The formerly enclosed working area of Brown Boveri & Cie, where in the past turbines and electrical motors were manufactured, to be converted to a lively urban square. However, even in this new configuration, the heritage of the Place can still be perceived. The Brown Boveri-Square is being transformed from an industrial to a cultural square; culture meaning also “cultivating”, since a classical tree formation outlines the square, leaving the center free. A further refinement of the new public space is achieved through the use of decorative casting moulds, which are conceived as a development of the well-known industrial steel applications.
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An open call has gone out for the first edition of the Istanbul Design Biennial which will be held from 13 October to 12 December 2012 by the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (IKSV).
The Istanbul Design Biennial, organised by the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts for the first time, explores a wide range of fields, from urban design (environmental, urban and regional planning) to architecture, photography, industrial, graphic, fashion, textile and interaction design, and all related creative fields.
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UNEP has just released the United Nations Environment Programme’s (UNEP) Year Book 2012 and it highlights assessments indicating that some kinds of conventional and intensive agriculture are triggering soil erosion rates some 100 times greater than the rates at which nature can form soil in the first place.
There could also be profound implications for climate change. Soils contain huge quantities of carbon in the form of organic matter that in turn binds the nutrients needed for plant growth and allows rainfall to penetrate into underground aquifers. By 2030, without changes in the way land is managed, over 20 per cent of terrestrial habitats such as forests, peatlands and grasslands in developing countries alone could be converted to cropland aggravating losses of vital ecosystem services and biodiversity.
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BIG + Times Square Alliance + Flatcut + Local Projects and Zumtobel celebrate the Valentine’s Day with an interactive heart installation at Times Square, New York utilizing the flow of people, air and touch to bring the heart to life.
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Call for Artists to participate in a Public Art Initiative to be implemented in Industrial Zones between 2012 and 2018. The 14 industrial zones where the public art initiatives will be undertaken are Bulebel, Kirkop, Attard, Hal Far, Kordin, Luqa, Marsa, Mosta Technopark, Mriehel, San Gwann, SAP, Ta Dbiegi, Ta Qali, and Xewkija. Site visits may also be held on demand for the purpose of ensuring that interested parties are clear on the actual location indicated.
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ASPECT Studios has completed a multi-use trail at Narrabeen Lagoon on Sydney’s northern beaches. The lagoon is one of Sydney’s natural assets and is a major drawcard and focal point of the area. Diverse experiences are on offer at different locations around the lagoon. The eastern side comes to life especially at the weekends as people take to the water in kayaks and swimming, or strolling and pausing at cafes, restaurants and the bustling Sunday market. The western side of the circuit, which ASPECT Studios have designed, offers a tranquil bush experience. The new trail provides a multi-layered recreational facility and safe shared trail for pedestrians and cyclists to enhance the existing trail and facilitate the area.
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Katherine Spitz has created her home garden over the last two decades with her husband, Daniel Rhodes, an architect. As a landscape architect and an architect, they have been experimenting with their garden, continually upgrading, rethinking and replanting each outdoor room. They have been using plant material, design, pieces of landscape history and ideas from their travels to experiment with their garden. Seeing how plants grow, change and has influenced what to she uses in her own landscape designs. The garden is a living record of changing aspirations and desires, as each new room and each new element reflects our increasing design maturity and confidence.
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