OKRA realizes architectonic intervention in Moscow at Sretenka Design Week

OKRA-Sretenka Design Week

At the opening of the Sretenka Design Week two objects, designed by OKRA are placed on a prominent spot on Tsvetnoy Bul’var in Moscow. The objects are designed as a demonstration model for interventions in public realm in Sretenka, one of Moscow’s oldest neighbourhoods. The objects are exemplary for the way interventions in public realm can take place, being a catalyst for development of spaces.
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The long road to a new square | Cologne Germany | metrobox architekten

The long road to a new square | Cologne | metrobox architekten

Concept
The basic design concept was created by overlaying the images associated with the square, its use and its location. People flow through the built-up urban landscape, each like a water droplet in a river. The skaters have made this flow of people into a game. Quiet, long drawn-out stretches with large radiuses alternate with jumping at obstacles, like the flowing and spraying of water in a river. The location of the square on the Rhine places this image in an appropriate scenic context.

The implementation of this concept in reality is achieved by overlaying the area with a virtual grid which has uniform building areas at the cross-over points. The grid and building areas represent urban elements and are taken from the urban environment. However, to turn this stark grouping on a grid into a spontaneous arrangement that is optimal for this sport, the area had to be reorganised using a particular algorithm. This turned the building areas into structures of different sizes; they rise out of the landscape or sink into it to intersperse the space with green elements, meadows and trees. The basic structures are skate objects made from concrete and stand like stones covered by water in a river of flagstones. The ground combines with the skate objects using a template.
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GCD Media Village | Medini Malaysia | Broadway Malyan

GCD Media Village | Medini  Malaysia | Broadway Malyan
Broadway Malyan has recently designed a conceptual master plan for the GCD Media Village in Medini, Malaysia, which will support the new Pinewood Iskandar Malaysia Studios, a circa $130 million film and television production facility project which is expected to create over 3,000 jobs.

GCD Media Village will provide a home and catalyst for creative industries in the region as well support services for the future regional film industry, and it will be located in close proximity to the Medini Business District, which the practice is also masterplanning to create a series of new specialist business clusters.

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National 9/11 Memorial | New York | PWP Landscape Architecture & Michael Arad

National 9/11 Memorial | New York | PWP Landscape Architecture & Michael Arad

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National 9/11 Memorial was recently dedicated on the 10th Anniversary of 9/11/2001 when many people lost there lives during the attacks on the USA. The Memorial designed by PWP Landscape Architecture & Micheal Arad have not only created a powerful memorial where families and friends can come to grieve but also a city park that people can use everyday to sit under the trees and enjoy the New York skyline surrounding the site and watch the rebuilding of area with new towers. There are many design elements that required great thought, development and testing including the trees, waterfalls, name arrangement and these were developed by talented people to create the beautiful space we see today.

‘The rebuilding of both the memorial together with the surrounding buildings will give the American people a sense of rebirth from the terrible attacks of 9/11.’
Peter Walker

National 9/11 Memorial | New York | PWP Landscape Architecture & Michael Arad
L to R –  Trees/Waterfalls ©PWP | Names ©Amy Dreher | Paving ©PWP | Peter Walker & Team reviewing Materials ©PWP
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Double Serpent Nature Walk | Legge Lewis Legge | Grand-Métis Canada

Double Serpent Nature Walk

Nature Walk, August 2010. Photo credit: ©2010 Louise Tanguay

Nature Walk is a further development of Round Up (After Monet), Legge Lewis Legge’s project commissioned for the 2008 International Garden Festival, held annually at the Jardins de Metis, Reford Gardens, Grand-Métis, Québec, Canada. Round Up (after Monet) was an array of 9 6-foot high earthworks bound with sod, heavy-duty strapping and cam buckles. The steep mounds grew and changed shape individually over time. An act of extreme landscaping, part lawn, pinch, pile and stack, this modern topiary was a growing sculpture sprung from ideas conflating Romantic Impressionism with the typical American lawn. The project spanned 2 entire seasons of the Festival, from 2008 to the spring of 2010, when it was programmatically enhanced to provide further interactivity with the public.

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