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Arkitekt Kristine Jensens Tegnestue: In the middle of Jelling, two mounds covered in grass, rises majestically towards the sky. Between the mounds stand two giant rune stones and a whitewashed medieval church. The monuments tell off a time, where Jelling was a monumental area of centralized royal power and holds one of the most essential periods in […]


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The project by REDscape beautifully embraces the industrial milieu by using rough and recycled material. The harmony it contributes is seen on the photos, it melts with the surroundings in one whole. It also features a joyful colouring of the parking marks, establishing a kind of meta moment by actually putting an AutoCAD block for car on the ground. The project asks entirely appropriate question; how can the harbour with all its characteristics become a cultural/art zone, making grounds for various events and festivals.


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A temple on a pilgrimage route. The terrain offers a shelter-like entrance, the opening in the ring reassures the invitation. The trees provide a cathedral like experience and the white ring looking up emphasises the feeling of connection to the Absolute. The contrast between ‘the built’ and ‘the grown’ produces a juxtaposition that suggest harmony and reflection. Both the characteristics and the placement of the ring boost the feeling of finding spiritual comfort on a demanding journey. Void temple is a work of a sober, intelligent and receptive creative force. Epic!


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There is something incomparably more honest about how this roof garden came to be than majority of other green roof gardens with the usual green roof systems. By using wooden boxes that will eventually decompose, this design wonderfully embraces the infinite beauty of decay. In a way similar to Descombes River l’Aire, this roof garden by Studio Vulkan is a platform for further natural processes that occur effortlessly on their own. Looking forward to see further eruptions!


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Very minimal but at the same time precise, fitting and effective interventions make this cemetery renovation an interesting project. Each added feature makes sense and contributes to the experience. The distinction between the ‘restored’ and ‘added’ is readable. Also the contrast between subtle approach to heritage and quiet radicalism remind of the works by Michael van Gessel and his work at Twickel estate. relais has definitely proven that they can operate in delicate ambiences with excellence and grace.


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The promenade is a generous social public space, offering a lot of room for catching sun and warmth, which are both very precious at this altitude. A funky pavement pattern gives a lively touch to the site. Vestre’s Block sun-benches are exhibited as a cherry on top, proudly placed in their natural environment. It’s like parking a Volvo in Gothenburg, almost a cultural act : ) . Aker Brygge features smart organization and playful visual effects that contribute to the popularity of the site.


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Parks are often referred to as ‘lungs of the city’ since they improve micro climatic conditions. We can probably say the same for squares and the experience of a city. This is the case for Plainpalais square in Geneva. It’s a multifunctional open space that hosts various activities from fairs, flee market to festivals. It means a vibrant and dynamic space of opportunities and change of use. It’s especially beautiful when it’s empty, offering a kind of catharsis by freeing the beautiful red surface crossed by asphalt paths and surrounded by trees of various heights. The square also offers skate park, seating and a small park like structure. Round benches and open design suggest the multifunctional nature of the square.


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The power of this project is based on an intelligent answer to describe something which is not. The monastery, to which the project is dedicated, didn’t survive to the present day, so Topotek 1 had to figure out how to translate it’s invisible characteristics to the language of landscape. A modest and beautifully measured height difference suggests a volume had been there. Furthermore, the consequent contrast between scenic panorama and minimalistic shaping add to the aesthetic tension. As if this contrast would reflect the one between Arcadian representation of nature and modesty of the life in a monastery. Perhaps. It definitely activates the imagination of the visitor, boosting the experience of the site hence making it more memorable and interesting.


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The traces of a Roman villa are exposed and the site becomes a viewpoint. The interesting part is the use of steel that is usually a part of welded wire reinforcement for concrete. The material that is supposed to be hidden acts as a key container suggesting the movement of shapes and forms. Like a puppeteers in a puppet theatre. We see them, but we ‘think-them-off’ as they are a part of the illusion. In this same way the steel is drawing lines of a former building. The shape is suggested, it is there but at the same time it is not.


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A small industrial site but quite a remarkable plan. Especially how the landscape communicates with the street; an area of Prickly Pear cactuses humorously reflects the electricity inside the power station, as something you should be careful about, otherwise you might get hurt …


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Rozana Montiel | Estudio de Arquitectura: Common-Unity is a public space rehabilitation project for San Pablo Xalpa Housing Unit in Azcapotzalco, Mexico City. The unit used to be divided in sectors by walls, fences and barriers built by its inhabitants over time, which did not allow the community to benefit from available public spaces. The goal […]


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relais Landschaftsarchitekten: In the course of its redevelopment as the ‘Humboldt Forum’, one of Berlin’s most prominent and significant urban locations is temporally transformed into a public open space. The landscape architecture deals with this transitional situation thematically, formally and materially. The design concept aims to create an open system, which can integrate the most […]


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Metro Arquitetos: The new design for Ladeira da Barroquinha in the centre of Salvador is an extension of the public space renovations for the Glauber Rocha Theatre and the Gregorio de Mattos Foundation cultural area based at Barroquinha Church. Apart from being the connection between these two institutions, the project organizes the entrances to the […]


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The blue meditation point was the result of the collaboration of the invitees (Studio Nomad, Batlab architects) and Csomópont of the Noise Workshop held in Transylvania, which draws attention to a neglected part of stream Ika. The shape and structure of the 4m disc was affected by the natural conditions provided by the collapsed brook […]


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The park is situated above the level of the Seine and it uses the river’s water for main features in the park. The water is brought in the park using Archimedean screw, then gravity takes over. Water is not only exposed (various pools, fountains and the stream) and used for irrigation, but as well filtered […]


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relais Landschaftsarchitekten: The Written Garden / relais Landschaftsarchitekten

Gardens are symbolic spaces, with connotations on many levels. Gardens can be read – and can therefore also be written. This garden addresses the pattern of relationships between the semiotic tradition of landscape architecture and perception of the visitor.
The starting point for this theory was in the planning […]


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The idea behind the design proposal for Sätra centrum was to develop and refine the local qualities of a southern suburban centre in Stockholm. Sätra centrum was built in the 1960s, and the project aimed to renew the area while preserving its time-typical forms and elements. The square immediately east of the subway station was restored carefully in line with its former 60s ideas …


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Along the length of the landmarked Fifth Avenue façade, OLIN’s design for The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s four-block-long plaza enhances one of New York City’s most significant public gathering spaces. OLIN led the design to prioritize the pedestrian experience and create a welcoming urban destination …


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Measuring two hectares, the Flaschenhals accomplishes the Park am Gleisdreieck as third part of the design. It extends from Kreuzberg and Schöneberg till the boarders of Tempelhof.


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The Sechseläutenplatz (Sechseläuten Square) is part of the overall project ‘Opera House, Opera Parking and Sechseläuten Square’ whose aim it is to enhance the public space between the Bellevue and the Opera House. The basis for the transformation of the former Sechseläuten Ground to the Sechseläuten Square was the political decision to replace the parking space in front of the Opera House by an underground parking.


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In 2003 the City of Paris launched a tender for the Clichy Batignolles area for which the team of François Grether, town planner, Jacqueline Osty, landscape architect and OGI engineer firm, was selected. During the definition phase, the site was chosen to host the Olympic Village as part of Paris bid for 2012 Olympics.


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For the past ten years the Rijkswaterstaat, the Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment, have been working to strengthen some weak links in the coast. Alongside building the required coastal defence, the coast zone investments also ensure that Katwijk remains a tourist destination and supporting the local economy of seaside towns. With the need to strengthen the Katwijk coast, care is taken to preserve the value of the existing town and, ultimately, how this can also be made stronger.


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On the site of the concentration camp Esterwegen, built in 1933, a memorial was set up in memory of all fifteen camps in the Ems region and their victims. None of the above-ground construction elements were still standing. For this reason, “tree parcels”, with the dimensions of the former barracks were cut out of the red oaks planted in the fifties …


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Here, in the atrium of the Academy, plants thrive in an unusual environment – with no direct contact to the earth, little natural light, and artificial irrigation … Most of these plants have a special connection to Jewish life. Some, for example, bear the names of Jewish people, others play a role in the Jewish holidays. And some of the plants’ folkloric names refer to anti-Jewish sentiments.


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