With land so scare in the urban core, and free food not allowed to be grown on public land, a collective of designers and artists have come up with a solution. A repurposed barge allows enough space to grow a series of crops that can be open to everyone, as well as having the ability to be mobile.
A LEED platinum project, this 88 unit apartment complex in San Francisco is sure to be the envy of its neighbors. Built to accommodate the influx of young tech workers and families moving into the urban core, the design maximizes outdoor entertaining spaces with terraces and a roof deck with eye catching color and form.
The French and American studio of Marc Fornes has created its first permanent installation in the United States. Located at the gateway of a century old park in San Antonio, the sculpture is made up of 1,009 perforated aluminum shingles fastened together by 19,429 rivets. The digitally designed installation serves as a prime example of exploratory structural design to create iconic public spaces.
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Hector Perez, a Woodbury University professor, rallied together a team of architects to design a small urban infill project in the historic Barrio Logan neighborhood of San Diego. The development was supposed to be a series of nine infill projects, but was unable to complete them due to the economic downturn. However, the first lot was developed into a double-height, mixed-use building of Perez’s design, where, in less than 4,000 square feet, he has created eight live-work units, each with a private outdoor space.
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This weekend kicked off the first installment of the famous art and music festival in Coachella Valley, California. Every year, artists from around the world create larger than life installations for the festival to celebrate culture and design. Click here to check out the best installations from this year’s event.
Built for the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival, the Urban Coffee Farm & Brew Bar is a beautiful example of bringing a functional landscape into the urban core. Melbourne is famous for its coffee culture, and design studio HASSEL wanted to bring the story of coffee’s growth and production into the same space as it is consumed. Sitting amongst coffee plants, users will be able to learn more about coffee’s journey from rainforest slopes to the cup they have in their hand.
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“a traditional understanding of the city as an extrapolation of architectural models and metaphors is no longer viable given the prevalence of larger forces or flows. These include ruptures or breaks in architectonic logic of traditional urban form as compelled by ecological, infrastructural, or economic change.” – Charles Waldheim
Click here to read more about these twelve projects and how they are changing the way we understand and live in our cities.
Metcalfe Park is an urban park located on Sydney’s famous waterfront. Despite the spectacular views, the grassy park lacks any functional or recreational amenities. ASPECT studios conducted extensive research to find how people use the site currently and what additions to the park would best suit the neighborhood.
Click here to read more about how ASPECT studios created a park within a park.
Dutch designer Dan Roosegaarde and his team have transformed a wind farm in the Netherlands into a giant art installation by attaching green lasers to the turbines. Roosegaarde developed a software that would project the laser onto the text turbine and follow its rotation. This allows for the installation to evolve with wind conditions creating a zen like experience for visitors.
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Spanish duo creates 100 architectural illustrations over 100 days
According to Spanish architects Fabiola Muñoz and Carlos Leó, “it’s difficult to read a plan and section, but it’s not that difficult to see an illustration and feel curious about the architecture behind it”. Which surely rings true when they created the 100 architectural illustrations in 100 days series. The duo have highlighted architects and styles from all different eras and styles into 100 neatly framed squares that are an enjoyable and digestible visual experience.
Click here to read more about the series and hear more from the artists themselves.
The new corporate campus for the retailer Urban Outfitters transformed a decommissioned naval yard in Philadelphia into a new space for the city with artistic vengeance and ecological vigor. Maintaining the integrity of the original site, the design uses existing industrial elements to dictate the forms of the design. Suddenly former rail lines carrying cargo carry to and from ships now carries employees from their office to a cup of coffee.
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Normally playgrounds are simple prefabricated structures that can be placed in any park. Although these structures are usually the cheaper option, Rainer Schmidt Landscape Architecture utilized modified land forms to create a more naturalistic park that evokes play with no structure needed.
The 20th century was not kind to downtown Los Angeles. While the city stretched out into suburbia, cities like Santa Monica, Beverly Hills, and Hollywood blossomed into cultural centers. Meanwhile the downtown “core” of the city rotted into vacant corporate mega towers.
Click here to read about how the opening of a new contemporary art museum downtown that is transforming the area into a new cultural hub for a new Los Angeles.
Car travel is a way of life in North America. Ever since the 1950’s development of our society has tended to focus on how easily things can be accessible by our vehicles. This industrial mindset tends to be detrimental to existing natural systems. Shelley Long, a graduate student at the University of Toronto, wanted to challenge this disconnect by incorporating national park typologies into existing infrastructure.
Click here to read about Shelley Long’s visionary project about turning a famous Canadian roadway into a series of curated experiences that blurs lines between city and national park.
Part of a 9km coastal walk from Sydney’s South Head to Maroubra, the Bondi to Bronte coast walk is a response to preserve the historic Waverley Cemetrey by redirecting the walk’s annual 700,000 visitors. Bypassing the cemetery, the walk takes visitors through a set of lookouts all connected by a light walkway along the cliff tops while capturing an outstanding view of the headlands, the sandstone outcrops and the grandeur of the Australian continent meeting the Pacific Ocean.
Click here to read more about how the project solved complex technical and structural conditions all while preserving the rich ecological communities on the exposed sandstone cliffs below.
Amongst the Southern California landscape, homeowners Shino and Ken Mori wanted a home that would translate Japanese Modern design into this suburban context. The design is striking and unique, while pairing opposing forms together. From the outside, it seems to have no windows, but once you enter into the courtyard, the home is almost entirely open.
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