Dew Point – an ephmeral pattern | Philadelphia | PEG

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PEG created a follow up to Not Gardens project we published recently and the projects was titled ‘Dew Point’.

Pattern is an effective means for making environmental factors legible. Following in the spirit of the Not Gardens, this project explores the potential of material retardants to render surface patterns. The use of digital media and fabrication technologies enables innovative methods for controlling the relationship between organic and inorganic materials or between fixed material and temporal phenomena. These tools provide simple means to craft patterns that perform in both visual and environmental terms. In this case, we used these techniques to produce an ephemeral pattern that becomes visible only during moments of precipitation. By enhancing the properties of a common landscape material, we can embed temporal change, thus producing a technique that offers an environmentally responsive expression.

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model of urban healing | Fibo City | Perkins+Will

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fibroCITY was conceived and designed by the Houston office of Perkins+Will, who envision a pedestrian-oriented, community-driven environment that physically bridges over the city’s existing highway system as a means of reconnecting urban communities. This design entry for the Living City Design Competition responds to the history of highway development in Houston. The selected site, located at highway 288 south of downtown, was divided socially and economically by the highway’s development in the 1960s and 70s — conditions which still exist today.

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Ellis Park Sport Precinct | Johannesburg South Africa | Newtown Landscape Architects

Newtown Landscape Architects-Ellis Park Sport Precinct

Aerial view of Stadium Square

Prompted by the 2010 FIFA Soccer World Cup, The Johannesburg Development Agency (JDA) earmarked the ELLIS PARK PRECINCT for urgent need of rejuvenation. This inner-city development was to function as a Sports Hub connecting the upgraded Ellis Park Stadiums with the Bus Rapid Transport (BRT) system to the north and taxi rank to the south while featuring sculptural art work and including the rehabilitation of the adjacent railway embankment.

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LAMP & the Low-Line | Chicago Illinois | Moss

LAMP & the Low-Line | Chicago Illinois | Moss

moss was commissioned to formulate the LAMP (Lakeview Area Master Plan) by the The Lakeview Chamber of Commerce to pro-actively plan for business, economic development, and sustainability initiatives in the Lakeview neighborhood of Chicago, Illinois. The plan creates a hub for urban scale sustainable design innovation and improvements while enhancing the pedestrian environment, strengthening business opportunities, and mending the urban ecosystem.

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Not Garden/ Not Again | an exploration geotextile customisation

Not Garden/ Not Again - PEG

Not Garden ©PEG

PEG‘s Not Garden/ Not Again project renders visible those materials that typically remain unseen. They used the untapped design potential of low-cost engineering substrates as a means for developing new techniques of surface control and display. Customized geotextiles hold great potential for configuring new relationships between organic and inorganic materials as expressed on the ground’s surface.

Philadelphia is a perfect laboratory for experimental greening techniques given its immense stock of vacant land – over 60,000 properties. Approximately 3,000 abandoned lots have been cleaned and planted over the past six years through the Neighborhood Transformation Initiative (2002). This interim land management program has succeeded in providing neighborhoods with relatively low-cost ways to lessen unsanitary conditions and garbage dumping on abandoned sites. The current greening strategy involves re-grading, lawn installation, a perimeter picket fence, and several trees. Our goal is to derive a cost-effective way to achieve the same aesthetics of care but provide more expressive diversity with lower maintenance.
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President’s Park South Designs Unveiled

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Aerial View President's Park South - ©Reed Hilderbrand Associates

Today, the National Capital Planning Commission (NCPC) unveiled the designs for President’s Park South in Washington D.C.. The five architecture and landscape architecture firms including Hood Design Studio, Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates, Reed Hilderbrand Associates, Rogers Marvel Architects, and SASAKI were invited to develop concepts to beautify the security components and improve the visitor experience at President’s Park South.

President’s Park South is one of the most visited locations in the nation’s capital, and represents a unique design challenge that requires sensitive integration of security requirements into a landscape of extraordinary cultural and historic significance. The area includes Sherman Park, the First Division Monument, the Ellipse and its side panels, as well as the associated roadways in the area, including E Street, NW, which has been closed to unauthorized vehicular traffic for the past decade.

On Tuesday, June 28 NCPC will host a public showcase where representatives from the five design firms will present their concepts for President’s Park South. All public opinions will be shared with NCPC’s Interagency Security Task Force, which will rank the finalists and announce the competition winner on June 30, 2011.

The National Capital Planning Commission (NCPC) invited five talented architecture and landscape design firms to develop concepts to beautify the security components and improve the visitor experience at President’s Park South. This popular destination is located between the White House Grounds and Constitution Avenue, NW. Beginning Tuesday, June 21 and running through Monday, June 27, the public is invited to view the project teams’ designs online and at the White House Visitor Center (1450 Pennsylvania Ave, NW, Washington, DC). The center is open daily from 7:30 am – 4:00 pm. The public will be able to share their opinions online and at the visitor center.

IMAGES: Courtesy of National Capital Planning Commission (NCPC)

The five architecture and landscape architecture firms designs can be seen by

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Xian Horticultural Expo 2011 | Holland Garden | Alliance NL

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Last month the International Horticultural Expo opened in Xi’an. This international exhibition is not just about gardening, but also covers the technology of cultivating nature and land use in the broadest sense. For China this is the next major international event after the 2008 Beijing Olympics and the 2010 Shanghai World Expo.

At the International Horticultural Expo, the focus is on relationship between man and nature. Thus there is a strong emphasis on sustainability. Because of the substantial and rapid urbanization in China, there is emphasis on sustainable urban transformation. Therefore, Xi’An is an interesting choice of location for the International Horticultural Expo. Xi’An is the ancient capital of China. It is known from the Terracotta Army and for centuries a major cultural center. Today, it is an important knowledge city with some 100 universities and research institutes in the vicinity. It aims to be the greenest city in China to be. Xi’An wants to set an example for other cities, and the Expo is a showcase for others cities to study.

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