World Landscape Architecture - landscape architecture webzine http://worldlandscapearchitect.com Fri, 29 Aug 2014 00:55:09 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.2 Broadway Malyan team wins masterplan for new district in China http://worldlandscapearchitect.com/broadway-malyan-team-wins-masterplan-for-new-district-in-china/ http://worldlandscapearchitect.com/broadway-malyan-team-wins-masterplan-for-new-district-in-china/#comments Fri, 29 Aug 2014 00:55:09 +0000 http://worldlandscapearchitect.com/?p=16962 ]]> Chengdu_02

Broadway Malyan has won an international competition to design the ‘Chengdu Creative Centre’ – the first phase of a new urban district in Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan province and a major city in Western China.

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The new high-tech business park and mixed use Centre will form the high-profile gateway to the new district which will be named Tianfu New Town. Drawing inspiration from the local surroundings, the masterplan will create an integrated web of office, retail and green public spaces focused around a statement 110m central tower.

The development will set the tone for the future growth of Tianfu New Town and create a new benchmark for sustainable development in the region by halving current energy consumption standards.  Jeremy Salmon, Shanghai-based Main Board Director at Broadway Malyan, said: “This international competition win is testament to our growing reputation in China for delivering schemes that have a real sense of place and establish successful and sustainable centres in growing cities.

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Broadway Malyan worked in partnership with Shanghai-based designers the East China Architectural Design & Research Institute (ECADI) and environmental engineers Cundall to beat five international teams in the competition, which was commissioned by the Chengdu Tiantou Real Estate Development Company Limited.

 

The team’s close partnership and clear design vision were key factors in the competition win and these are now set to benefit the delivery of the masterplan as the project moves forward.

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China’s state council has designated Chengdu as the country’s western centre of logistics, commerce, finance, science and technology, as well as a hub of transportation and communication. It is also an important base for manufacturing and agriculture.

 

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Mandaworks & Hosper win Masterplan design competition in Vaasa, Finland http://worldlandscapearchitect.com/mandaworks-hosper-win-masterplan-design-competition-in-vaasa-finland/ http://worldlandscapearchitect.com/mandaworks-hosper-win-masterplan-design-competition-in-vaasa-finland/#comments Thu, 28 Aug 2014 08:55:29 +0000 http://worldlandscapearchitect.com/?p=16990 ]]> MW_Vaasa_Promenade-View
Mandaworks, in collaboration with Hosper Sweden, has recently been awarded first prize in the international architectural competition for a new mixed-use urban development on the former horse race track, Vaasan Raviradan. The jury unanimously appointed Mandaworks proposal, ”Inside – Outside,” as the contest winner out of the 63 submitted proposals.


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Utilizing the site’s location on the southern edge of Vaasa’s city center, the proposal’s starting point is the extension of Carl Axel Setterberg 1860 city plan into the site. Through the extension of the grid, the new development links to the surrounding urban life and forms a robust framework for development. The grid is then further developed by establishing a hierarchy of public spaces, pedestrian diagonal connections, and an activated green structure.
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This tissue of passages and places shape the area’s skeleton into a robust structure that generates a diversity of plot types. This variety invites a mix of building typologies and public spaces to be developed within the neighborhood. Larger plots along the main streets bring commerce and apartments, while the smaller, narrower plots support an array of housing typologies. The mix contributes to the socio-economic diversity and the plan’s flexibility helps Vaasa to grow and adapt in a coherent way.

Project Statement
Grown out of an ambition to create a modern town, Carl Axel Setterberg’s 1860’s plan utilized a simple grid to achieve connectivity, hierarchy & diversity. The power of Setterberg’s grid has eroded as the city has expanded. Today, modern infrastructure and large complexes have cutoff the city center’s grid from the surrounding neighborhoods. Our proposal Inside-Outside looks
to build from Setterberg’s grid to create a contemporary framework that connects the site to its context, sponsors diversity within the block, and takes on the 21st century’s challenge for holistic sustainability.
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Our proposal is connected to the southern edge of the city center by extending the city’s historic grid into the site. The grid’s dimensions are formed from Setterberg’s plan, then adapted to fit the local context and maximize connectivity. The smart grid adapts to connect to the city center via Klemetinkatu, the waterfront via existing bicycle connections, and the green spine to the east of the site via the strengthening of the existing forest. The extended street network is developed around a street hierarchy that organizes public transport and car traffic to prioritize safe pedestrian movement. The main street, Klemetinkatu, links the neighborhood to the city center and is a place where pedestrians, commerce, and vehicles mix to create a vibrant street life. Rantamanntie is modified to integrate parking for the sporting events and create a qualitative environment for a mix of functions. And, local streets are defined by their green character while the alleyways organize parking access and services.

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Diagonal bicycle and pedestrian paths cut through the blocks to provide shortcuts that connect the site to the existing recreational paths. The proposed bicycle network takes advantage of the 3 existing underpasses to link the site to the water, to connect to the adjacent sport facilities, and to bind together the site’s key public spaces.

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Collectively, the urban structure creates a series of urban block’s that create a unique town character and allow for flexibility and diversity to emerge. Using the grid framework & diagonal cuts, a variety of plot sizes bring possibilities for architectural diversity and for a range of actors to take part in the development process. Bigger plots along the main streets allow for commerce and apartments, while smaller, narrow plots allow for a variety of housing typologies & a socio-economic diversity to emerge. The strong structure of the grid also brings possibilities to extend the grid into the context as future scenarios emerge and the city center grows south. In the long term perspective, the grid would emerge as a strong building block for potential transformations of the surrounding sport complexes and valtatie 3 (the highway). In these future scenarios the grid would form an extendable structure, a connective urban tissue, and a flexible platform for development.

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Mandaworks & Hosper win Masterplan design competition in Vaasa, Finland

Client | Vaasa Municipality and Finnish Association of Architects

Size | 17 Hectares (42 Acres)

Augusti – December 2013, publication August 27, 2014

Collaborators |
Mandaworks
Hosper Sweden

Team |
Martin Arfalk, Patrick Verhoeven, Nicholas Bigelow, Andrei Deacu,
Carlos Dias, Maria Gregorio, Monika Liočaitė, Chuhan Zhang

Images & Text | Mandaworks + Hosper Sweden

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Epicurious Garden | Brisbane’s new edible garden http://worldlandscapearchitect.com/epicurious-garden-brisbanes-new-edible-garden/ http://worldlandscapearchitect.com/epicurious-garden-brisbanes-new-edible-garden/#comments Wed, 27 Aug 2014 22:55:15 +0000 http://worldlandscapearchitect.com/?p=16981 ]]> EPicurious

Epicurious Garden is an edible garden designed to educate and inspire Brisbane’s Southbank visitors. The garden is a design collaboration between Brisbane City Council and JFP Landscape Architects along with Jerry Coleby-Williams assisting with the planting design. The Epicurious Garden is all about discovery – explore the garden’s exquisite plant life and see what fresh produce looks, feels and smells like; gardener volunteers will educate the public about inner-city gardening and providing recipe suggestions for the produce on display. 

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Brisbane’s Lord Mayor Graham Quirk recently launched the Epicurious Garden inviting visitors to learn about growing and cooking their own produce.  Quirk said the ornamental and productive garden in the heart of the South Bank Parklands was designed to educate and inspire the home gardener. Also stating that “This unique space will be maintained by a team of dedicated staff and 14 volunteer gardeners who have been recruited by Council to maintain it to a high horticultural standard.”

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The Epicurious Garden is 1500m2 and is made up of 30 beds and some pots. It has interpretive signage along with links to recipes. The opening of the Epicurious Garden coincided with Parks Alive which took place across Roma Street Parkland, South Bank Parklands, City Botanic Gardens and Brisbane Botanic Gardens (Mt Coot-tha) on 23-24 August.

Images | Courtesy of Brisbane Marketing Board.

 

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“Water Wuz Here” | Toronto, Canada | Lynnette Postuma http://worldlandscapearchitect.com/water-wuz-here-toronto-canada-lynnette-postuma/ http://worldlandscapearchitect.com/water-wuz-here-toronto-canada-lynnette-postuma/#comments Wed, 27 Aug 2014 13:58:36 +0000 http://worldlandscapearchitect.com/?p=16969 ]]> WLA14-Water-Wuz-Here-Lynnette-Postuma-Image-8
“Water Wuz Here” was a process-based installation that visualized the momentary presence of water in the urban landscape. The exhibit was featured in an art show entitled “Grow Op: Exploring landscape and place” at The Gladstone Hotel in late April 2014.

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Each morning of the four-day exhibition, the concrete sidewalk of an outdoor plaza adjacent to the hotel was sprayed with water and left to dry. As the moisture evaporated, hand-drawn chalk outlines traced the edges between wet and dry until the entire surface was covered in a myriad of fine lines. The lines were drawn at gradual intervals, usually minutes apart, and their configuration was dependant on a number of varying factors such as temperature, wind, sunlight, topography, humidity and other physical objects. These contours of moisture were intended to reveal and memorialize the process of evaporation and allow the viewer to consider this perpetual but nearly imperceptible process.

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Part art and part experiment, the results varied greatly from day to day. Warm and sunny, the process of evaporation occurred rapidly on the first and fourth days, and the chalk lines were long and fluid. The second day was overcast and windy, and the line segments were shorter, more erratic and occurred quickly. Following an evening rainstorm, the third day was humid and it took two hours to complete an area that had taken only 20 minutes the previous day! An area of approximately 20 square metres was drawn upon each day, in segments adjacent to each other. Blackboard chalk was selected for its precision and durability and the colors were changed gradually to indicate a measurement of time. Accompanying the outdoor “performances” was a display inside the art gallery, featuring a 3 metre long illustration of the chalk lines on paper as well as a continuously looping slideshow showing a sample of the chalk progression in detail.

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With over 900 visitors to the exhibition, many people had similar reactions to the installation. Most thought the display depicted changes in grade on the sidewalk, or similarly, that this process would be a good way to teach kids about contour mapping. Interestingly, topography was one of the least influential factors to affect evaporation in this situation – likely because of the relatively low volume of water dispensed. The reaction of people passing by the outdoor display was directly dependant on the weather; on sunny days, people stopped to chat about the demonstration and on cloudy days the attention was minimal.

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“Grow Op: Exploring Landscape and Place” provided a rare opportunity to explore process as well as product. As the Gladstone Hotel’s annual alternative landscape and urban design event, the exhibit explored themes of water, memory, natural process, public space and everyday materiality through video, sound, performance and participatory experiences. This installation focused on subtle hydrological processes at work within an environment that is continually pressured by increased storm intensities, decreased permeability and related stormwater management issues. Like a graffiti tag or scrawl etched into concrete, “Water Wuz Here” was a slow motion and visual revelation of water’s presence within the urban landscape.

“Water Wuz Here” | Toronto, Canada | Lynnette Postuma
Images and text by Lynnette Postuma, OALA CSLA

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The Delta District | Vinge, Denmark | SLA http://worldlandscapearchitect.com/the-delta-district-vinge-denmark-sla/ http://worldlandscapearchitect.com/the-delta-district-vinge-denmark-sla/#comments Wed, 27 Aug 2014 08:05:08 +0000 http://worldlandscapearchitect.com/?p=16951 ]]> image-1

The Delta District in the future city Vinge is an example of how landscaping can create dual functions:  promote better communities and prevent flooding. A man-made delta and creeks handle rainwater and provide the city district with unique qualities for residents to gather around.

The Delta District in Vinge is a former agricultural site and now is to become the very first green residential development area of the new city Vinge in Denmark. The Delta District will mark the starting point of a new type of urban community with 462 houses all built according to the spatial qualities of the landscape. Here, the landscape determines urban development to achieve a community where landscape, nature and sustainability goes hand in hand with a vibrant urban environment.

SLA named the district The Delta District to signify the defining element of the future district: the man-made delta which the studio decided to add as the focal point of the city. This delta serves the practical purpose in a rainwater management system unique to this city, and in addition has both an ecological function for e.g. amphibians and birds, and a recreative and social function for citizens and visitors.

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When faced with the challenge of designing a brand new urban space we identified two features that required particular focus;

Firstly, the needed to enable the district to manage varying amounts of rainwater. The specific conditions in Vinge forced us to considder alternative ways of dealing with water drainage as the soil here is very clayey, and, hence, doesn’t allow water to penetrate the ground.  We really had to be quite innovative here..

Secondly, the opportunity to create a very green, recreative, diverse and social community was one we were very excited about.

We decided that focusing on and embracing the water could help us achieve both goals, while additionally providing the city with a unique identity. Water is simultaniously a source of life, inspiration, recreation and fascination. Embracing it rather than fighting it seemed an obvious choice given the values and goals we worked with and towards. Hence, we decided to develop the city on the water’s terms” – design team

 

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SLA designed a green development plan with a departure in landscaping. Firstly, a man-made delta is to be introduced and, secondly, a network of trenches and bassins that branch out across the whole district to function as water reservoirs and lead rainwater to the delta from all around the district.

The creeks and trenches will divide the area into irregular parts, creating an area where creeks and waterbassins are integrated into the whole district as a defining feature saturating the entire district with nature and grouping the area into intelligibly differentiated parts to supply a variety of spatial qualities.

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The development of the urban space is to be inspired and conditioned by these qualities posing the opportunity to introduce many different modes of residency from small single family houses and cluster houses to  apartments and larger villas. This facilitates the meeting of many different demands and economies, ensuring a diverse range of residents to bring life and atmosphere to the area.

Via the man-made creeks, rainwater is lead to the delta, and is visible all the way to the delta. No water ends up in sewers, and, thus, it can here be observed and interacted with by people at all stages.

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During a dry period, the only water there, will be the water in the delta, and creeks and bassins will be dry and work as elevations in the landscape and as green trenches. Rainwater, on the other hand, transforms the whole area and becomes an attraction. Green trenches become blue, bassins are filled to the rim and the visible water trickles and purls causing wondering moments and an air of relaxation and harmony. The water creates habitats for amphibia and birds, and children in wellies jump playfully around in the water and across the trenches.

Nature is brought close to all residents, so that everyone has a view to it and are, by that view, encouraged to stay in the outdoors along with their neighbours.

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The Delta District in Vinge provides a starting point for new city that is situated in the landscape, surrounded by nature and conditioned by the variety of this nature. The district showcases and utilizes unique and innovative methods to embrace nature’s ability to meet contemporary and future climate challenges as well as promoting well-being, diversity and social meetings. Landscaping in this case unites nature and urbanity in an optimal complementary relationship that utilizes nature as a facilitator of urbanity rather than taming it for merely decorative purposes.

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Project name | The Delta District

Location | Vinge, Frederikssund

Design firm | SLA

Consultants | Rambøll A/S

Images and text credit |  SLA design team and Rambøll A/S

 

 

 

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Edge Effect | Quebec, Canada | SNØHETTA http://worldlandscapearchitect.com/edge-effect-quebec-canada-snohetta/ http://worldlandscapearchitect.com/edge-effect-quebec-canada-snohetta/#comments Tue, 26 Aug 2014 11:58:59 +0000 http://worldlandscapearchitect.com/?p=16943 ]]> 201215_NY_N8
Within the narrow threshold between boreal forest and field exists an environmental condition that enables a particular set of species to colonize, thriving on the effect of two contrasting environments side by side. Edge Effect places a circle of steel between forest and field to create a series of variable experiences related to being on the edge.

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Our garden is designed to heighten the notion that simultaneous access to more than one habitat creates richness. Passing through this garden, one will experience several conditions: the transition of the ground between forest floor and un-mown field, the physical threshold between horizontal and vertical ecotones, and the moment where the edge becomes the center.

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Two environments are stitched together by two simple systems – a curved steel channel structure and a network of nylon ropes. Designed to accommodate plants, animals and humans, the steel structure is  self-supporting and a blanket of woven rope flares out from the structure. The ropes are stretched with varying tautness, transitioning from a horizontal plane (hammock) in the field to a vertical one (climbing net) in the forest.

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Edge Effect | Quebec, Canada | SNØHETTA

International Garden Festival
Jardins de Métis, Quebec, Canada
Completed 2014

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karres en brands designs new entrance for Bio Science Park http://worldlandscapearchitect.com/karres-en-brands-designs-new-entrance-for-bio-science-park/ http://worldlandscapearchitect.com/karres-en-brands-designs-new-entrance-for-bio-science-park/#comments Mon, 25 Aug 2014 05:01:19 +0000 http://worldlandscapearchitect.com/?p=16890 ]]> Karres-en-Brands---Bio-Science-Park-04

The Municipality of Leiden is improving accessibility of the city in general and of the Bio Science Park in particular. In order to fully utilize the development potential of the Bio Science Park a new access road should be realized from the Plesman Avenue which also improves the traffic flow of the Plesman Avenue itself.

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The ambition is to transform the Plesman Avenue into coherent Park Avenue with rows of trees, green verges and accompanying water features. The new Park Avenue runs from the A44 highway to the city center of Leiden. Through consistent placement of trees, making a green median and verges and exposed roadways a clear and coherent profile will be created.

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The Urban Park Avenue will become an attractive and representative route from the A44 highway to the center of the city. It is the facade of the new Bio Science Park buildings and existing residential and commercial areas. The Plesman Avenue will become a recognizable and appealing entrance of Leiden city. Tree placement along the Plesman Avenue and Hague Schouw Road consists of a rhythm of alternating rows of trees along the roadways which will be applied on the total Plesman Avenue.

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The design of the overpasses are an integral part of the plan. The green median of Plesman Avenue continues into the tunnel. The atmosphere and look of the Park Avenue is not limited to the ground level only but also into the tunnel. This creates a broad underpass which keep maintains a view on the adjacent trees as free as possible. The span of the bridge deck is free of columns which results into a spacious, light and high quality underpass. The walls of the tunnel are placed at a slight angle visibility of the surroundings is increased and as much daylight as possible is allowed.

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Assignment design of new entrance Bio Science
Program overpass, widening of a ring road section, two underpasses for pedestrians and cyclists
Area 13 hectares
Design 2013 – 2014
Construction 2014 – 2016
Client Municipality of Leiden
Budget € 25 Mio
Team Sylvia Karres, Bart Brands, Jeroen van Kesteren, Darius Reznek, Joost de Natris
In collaboration with Heijmans Integrale Projecten, ipv Delft, DTV consultants

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This Week in Landscape | 24 August 2014 http://worldlandscapearchitect.com/this-week-in-landscape-24-august-2014/ http://worldlandscapearchitect.com/this-week-in-landscape-24-august-2014/#comments Sun, 24 Aug 2014 08:08:56 +0000 http://worldlandscapearchitect.com/?p=16907 ]]>

Spaces and Places by Kevin Sloan Studio from lynda.com on Vimeo.

Working out of the Box: Julia Watson of “Studio Rede” | Amelia Taylor-Hochberg | Archinect
“Watson trained as a landscape architect with an interest in places significant to indigenous peoples, but lacking formal recognition by conservationists. Often unknown by institutions like UNESCO, this “shadow” conservation network needs not only protection, but careful management and understanding. These places are the focus of Studio Rede.”

Putting nature at the heart of sustainable cities | Vaidehi Shah | Eco-Business
“Leading architect behind Singapore’s Gardens by the Bay, Andrew Grant, says that cities need to set aside space for forests, wetlands and wildlife to be sustainable and liveable.”

Why young people find gardening cooler than the movies | Olivia Goldhill | The Telegraph
“Weeding and digging are perfect ways to disconnect from a life spent in front of screens, says the 27-year-old who won a gold medal at the 2014 Chelsea Flower Show”

A Beach Project Built on Sand | Robert S. Young | New York Times
“Fire Island National Seashore is a perfect example of a place where storm impacts should be viewed as a natural event. Storms are an important part of barrier island sustainability. The waters that wash over the island also pile sand on top of the barrier, adding to the overall elevation of the island itself. The Corps’ proposed dunes will block that process.”

New York to build oyster wall to protect Staten Island | Construction Manager
“Design consultancy Parsons Brinckerhoff and architect Scape/Landscape Architecture have secured a $60 million grant to build the scheme, as part of the US Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Rebuild by Design competition.”

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7 Senses Street Day | Brisbane, Australia | Guymer Bailey Landscape http://worldlandscapearchitect.com/7-senses-street-day-brisbane-australia-guymer-bailey-landscape/ http://worldlandscapearchitect.com/7-senses-street-day-brisbane-australia-guymer-bailey-landscape/#comments Sun, 24 Aug 2014 00:00:10 +0000 http://worldlandscapearchitect.com/?p=16920 ]]> 7-Senses-Pop-up_Guymer-Bailey_001

Gone are the days where kids play in their neighbourhood streets until the street lights come on at night time. The reality is that parents worry, children are timid and cars are fast. As a result, children’s play opportunities within their neighbourhood and socialisation within a residential street are limited, negatively impacting community spirit and capacity for inclusion for people with disability.

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In response to this overwhelming global phenomenon, Guymer Bailey partnered with the 7 Senses Street Day initiative and created a pop-up sensory wonderland outside their Brisbane office. Anyone and everyone was welcome at this free community event that aimed to challenge local councils to rethink the way our residential streets are designed. By integrating activities that stimulate the 7 human senses into the street design, local residents and children are engaged in a sensory environment that encourages a more playful and inclusive neighbourhood, as well as providing safe streetscapes that promote sustainable and active communities.

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The inaugural 7 Senses Street Day, held on 16 November 2013, was a national design initiative to address the lack of opportunity children currently have to play safely in their own streets, and create more inspiring and engaged communities. Guymer Bailey partnered with the Street Day founders to develop a flagship pop-up street concept design in Brisbane, Australia.

Concept designs incorporated a 7 Senses framework; that is, designs considered and catered to all seven senses – sight, smell, taste, hearing, touch, and the two lesser known senses vestibular (sense of movement and balance) and proprioception (sense of body position in space). Guymer Bailey focused concept efforts on the small footpath area outside their Brisbane office located at Terrace Street, Toowong. Located only 4 kilometers from the Brisbane city centre, Terrace Street features high density residential blocks and is adjacent to some small retail and food outlets, providing the perfect ‘secondary activation’ for customers.

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In transforming the street, Guymer Bailey chose to activate a small area of footpath and cordon off some on-street parking to create a compact, high intensity activation hub at the entry to the street, incorporating the 7 Senses into a variety of activities which suited all age groups. Bright balloons and painting activities were incorporated for sight, flowers and vegetable plantings for smell and touch, a chocolate hunt for taste, hand-made wind chimes and hanging cooking pots made perfect ‘instruments’ to create sound. Hopscotch stimulated the vestibular system, as mini golf did for proprioception. A collection of hay bales and colourful outdoor furniture tied the street activity zone together and provided a welcoming yet relaxed atmosphere for parents and adults to supervise from.
The activation of Terrace Street was a working example of how design professionals can influence and drive the development of more pedestrian-friendly and community-focused streets on an everyday scale. The success of the 7 Senses Day hosted by Guymer Bailey at Terrace Street is attributed to the scale of the space that was occupied. As it was a small area, people were not intimidated to drop by, letting their curiosity get the better of them; vehicles could still easily access the street, but automatically slowed down to look at the activity on the street, and parents could sit and actively supervise their children because all the sensory activities were closely sequenced. Also, by utilising only one side of the street, linear movement up and down the footpath was encouraged, thus creating a safe and educational outdoor environment for kids to play in, without fear of cars or traffic.

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The Terrace Street transformation provided a successful retrofitting of compact urban space. This concept design complimented and added to the diversity of street concepts initiated for the 7 Senses Street Day with other flagship events, such Alma Road, Clayfield, able to use the full width of the street and reclaim street space through creation of distinct sensory ‘hubs’.
Together, Guymer Bailey and 7 Senses founders demonstrated that through a simple concept like ‘pop-up play’ and by incorporating the seven senses into play, we can influence and create more engaging, more active, and more playful communities in a variety of places.

7 Senses Street Day www.7senses.org.au
Location: Brisbane, Australia
Design firms: Guymer Bailey Landscape
Consultants: Playscape Creations, 7 Senses Foundation

Images & Text: Guymer Bailey Landscape

 

 

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#rEAvivaJaén | Jaén, Spain | Estudio Atope Architects http://worldlandscapearchitect.com/reavivajaen-jaen-spain-estudio-atope-architects/ http://worldlandscapearchitect.com/reavivajaen-jaen-spain-estudio-atope-architects/#comments Sat, 23 Aug 2014 08:30:07 +0000 http://worldlandscapearchitect.com/?p=16909 ]]> Figure-04-Plaza-de-la-Magdalena

Urban Action #positEA, using the square and promoting heritage (Photography: Gema Luque Higueras)

#rEAvivaJaén is being developed in Jaén (in the south of Spain) since April 2013. It is a project that is based on citizen participation in order to regenerate the Historic Downtown of Jaén by means of special events, ephemeral transformations and activities that weave a continuous project for revitalising these historic neighbourhoods.

When studying in depth its old city, it appears that it has been practically forgotten by institutions and neighbours: there are too many plots and houses in very bad conditions and non-existent uses for tertiary sector, especially public areas.


The used methodology is based on collaboration between technical and social experiences, producing this way a new kind of learning where, the organization of the neighbours and the exchange of knowledge, promote innovation and social action in neighbourhoods.

The project injects life into specific places, promoting as much civic energy as needed to create chain reactions that revitalize the environment, in which the citizens are able to organize themselves. These points will be places for imagination where the users will complete the process of urban planning and design.

The main goals are:
- To spread the heritage (tangible and intangible) of the city into their citizens as well as into the tourists
- To work on the street recycling places for resting, leisure time and urban coexistence
- To regenerate urban tissue from empty plots and houses in a critical situation:
- urban infrastructures adapted to each neighbourhood through municipal and neighbours support: public, recreational, sport and educational places
- increase Public Areas with low-cost ephemeral installations
- recover part of the culture, including urban farms

At the moment, Estudio Atope has depeloved three #UrbanActions:

#verdEA was the first #UrbanAction of the project, and consisted on an ephemeral transformation in the square #PlazaCambil, which is usually occupied by cars. During the Sunday morning of April 7th, urban functions that currently do not exist in this place were generated. For example, outdoor activities that could be enjoyed by children, as well as elders, were encouraged. Also, a debate about the situation of the Historic Downtown was initiated, promoting of this way the critical thinking of the citizens and their implication with the city.

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Urban Action #verdEA (Photography: Inma Martínez Castillo)

#positEA was the second #UrbanAction in #PlazadelaMagdalena. We made an emotional plan with the residents of this neighbourhood (especially with the children) that aimed to restore an essential activity to the urban landscape: the ability to use public spaces. The urban space is not only an empty wrapping, Public Areas exist only when they are used ( ). Besides, with this action the important patrimonial legacy that exists in this area is amplified, encouraging citizen participation through different ways of expression more visible and accessible for everyone.

 

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Urban Action #positEA, using the square and promoting heritage (Photography: @estudioatope)

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Emotional Plan creation during the Urban Action #positEA (Photography: Gema Luque Higueras)

#crEAsanAndrés was an Architecture Workshop with the students of San Andrés School (in the ancient Jewish quarter of Jaén) to regenerate one of the plots close to the school. In this workshop, an educational and creative space was generated, promoting skills and abilities of the students, such as their imagination, observation, teamwork, respect for the city, the environment and the people surrounding us. All this with an important message: citizens can change their cities through citizen achievements and little transformations based on local innovation (bottom-up strategies).

They learnt concepts like city, history, citizen participation, sustainability, culture, urbanism, identity, ephemeral transformations, etcetera, through the Architecture and Heritage.
It is really important that children know that we have to work for the conservation of the heritage because it is our legacy for future generations.

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Plot in the Jewish quarter (Montage: @estudioatope)

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#crEAsanAndrés, students working on the model of one plot in the Jewish quarter (Photography: @estudioatope)

The objective of the project #rEAvivaJaén is to generate urban functions that currently do not exist, life scenes where neighbours interact with the place where they live, feeling it closer because they participate in developing changes. New conscience arises making us see that we are intermediates between the things that we receive and the things that leave behind.

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#crEAsanAndrés, students working on the model of one plot in the Jewish quarter (Photography: @estudioatope)

 

#rEAvivaJaén
Location | Jaén (Spain)
Design Firm | Estudio Atope Architects
Consultants María Toro Martínez (Architect), Luis Peláez Aguilera (Architect), Inma Martínez Castillo (Architect and Photographer), Gema Luque Higueras (Photographer)

Image Credit | as noted

 

 

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