Rhein Romantik | Koblenz Germany | TOPOTEK 1

Rhein Romantik | Koblenz Germany | TOPOTEK 1

Like a pool of water reflecting the sky, placed at the castle of Ehrenbreitstein, creates a flux of images incorporating the walls and building. Creating a heightened experience of its surroundings, it involves the beholder in a game of perception, intriguing to find the «right» view of the motif. Ever since French landscape painters like Claude Lorrain and Niclas Poussin defined their ideal of the landscape in the mid 17th century, gardeners and architects had the task of creating the Real World inspired by these framed images – something that today almost appears as an inverted reality.

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EXHIBITION: Brussels 2040 Three visions for a metropolis

Brussels 2040 Three visions for a metropolis

The valley of the Molenbeek: an intensification of the city around a new, highly accessible park structure. A new window to the city. © 51N4E, l’AUC, Bureau Bas Smets

Three international teams (51N4E, Studio 012, KCAP) have developed visions for how Brussels will look in 2040. The visions are now being shown in the Brussels 2040: Three Visions for a Metropolis  exhibition at the Centre for fine Arts in Brussels. The three teams have produced videos, photos, models, urban master plans to present their visions which hope to provide answers for What will Brussels be like in 2040 if its demographic growth continues? How will people get around the city if the motor car is no longer a sustainable means of transport? How can we reduce the social divide and avoid a dual city? How can we offer everyone an opportunity to live and work in the city with dignity? How can we coordinate the development of Brussels with its hinterland?

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Double Serpent Nature Walk | Legge Lewis Legge | Grand-Métis Canada

Double Serpent Nature Walk

Nature Walk, August 2010. Photo credit: ©2010 Louise Tanguay

Nature Walk is a further development of Round Up (After Monet), Legge Lewis Legge’s project commissioned for the 2008 International Garden Festival, held annually at the Jardins de Metis, Reford Gardens, Grand-Métis, Québec, Canada. Round Up (after Monet) was an array of 9 6-foot high earthworks bound with sod, heavy-duty strapping and cam buckles. The steep mounds grew and changed shape individually over time. An act of extreme landscaping, part lawn, pinch, pile and stack, this modern topiary was a growing sculpture sprung from ideas conflating Romantic Impressionism with the typical American lawn. The project spanned 2 entire seasons of the Festival, from 2008 to the spring of 2010, when it was programmatically enhanced to provide further interactivity with the public.

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Cronocaos | OMA’s exhibition on preservation in New York

Cronocaos

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Cronocaos, OMA’s exhibition on the increasingly urgent topic of preservation in architecture and urbanism, opens today at the New Museum in New York. First shown at the 2010 Venice Architecture Biennale, Cronocaos examines the growing “empire” of preservation and its consequences for the way we build, demolish, and remember.

Around 12 percent of the planet now falls under various regimes of natural and cultural preservation. “Through our respect for the past, heritage is becoming more and more the dominant metaphor for our lives today – a situation we call Cronocaos,” OMA founding partner Rem Koolhaas says. “We are trying to find what the future of our memory will look like.”

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Creative Nature USC AAC Exhibition – Shanghai

On July 10, I had the pleasure of attending the  forum and opening of the 2nd USC AAC Exhibition titled Creative Nature in Qingpu on the outskirts of Shanghai.  The forum was an interesting presentation & discussion by panelists on the topic of “The New Chinese Landscape”. Several panelists where new to China so giving a fresh perspective, others had been visiting China intermittently over a long period and a few where living and working in China so a wide range of views where discussed. Overall the forum discussion and the Q&A time with the attendees was interesting to hear differing perspectives in relation to The New Chinese Landscape.

After the Forum was the opening of the Exhibition titled Creative Nature which exhibits the designs of 10 schools that have been granted a parcel of land of the 2011 World Horticultural Exposition in Xi’an. The work will be exhibited at the Qingpu Teahouse in Qingpu, Shanghai from July 10 – August 17, 2010.  If you can’t make to the exhibition you can view the designs on the USC AAC website. I encourage you to go to the exhibition and visit Qingpu as it has some interesting architecture and landscape architecture.

More information at the Exhibition Website.

Below are images of the Forum and Exhibition – the work is interesting as each design has taken a different approach in looking at the future of landscape architecture in their designs.

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