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Aedas Unveil Design for an Undulating Office Complex in Central China

08:00 - 7 March, 2018
Aedas Unveil Design for an Undulating Office Complex in Central China, Courtesy of Aedas
Courtesy of Aedas

The internationally recognized architecture firm Aedas has unveiled their design for the Zhenghong Property Air Harbour Office Project. The sprawling and interconnected 196 foot-tall three-tower complex is proposed for the city of Zhengzhou, the capital of the Henan Province in central China—one of the regions' largest transportation hubs. Occupying a relatively narrow site, the towers are woven together by a rhythmic glass facade inspired by the formal qualities of the winding Yellow River.

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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. 

Milroy Perera Designs World's Tallest Residential Vertical Garden

01:00 - 1 February, 2014
Milroy Perera Designs World's Tallest Residential Vertical Garden, Courtesy of Clearpoint / Milroy Perera
Courtesy of Clearpoint / Milroy Perera

Milroy Perera Associates, in collaboration with Mäga Engineering, has unveiled plans for the world's tallest residential vertical garden in Rajagiriya, Sri Lanka. The Clearpoint tower will house 164 apartments spread across 46 floors within 10 kkilometers from the centre of Columbo. Overlooking the tributaries of the Diyawanna Lake in Kotte, planted viewing terraces will encircle the entire structure fed by "inbuilt self-sustaining watering systems."

Subterranean Concrete Orgy / Toki Drobnjakovic and Per Sundberg

01:00 - 28 November, 2013
Subterranean Concrete Orgy / Toki Drobnjakovic and Per Sundberg, Vertical Garden. Image © Per Lundström
Vertical Garden. Image © Per Lundström

The Subterranean Concrete Orgy by Toki Drobnjakovic and Per Sundberg (Per & Toki) is a reinvention of the "infamous" Blue Star building in Stockholm. The designers, looking for a new studio and office space for Studioverket, have collaborated with concrete producer Butong to realize a space of "homogenous diversity" by using a new type of concrete sealed air bubble casting. By incorporating new design features and in reinventing some of the existing, the basement space has been transformed from pornography shop to elegant studio defined by a series of unique interventions. See the changes after the break...