For the past 2 millenniums, China had been a civilization of aristocratic social structure, with education being influenced by such a philosophy that knowledge was being passed on to younger generations almost in one-way setting. In the era of economic boom and globalization, however, there has been a dramatic education revolution, in which students start to venture into the vast universe of knowledge, seek wisdom, and develop critical thinking. The campus design of this secondary school in southern China was greatly inspired by this movement, in which students are encouraged to interact with the landscape, and hence empowered to seek knowledge proactively.
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UNISA’s brief to the design team was to reflect a new Africanism, a site of confluence of traditional wisdom transmitted to a younger generation. The Kgorong Centre was built as a gathering place for students and gateway to the rest of the campus. The centre is envisioned to become the soul, heart and spirit of the UNISA campus, while linking different levels on a steep slope through sweeping forms that relate intimately with the building architecture. The brief also called for the creation of a piazza space accessible to all. The challenge was to integrate the steep slope with the different levels of the building.
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From the artist: “I borrow the view of the traditional landscape and change it with the use of photography. The skies and landscapes in the series “Pop!” are painted with clouds of colored smoke, which are released from canisters, levitated into the physical space from which they are photographed. It is through this process that I am making something that I find simply beautiful.”
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The new City Garden in Valby(district of Copenhagen) offers lush green hills, flowering beds, playful elements and a new meeting place for the residents of all ages living in the area. The City Garden consist of three main element; The Urban Forest, placed in the gardens southern part, has an open canopy of different oak trees forming a ceiling, while the square itself is open from all sides.
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Redefining the 17th floor of the historic Western Publishing Building in midtown Manhattan, HM White has created a contemporary green roof garden terrace as an extension of Shorenstein Properties’ new corporate offices. The 6,500 square-foot living roof establishes a biophilic transformation of the office environment and daily employee experience. A lush, sculpted garden wraps the building and visually merges interior office spaces with a serene meadow landscape, layered in contrast to its dense urban context.
Continue reading Midtown Manhattan Skygarden | New York USA | HM White