Melbourne non-profit, Yarra Swim Co, has teamed up with UK architects Studio Octupi to visualise what it might look like to swim in the Yarra in the near future.
The Yarra Pool concept design is one of the many visual treats featured in the broadsheet publication of The Pool*, Australia’s Venice Biennale Exhibition which opens on May 28th.
The architects behind the Thames Baths, Studio Octopi, who produced the conceptual design, are making a name for themselves designing visionary renderings of urban lidos. Their rendering for the Venice exhibition, in collaboration with Yarra Swim Co, includes a 25m lap pool and a smaller children’s play-pool within a planted, floating pontoon. Spectacular views of Melbourne’s CBD are realised from the water and surrounding decks, while changing facilities and a café support the proposal, serving to activate the river bank and provide a vibrant new public destination in Australia’s rapidly growing cultural capital.
‘The Yarra Pool is an exciting project that talks to a wider conversation globally around access to urban waterways’ –
Chris Romer-Lee | Studio Octopi & Thames Baths
On June 10-11 in Philadelphia, Landscape Architecture Foundation is convening preeminent thinkers and influencers from around the world to set the course for landscape architecture to make its vital contribution in the 21st century. Over the course of two days, an exceptional line up of 65 established and emerging leaders will reflect on what landscape architecture has achieved over the last 50 years, present bold ideas for what it should achieve in the future, and engage in lively debate about realizing landscape architecture’s potential and effecting real world change.
New York City is already home to many of the world’s greatest public spaces including Central Park, Prospect Park and of course, the High Line. So when Mayor de Blasio announced a set of initiatives to “reinvent the Brooklyn Strand” – a series of underutilized and disconnected public spaces and City-owned lots – a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity presented itself. This project will not only add another name to that accomplished list, but more importantly create a grand gateway befitting the County of Kings.
Yang Zhong is a group of island town in the Yangtze River, which is composed of four main islands.The city has a memorable history during the civil war. It was famous for the Yangtze River Crossing Campaign which was particularly significant impact during that time.With this significant part of history the local government proceed to improve the current abandoned dock as a commemorative Yangtze River Crossing Campaign theme park. Lead by Guangdong ZhongJian Design Company Limited, The Ferry Culture Park was designed and built for the town of Yangzhong commemorating the efforts done by the people for the country. Continue reading The Ferry Culture Park |XinBa Town, China | Guangdong ZhongJian Design Company Limited
The New Polk Penguin Conservation Center at the Detroit Zoo, open to the public on April 18, 2016, is the largest center in the U.S. devoted to public education on penguin conservation. Home to over 100 penguins of four species—Rockhopper, Macaroni, King and Gentoo—this Antarctic habitat optimizes animal well-being and encourages wild behavior, including sliding, diving, nesting, and rearing young. Penguin well-being was central to the design of the new habitat for King, Macaroni and Rockhopper penguins and the introduction of active, water-loving Gentoo penguins.
Kit of Parks is a portable kit of parts to build a park. Constructed out of low-cost, lightweight material, Kit of Parks is designed to be on the move to serve under-programmed public spaces. It can be biked anywhere and upacked in less than 10 minutes. Kit of Parks provides an instant boost of color, fun, and community gathering.
The project “Working with Nature” proposes an architectonically robust overall approach to the area surrounding Vestre Fjordpark in Aalborg West which gathers public recreational facilities and accessibility in a new type of space in Aalborg. Urbanity and landscape are synthesized in a site-specific, coastal city space that operates with Danish coastal landscape typologies: the lagoon, the salt marsh, the tongue, and the forest are “Working with Nature”.