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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

Europa – A Green City for the Future

Europa – A Green City for the Future

Winners of international design competition, Manuelle Gautrand Architects have put forth an amazing vision for the future for France’s latest city which could turn Paris into a metropolis. The site for Europa lies north of Paris near Charles de Gaulle Airport and some 20+ kilometers from Versailles. Conceived as a destination in itself, with an … Continue reading

Glow in the Dark Skateboard Park

Glow in the Dark Skateboard Park

As recently posted by Global Urban Art blog, Korean artist Koo Jeong-A in association with the Belgian firm L’Escaut Architecture have recently completed their project of an amazing Skateboard Park on an island in the middle of Lac de Vessiviere, a large reservoir in the Limousin region. The most spectacular aspect about this wonderful creation … Continue reading

Singapore’s Gardens by the Bay Opening This Week!

Singapore’s Gardens by the Bay Opening This Week!

Grant Associates as ‘A fusion of nature and technology’,  phase one of the much anticipated development opens to the public on 29th June 2012. The down-town business district of Singapore has been successfully transformed into a beautiful and thought-provoking international destination. It’s been a long journey from their winning entry announced in September 2006 to today. … 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

Coral Castle – Modern Ancient Site

Coral Castle – Modern Ancient Site

I seem to have been living under a rock to have missed this amazing landscape, and so, I thought I would share it with other unenlightened kindred spirits. Coral Castle, Florida built between 1923 and 1951 by one man, Edward Leedskalnin using only hand tools as a monument to his sweet sixteen who jilted him … Continue reading

Sunken Moat Bridge

Sunken Moat Bridge

I hadn’t come across this before, a sunken bridge created with a modest budget of  €250,000 by Dutch architecture firm RO&AD architects on the West Brabant Water Line at Fort de Roovere, Halsteren, Netherlands. It’s a wonderful example of non-intrusive architecture in a landscape setting. In this case it was vital, especially as a fort … Continue reading

Aberdeen City Garden Competition

Aberdeen City Garden Competition

Aberdeen, Scotland’s most northerly city is facing a choice about its future, with oil proceeds rapidly declining, it must find an alternative future if it is to continue to economically survive. In a progressive move the focus  of attention has turned to Aberdeen Gardens, an underdeveloped green space slap bang in the centre of the … Continue reading

Underground Cities – History repeats itself

Underground Cities – History repeats itself

Following on my previous post focusing on alternative urban lifestyles, I began to consider the plight of our ancient ancestors and how archaeological evidence proves that underground living has been going on for many many millennia. The ancient underground city  of Derinkuyu, in Turkey is some 11 storeys deep and large enough to house up to 50,000 … Continue reading