Biomorphic Retail Design

Biomorphic Retail Design

Another exemplar of green architecture has commenced in China last month. The Haitang Bay International Shopping Centre will become one of the world’s largest tax-free shopping experiences in a hi-tech, low-fi environment. As China is one of the fastest growing economies they have the benefit of utilising the latest technologies when it comes to design … Continue reading

The World’s Largest Vertical Garden

The World’s Largest Vertical Garden

Milan now holds the title of the residence of the world’s largest vertical garden on a shopping centre at Rozzano, just outside of the city, as reported by Architecture Source . Created at a cost of a cool one million Euros it spans some 1,263m2 and consists of 44,000 plants which were pre-grown in blocks … Continue reading

Germany tops the sustainability awards again

Germany tops the sustainability awards again

Arkadien Widdenden is an ambitious industrial regeneration project outside Stuttgart in Germany. Awarded the most sustainable neighbourhood by GreenDotAwards it still retains a village like atmosphere whilst maximising occupancy . Schools are within a ten minute walk and town centre is only a five minute walk away. Recycled products were used extensively alongside non-toxic, environmentally … Continue reading

Palmstead Workshop 2012 & Eelco Hooftman

Palmstead Workshop 2012 & Eelco Hooftman

I was so impressed with the Palmstead Workshop I attended last week, I couldn’t fit it all in one post! Whilst I was inspired and entertained by the talks given by renowned designers Sarah Eberle and James Alexander-Sinclair, as a fellow landscape architect, my favourite speaker of the day was Eelco Hooftman ex. Gross Max. … Continue reading

Sugar and Trees and all things Mulch

Sugar and Trees and all things Mulch

Despite two of the speakers dropping out at the last minute, the Palmstead team manged to pull off another great day for our industry at their annual workshop. With interesting stall holders including Vectorworks, The Association of Professional Landscapers, Melcourt and The Society of Garden Designers to name a few there was not a moment … Continue reading

Fool’s Gold or is it ?

Fool’s Gold or is it ?

At first glimpse I couldn’t see any difference – it appeared to be just a natural desert landscape, but on closer inspection, you can see that certain rocks and pebbles have been coated in goldleaf! This is such a subtle intervention in the landscape which is a direct commentary on our decadent, transient ┬álifestyle compared … Continue reading

Green Corridor for Rotterdam

Green Corridor for Rotterdam

As landscape architects we’ve been preoccupied by the concept of green corridors and how to create them across our urban fabric. London is desperately trying to re-engage with nature in The Landscape Institute’s design competition for it’s very own High Line, and now The Netherlands are keen to revitalise Rotterdam with a strategy for urban … Continue reading

India’s Solar Powered Future

India’s Solar Powered Future

As India’s economy has been growing exponentially, I have been waiting for them to catch on to the possibility of their greatest resource, sunshine! Now photovoltaic units have substantially decreased in cost due to China’s manufacturing, and with their investment, they could soon become the world’s leaders in this field. With only approximately 1,000 megawatts … Continue reading

Sussex Prairie’s Delights

Sussex Prairie’s Delights

Sussex Prairies brought to mind a wild and windswept scene of colourful, meadow grasses in naturalistic setting like the US Prairies of Arizona. Well, I was not disappointed! BALI‘s jamboree to this well-kept secret was a designer’s delight offering a wealth of inspiration. The owners and designers, Paul & Pauline McBride were themselves inspired by … Continue reading

China takes the lead in the Wind Energy stakes

China takes the lead in the Wind Energy stakes

Producing over 52,500 megawatts of energy per year, China now tops the US in wind energy production. Apparently one in two of all wind turbines manufactured globally in 2010 ended up in China; and they intend to keep this massive investment going to ramp up to 200,000 megawatts by 2020. Having only really started wind … Continue reading