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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Bullitt Center | Seattle USA | Berger Partnership

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The visionary Bullitt Foundation commissioned the world’s first mid-rise commercial building to meet the Living Building Challenge. The Bullitt Center now serves as a model for building and exhibiting innovative and ecologically sensitive design and green infrastructure. As landscape architects, we served to integrate the landscape with the building’s wastewater and stormwater systems, and crafted visual and educational connections to the public and building occupants. Each planting area is a functional landscape revealing the natural processes at work. A landmark project, the Bullitt Center redefines the way landscape can serve to support and replace conventional building systems and inspire users.

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Shawm House | Coldtown UK | OOBE Ltd

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A unique landscape responding to an innovative new residential building set within rural Northumberland. The brief was to develop a sustainable dwelling that sat within, and responded to, its surroundings. Architects Mawson Kerr proposed a pioneering barn conversion that uses innovative construction techniques and sustainable technologies alongside local materials to produce a simple, elegant new home.
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