World Landscape Architecture - landscape architecture webzine » Europe Thu, 31 Jul 2014 01:08:20 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Purifying Park de Ceuvel by Delva Landscape Architects #UPDATE Mon, 28 Jul 2014 13:32:33 +0000 ]]> 1-DELVA-Landscape-Architects-Steven-delva-Landschapsarchitectuur-antwerpen-amsterdam-de-ceuvel-zuiverend-park-water-stad-landscape-fytoremediatie-opening10

Back in May we published the Delva Landscape Architects concept design for Park de Ceuvel.  After years of preparation the day has finally come. De Ceuvel is open! Delva Landscape Architects sent us photos of the opening that occured in late June.


De Ceuvel Opening on june 21, 2014. Thank you’s, pride, right and left brain connections and sun salutations on the longest day. from Niki Boomkens on Vimeo.

On the 21st of june, a new creative hotspot in Amsterdam Noord officially opens. The last few months, tenants, volunteers and students, worked hard on the boats, the jetty, the Ceuvel Café and the park.

Former Ship Wharf ‘Ceuvel Volharding’
The area of ‘Ceuvel Volharding’ is a former ship wharf in Amsterdam. An abandoned and polluted site in the industrial and harbour area of Buiksloterham, in the north of Amsterdam. A plot located at the water with a special history, near the city centre of Amsterdam. In an economically better time this place would be cleaned up mechanically and built upon. The current era, in which planned urban developments come to a halt and many areas await development, provides opportunities for an alternative, less capital-intensive way of developing.

The area of ‘De Ceuvel’ does not remain abandoned. DELVA Landscape Architects developed the winning plan for the area in close collaboration with the entrepreneurs that will be using it. The site will be used as a breeding ground for creative entrepreneurs for the next ten years.


The starting point for the realization of the new creative hub ‘De Ceuvel’ is the pollution of soil and water. By filling the area with polluted dredge and the polluting activities of the ship wharf the site is heavily polluted with organic as well as inorganic pollutants. Current techniques that are used for purification of soil and water are costly, unsustainable and are often limited to hiding or moving the pollution to another site. The technique of phytoremediation, in which plants are used to stabilize, take-up or extract contamination from the soil, offers an alternative. On the site of ‘De Ceuvel’ this organic way of cleaning the soil results in a working landscape cleaning the soil and producing low-impact biomass. After ten years, the entire site is returned to the municipality of Amsterdam cleaner than we got it.
House boats
Unnecessary houseboats are put on land and transformed into 17 sustainable ateliers. At every step in the development process the highest level of sustainability that is financially viable, is pursued. The boats are insulated and equipped with a sustainable heat system, green roofs and solar cells. Wastewater from the site is purified in bio-filters and nutrients from the waste are re-used for the production of food. Organic waste (from toilets) of visitors and tenants of the boats is converted into energy. A standard connection to the municipal sewer is therefore unnecessary.




The purifying park consists of an undulating green plain of grasses, perennials, short rotation coppice and mature trees for the uptake and degradation of pollution. The plant species are specifically selected for this area; plants that suit the rugged nature of the industrial terrain of Buiksloterham. A raised wooden jetty ensures that there is no direct contact with the polluted soil. The trail winds through the planting and connects the different houseboats. The pruning of the park is not transported elsewhere but remains on the property and is used to create products from biomass. A biomass digester converts biomass into energy that is used in the area. The particular combination of plants represents a new layer in the landscape, which remained hidden before. An alternative approach to pollution transforms the negative history of a place into a positive perspective. Aesthetic quality, that does not arise from a pictorial, static landscape but is the result of a direct experience of the transformation of this area. Residents and visitors are drawn to the history of the place while they continuously defining future use.


Purifying Park de Ceuvel has been nominated in the Dutch Design Awards in the category of Habitat!

Park de Ceuvel | Amsterdam Netherlands | Delva Landscape Architects

Images courtesy of  Delva Landscape Architects

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Naturbad Riehen | Riehen, Switzerland | Herzog & de Meuron Mon, 21 Jul 2014 04:15:20 +0000 319_CP_140614_001_MB_H
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.

After winning a design competition in 1979 and several unrealised projects in the following years, Herzog & de Meuron again started to ponder the options for a new bathing facility. The changed perspectives brought by the intervening years prompted the idea of abandoning the conventional pool concept with its mechanical and chemical water treatment systems in favour of a pool closer to a natural condition with biological filtration. This approach was publicly discussed by the citizens of Riehen and officially approved by a municipal vote. The standard geometric swimming pool transforms into a bathing lake where the technical systems and machine rooms vanish, to be substituted by planted filtering cascades. This concept led to the notion of modelling the natural pool on the local “Badi”, Basel’s traditional wooden Rhine-side baths, which combine a lively atmosphere with a timeless appearance.
The site is screened on two sides by an enclosing timber wall: on the north towards the road and on to the west from adjoining private properties. The southern perimeter facing the river, on the other hand, is open, bounded only by a green hedge. On the eastern front, a timber fence merges into the amenities building, which incorporates the entrance and supporting facilities, while the wall along the northern and western boundaries offers a 200 m long sheltered solarium with recliners. Yet, from all parts of the facility, attention is focused on the bathing pond at the centre of the site. The biological water treatment basins – the non-mechanical “heart” of the baths – are embedded in the sloping landscape on the opposite side of the road. Together with various leisurefacilities provided here, they form a recreational area open all year round to the municipal population. In terms of ecological cleaning capacity, the baths are designed to accommodate 2 000 bathers per day.




Naturbad Riehen, Natural Swimming Pool
Riehen, Switzerland
Project 2007-2008, realization 2010-2014

Herzog & de Meuron Project Team
Partners: Jacques Herzog, Pierre de Meuron, Wolfgang Hardt (bis 30.4.2011)
Project Team: Michael Bär (Associate, Project Manager), Harald Schmidt
(Project Manager), Sarah Righetti (Project Manager),
Jeanne Autran, Nathalie Birkhäuser, Nils Büchel, Thomas Cardew,
Judit Chapallaz-Laszlo, Dorothee Dietz (Visualizations), Guillaume Henry,
Guy Nahum, Uta Schrameyer,Tobias Josef Fritzenwenger, Benno Lincke,
Miguel Palencia Olavarrieta

Architect Planning | Herzog & de Meuron, Basel, Switzerland
Partner Architect | Rapp Arcoplan AG, Basel, Switzerland
General Planning | Rapp Arcoplan AB, Basel, Switzerland
Cost Consultant | Rapp Arcoplan AB, Basel, Switzerland
Electrical Engineering | Eplan, Basel, Switzerland
HVAC Engineering | Stokar + Partner AG, Basel, Switzerland
Landscape Design |
Fahrni und Breitenfeld, Basel, Switzerland
Wasserwerkstatt, Bamberg, Germany

Plumbing Engineering | Locher Schwittay Gebäudetechnik GmbH, Basel, Switzerland
Structural Engineering |
Ulmann & Kunz Bauingenieur AG, Basel, Switzerland
Pirmin Jung, Rain, Switzerland

Other Specialists | Wasserwerkstatt Planungsbüro für Badegewässer, Bamberg, Germany
Timber Work | Pirmin Jung, Rain, Switzerland

Building Physics | Ehrsam und Partner, Basel, Switzerland
Civil Engineering | Gemeinde Riehen, Riehen, Switzerland
Geometrician | Jermann Ingenieure & Geometer AG, Pratteln, Switzerland
Geotechnical Consultant | Dr. von Moos AG, Zurich, Switzerland

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#Bamboo – Urban Metamorphosis | Genoa, Italy | OAM Architecture Tue, 15 Jul 2014 09:08:30 +0000 ]]> immagine02

The design concept provides the formation of a public space for all new “identity” : a green area, sustainable where everyone can meet up , lie down, play , study, work, dance, relax, contemplate the beauty of the visual and sensory seascape , learn, educate children, cooking, farming and self- built over the overpass of Genoa.


Through the self-construction is the single city user involves giving way to improve first-person operation and the quality of the urban space of the overpass .

Along the infrastructure you will have a true metamorphosis : natural plantation of bamboo and ornamental plants, their rapid development will expand easily wrapping and turning it into a productive green park . The benefits are in addition to visual and olfactory comfort , cooling in summer . The new spaces will be in constant evolution, with the ability to build itself spaces , depending on the needs of its visitors, an increasingly complex society , where the needs for training, information and shared processing increases.

The interventions were planned to reduce costs and limit following a time schedule :

- Phase 1 area naturalization ,

- Phase 2 cutting and construction,

- Phase 3 creating spaces ,

- Phase 4 SELF BUILT and educational activities.

The overpass will be; not only an attraction for the city, but an item from which to observe, through a special point of view and perspective, the beauty of the sea and the surrounding cityscape and a new energy source for the city.

Bamboo belongs to the family Gramineae, is found in tropical climates but also in temperate climates. Are plants that can reach considerable dimensions, from 2 up to 20 cm in diameter, from 1 up to 15 m in height, rhizomatous roots that grow horizontally to a depth of at least 25-30 cm. Evergreen, resistant, lightweight, energy-efficient, renewable and natural origin thanks to new manufacturing technologies is an economic and versatile material for use.


The bamboo plant is able to rebalance the levels of oxygen and carbon dioxide atmospheric carbon, thereby helping to reduce the greenhouse effect. A bamboo plantation is able to capture up to 17 tons of carbon per hectare per year, an amount of about 40 times higher than that absorbed by a forest of the same size.

The module consists of bamboo canes from 4, 6, 8 cm in diameter and 16, 45, 50, 60, 80, 160 cm long. It is in various forms: a Chair, a table, a bench, a tripod …etc. you get a homemade object, versatile allowing you to decorate the urban space according to your desire or need. Allows users whether they are citizens, tourists, workers and students to create, through independence from a tree or from a fixed, new space and self-managed in which movements are continuous, random and diverse. So who covers the overpass from a concrete contribution by living together and building the urban environment, redesigning both spatially and qualitatively.

Bamboo is a plant of incredible beauty, for its robustness, lightness and flexibility find many uses: as human or animal food; as building material for the construction industry and architectural structures and buildings, structural and load-bearing parts, to arm the concrete, for scaffolding, scaffold braces, finishes and coatings for furniture and design: kitchen utensils, plates, bowls, chairs, furniture, gear, mats, baskets and other decorative items for DIY; for the production of paper, textiles.

Some species of bamboo are used in industry for the manufacture of cosmetic creams and lotions. Its SAP contains amino acids, vitamins and many minerals such as Silicon. The fragments and other bamboo processing waste can be used as fuel for heating, cooking, other furnace temperature machining.



The elevated area has several potential, such as passing trains produce wind, wind, rain Bay and its exposure to the South (always exposed to the Sun). By these features the choice of alternative energy systems that can exploit these capabilities such as:

- photovoltaics, located on South-facing, roadway

- piezoelectric energy, with the curtain that comes down from the elevated piezo and piezo forest reminiscent of bamboo and takes advantage of the wind of the port by the bending processes to produce clean energy.

- you want to also take advantage of the wind produced by the passage of trains of the railway below through energy production by piezoelectric system.

-the cultivation of bamboo which, in addition to rinaturalizzare the area, has a strong ability to counter air pollution thanks to its ability to absorb carbon dioxide, thus helping to reduce the greenhouse effect.



The sopraelevata, Genoa will become a cooperating system that will revolve around three

main features:

• educational-educational path, with “guest” in bamboo, the infopoint for tourism, the coking areas, educational-recreational spaces, urban gardens;

• Green path-ecological-energetic agriculture, with the plantation of bamboo, the use of ornamental plants-vines such as Wisteria and jasmine and innovative technologies such as the forest and the piezoelectric curtain;

• economic-cultural path, which will represent the excellence for the city of Genoa, urban recreation space, teaching for citizens, tourists and students but also productive where will marketing international (fairs, markets, marketing and exporting).


 #Bamboo – Urban Metamorphosis | Genoa, Italy | OAM Architecture

Images and Text Credit | OAM Architecture

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VIDEO | Coastal Work starts on Katwijk in the Netherlands | OKRA Wed, 02 Jul 2014 14:23:30 +0000 ]]>
OKRA recently published a short video showing the construction work on the coast defence at Katwijk in the Netherlands. Alongside building the required coastal defence, the coast zone investments ensure that Katwijk remains a tourist destination and supporting the local economy of seaside towns. With the need to strengthen the Katwijk coast, care is taken to preserve the value of the existing town and, ultimately, how this can also be made stronger.

The work by OKRA shows how seaside towns can be protected with natural-looking dunescapes. In the future, we will see more projects like this along coastlines across the world as landscape architects assist communities in abating the effects of climate change.

Coastal Work Katwijk
Area | 20 hectare
Design | OKRA landschapsarchitecten, In collaboration with Arcadis
Client | Municipality Katwijk, The Waterboard of Rhineland
Movie produced by | Paul de Vreugd, PDV Media

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XARDÍN DAS PÍAS | Allaríz Spain | Aurora Armental Ruiz & Stefano Ciurlo Walker Wed, 02 Jul 2014 13:52:16 +0000 ]]> Xardin-das-Pias-03
The garden draws inspiration from the beauty of the industrial and ethnographic heritage of Allariz. The point of departure of the garden is a reinterpretation of the granite tubs used for dying the leather in the tanning process, industrial practice strongly routed in the culture of this territory. The intention is to create a space of contemplation, within which to sit, to walk and to observe flowers.

The underlying granite structure of the garden offers multiple small paths for visitor to follow, inviting visitors to discover and to enjoy the proximity to plants. It consists of a simple composition relying on the presence of a refined selection of materials, creating an environment for visitor to contemplate a series of richly planted gardens within the garden.

Granite is the material that conforms the streets of the city their character as deeply linked to the identity of Allariz. The granite grid of the garden plays an evocative role, acting as a stage for the garden of flowers to grow from.

The granite structure not only provide the formal structure of the garden, also celebrates the traditional systems of water storage, canalization and irrigation of the agricultural and industrial past of Allariz. Starting from a raised pool, water travels through a channel sculpted in the granite, in a route close to the visitor, bringing sounds and freshness to the space. The edged of the pool offers a place to sit and play.


The selection of species and their arrangement emphasize the natural condition of the plants. The planting utilizes perennials to create a dynamic garden that evolves during the Festival, inviting to visit again and again to enjoy its variations. Species with varied flowering periods, joyful and warm colours, diverse fragrances and textures, resilient and vigorous, allow the garden to establish and evolve. Plants are distributed in groups of different sizes whose own geometry does not follow the granite structure, interpreting the ordered freedom of vegetation when it occupies spaces abandoned by man.



The Xardín das Pías was design following the festival garden theme “Allaríz, Beauty that Inspires” and was meant to be a temporary installation. The client has decided it is to be retained permanently in Allariz as part of the riverside park where it was built. The intention is to dedicated it to gardening workshops for kids.

Aurora Armental Ruíz (Architect and Master in Landscape) and Stefano Ciurlo Walker (Architect and Master in Urban Renewal and Building Restoration) started Armental Ciurlo Walker Arquitectos in 2005 in London. Today based in Santiago de Compostela, the studio integrates architectural practice and academic research through the platform CITYLABORATORY.

1st Prize International Design Competition.
Design team: Aurora Armental Ruiz & Stefano Ciurlo Walker
Images: Aurora Armental Ruiz & Stefano Ciurlo Walker
Client & Contractors: Allaríz International Garden Festival
Location: Allaríz, Galicia, España
Area: 180 m2
Design period: 2012-2013
Completion date: May 2013

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Grant Associates appointed for Southampton’s Watermark WestQuay Mon, 30 Jun 2014 12:56:46 +0000 ]]> westquay-1-grant-associates
Grant Associates has been appointed to design the public realm for Watermark WestQuay Southampton – a £70m leisure-led regeneration scheme masterplanned by ACME for developers Hammerson.

Inspired by tidal mudflats, the strata in which the city of Southampton was first built apon, Grant Associates’ landscape design will comprise four key components: the plaza bringing a new open space for Southampton; the ancient historic town walls that form a distinctive backdrop to the spaces; the promenade that runs the length of the walls; and the steps and ramps that negotiate the 7 metre level change between the Bargate and the lower levels of Western Esplanade.


Plaza Water Feature
A major element of the new plaza will be a destination water feature made up of approximately 33 fountains. To reinforce the concept of ‘mudflats’ the water feature will ebb and flow like a tide, rising and falling to capture pools integrated into the paving scheme. At certain times of the day, the water feature will flood to create a mirror pool reflecting the historical Town Walls and light before receding like the tide.


Promenade Mudflats
The promenade varies in width along its length to create a variety of spaces and niches and takes the forms and patterns of the original mudflats and tidal edges. The form and profile of the curving steps linking the lower promenade with the plaza also evoke images of lapping waves.

Ancient Town Walls
The development uses the new buildings and the historic Town Walls to create the setting for the new public space. It is a dialogue between the old and new. The Town Walls offer a powerful backdrop to the new spaces with their remnant towers and elevated walkways.

Planting and Swale System
Planting is designed to respond to issues of shelter and microclimate enhancement. In line with development policy at Southampton City Council a swale system will harnesses water runoff through the landscape as well as establish different habitat types and improve local biodiversity. The swale will be characterised by native species that thrive in wet/dry conditions.

Andrew Grant, Director, Grant Associates, said: “Watermark’s dramatic setting provides a wonderful framework and we are delighted to be given the opportunity to help shape a new phase of this historic piece of Southampton.”

Text & Image Credit | Grant Associates




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Tagus Linear Park | Póvoa de Santa Iria Portugal | Topiaris Mon, 09 Jun 2014 12:21:47 +0000 ]]>

Tagus Linear Park – Topiaris Landscape Architecture from Joao Morgado on Vimeo. [Great Aerial Video taken with a drone]

The Tagus Linear Park is an area of 15 000 sq m that was conquered by the surrounding communities of the industrial private sector and was felt as a democratic intervention by those forever deprived of access to the River. For the first time, people of adjacent urban communities are given recreation and leisure opportunity in direct contact with the riverside, which was until recently blocked by large industrial lots. People of all ages, from different walks of life and cultural backgrounds are now invited to come and enjoy a diverse palette of equipment and activities: from sports, fishing, walking and cycling to environmental education, or simply to get an eyeful of the landscape.


The objective was to rethink urban public space located in a complex, unexpected, almost improbable universe of urban, industrial, agricultural and natural landscape. Aiming to keep the ‘essence of the space’ the team designed a unique greenway, grounded in the landscape’s natural and cultural features, with a multitude of recreational and leisure options, safeguarding the existing natural systems and promoting the ecological regeneration of damaged areas.




The Park combines two different typologies of spaces: A single multifunctional area named ‘PRAIA DOS PESCADORES’ (FISHERMEN’S BEACH), set by the riverside within a former sand deposit, and 6 km of PEDESTRIAN TRAILS associated with dirt roads, waterlines banks (streams and drainage ditches), which converge to Praia dos Pescadores, coming from urban and natural areas. The connection between the ‘beach’ and natural areas is made through a 700m long raised wooden path by which a Bird Observatory built from old pallets can be reached.


The “Praia dos Pescadores” contains a set of diverse and complementary equipment primarily intended for environmental education, leisure and informal sports: fishing platforms and shelters, picnic areas, a volleyball court, a simple playground with recycled tires, as well as platforms for sunbathing meet here in these 3ha of riverside front, to create an interesting and unique Playscape. The name was inspired by the fishermen, who were sceptical at the beginning, but soon realized that the renovated space kept the “sense of place” that has attracted them to it in the past. Their constant presence has proven to be a sustainable and efficient surveillance strategy. Lighting is 100% solar.





The Centre for Environmental and Landscape Interpretation, planned for temporary exhibitions and events, is built in a modular system using recycled maritime containers. The structure is slightly raised from the ground, generating a spatial pattern that takes advantage of the views towards the ecosystems nearby. The network of paths, made from concrete slabs, designs the main spatial structure, connecting all components. Vegetation is composed mainly of native species and was planted in clusters featuring a specific formal pattern, contrasting with the extensive sand area. The densely planted groups are protected by a mesh of individual wooden poles to help capture and secure sand, and also to protect plants from being trampled in their early stages of development.




Tagus Linear Park | Póvoa de Santa Iria Portugal | Topiaris
Area: 15 ha
Client: Municipality of Vila Franca de Xira
Completion date: July 2013
Landscape Architecture: Topiaris, landscape architecture
Authors: Luis Ribeiro, Teresa Barão, Catarina Viana
Design Team: Ana Lemos, Elsa Calhau, João Oliveira, Rita Salgado, Sara Coelho
Architecture: Atelier Difusor de Arquitectura
Author: Olavo Dias
Design Team: Pedro Santos, Sérgio Marques, António Marciano

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Petržalka Masterplan | Bratislava Slovakia | Marko&Placemakers + GutGut + LABAK Thu, 05 Jun 2014 13:01:56 +0000 ]]> Petrzalka_04

Petržalka is a complex urban mechanism, which has gone through an unpredictable evolution. Its inhabitants form an active and responsible community, sensitive to any change. The city-wide redevelopment of infrastructure and introduction of a tram-train line running through the core of Petržalka presents an opportunity to integrate the existing green spaces into a defined natural urban park, expressing the informally developed character of Petržalka as a “green” quarter over the years.

This phenomenon which organically evolved in time became our starting point for an uncompromised definition of a generous and continuous green corridor based on scenic experience as a main asset for local residents as well as visitors from all over Bratislava. We recognise this rare quality in an urban setting and present an uncompromised approach to truly sustainable development.


Our proposal sets a roadmap enabling change through gradual and systematic physical transformation of the central urban axis into a green spine anchored around the new tramline. The new tram stops will naturally become social exchange hubs and areas where services can be provided. Around these hubs, supporting the natural character zones of each area along the central spine will enable a continuous landscape narrative to evolve. The animated nature of this new placemaking infrastructure will enable different future models for development.



Our proposal is based on the following steps:
• Spatial and functional inventory and detailed analysis of the existing area from both urban, as well as social dimension

• De-cluttering and clearing of the area, removing visually obstructing elements in the landscape, pruning of trees to allow long views and safe paths across the park

• Creation of scenic spaces with differentiated character. Definition of the park and incorporation of Chorvátsky stream to form a meandering movement along the axis. Spatial hierarchy and integration with surrounding green infrastructure. Programmatic activation and re-valuation of the area.

• Evaluation of new development set out in the local area plan and proposal for complementary development and its integration within the hierarchy of green infrastructure. Creation of green “rooms” and “membranes”.

• Reduction and optimisation of vehicular infrastructure along the axis and cross linking of roads to the bypass road.

• Effective use of existing public transport network linking the area and its integration with the proposed train-tram line.

• Optimal leading of the new tram-train line and definition of stops that will create interchange points / social exchange hubs


Petržalka Masterplan | Bratislava Slovakia | Marko&Placemakers + GutGut + LABAK

International Competition
Location | Bratislava, Slovakia
Date | 2014
Team | Marko&Placemakers + GutGut + LABAK
Client | City of Bratislava
Images & Text | © Marko&Placemakers + GutGut + LABAK

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Our Forest | Vienna Austria | Lindle Bukor Wed, 04 Jun 2014 15:10:39 +0000 ]]> LB_Our-Forest_Station2-1

Station 2: In Detail …“How does an untouched forest look like?”

The four landscape installations replace the former nature trail through a piece of forest in Vienna’s Zoo Schönbrunn and reflect four different aspects characterizing woodlands: dynamics, diversity, sustainability and cultural significance. The aim of the concept is to arouse interest through sensuous experience, to simultaneously stimulate reflection and communicate knowledge. Through this contemporary dialogue, the real experience remains central.



Station 1: Close to the Roots … “How long does it take for a forest to grow mature?”
In order to understand the dynamics and the pace of woodlands an extruded patch of forest is cleared and left alone to develop. Succession with its sequence of states is a booster for biodiversity by offering niches to inhabit to a wide range of organisms. Over the course of many years, the initial bare soil will be covered by alternating plant societies until eventually a tree will close the hole in the forest canopy. Visitors returning in annual or shorter intervals can experience a steady but surely slow growth and develop a feeling for the span of life of a forest.


Station 2: In Detail …“How does an untouched forest look like?”
Raised from the floor, in order to enable a detailed study of the habitat, a four by four meter steel box displays a mature primeval forest with its typical richness in micro-structures and traces is re erected true to detail.
A sculptural stump, broken by storm, acts as a visual centre piece. The soil is covered by decomposing woods, fungi, mosses and shrubs, giving an impression on the enormous structural and biological diversity of this truly rare habitat.


Credit | Daniel Zupanc


Station 3: Wood Room … “What role play forests as a sustainable resource?”
The third installation depicts the concept of sustainability as a dense interlacing between human and forest habitat. Visitors are invited to enter a wooden room, a blend of forest and housing space, in order to investigate the dense interlacing between human and forest habitat.
The construction material timber is being juxtaposed to the resource. Both are interwoven, enabling trees to grow through the floor, the bench and the walls. Thereby a penetrable space is created where visitors are surrounded by vegetation and still protected by a defined room.



Station 4: Cultural Forest … “What cultural role plays a forest?”
The fourth installation is inspired by an exhibition scenery alluding the cultural layers of woodlands. Similar to a gallery space, picturesque views into the forest are spotlighted by suspended golden frames. The imaginary quality of woodlands as landscape typology as well as their cultivation by forestry are part of human culture and an immanent part of human identity.


Our Forest – Four landscape installations to communicate woodlands | Vienna Austria

Concept & Design: Lindle_Bukor / studio for landscape design
Client: Vienna Zoo and Austrian Federal Forests ÖBf
Carpenter: Pichler & Biringer, Forchtenstein, Austria
Metal works: Georg Blaas, Breitenfurt, Austria
Scale: Four permanent installations, each appr. 16 to 30 sq. m.
Location: Vienna, Austria
Opening 2012

Images | Lindle Bukor OG  except as noted as Daniel Zupanc.

Text | Lindle Bukor OG

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Serenissima | Venice Italy | Jacques Abelman Mon, 26 May 2014 07:17:42 +0000 ]]> Serenissima-Plan_01


Due to faster than expected sea level rise, scientists project that even the drastic intervention of the M.O.S.E. sea barrier project will only delay the permanent flooding of Venice by 100 to 200 years. In this future vision of drastically altered climate conditions, coastal cities such as Venice will have to physically and economically reinvent themselves in order to survive.

After the M.O.S.E. sea gates stop functioning, Venice will once again face imminent danger. Concurrently, sewage pollution will increase exponentially because the sea barrier will increasingly close the lagoon which will no longer be renewed by the tides. Venice has never maintained a main sewage system- for this reason, a large portion of the wastes generated in the historic center of Venice have always been discharge directly into its channels. Water quality, particularly near the city, is extremely poor.

Although Venice has a thriving tourism based economy, the city is becoming mummified, a static image of itself. The future of the industrial areas inland with their dying petrochemical industry grows ever weaker, while Venice itself is continually losing inhabitants. The future is a complex dynamic of environmental pressures and economic imperatives.



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The Serenissima plan proposes to augment the existing underwater topography of the lagoon with a readily available and sustainable material: sand from the floor of the Adriatic. The sand is gathered by large boats called Trailing Suction Hopper Dredgers. The sand is projected into the lagoon shallows, progressively forming a dune barrier with an inner zone of sand flats and tidal marshes. This process is similar to the coastal reinforcement and climate proofing strategies of Northern Europe, for example in The Netherlands.


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A system of locks connects the dune sections, allowing ships into the city. Opening the locks allows fresh sea water into the heart of the city, flushing water outwards into the tidal marshlands on the edges of the dune zones. The large surface area of these wetlands, which contain a gradient of salt to brackish water, is sufficient to cleanse the water. Organic waste is turned into plant biomass, which also functions as a large-scale carbon sink, thus working against climate change.  Wetlands are considered the most biologically diverse of all ecosystems; they are biological engines that can be adapted to waste water treatment as well as agricultural purposes. They are vital to the large populations of migrating birds that visit the lagoon. This will in effect create an enormous nature reserve around the city and preserve the specificity of the lagoon environment.


The widest dune section functions as a water purification plant. Water is pumped through the dunes, the sand acts as a filter. Lightly brackish water can further be purified to provide fresh water and stored in reservoirs. Recreational paths, camping sites, wildlife zones, Mediterranean maquis scrubland and dune vegetation ecotopes are some of the essential elements that inform the program of the dune barrier.

This designed land will function as a hybrid territory of landscape identities and new urban growth. Residential and business zones set into the emerald necklace will create a thriving future city, with the jewel of old Venice at its heart. The edge of the city will extend to the dunes and beaches facing the New Adriatic. Finally impervious to the elements and transformed into a new island nation, Venice will once more be married to the sea.

Serenissima | Venice Italy | Jacques Abelma

Images and text Credit | Jacques Abelman.

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