Hummingbird House | Paradise Valley USA | Colwell Shelor Landscape Architecture

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This landscape jewel in a tiny, previously unused space between curving planes of house walls, once a forgotten space, has become a treasured outdoor room, abound with color, form, texture, art and nature. The garden showcases and celebrates desert morphology and the astoundingly beautiful genus that thrive in the harsh arid environment. The design balances the client’s desire to honor and respect the geometry of the original architecture designed by Will Bruder, whilst creating a contemporary courtyard that provides a place to retreat and relax, but is also viewed from within the residence as a living sculpture.
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Residences of Mandarin Oriental Taipei Landscape | Taipei Taiwan | Horizon & Atmosphere Landscape Co.

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The Residences of Mandarin Oriental Taipei, it is located in the heart of Taipei City, across from Ching-Cheng Road and connected to the busy but elegant Dunhua North Road, with a park neighboring the site’s west edge. The tranquil quality of the site arises naturally, which makes this residence a little peace and quiet from the hustle and bustle. It allows residents to feel the existence of nature, and perfectly interpreted this residence’s lifestyle.

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XARDÍN DAS PÍAS | Allaríz Spain | Aurora Armental Ruiz & Stefano Ciurlo Walker

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The garden draws inspiration from the beauty of the industrial and ethnographic heritage of Allariz. The point of departure of the garden is a reinterpretation of the granite tubs used for dying the leather in the tanning process, industrial practice strongly routed in the culture of this territory. The intention is to create a space of contemplation, within which to sit, to walk and to observe flowers.

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Qingdao World Horticultural Expo Theme Pavilion | Qingdao China | UNStudio

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Following selection in the 2011 competition UNStudio’s World Horticultural Expo Theme Pavilion in Qingdao has been realised. The World Horticultural Expo 2014 takes place the Chinese city of Qingdao (from April to October 2014) and is expected to attract 15 million international visitors. The main theme of the expo is ‘From the Earth, For the Earth’ and aims to encourage the exchange of culture, technology and horticultural knowledge.

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This Week in Landscape | 8 June 2014

Anti-homeless studs at London residential block prompt uproar | The Guardian
“Metal studs have been installed outside a block of flats in central London to deter rough sleepers.”
[WLA Editor: Is such a design element necessary? Shouldn't we be facilitating policies and designs that provide shelter?]

Levees Could Protect Lower Manhattan From Future Floods | Curbed NY
Southern Manhattan Coastal Protection Study proposes a 1.3-mile-long living barrier made up of a multi-purpose levee system.

Meadowlands flood plan faces hurdles | James M. O’Neill & Scott Fallon | North Jersey.com
“It took the federal government to say we have to look at larger geographic areas and longer term solutions rather than sending quick money to people to rebuild their houses,” said Peter Kasabach, executive director of New Jersey Future, a non-profit group advocating efficient land use. “It’s taking science into account.”….“There’s a real opportunity around resiliency planning,”

Call for Creative Director for the 2015 Festival of Landscape Architecture | AILA
“The Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA) is now seeking expressions of interest for the role of Creative Director for the 2015 Festival of Landscape Architecture. Individuals, practices, schools of Landscape Architecture, or collaborative teams are encouraged to apply.”

New Desalination Technologies Spur Growth in Recycling Water | Cheryl Katz | Yale e360
“Desalination has long been associated with one process — turning seawater into drinking water. But a host of new technologies are being developed that not only are improving traditional desalination but opening up new frontiers in reusing everything from agricultural water to industrial effluent.”

edyn solar powered garden system by fuseproject monitors and tracks plants
The Edyn Garden Sensor tracks light, humidity, temperature, soil nutrition and moisture, and then cross-references this information with plant, soil science and weather databases to recommend which plants will thrive. [WLA Editor: With environmental sensors and apps becoming inexpensive and easily accessible, what role will they play in landscape architecture?]

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