The long road to a new square | Cologne Germany | metrobox architekten

The long road to a new square | Cologne | metrobox architekten

The basic design concept was created by overlaying the images associated with the square, its use and its location. People flow through the built-up urban landscape, each like a water droplet in a river. The skaters have made this flow of people into a game. Quiet, long drawn-out stretches with large radiuses alternate with jumping at obstacles, like the flowing and spraying of water in a river. The location of the square on the Rhine places this image in an appropriate scenic context.

The implementation of this concept in reality is achieved by overlaying the area with a virtual grid which has uniform building areas at the cross-over points. The grid and building areas represent urban elements and are taken from the urban environment. However, to turn this stark grouping on a grid into a spontaneous arrangement that is optimal for this sport, the area had to be reorganised using a particular algorithm. This turned the building areas into structures of different sizes; they rise out of the landscape or sink into it to intersperse the space with green elements, meadows and trees. The basic structures are skate objects made from concrete and stand like stones covered by water in a river of flagstones. The ground combines with the skate objects using a template.
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West 8 wins Constitutional Court design competition

West 8 - Constitutional Court, Germany

The Paul Baumgartner-designed Constitutional Court in Karlsruhe is being restored. The campus of the court complex is to be revitalized and situated adjacent to the botanical garden and is part of the Schlossgarten.

West 8’s winning competition entry features a grassland with stylized concrete tracks which make a patterned landscape in which the buildings float. The design is characterized by its modesty, and by the strategic integration of the monumental buildings with their broader context.

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SÜDLICHE LOHMÜHLENINSEL, BERLIN | Rehwaldt Landschaftsarchitekten

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SÜDLICHE LOHMÜHLENINSEL is located in Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg, Berlin. The island is 600 meter long, 100 meter wide, and was sprung up with the booming of state canal and dam during 1845 and 1850. Tan workers improved manufacturing of leathers by using barks (tanning materials) as addictive, and SÜDLICHE LOHMÜHLENINSEL got its name from this. The island is next to a canal, which makes it part of the boarder between East and West Berlin; it is also part of the inner boarder of the sate when the country was split. After Germany was reunited, former boarder was reformed into a park, which improved the landscape quality of Kreuzberg for its lack of greening area.

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West 8 wins Gold International Urban Landscape Award

“Neues Wohnen” in Hamburg-Jenfeld has been awarded the Golf Award in this year’s International Urban Landscape Award (IULA). The ecological neighbourhood project, which was submitted by West 8 urban design & landscapes architecture in Rotterdam, is the winner of the €25,000 prize.

Lea River Park in East London and The LifE Project in Hackbridge, Peterborough and Littlehamptom have been awarded the Silver and Bronze prizes.The Lea River Park Project, submitted by Design for London won €15,000 prize for second place while the LifE Project, submitted by Baca Architects won €10,000 for coming third.

In total, the quality of all 43 projects submitted was extremely high and the expert jury had to make tough decisions.

[SOURCE: Eurohypo]

Ideas blossom on Berlin Wall death strip

The area that bounded the Berlin Wall stretches for 155km(96miles) known as No-Mans Land and the death strip is a vast green oasis running through Berlin, some watchtowers remain.
The AFP article tells us that

Dutch landscape architect Joyce van den Berg has set herself such a task, saying secret gardens, art installations and recreational spaces could flourish in what she calls a “trauma landscape”.

She sees her work as a race against time, and her ideas range from the fanciful to the highly promising.

Read more at the [SOURCE: AFP: Landscapes, ideas blossom on Berlin Wall death strip]

International Urban Landscape Award (IULA) Competition

The Eurohypo Aktiengesellschaft of Frankfurt, Germany, and Topos – International Review of Landscape Architecture and Urban Design are holding the International Urban Landscape Award (IULA) competition again this year in search of exemplary urban design projects for sustainable development in Germany or the United Kingdom. Taking place for the third time, the competition seeks to contribute towards sustainable ways of securing and advancing the quality of life and economic activity.

This time round, the prize is divided into two categories: Category A, which honours ground-breaking, newly-built or redeveloped urban architecture, and Category B, which recognises initiatives, concepts, designs or research projects in the field of sustainable urban development. Both categories come with a cash prize of €25,000.

Further information and the obligatory project form can be downloaded at

Closing Date: Entries must be received by 3 September 2009

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