Flushing Saltworks: Reforming the Coastal Horizon, Queens, New York

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Flushing Saltworks envisions to create flexible and ecological urban form –a landscape based urbanism- on the horizon of Flushing Bay in New York City. Employing morphology and performance of saltwork ecologies, the site is fabricated with fluid urban fabrics and pond typologies to integrate urban hydrology and estuarine ecology. The transition of coastal horizon proposes phenomenal atmospherics of the salt ponds and marshes, adapting tidal force and sea level rise. Thus, the project manifests new horizon which evolves into the flexible city, blurring the edge of the coastal shoreline, dissolving the hardened urban formation and creating ephemeral and porous lifestyle.

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Adobe Systems Campus Landscape | Lehi, UT, USA | Wallace Roberts & Todd

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Adobe’s newest Metro Salt Lake City campus was selected on the planned lightrail line in the South Valley City of Lehi. Wallace Roberts & Todd (WRT) worked with architects, WRNS Studio to create a master plan to accommodate future growth of the 40 acre campus, with this project being the initial phase. The site development strategy calls for surface parking serving as a potential land-banking mechanism to be eventually replaced by buildings or more compact structured parking. The first phase included the campus’s first office building with central public functions of arrival lobby, an employee café that features locally grown food, recreation — including a full NBA-sized indoor basketball court, service and central public atrium space with associated circulation, parking, arrival courts and outdoor gathering and recreation uses.
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USDA Launches “Plant a Window Box for Pollinators” Using New People’s Garden Initiative Website

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The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) urged Americans of all ages to “Plant a Window Box for Pollinators” by using a new, free online tool available at the redesigned People’s Garden Initiative website.

The new tool allows people to determine which plants will provide pollinator forage based on their zip code. Site visitors can then print out the list of plants to take to their local garden store and grown them in a window box. There is also a virtual window box game. Even a space as small as a window box can help pollinators by ensuring they don’t have to fly too far to find food. The interactive People’s Garden website also includes the popular live USDA “bee cam” which broadcasts honeybee activity on the roof of USDA’s headquarters building in Washington, D.C.

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The Tiger Glen Garden: A Garden with a Story to Tell

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The Tiger Glen Garden is a courtyard garden in the new wing of the Johnson Museum of Art. The design uses a minimalist palette of stone and moss to evoke an ancient Chinese parable known as the Three Laughers of the Tiger Glen. As such, the garden is not simply a restive place, the design of which is intended to be only pleasing and calming. It is a meaningful place. A garden that has a story to tell.

 

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Larchmont | University Park, Texas, USA | Hocker Design Group

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This small contemporary garden healed-back a site that had simple program requirements of privacy and use ability. This contemporary home is situated in an established and dense 1920’s neighborhood. This garden is “wedged” between two multi-story traditional homes and required seclusion for the residents to use the interior and exterior spaces without compromising views from above or the side. To address the scope of this private garden, the design uses a grove of 20’ tall bamboo which acts as a beautiful, evergreen privacy screen by blocking the field of vision from the adjacent second story windows of neighboring houses.

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WLA Magazine | Call for Submissions

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World Landscape Architecture puts out the Call for Submissions for the 22nd edition of WLA Magazine. WLA 22 is an unthemed edition, we are looking for conceptual and built landscape architecture projects with an emphasis on recent projects created or built in 2014-2015.

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Hocker Design Group creates a textural private garden

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This landscape design is an example of harmonious relationships between structure and site. The project emphasizes a desire by the client to master plan the site to enhance the landscape surrounding the existing house and incorporate a new studio, sited for long vistas to the adjacent pond. The holistic approach allowed the design to focus on lush flora to create a unique inner-city panorama. The contemporary buildings and garden relate to one another gently through the careful manipulation of architectural elements that are intentionally eroded by the introduction of lush plant material. The resulting patina created along the hardscape elements ties hard to soft, architecture to garden through subtle, ethereal connections.

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