Conran and Partners’ design concept for the project responds to the essential elements of the site: its location on the very edge of Tokyo, its adjacency to the Tamagawa River and the shift across its one kilometre length, from the urbanity of the railway station to the west, to the park to the east. As such, the scheme reflects the site’s important transitionary role at the threshold between city and nature in this popular, family-orientated neighbourhood.
Continue reading Futako Tamagawa Rise, 20 hectare urban regeneration project in Tokyo
Since the 1950’s, the weekend drive 1-3 hours away from cities is a democratic automobile-driven North American custom involving the ritualistic exodus of urban populations from metropolitan centres to sacred landscapes, to worship natural monuments and recreate. This phenomenon is integral to the role that landscape plays in shaping Canadian Identity.
Continue reading Wilderness and Exodus: the Production of a National Landscape
Tying together six townhouses on the site of an old autobody shop in Vancouver’s Strathcona neighbourhood, Koo’s Courtyard provides a small community with its social heart. The design challenge was to make a virtue of the narrow space, which has a width of 2.8m for most of its length. With six fenced private patios, overgrown shrubs and bulky stormwater barrels, the dysfunctional existing garden area left little room for anything else. The designers’ first move was to clear the clutter and reveal the potential for communal use. In this respect, they were privileged to work with an enlightened client group that was ready to move from the typical backyard archetype to a new social paradigm.
Continue reading Hapa Collaborative shifts the typical backyard archetype to a new social paradigm
2015 has seen a diverse range of landscape architecture projects published on World Landscape Architecture, in this edition we take an opportunity to highlight some of the best projects from 2015. Selecting the projects to be included in this 2015 Annual was a hard task with a large number of high quality projects published this year, it was decided to publish over 50 projects.
I hope you enjoy reading this 2015 Annual edition and I look forward to receiving your submissions for WLA Magazine and World Landscape Architecture in 2016.
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Ocean Hyacinth is a network of floating tidal marshes that will purify the contamination caused by the ship breaking process. During the continuous tidal water exchange on the Ocean Hyacinth, the combination of various soils, plants, animals, and bacterial will not only filter and break down the contaminants from the sea but also form a tidal marsh ecosystem as a floating island. In addition to revitalizing Alang’s natural costal ecosystem, we also propose the Ocean Hyacinth to become a platform for aquaculture facilities, tidal power generators, and lighthouses. The surface provides people a coastal park with beach space. The light power for navigating ships at night and general utility power for the island are generated by tidal energy.
Continue reading Ocean Hyacinth | Jihyoon Yoon, Daekwon Park
Situated in the Novena planning area, Adria is only a stone’s throw away from the entertainment precinct in Orchard Road. Yet, it is close enough to the cultural bay front at Marina, upcoming satellite mixed developments at Kallang of Beach Road, as well as the nature reserve in MacRitchie.
Continue reading Adria | Singapore | ONG&ONG
The XII Latin American Social Architecture Student Workshop, Bolivia 2015, brings together students and architects of different nationalities that seeks to generate social interventions in the Valley of Cinti, municipality of Camargo. Its purpose, authentic and local identity
The intervention focused on the area known by the public as “EL TOBOGAN” located in the southwest of the city implemented with the aim of being a pedestrian area of transition between the city and the cemetery. A space that accumulates two functions: slide addressed to children as play area and a tour that alternates assets and liabilities organized by level to overcome the height difference that separates the city cemetery spaces.
Continue reading `URAYCAMUY ` | Rises and falls in Quechua, Bolivia