The project of Giardino Volante was born from the memory of natural landscapes in which we imagined to design a green network within the urban built environment, in an attempt to create a park for all in the city of Pistoia.
A garden in the heart of the city created to offer Pistoia and its people a precious place and radically renovated, to meet up and stroll in the green. A public park accessible to all, where children can play and live their adventures inspired by nature and art. A magical and extraordinary place, in which to be guided by the imagination. This is the Garden Volante, a work that we are happy to donate to the city and to all those who want to visit it.
Ivano Paci, President of the Foundation Cassa di Risparmio di Pistoia e Pescia
Continue reading il Giardino Volante | Pistoia, Italy | Lapo Ruffi, with Angiola Mainolfi
WLA 24 covers a great number of diverse projects in one landscape architecture magazine. In this edition of WLA Magazine we have published as many different projects as possible including playgrounds, greenwalls, water city planning, office landscape, urban and regional parks, art installations, hospital landscape, island park, integrated art strategy, schoools, zoo landscape, residential landscapes, sound installation and a coastal defence landscape. These projects are designed by firms such as OKRA, Sasaki Associates, HOSPER, ASPECT Studios, Land Arkitectur, Tract Consultants, KI Studio, Cadence Landscape Architects, KCAP, Berger Partnership and many others.
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In 2011, together with Polyform Arkitekter, Karres en Brands won the international competition for the redesign of the museum garden of the Statens Museum for Kunst in
Copenhagen. The design, ‘SMK tilbage i Parken’ (SMK returns in the Park) connects the museum garden with the Østre Anlæg park, located on the city’s former fortifications.
With this, the SMK will become naturally embedded in the park, by which it in fact revises the previous situation. The museum garden thus forms the new entrance area for the
SMK and Østre Anlæg.
Continue reading Statens Museum for Kunst | karres+brands
For this project we designed a new type of urban cemetery on a parcel of land owned by The University of Texas at Austin–the site of the soon-to-be-decommissioned Lions Municipal Golf Course. Existing master plans leave scant green space in favor of dense urban fabric. Our design incorporates neighborhood and city planning into a reimagining of the long term value of the site socially, financially, and ecologically for UT and larger community. Several of our main challenges were: lack of urban cemetery space, hydrology, city densification, and loss of green and historical place. These helped us mold new opportunities for the site.
Continue reading University of Texas Students propose an ecological cemetery in Austin, Texas
Philadelphia’s hottest open air restaurant, the Independence Beer Garden (IBG) is located in the heart of historic Philadelphia. Spearheaded by Groundswell Design Group and Philadelphia’s own restaurateur, Michael Schulson, IBG pushed the boundaries of urban revitalization. Groundswell’s ability to reinvigorate underutilized space is showcased with this 20,000 sq ft beer garden.
Continue reading Independence Beer Garden | Philadelphia, USA | Groundswell Design Group
Te Ara I Whiti – Lightpath transforms a redundant piece of motorway infrastructure into a sculptural and playful cycle path threaded through Auckland’s inner city motorway junction.
Continue reading Redundant motorway infrastructure turned into a sculptural and playful cycle path
Set in an ideal beachfront location, XDubai introduce a new, dynamic skatepark at to the Dubai community at Kite Beach. This will be the largest, all round skatepark facility in the UAE with areas for novices through to professionals. Enhancing an iconic park setting and creating a focal hub for the community of Jumeirah. the skate park is a unique facility due to its functionality, dynamic uses, its striking aesthetics and contemporary design. All this will position the plaza as one of the flagship public space developments in Dubai. The skate park was designed and built by Convic; a well-known Skatepark design & build specialist from Australia with an established local office in Dubai.
Continue reading XDubai Skatepark | Kite Beach Jumeirah, Dubai, UAE | Convic