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A Book Fountain?

A Book Fountain?

The “open book” fountain at the end of Henszlemann Imre utca, in Budapest, Hungary is absolutely amazing… I haven’t been able to find out anything about the designer, but as a landscape architect I’m always looking for new innovative ideas to transform spaces and places and introduce a sense of fun into our environment. The … Continue reading

How does your garden grow?

How does your garden grow?

I’ve just stumbled across the most amazing bijou artworks from The Pothole Gardener, artist, Steve Wheen. He takes guerilla gardening to a different level with these beautiful installations. He recently exhibited at the Chelsea Fringe, or more accurately, the Eastern Fringe which was Hackney’s very own version and hopefully will do so again next year. … Continue reading

Highlights from RHS Hampton Court 2012

Highlights from RHS Hampton Court 2012

Well, as the medals are distributed at Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2012 I’m sure some will be over the moon, and others disappointed as they narrowly miss out on the coveted gold. Nevertheless, all of the gardens look amazing, and it has been a feat in itself to have got them built in such … Continue reading

Top Japanese Garden

Top Japanese Garden

For the last 8 years, The Adachi Museum of Art in Shimane, Japan has been chosen as the best garden by the American Journal of Japanese Gardening, and I think you can see why. Unfortunately, I have not had the privilege of visiting it, yet, but it appeals to me for it’s breathtakingly simple blend of natural … Continue reading

Brick Biotope – Bird Boxes and Green Walls

Brick Biotope – Bird Boxes and Green Walls

As a landscape architect I’ve specified plenty of bird boxes to pass the BREEAM assessment for local house-builders, and am always somewhat disappointed that we resort to the same products which up until now have amounted to wooden boxes or wood-concrete nests courtesy of Schwegler at best. At last Dutch students from Piet Zwart Institute in … Continue reading

Urban Food Jungles

Urban Food Jungles

Further to last week’s post on Plantascrapers, more and more companies are responding to the planet’s dwindling resources and devising ways in which we can increase urban food production. Whilst AECOM did not win the Chicago Navy Pier Rejuvenation project which instead went to James Corner’s Field Operations, this did enable them to develop their Urban … Continue reading

Hyde Parklife – By Design

Hyde Parklife – By Design

Now in its twelfth year, London’s Serpentine Gallery commissions an architect to design a temporary pavilion in the surrounding Hyde Park as a gathering place for visitors to hear lectures and soak up the atmosphere. This year, Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei along with Swiss architects Herzog & de Meuron have created a mirror-like, disc-shaped … Continue reading

A Fresh take on Willow Sculpture

A Fresh take on Willow Sculpture

Finnish artist, Jaakko Pernu has been working in willow for some years, creating the most amazing sculptures. A childhood spent helping his father build boats put him in good stead for his future bending wood for more creative purposes.   He says of his evocative pieces, “My theme is the influence of humans on nature … Continue reading

Rooftop Gardens in the Big Apple

Rooftop Gardens in the Big Apple

Featured today in The Daily Mail are a series of aerial views of rooftop gardens across Manhattan. From colleges and apartment blocks to hotels and corporate buildings – everyone is getting involved. And it shows that whatever the structure, you can invariably get some kind of green space onto the roof. There may be insufficient … Continue reading

There are only winners at Chelsea!

There are only winners at Chelsea!

Now that the RHS Chelsea Flower Show is well under way, I’d like to take the opportunity to give a shout out to all the designers, installers and their many helpers who can take a bit of a breather this week, in the much awaited sunshine until the breakdown on Sunday / Monday. I was … Continue reading