Mountain landscapes have been subjected to a relentless conflict between conservative-picturesque attitudes and economic exploitation approaches. The project proposes a strategy that understands the river as a water-sediment management machine that choreographs newly manufactured riparian landscapes in order to put forward a decision-making mechanism to face the conflicting perspectives with existing social formations.
Continue reading STUDENT PROJECT | The Riparian Land-Shaping Machine | Eugenio Da Rin, Josine Lambert
Since the 1950’s, the weekend drive 1-3 hours away from cities is a democratic automobile-driven North American custom involving the ritualistic exodus of urban populations from metropolitan centres to sacred landscapes, to worship natural monuments and recreate. This phenomenon is integral to the role that landscape plays in shaping Canadian Identity.
Continue reading Wilderness and Exodus: the Production of a National Landscape
The XII Latin American Social Architecture Student Workshop, Bolivia 2015, brings together students and architects of different nationalities that seeks to generate social interventions in the Valley of Cinti, municipality of Camargo. Its purpose, authentic and local identity
The intervention focused on the area known by the public as “EL TOBOGAN” located in the southwest of the city implemented with the aim of being a pedestrian area of transition between the city and the cemetery. A space that accumulates two functions: slide addressed to children as play area and a tour that alternates assets and liabilities organized by level to overcome the height difference that separates the city cemetery spaces.
Continue reading “URAYCAMUY ” | Rises and falls in Quechua, Bolivia
Our proposal for this 24-kilometer, peri-urban stretch of the Chuviscar River recognizes the importance of agricultural systems that helped define Chihuahua. The current proposed plans for the site involve heavy development up to the river’s edge erasing existing agriculture, and proposed dams would permanently change the flow of the river.
Continue reading STUDENT PROJECT | Parque Chuviscar, A Metropolitan Riverfront Park | Alyssa Hassell, William Niendorff, Ningneng Xu
It is apparent that the site is scarred by history and that the necessity for memory is eminent.
And that is what mostly influenced my decisions. Besides the site’s history, users memories are important as well. There was a clear decision that needed to be done: How do you balance the daily activities of a park with the touristic and memorial aspects?
Continue reading STUDENT PROJECT | In Between Layer of History and Optional Remembrance | Anca-Elena Panait
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.
Continue reading STUDENT PROJECT | Promenade Park: Digital Computations and Material Reinterpretations | Kamila Grigo
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.
Continue reading Balmori Associates builds and launches GrowOnUs Floating Landscape in the Gowanus Canal