graduate
1 Harvard University
2 Louisiana State University
3 Kansas State University
4 Cornell University
4 University of Pennsylvania

Best American Landscape Architecture Schools

Kansas State University Campus (Flickr User: russfeld_2166)

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Flowerbed Hotel | Aalsmeer Netherlands | MVRDV

Flowerbed Hotel | Aalsmeer Netherlands | MVRDV

Flowerbed Hotel Aalsmeer: a series of flower crates stacked inside a green house ©MVRDV

MVRDV design of the Flowerbed Hotel in Aalsmeer, Netherlands isa 19.500m2 Hotel and conference centre devoted entirely to flowers will be located next to the future Bloomin’ Holland theme park and business centre. The Hotel with 280 rooms will include 2.100m2 flowerbeds and host tourists and business travellers.

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8 HOUSE | Copenhagen, Denmark | BIG

8 HOUSE | Copenhagen Denmark | BIG

8 HOUSE ©Jens-Lindhe

8 HOUSE is located in Southern Ørestad on the edge of the Copenhagen Canal and with a view of the open spaces of Kalvebod Fælled. It is a big house in the literal sense of the word. A house offering homes in all its bearings for people in all of life’s stages: the young and the old, nuclear families and singles, families that grow and families that become smaller.

8 HOUSE | Copenhagen Denmark | BIG

8 HOUSE ©Dragor Luftfoto

At the very same spot, the building is penetrated by a 9 meter wide passage that connects the two surrounding city spaces: the park area to the west and the channel area to the east. Instead of dividing the different functions of the building – for both habitation and trades – into separate blocks, the various functions have been spread out horizontally. The apartments are placed at the top while the commercial program unfolds at the base of the building. As a result, the different horizontal layers have achieved a quality of their own: the apartments benefit from the view, sunlight and fresh air, while the office leases merge with life on the street.

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OKRA, Maxwan A+U, and Basler&Hofmann win Basel City Centre Design Competition

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The team of OKRA, Maxwan A+U, and Basler&Hofmann has won the competition for the concept design of the Basel city centre. The proposal provides an overall view on quality of public realm in the city centre for the next decades, and focuses on creating a green and vibrant landscape city, providing spaces that create a ‘shared space 2.0’. The plan provides tools for transformation of a large area in the city centre, expanding from the train station SBB and the railway station Badischer Bahnhof on the other side of the river Rhine. Even more than today, the Basel city centre will be a focal point for the entire tri-national, expanding over the German and French borders.

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