Schob Nature Preserve Rain Gardens installation from TAMU College of Architecture on Vimeo.
Students install rain gardens at Schob Park Nature Preserve that sustained by stormwater runoff they absorb from nearby impervious surfaces such as walkways and parking lots. The project was funded by a small grant from the Department of Landscape Architecture and Urban Planning.
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The landscape contiguous to Estrella Mountain Community College’s new Library and Conference Center is designed to reinforce the fabric of the campus by continuing a series of linked garden spaces. The building design concept was conceived as a pavilion within the landscaped campus core and as a backdrop for the garden spaces around it. Permeability and visual openness of the ground floor are key elements of the architecture as the gardens become a new campus centerpiece and central core for the campus.
Continue reading Estrella Hall at Estrella Mountain Community College | Avondale, USA | Colwell Shelor Landscape Architecture
The parking facility PARK N’ PLAY is ACTs ambitious competition proposal that seeks to reinvent the parking house typology. The project that was developed in January 2014 amplifies the urban qualities and activities by prolonging the range of these up through the elevations and on to the roof. With a breathing and adaptable façade system the four facades are designed specifically for their four very different urban relations. Through an adaptable façade system of steel frames and stretch metal sheets a green strategy is incorporated to give shelter from sun and rain and yet offer an added value to the interior of the building complex.
Continue reading Park n’ Play | Northern Harbor, Denmark | Active City Transformation
My soul looked down from a vague height with Death,
As unremembering how I rose or why,
And saw a sad land, weak with sweats of dearth,
Gray, cratered like the moon with hollow woe,
And fitted with great pocks and scabs of plaques.
Across its beard, that horror of harsh wire,
There moved thin caterpillars, slowly uncoiled.
It seemed they pushed themselves to be as plugs
Of ditches, where they writhed and shrivelled, killed.
By them had slimy paths been trailed and scraped
Round myriad warts that might be little hills.
– Excerpt from “The Show” by Wilfred Owen (1918)
A myriad of “little hills” constitute the landscape of what once could be called Flanders Fields. One hundred years ago, the battles of the First World War marked the beginning of the change in landscape that we still bear witness to today around the small town of Ypres. The town, quiet and rather plain, discreetly reveals the scars of its past. More than 500,000 people lost their lives here and the entire western region of Flanders was reshaped by the war. From flat plains, sudden blasts carved out rough hills and deep craters, permanently altering the perception of the local landscape. The four years between 1914 and 1918 saw a political war as well as a war on the landscape.
Continue reading WW I Memorial Park | Belgium | OMGEVING
The design of Morgan Court, Glenroy has been developed with careful consideration of the long term objectives included in the Glenroy Activity Centre Structure Plan and an in depth local consultation process. The key objectives for the design of Morgan Court arose from the many conversations with the community and stakeholders, undertaken as the cornerstone of the project. Following these informative conversations the focus has been on changing perceptions about the value of the space; how can the community’s appreciation be strengthened through an integrated and vibrant approach to this retail area?
Continue reading Morgan Court | Glenroy, Australia| Enlocus
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