Istanbul Design Biennial Open Call

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An open call has gone out for the first edition of the Istanbul Design Biennial which will be held from 13 October to 12 December 2012 by the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (IKSV).

The Istanbul Design Biennial, organised by the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts for the first time, explores a wide range of fields, from urban design (environmental, urban and regional planning) to architecture, photography, industrial, graphic, fashion, textile and interaction design, and all related creative fields.

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Jinzhou World Landscape Art Exposition | Jinzhou China | estudioOCA

Jinzhou World Landscape Art Exposition | Jinzhou China | estudioOCA
We envision this project as an opportunity to reach a large number of people, where we are able to showcase the use of native plants in a region and country that has been going through extensive ecological changes in a short period of time. We hope to bring a fresh perspective to these plants and their original habitats, using the pavilion space to showcase, through graphic materials, the different ecosystems where the plants originate. The plant palette will consist of native grasses, wetland plants such as cattails, and native trees.
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A few words with Professor Kongjian Yu by Laure Aubert | 2011 IFLA World Congress

IFLA 2011 YU KONGJIAN

Prof. Kongjian Yu is the founder of  Turenscape landscape architecture firm in Beijing and Professor at Peking University. With his significant international renown as one of the leading contemporary landscape architects in China, his keynote  during the World Congress was strongly appreciated.

Entitled the “Big foot revolution‟ Mister Yu began his keynote with how for thousands of years the civilized urban elite worldwide has maintained the right to define beauty and good taste (in China symbolized by the bandaged foot). The big foot revolution is about losing the bound on the feet, having a new integration to build ecological systems. He presented some projects and simple goals as making friends with the floods (and removing concrete), or being productive (for example some crops were used on a campus, with some rice planting festivals or harvesting days which became some important day in this university‟s life), valuing the ordinary and recycling the existing, the landscape as a living machine to clean polluted water and much more.

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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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‘Il Paradiso Nascosto’ (The Stolen Paradise) | MAXXI Museum Rome | West 8

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The West 8 exhibition titled ‘Il Paradiso Nascosto’ (The Stolen Paradise) for the series ‘NATURE’ was recently opened to the public at the MAXXI Museum in Rome, Italy. The exhibition features an installation of transparent biopolymer tree silhouettes, whose light diffusion, subtle shadows, layered stratification and delicate movement creates a fantastical atmosphere. It is a light, sensuous installation whose counterpart, in the form of 21 cor-ten steel tree stump silhouettes, is found in the museum courtyard. The installation is accompanied by seven of West 8’s projects which share the same spirit of poetic narrative as a dialogue between the artificial and the natural: Leidsche Rijn park, the Eastern Scheldt Storm Surge Barrier, the Bridges in Borneo-Sporenburg, the Botanic Bridge in Gwangju, as well as the more recent Governors Island Park in New York, Miami Beach SoundScape / Lincoln Park, and the Madrid RIO urban plan.
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