In traditional Indian crafts, the iconography of the peacock was (and still is) used in the art of weaving exquisite Paithani sarees in a place called Paithan in Maharashtra, India. The iridescence of the peacock’s beautiful plumage is mirrored in the iridescence of these sarees, with the peacock graphics dominating its yard length. As a young Landscape design practice, we recently had the opportunity to design a landscape for clients who had their roots in this illustrious city of Paithan, and we automatically gravitated towards these two beautiful elements.
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Incisions + Incubators was completed for the Homegrown National Park Exhibition. Shift was one of eight invited firms to participate in this design exhibit sponsored by the David Suzuki Foundation and organized by Workshop Architecture. The projects were exhibited as part of a summer long event drawing attention to the idea of developing small scale initiatives which could increase the environmental sustainability of Toronto, Ontario.
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Located towards the back of a 2.5 acre suburban site, this house is tucked discreetly near the riparian zone of an existing creek. The house is sited for maximum views and minimum tree loss. The resulting synthesis is a project that feels as if it has been built for years. Three wings surround and open to a central courtyard overlooking a swimming pool and the creek beyond. The landscape architecture program includes active zone areas for family use and restoration of native creek habitat for plants and wildlife.
Continue reading Brookhollow | Dallas, USA | Hocker Design Group
The just completed Parramatta City River Strategy prepared by McGregor Coxall was recently endorsed by Parramatta Council. The urban design strategy prepared over the past twelve months in consultation with the community outlines an urban renewal plan for AUD$194 million of riverfront public space and facilities together with over a billion dollars of mixed use development to reunite the city with the river.
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The goal of the assignment for Active City Transformation was to develop an innovative outdoor space that included space for cultural exchange, physical activities – formal and informal – and a common space for social interaction across age, gender, ethnicity and class around the lake of Trekroner, 50km west of Copenhagen. The Trekroner Plaza now serves as a natural meeting place and by that creates a new quality of public life that engages the residents and the students of the University culturally, socially and actively.
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