Wanda creates a sanctuary in the lush mountainsides of Yunnan, China

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Wanda Vista Resort Xishuangbanna was designed to become a hidden sanctuary in one of China’s most famous regions for the beauty of its landscape. Sitting on the slope of a mountain, the resort fits in both landscape and local culture via architecture, landscape architecture and programme. The blending of tradition with the expectations of the contemporary Chinese traveler sets its view into the new era of China’s luxury tourism.

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2016 City of Dreams Pavilion Competition winner announced

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WINNER | Hanger Barn by Folio (Youngsu Lee and Bosuk Hur)

The jury has selected the winning design in the sixth annual City of Dreams Pavilion Competition: Hanger Barn by Folio (Youngsu Lee and Bosuk Hur). Pending approvals and fundraising, this temporary art structure will be assembled on Governors Island and open to the public for the summer 2016 season.

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816 Congress Roof Transformation | Austin, Texas | dwg. urban landscape architecture

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The 816 Congress Roof Transformation converted unsightly, inaccessible spaces into unique green roofs and subsequently profitable building assets. The resulting main terrace has become a tenant retreat and a coveted event space, offering unprecedented views of the Texas State Capitol and its grounds. This building, designed for another era, is now competing with modern and newly built office space in downtown Austin.

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A Montreal library where landscape merges with architecture

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A place of openness and exchange
To build a new library is to give to one’s community, to make a gesture of openness, of exchange, of culture and of urbanity. Situated in the multi-ethnic borough of Saint-Laurent on a busy urban boulevard, the library is one of a series of public structures with a lush woodland park running behind them. Founded on the prioritization of the user’s perception, the library and its landscape offer a contemporary place of varied experiences. It is a place of openness and exchange devoted to discovery, communication and interaction.

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Bestseller office complex | Port of Aarhus, Denmark | C.F. Møller Landscape

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The office complex for about 800 employees resembles a varied flotilla of buildings at different levels, which are connected by a series of outdoor spaces like atria, courtyards, terraces and roof gardens. The mixture of office buildings and outdoor spaces creates the impression that this is a town within a town. The complex, surrounded by canals and lakes on all four sides, forms the entrance to the new, urban district on the waterfront in Aarhus, Denmark.

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Flatiron Public Plaza Holiday Design Competition unveiled

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This week, the Flatiron / 23rd Street Partnership Business Improvement District (BID) and Van Alen Institute unveiled SOFTlab’s Nova, the winner of the Flatiron Public Plaza Holiday Design Competition that serves as the centerpiece of the Partnership’s annual holiday programming and a highly visible landmark in this thriving neighborhood of New York. The second annual competition of its kind, the initiative called for proposals from New York design firms for a temporary installation for the holidays at the heart of the Flatiron District.

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Aylesbury Estates Regeneration | London, UK | HTA Design

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The redevelopment of south London’s vast Aylesbury Estate is being masterplanned by HTA Design LLP for Notting Hill Housing Group. Having led the successful bid, HTA is working as lead designer on the first phase with Hawkins Brown and Mae Architects.

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