In recent decades, the Philippines has witnessed consistent population and economic growth. Official statistics estimate the country will grow by 50 million people in the next 35 years, straining already congested and rapidly expanding metropolitan areas such as Manila. This growth comes at the expense of agricultural land, compromising the lifeline of existing communities and the food supply of future generations. Single-use gated communities are the norm, whose poor public realm and connectivity force residents to drive to their everyday needs. A complete disregard for natural systems has exacerbated issues surrounding flooding, regional water quality and supply.
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Flushing Saltworks envisions to create flexible and ecological urban form –a landscape based urbanism- on the horizon of Flushing Bay in New York City. Employing morphology and performance of saltwork ecologies, the site is fabricated with fluid urban fabrics and pond typologies to integrate urban hydrology and estuarine ecology. The transition of coastal horizon proposes phenomenal atmospherics of the salt ponds and marshes, adapting tidal force and sea level rise. Thus, the project manifests new horizon which evolves into the flexible city, blurring the edge of the coastal shoreline, dissolving the hardened urban formation and creating ephemeral and porous lifestyle.
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Agence Ter and Team were recently announced as winners of the Pershing Square Renew design competition. Pershing Square Renew announced an international Design Competition in the Summer of 2015 to Reimagine the Heart of Los Angeles. On April 28, 2016, the four finalists presented their proposals to a packed theater of over 1,000 local citizens who were invited to share their aspirations and insights. The finalists included SWA | Morphosis; wHY+Civitas; James Corner Field Operations with Fredrick Fisher and Partners and Agence Ter and Team.
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PROJECT OF THE YEAR 2015 | LEPIRONIA GARDENS – Setia Eco Glades Sdn. Bhd.
The Institute of Landscape Architects Malaysia (ILAM) announced the winners for the 8th Malaysia Landscape Architecture Awards (MLAA) at the annual ILAM Gala Night, organised in conjunction with the World Landscape Architecture Month.
MALAYSIAN PROJECT – HONOUR AWARDS | THE LEAFZ – Hoda Design Sdn. Bhd.
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What makes a garden what it is? How effectively design a garden so that it can become a space with a purpose? Gardens, or as we love to say Bāghs are always spaces with a purpose. They are meant for certain pre-determined activities to take place; a place for relaxation, a place for children to play, a place for outdoor parties and dinners, a place for solitude, a place for group gatherings, a performance space… the list is never ending. The qualities that truly make up this sense of purpose in any garden begin at the very heart of the design process. The purpose behind the garden is what the designer has at the back of his/her mind from the moment he goes about putting pen to paper. Without this sense of purpose, the garden is at the risk of becoming rather like a river which flows and has abundant water, but never meets the sea.
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Krisha P. Singh Center for Nanotechnology includes two green roof areas. The Meadow Roof is a prominent feature of the building attracting individuals and groups eager to enjoy time in the rooftop amenity space. A second larger Sedum Roof includes native perennials and grasses planted alongside the building’s air handling and HVAC equipment. This larger Sedum Roof may have less aesthetic and cultural significance; however, it is a storm water management workhorse. Both green roof areas are an integral part of the project’s stormwater management plan. Surrounded by floor to ceiling etched glass walls on three sides and a clear glass railing open to the city on the fourth side, the Meadow Roof is visually accessible from corridors and conference rooms.
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D’Leedon residential development is located in a strategic position within the Farrer Court residential area of Singapore, a unique influence on the character of the site is the absence of nearby high rise buildings. Its direct connection to Farrer Road make this a prestigious and highly visible site.
Zaha Hadid Architects’ design for Farrer Court is generated by the study of the existing alignments of circulation, buildings and landscapes adjacent to the site. These various axes are drawn into the site and linked together to inform a series of construction lines with the highest degree of connectivity to the surrounding neighbourhood.
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