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Tongling Recluse / RSAA / Büro Ziyu Zhuang

22:00 - 15 November, 2017
Tongling Recluse / RSAA / Büro Ziyu Zhuang, © SU Shengliang
© SU Shengliang

© SU Shengliang © SU Shengliang © SU Shengliang © SU Shengliang + 59

  • Architects

  • Location

    Tongling, China
  • Category

  • Architect in Charge

  • Design Team

    Zhengdong Qi, Jing Li, Xin Zhao, Hongyu Fan, Kunyu Zhu, Jiaxin Wang (Intern)
  • Area

    160.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2017
  • Photographs

How to Build a DIY Vertical Garden

16:00 - 12 November, 2017

About thirty years ago, French landscape architect Patrick Blanc became a pioneer in the implementation of vertical gardens in Paris, and later in other cities around the world. Through the creation of vertical structures capable nourishing plant species, these systems allow species to grow on the facades of buildings, considerably reducing a structure's internal temperature and allowing the expansion of green areas to new (vertical) territories within the city.

Blanc's creation was part of a series of developments in understanding what nature adds to the city, recognizing the value of green spaces and their contribution to social, environmental and urban policies. 

Striking Easily Assembled Cabins Will become Symbols for Shelter and Safety Along Remote Trekking Paths

12:00 - 11 November, 2017
Striking Easily Assembled Cabins Will become Symbols for Shelter and Safety Along Remote Trekking Paths , © www.mir.no
© www.mir.no

Stockholm-based architecture firm Utopia Arkitekter has designed Skýli, they are bright blue cabins that are popping up in one of the world's most beautiful landscape. The idea came from a desire to develop a structure which could be easily placed along some of the most famous trekking trails in Iceland. Not only are the lodges striking and beautiful in itself, they can be easily constructed and are built to withstand the harshest weather conditions.

Courtesy of Utopia Arkitekter © www.mir.no Courtesy of Utopia Arkitekter Courtesy of Utopia Arkitekter + 10

Jintai Village Reconstruction / Rural Urban Framework

03:00 - 2 November, 2017
Jintai Village Reconstruction / Rural Urban Framework, Courtesy of Rural Urban Framework
Courtesy of Rural Urban Framework

Courtesy of Rural Urban Framework Courtesy of Rural Urban Framework Courtesy of Rural Urban Framework Courtesy of Rural Urban Framework + 27

  • Architects

  • Location

    Nanjiang, Bazhong, Sichuan, China
  • Category

  • Design

    John Lin, Joshua Bolchover
  • Landscape Design

    Dorothy Tang
  • Area

    4000.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2014

New York City’s Proposal for the Missing Green-Link in Midtown

08:00 - 26 October, 2017
New York City’s Proposal for the Missing Green-Link in Midtown, Courtesy of wHY
Courtesy of wHY

The city of New York is connecting all 32-miles of coastline with public amenities, piece by piece. To link the East River’s greenways, the interdisciplinary practice, wHY has submitted an RFP to the New York City Economic Development Corporation for the 1.1-mile long coastal stretch.

The landscape and urban design workshop as part of wHY -- wHY GROUNDS, has tackled the linear site, stretching from 53rd to 61st street, encompassing 1.72-acres of public space. The site is exceptional with its views to Roosevelt Island, the Queensborough Bridge, the Queens/Brooklyn waterfront and down to Lower Manhattan.

Greenspace Takes Over London with WATG's 'Green Block' Proposal

06:00 - 25 October, 2017

London Mayor Sadiq Khan proposed the challenge -- how does London become a designated National Park City-- and WATG, London-based landscape team, headed by Demet Karaoglu, accepted the challenge. In addressing the Mayor’s challenge, the team worked with Daniel Raven-Ellison, Guerrilla Geographer and Creative Explorer leading London’s campaign to become the world’s first National Park City.

Greenspace Takes Over London with WATG's 'Green Block' Proposal Greenspace Takes Over London with WATG's 'Green Block' Proposal Greenspace Takes Over London with WATG's 'Green Block' Proposal Greenspace Takes Over London with WATG's 'Green Block' Proposal + 5

Call for Ideas: Sahara Eco House

01:00 - 6 October, 2017
Call for Ideas: Sahara Eco House, Sahara Eco House
Sahara Eco House

reTH!NKING team is delighted to introduce the new competition Sahara Eco House, The competition consists of the realization of a project that provides a new concept of housing in the existing environment based on the concepts of use of passive techniques that will provide a home with comfort and sufficient architectural quality.

Roberto Burle Marx's Legacy Reveals The Role of Landscape Architects

14:00 - 30 September, 2017
Roberto Burle Marx's Legacy Reveals The Role of Landscape Architects, © TYBA
© TYBA

There wasn’t much in the way of art that Roberto Burle Marx couldn’t do. He was a painter, print-maker, sculptor, stage designer, jeweler, musician, tapestry-maker and one of the leading landscape architects in the 20th century. Marx’s passion for art, in all forms, strengthened his ability to design landscapes.

Vanke Park Mansion 'True Love' / FLOscape Landscape Design Company

20:00 - 11 September, 2017
Courtesy of FLOscape Landscape Design Company
Courtesy of FLOscape Landscape Design Company

Courtesy of FLOscape Landscape Design Company Courtesy of FLOscape Landscape Design Company Courtesy of FLOscape Landscape Design Company Courtesy of FLOscape Landscape Design Company + 26

  • Architects

  • Location

    Yan Nan Si Lu, QuJiang ShangQuan, Yanta Qu, Xian Shi, Shaanxi Sheng, China
  • Category

  • Design Team

    Kai Fu, Lei Guo, Lixing Pan, Shiqian Luo, Jianhao Sun, Xiaoyin Wang, Shuyi Zhang
  • Area

    5000.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2017

12 Plants That Thrive Indoors

08:00 - 7 September, 2017
12 Plants That Thrive Indoors

Adding a plant makes any space instantly cozier. No need to have a large balcony to grow them, there are many species that develop well in living rooms, kitchens, and even bathrooms, with little maintenance as well as space efficient. The vases used also add to the composition of well-decorated environments. Flowers add color and diversity to all environments, but it is worth mentioning that species that do not produce flowers do less photosynthesis and therefore require smaller amounts of sunshine and are therefore more suitable for indoor cultivation. It is also important to note that popular names can be quite different, so you should always pay attention to its scientific names when choosing your species. 

Below, we selected 12 ornamental plants ideal for indoor cultivation.

This Monument to the Humble Honeybee Bears a Stark Warning

08:00 - 2 September, 2017
This Monument to the Humble Honeybee Bears a Stark Warning, © Peo Olsson
© Peo Olsson

Constructed as part of Agrikultura—a triennial of public artworks and urban interventions in Malmö, Sweden—this installation, described by the designers a "maquette of a monument to the honeybee", is in fact home to an entire colony. It references—by design—the mysterious elements of 'bee orientation': verticality (gravity), geometry (the cell structure of the beehive), and the position of the sun relative to the hive. The project is, on the one hand, "a potential memorial for the bees" while, on the other, "a celebration of the sun on which all life depends."

© Peo Olsson © Peo Olsson © Peo Olsson © Peo Olsson + 6

Wuyishan Bamboo Raft Factory / TAO - Trace Architecture Office

02:00 - 31 August, 2017
Wuyishan Bamboo Raft Factory / TAO - Trace Architecture Office, © Shengliang Su
© Shengliang Su

© Shengliang Su © Shengliang Su © Shengliang Su © Shengliang Su + 66

  • Architects

  • Location

    Xingcun Town, Wuyishan Mountain, Fujian, China
  • Category

  • Lead Architect

    Li Hua
  • Design Team

    Elisabet Aguilar Palau, Jie Zhang, Laijing Zhu, Erxun Lai (site architect), Martino Aviles, Nan Jiang, Weiwen Shi, Junqin Lian
  • Area

    14629.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

Call for Entries: A|N Best of Design Awards 2017

17:43 - 8 August, 2017
Call for Entries: A|N Best of Design Awards 2017

Be seen by 1,000,000 A|N readers and Members of the A/E/C Design Community! Our Fifth Annual Best Of Design Awards is a unique project-based awards program that showcases great buildings and building elements.

5 Online Resources That Explore The Intersection Between Landscape, Architecture and Culture

08:00 - 29 July, 2017
5 Online Resources That Explore The Intersection Between Landscape, Architecture and Culture

At times, Landscape design lacks proper consideration or its overlooked within architecture, as a result of current but preconceived notions within architectural practice and education that privilege building over site, or the constructed over the existing. While at face value, landscape is treated as an abject and constant entity of sorts, the reality is that it possesses a layered complexity of patterns and ecosystems, much of which is increasingly impacted by our own actions, more significantly than what meets the eye.

At the same time, the definition of landscape is constantly evolving to encompass a greater number of influences and factors. We have cultural, built and ecological landscapes, which influence one another and come about as a result of the intersection between the architecture and the environment that we are presented with. As a result, it is important to view terrain in a more holistic light, acknowledging its ecological underpinnings and well as the anthropological effects it is subject to, both physically and theoretically. Here is a list of five online resources, which investigate the interdisciplinary nature of landscape design and its relation to architecture and culture.

International Competition: Landmarker for a Nuclear Waste Site

14:20 - 20 July, 2017
International Competition: Landmarker for a Nuclear Waste Site

How do we design architecture with a message that could endure for millennia ?

Since the Cold War, one of the most challenging and urgent tasks facing governments around the world has been the disposal of transuranic nuclear waste. As a by-product from nuclear weaponry production, transuranic waste is not only harmful, but also boasts a formidable decay process lasting thousands of years. To address this issue, millions of barrels of highly radioactive waste have been buried in repositories deep beneath the earth’s surface. One such disposal site is the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) in New Mexico, United States. To ensure public safety, it is imperative that the site remain undisturbed for the duration of the waste’s decay process.

Three Principles of Architecture as Revealed by Italo Calvino's 'Invisible Cities'

08:00 - 15 July, 2017
Three Principles of Architecture as Revealed by Italo Calvino's 'Invisible Cities', Fedora. Image © Karina Puente Frantzen
Fedora. Image © Karina Puente Frantzen

Ah, Invisible Cities. For many of us, Italo Calvino’s 1972 novel reserves a dear place in our libraries, architectural or otherwise, for its vivid recollections of cities and their curiosities, courtesy of a certain Marco Polo as he narrates to Kublai Khan. And while the book doesn’t specifically fit the bill in terms of conventional architectural writing, it resists an overall categorisation at all, instead superseding the distillation of the cities it contains into distinct boundaries and purposes.

For though there is a certain kind of sensory appeal that is captured in the details of places, the real beauty of Invisible Cities lies in the masking of underlying notions of time, identity and language within these details – a feat that is skillfully accomplished by both Marco and Calvino. With this in mind, here are three of many such principles, as revealed by the layered narrative of Invisible Cities.

Philadelphia International Airport "Image Maker" Landscape Design Competition

09:45 - 3 July, 2017
Philadelphia International Airport "Image Maker" Landscape Design Competition, Philadelphia International Airport Main Terminal
Philadelphia International Airport Main Terminal

Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) and the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society (PHS) are hosting a design competition to create an “Image Maker” landscape at the Airport. The competition is an opportunity to demonstrate Philadelphia’s position as America’s Garden Capital and create a welcoming image for the Greater Philadelphia region.

Our Favorite Nordic Photographers: The Best Photos of The Week

07:00 - 2 July, 2017
Our Favorite Nordic Photographers: The Best Photos of The Week, © Åke E:son Lindman
© Åke E:son Lindman

Often informed by its harsh climate and stunning landscapes, Nordic design, specifically architecture, has a unique relationship with nature. Photographers of Nordic architecture have benefitted from studying this close connection in their photos that experiment with capturing light, innovative materials, and landscape to create a compelling composition. Below is a selection of images of both public and private architecture by prominent photographers such as Pasi Aalto, Bert Leandersson, Mika Huisman and Åke E: Lindman.

© Åke E:son Lindman © Pasi Aalto © Åke E:son Lindman © Rasmus Hjortshøj + 8