Can you make a park out of the desert? The studio was asked to re-conceive a major piece of public land in Abu Dhabi. Following the rapid pace of the city’s recent development there was a desire to provide a local park as a public space devoted to the well-being of the people of the city.
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Jigsaw is a three-dimensional mural artwork executed by a non-profit organisation called Archrival who unites the creative community by applying strategic practice and new thinking about ways to reshape modes of architecture and the design practice. Waverley Council engaged Archrival to design, construct and install the public art piece as a means of injecting beauty at a human scale to the otherwise vehicle-dominated streetscape of Gray Street in Bondi Junction, Sydney. This was part of Council’s Bondi Junction Complete Streets Project, which aims to make the area a true destination that is inviting, functional and desirable; an exciting place to live, work, visit and enjoy.
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The John Street corridor is an important cultural link in the City of Toronto. It is home to a number of significant cultural and institutional buildings and serves as a main downtown link for pedestrians. The current public realm is inadequate to accommodate the high volume of pedestrian traffic, patios and various streetscape elements.
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Remix Garden 3
London based garden design festival staged a three month long project in partnership with the RHS and coin Street Community Builders, titled The Remix Garden, running over the summer of 2013 in the iconic OXO Tower Wharf courtyard on the South Bank. The basic premise being that the Cloudy Bay Discovery Garden, designed by Andrew Wilson and Gavin McWilliam which appeared at Chelsea Flower Show, was handed over to four upcoming designers to remix, in the same manner that a song would be remixed by different producers.
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The American Academy in Rome congratulates the winners of the 118th annual Rome Prize Competition. The winners’ were announced at the Arthur & Janet C. Ross Rome Prize Ceremony, held at the Harmonie Club in New York City on 10 April.
Each year, through a national competition, the Rome Prize is awarded to approximately thirty individuals who represent the highest standard of excellence in the arts and humanities.
Prince Charitable Trusts Rome Prize
Kim Karlsrud & Daniel Phillips
Co-Founders & Principals, Commonstudio, Los Angeles, CA
Corsophilia: Uncovering the Biodiversity of the Roman Streetscape
Garden Club of America Rome Prize
Environmental Artist/Sculptor/Designer, Portland, Ore.
Urban Ecologies/Temporal Investigations
Congratulations to Kim, Daniel and Adam. To see the full list of prize winners goto American Academy in Rome