Why we need to look for lawn alternatives but artificial grass is not the answer

Artificial Grass - Nature Fighting back | Flickr User  jonsson

Artificial Grass – Nature Fighting back | Flickr User jonsson

“Artificial turf, therefore, is merely the next most obvious step. Now that we greet it with a shrug and a flop, designers need to push things further, finding solutions that aren’t replacements for everything that a lawn does, but for the many individual programs it has been forced to do.” – Alexandra Lange

Recently, Alexandra Lange published an opinion piece, There’s still one more park taboo to be broken at Dezeen that reviewed the role of lawn and in recent times the acceptance that artificial turf has gained in replacing the traditional lawn. Lange, cites various examples where Artificial turf has been used including the new rooftop at the Metropolitan Museum of Art by landscape architect Gunther Vogt and Pier 2 at Brooklyn Bridge Park by Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates.

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Clark Art Institute Expansion Landscape | Williamstown, USA | Reed Hilderbrand

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Clark Center from Reflecing Pool | Image Credit Tucker Bair

The Clark Art Institute is in its final phase of a transformational campus expansion program that adds new facilities to support the growth of museum and academic programs, enhances the visitor experience, improves circulation throughout the campus, and creates new levels of sustainability across its 140 acres. The program focuses on providing superior facilities for the benefit of visitors and scholars and underscores the Clark’s environmental stewardship of its grounds.

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Naturbad Riehen | Riehen, Switzerland | Herzog & de Meuron

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The Swiss municipality of Riehen, bordering the city of Basel, lies in the gently widening valley of the River Wiese, near to its confluence with the Rhine. For decades, the local population has yearned for a new public swimming pool to replace the obsolescent baths by the riverbank, with various attempts having failed.
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A-Mazing Vertical Garden | Da Nang City, Vietnam | TA LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE

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The key solution that compromises between the tight schedule and the aesthetic rule of a French garden is Hybrid Landscaping. The TA LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE decided to combine a maze with vertical garden, a fashionable contemporary trend in landscape. The result is A-MAZING VERTICAL GARDEN called Le Jardin des Secret. What makes this concept special is the contrast between a classic style and a contemporary trends, and also between the topiary trees and the natural sense of tropical forest and between the modest area and the largest vertical garden. What used to take 10 years to achieve was constructed in just under 10 days.
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Six teams win Rebuild by Design Competition

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Hoboken Waterfront | ©OMA  | one of six winning proposals in the Rebuild By Design Competition

Rebuild by Design was a design competition to create innovative community- and policy-based solutions to protect U.S. cities that are most vulnerable to increasingly intense weather events and future uncertainties.  Back in April, 10 Finalists were unveiled and the teams developed their proposals in partnership with local stakeholder coalitions and feedback from participants. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Shaun Donovan announced recently that six design proposals have been selected as winners of HUD’s Rebuild by Design competition.

The six teams with winning proposals are:

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