Pérez Art Museum Miami | Miami, Florida | ArquitectonicaGEO

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Where the PAMM building itself has been designed to express the raw material of concrete in its many forms, native plants have been chosen to display the raw materials of our landscape as complement and contrast to the geometric architecture of the building. Native trees, shrubs, groundcovers and vines spring from the ground plane in a vibrant counterpoint to more formal, hanging vertical green elements. In addition to the lush pan-tropical vegetation of South Florida, landscape materiality is deconstructed to exhibit the Earth’s most basic forms, including gravel in paths, the parking garage, and in the urban concrete environment.

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Larchmont | University Park, Texas, USA | Hocker Design Group

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This small contemporary garden healed-back a site that had simple program requirements of privacy and use ability. This contemporary home is situated in an established and dense 1920’s neighborhood. This garden is “wedged” between two multi-story traditional homes and required seclusion for the residents to use the interior and exterior spaces without compromising views from above or the side. To address the scope of this private garden, the design uses a grove of 20’ tall bamboo which acts as a beautiful, evergreen privacy screen by blocking the field of vision from the adjacent second story windows of neighboring houses.

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Rabbit House | Denver, USA | WERK | Charles Anderson Landscape Architecture

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The sculpture “Hare” by Barry Flanagan stands inside the house and tempts the resident fox.

Denver’s regional landscape becomes the metaphor for this 3-acre estate. Inspired by the Denver landscape of mountains, prairie, and mowed turf grasses, we emphasized the change of seasons, native plants, and a fusion between landscape, art and architecture. The landscape features outdoor rooms, framed views to barrowed landscapes, and provides a habitat for wildlife and a substantial collection of sculpture.

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View across meadow showing Ponderosa pines and American elm. The mature trees lend sense of timelessness to the setting.

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Solar Charging Station | University of Texas, Austin, USA | Beth Ferguson and Dallas Swindle of Sol Design Lab

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The University of Texas at Austin’s Campus Solar Charging Station project is an innovative combination of renewable energy education, place making and cutting-edge solar technology. The station offers students and community members the opportunity to gather in the shade while recharging their laptops, phones, e-bikes and electrical devices via USB ports or standard electrical outlets.

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STUDENT PROJECT | Promenade Park: Digital Computations and Material Reinterpretations | Kamila Grigo

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While digital computation methods have increasingly been incorporated into the architectural and industrial design process, their use in landscape architecture and terrain modelling is relatively nascent. This project is an example of the potential application of computation-driven geometry to the design of physical landscapes, in this case enabling the redesign of an urban park in a historical district which eschews pastiche while retaining echoes of the past.

At a smaller scale, embedded in this project is a material reinterpretation at the interface and transition between hard and soft surfaces. The material reinterpretation is a subtle provocation of what defines modern materials, how these materials are configured and in what context, and how contemporary geometries can be created using materials that are normally thought of as traditional. Overall, the project offers new possibilities in terms of form, performance and social occupations of public urban space.

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Balmori Associates builds and launches GrowOnUs Floating Landscape in the Gowanus Canal

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An experiment to clean water through phytoremediation, desalination and rainwater collection to irrigate productive floating gardens.

Balmori Associates, has designed, fabricated and is launching a floating landscape in Brooklyn’s Gowanus Canal, one of the most polluted bodies of water in the United States. The floating infrastructure is one in a series of projects Balmori has designed to act as sponges that filter and clean water and provide wildlife habitats in the city. Floating infrastructures can adapt to and address rising seas.

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University of Pennsylvania students win the AECOM Urban SOS design competition

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os Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and AECOM CEO Michael S. Burke present awards Daniel Lau, Joseph Rosenberg and Lindsay Rule.

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and AECOM CEO Michael S. Burke present awards Daniel Lau, Joseph Rosenberg and Lindsay Rule, graduate design students at the University of Pennsylvania, have won AECOM’s sixth annual Urban SOS competition. Their entry, “The THIRD Reserve,” proposed to create an ambitious new urban landscape to enable the island city-state of Singapore to become self-sufficient in its food production.

The Urban SOS program fosters cross-disciplinary thinking in urban problem-solving and design education while helping to make a real difference for communities in need. The 2015 student competition was co-sponsored by AECOM, Van Alen Institute and 100 Resilient Cities – Pioneered by the Rockefeller Foundation (100RC). This year’s “All Systems Go” theme asked student teams to submit site-specific proposals that solved an urban food or water system challenge in one of the 100 Resilient Cities locations.
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