Orientation by Light, Maasstad Hospital | Rotterdam Netherlands Stijlgroep landscape and urban design

Orientation by Light-Maasstad Hospital-Stijlgroep

Seating Elements by Night

Getting lost in a huge building is not only a fear of most users, but happens quite regular. The new hospital of Rotterdam South is one of those huge developments with an enormous building mass. The design team came up with a unique concept for the five patios being located along the central internal corridor with a length of 500 meters. Sustainability means for designers to focus on the need of the users. With the concept of three different themes combined with special lighting elements the right answer in this context was given: The patios are as orientation point the central heart of the new development and meet the demands as part of the healing environment. Special lighting elements emphasize the identity of each patio.
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Team Camí Comtal has won La Sagrera Linear Park design competition | Barcelona Spain | AldayJover, RCR and West 8

La Sagrera Linear Park-West 8

Welcome Garden - Aldayjover, RCR, West 8 and SBDA

Team Camí Comtal (AldayJover, RCR and West 8 ) winning entry provides relief to the bustling city of Cerdá, introducing a new green slow route to counter today’s urban frenzy and activity, represented by the (other) Diagonal Avenue.

The new green corridor, four kilometer long, extending from the city’s fringe deep into the heart of the centre is the successful result of the tunneling of the new Very fast Train route from France to Barcelona Sagrera/Sans. The urban precincts on either side of the route which used to be separated by railway yards are now linked by a series of parks.

A new green diagonal axis is extended into the core of Barcelona thanks to the burial of the existing railways. This new public space is a means to connect the sea, the city and its natural surroundings. The new La Sagrera linear park or Parc del Camí Comtal represents a new ‘Slow’ Barcelona that gives relief to the urban rush of the city of Cerdá. It greatly adds biodiversity as it introduces a new slow and easy green cross, facing the famous Diagonal avenue, paradigm of the urban life.

La Sagrera Linear Park-West 8

A new green diagonal axis extends into the very heart of XXI century Barcelona. It is a natural path for pedestrians and bicycles as protagonists of a new era of a greener and more habitable metropolis, which is in direct contact with its natural surroundings. The initiative is a key to improve biodiversity and a stronger urban ecological role of the city.

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Urban Physic Garden pops-up for the community

Urban Physic Garden London

This summer the designers of the Union Street Urban Orchard will return to 100 Union Street, Southwark in London to transform a derelict site into the Urban Physic Garden, a pop-up community built garden celebrating medicinal plants, which will host an on-site cafe and summer festival of events. The Urban Physic Garden will be shaped by the hospital and the pharmacy, with a focus on medicinal plants and herbs. From wild seeds in vacant lots to domestic herbs found in back gardens to exotic species gathered around the world, plants have been used to cure all kinds of ills -from traditional remedies in teas and tonics to the latest cutting-edge pharmaceutical treatments.

The Urban Physic Garden was designed and produced by Wayward Plants, a collective of designers, artists and urban growers under the creative direction of landscape architect Heather Ring. The garden will be host to a range of invited artists projects, including the return of Oliver Bishop-Young’s ping-pong skip and a UK premier of the play-structures designed by the Serbian collective Skart, previously shown at the 2010 Venice Architecture Biennale.

Urban Physic Garden London

From 11 June until 15 August the Urban Physic Garden will open to the public. The opening weekend on 11/12 June will saw a free programme of events, talks and workshops exploring medicinal plants and the health and well being of urban environments. IMAGES Courtesy of Urban Physic Garden

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Xian Horticultural Expo 2011 | Holland Garden | Alliance NL

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Last month the International Horticultural Expo opened in Xi’an. This international exhibition is not just about gardening, but also covers the technology of cultivating nature and land use in the broadest sense. For China this is the next major international event after the 2008 Beijing Olympics and the 2010 Shanghai World Expo.

At the International Horticultural Expo, the focus is on relationship between man and nature. Thus there is a strong emphasis on sustainability. Because of the substantial and rapid urbanization in China, there is emphasis on sustainable urban transformation. Therefore, Xi’An is an interesting choice of location for the International Horticultural Expo. Xi’An is the ancient capital of China. It is known from the Terracotta Army and for centuries a major cultural center. Today, it is an important knowledge city with some 100 universities and research institutes in the vicinity. It aims to be the greenest city in China to be. Xi’An wants to set an example for other cities, and the Expo is a showcase for others cities to study.

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Craiglinn Underpass | Cumbernauld Scotland | Bigg Design

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North Lanarkshire Council commissioned Bigg Design and Zero-Waste Design to deliver an exciting project that saw the regeneration of an underpass in Cumbernauld with stunning lighting and mural designs.

Working with local school pupils and engaging with members of the community, we developed a design that transforms the experience of using the underpass (previously a dark, intimidating area subject to vandalism) into an inspiring, unique journey that feels bright, airy and welcoming.

Murals on the underpass walls celebrate scenes from the local landscape of Cumbernauld and include a mixture of people, parks, wildlife, and architecture, whilst the LED lighting slowly changes hue over the course of the night to symbolise the colourful lighting transitions from day to night to day. A large group of pupils were involved in the creation of the mural, which has enabled them to have a sense of ownership of the space that they pass on their daily journey to school.
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