best private plots – International Design Competition

The award best private plots – Die besten Gärten 2012 recognizes exemplary design of sustainable private outdoor spaces, highlighting the garden as a place of innovation, as a space for creative expression and action, and as contemporary dialogue between architecture, ecology and landscape.

The competition is being held for the 5th time since 2006. The award criteria include: idea, conceptual and artistic quality, ecological quality, use of plants and materials, relationship between inside and outside, delimitation of space and organization of open space, technical planning and sustainability. Special attention will also be given to individual functionality and diversity of use. The outdoor space must be clearly identifiable as intended for private residence and use.

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FED_SCRAPER | Washington DC | MAD_lab

FED_SCRAPER | Washington DC | MAD_lab

FED_SCRAPER re-envisions the Washington DC National Mall, where federal program is cleared from the mega-blocks to be situated within the mall-void.  This allows mega blocks to be returned to a densely knitted interwoven fabric to take back these areas of the city.  Federal program thus becomes contained within the National Mall, putting physical limits on the exacerbated growth of the Federal Government.

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To spin a yard | Amiens France | Atelier Altern

To spin a yard | Amiens France | Atelier Altern

Atelier Altern created an installation in the French city of Amiens where the first edition of « Imaginez maintenant » was taking place.

« Imaginez Maintenant » is a national event in support of youth creation, including performances, fashion, architecture and poetry, as well as an experimentation field for young landscapers to share, over the summer, a contextual and sensitive vision on emblematic French heritage sites. In order to represent the profession of landscape architect among the national sphere of creation, the city of Amiens through the center of art programmes of Amiens (Maison de la Culture d’Amiens) has given the possibility to transform emblematic French heritages sites of the town : the islands of the Hortillonnages, a curious site of floating gardens.

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Calatrava designed Peace Bridge opens in Calgary

Calgary's Peace Bridge Opens

Peace Bridge - Flickr User Bike Calgary (1)

The striking red Peace Bridge designed by Santiago Calatrava opened to the public with a community celebration on Saturday 24 March. The bridge design was unveiled in 2009 to varied opinions and created controvesy for its color, design and cost. Now that has faded into the background as the bridge has become a reality and opened to the public with many celebrating by crossing the bridge for the first time.
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e_co_llectiva | Athens Greece | Athanasios Polyzoidis & Katerina Petsiou

e_co_llectiva | Athens Greece | Athanasios Polyzoidis & Katerina Petsiou
In the project “e_co_llectiva” the public space of the streets and the vacant lots in the internal parts of the four building blocks is unified so as to create a single urban garden-park which promotes the concept of collective activity. This intervention is given the title ‘e_co_llectiva’ after ecology (eco), collectivity (collectiva) and new technologies (e).

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