‘Tiny Taxonomy’ | International Garden Festival Les Jardins Metis | Rosetta Sarah Elkin

‘TinyTaxonomy’ | International Garden Festival,Les Jardins Metis

©Jardins Metis/Louise Tanguay

‘TinyTaxonomy’ was selected for the 11thedition of the International Garden Festival held at Les Jardins Metis, in Quebec, Canada.A jury selected the project as one of 3 from among the 276 proposals received for the 2010 competition from designers in 34 countries. Over its first ten editions the Festival has constructed and exhibited more than 100 temporary gardens by over 300 designers from around the world.

‘TinyTaxonomy’ | International Garden Festival,Les Jardins Metis

©Jardins Metis/Louise Tanguay

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Moses Mabhida Stadium Precinct | Durban South Africa | Iyer Urban Design Studio

Moses Mabhida Stadium Precinct  | Durban South Africa | Iyer Urban Design Studio

Already a celebrated icon in the Kwa-Zulu Natal landscape, the Moses Madiba Stadium and precinct, built for the Soccer World Cup 2010, in the words of the jury “is commended because of its multi-disciplinary design approach that has made the most of urban design, architectural and landscape architectural skills, driven by a visionary client. “

“The urban and landscape design at Moses Mabhida Stadium Precinct allows for ongoing integration with the broader city and coastal corridor. The design is focused on the creation of an accessible, well-made and generous public-space system. The landscape design is contemporary and executed on a bold scale with continuity of approach, aesthetic appeal and response to local place and function clearly visible.”

“The stadium precinct comprises many remarkable spaces and places. These include the uncluttered concourse level surrounding the stadium and the polished concrete podium that serves as a raised plinth with planted embankments resembling a dune. This podium defines public and semi-public movement with the base assigned highest levels of being open to the public. (“publicness”.)

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Student Project: Grounded Structuration | Laura Sasso | MLA University of Virginia

During times of low flow the central area becomes an active recreation area

Grounded Structuration investigates a process for amplifying the potential relationship between the design of the public realm and the politics of community. The design explores how site specific meaning and meaningful experiences can be associated with the retrofitting of infrastructure in New Orleans’ St. Roch community. St. Roch is named after the patron Saint of Good Health, memorializing the community’s auspicious beginning. Ironically, a fragmented drainage network, contaminated soils and blighted properties now threaten the vitality of the once thriving community. Reimagining the community from the ground up is an opportunity to reinvigorate the health of St. Roch.

Context: From the scale of the Mississippi Delta region to a block in St. Roch.

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King Street Revitalization | Kitchener Canada | IBI Group

King Street Revitalization | Kitchener Canada | IBI Group

In 2007 the City of Kitchener, Ontario, retained IBI Group to develop a Streetscape Master Plan for the City Centre District: the core of Kitchener’s historic downtown. The City recognized the need to revitalize the area, to transform the once neglected streets into a lively, liveable area that would renew the district’s civic pride, awaken its creative energy and, most importantly, bring people and businesses back to the downtown core.
The focal point of the revitalization is the downtown’s six-block main hub which stretches 1.1km along King Street, from Frederick/Benton Street in the southeast to Francis Street in the northwest. The area is home to important civic, academic and cultural institutions, as well as public spaces. It houses City Hall and its plaza, Speakers Corner Plaza, THEMUSEUM (formerly Waterloo Region Children’s Museum), the University of Waterloo’s new School of Pharmacy, and—in a recent addition to the neighbourhood—Google’s new regional office.

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Via Regina public garden | Brienno Italy | Lorenzo Noè Studio di Architettura

Via Regina public garden

View from the lake ©Marco Introini

Brienno still has the dimension of a lakeside village(Lake Como). Unlike many other settlements, the territory has not been impacted by uncontrolled growth, and has managed to conserve a strong identity.

The site lies to the north of the historical center, downhill from the church and the cemetery, where a stone wall with three arches contains an embankment of about six meters in height over the average level of the water of the lake. The wall cannot be modified, nor can it bear ulterior loads. To permit use of the escarpment a structure has been built over the lake, resting on recessed columns with individual foundations and micropiles for support below.

The project is composed of a few elements: the stone staircase, the wooden deck and the landing stage. The surface of the plaza is slightly sloped toward the north, amplifying its sense of space and transforming it into a small stage that commands new views of the historical center and the opposite shore.

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