Isabelle Duvivier (architect/environmentalist), of Duvivier Architects, purchased a dilapidated 100-year-old home in a long established, low-income neighborhood on Brooks Ave. in Venice, California in July 2009. She wanted to blend into the neighborhood by keeping the feel of the craftsman house, but she had a larger goal – to reduce the impact and energy footprint of the house on the environment through intelligent, experimental technologies in water, energy and materials.
The Wenying Lake reservoir, also known as the “Mother Lake”, is the most important water supply for the ancient city of Datong. With a massive increase in urban development since the 1980’s, the once plentiful lake waters have been depleted, draining the site not only of water, but natural ecosystems and beautiful scenery. Continue reading Wenying Lake | Datong China | AECOM
The primary concern of the masterplan was to recreate an ecosystem which addresses the physical and psychological comfort of the elephants and Mumbai-based architects Rahul Mehrotra and Associates were invited to lead the initiative. The settlement was to be a habitat for a hundred elephants, which included ones on active duty, calves, convalescent and aging animals as well as their mahouts (Elephant Keepers). Continue reading Hathi Gaon | Amber India | Integrated Design (INDE)
A recently completed building with 4 additional floors; the requirement was to replace an unsightly mesh-façade and improve on a bland and uninviting disused space behind it. Located within the prime Singapore Central Business District (CBD), the 1984 building is 10 storeys tall and was originally designed to be environmentally responsive with floors receding inwards with each lower floor. External RC Planters spanning across the building’s 24m width façade was meant for sun-shading. Continue reading An Unexpected Hanging-Garden | Singapore | AgFacadesign & Tierra Design
How does one build on the stark beauty of a Cycladic landscape without destroying it? This project seeks an answer to that very question.
Placing such a rich development programme on this highly sensitive site necessitates a careful examination of the natural and historic elements which characterise the landscape: the amphitheatrical circle of hills, the seasonal streams, the juniper trees and frigana vegetation, the pezoules (agricultural terraces) and the xerolithies (dry stone walls). Continue reading VIDEO | Landscapes of Cohabitation on Antiparos Island | Greece | doxiadis+
The Brooklyn Botanic Garden pioneered the demonstration garden with the Fragrance Garden for the blind in 1955, and due to the addition of a new visitor center, the opportunity to redesign the herb garden for the 21st century was realized. Through a competitive process, the Brooklyn Botanic Garden selected AHBL to design the New Century Herb and Vegetable Garden, which is the first demonstration garden addition in the last forty years. Continue reading New Century Herb and Vegetable Garden | Brooklyn USA | AHBL