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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

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

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

Green Walls Rule

Green Walls Rule

Apparently, Green Walls are now officially called Living Walls and green roofs are living roofs. That’s one of the many things I learnt earlier this week when I attended a Living Wall Workshop conducted by the people of Tree Box, a specialist company based in London. The main difference in their system compared to others seems … 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

Manhattan’s Low Line Gathers Momentum

Manhattan’s Low Line Gathers Momentum

New York’s Lower East Side may soon be home to The Low Line  – yes you guessed it and underground version of The highly successful High Line and a great way to utilise disused rail tracks. Sitting beneath Delancey Street & Essex Street subways there’s approximately 2 acres of abandoned trolley terminal that has not … Continue reading

London Olympics South Park

London Olympics South Park

As London’s Olympic summer draws to a close, it will be remembered as much for the  glorious Olympic Park which will get the royal seal of approval in being renamed the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, and dubbed as ‘no ordinary park’ when it is officially re-opened in July 2013. This will provide a great legacy … 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

Low Energy Impact – High Visual Impact

Low Energy Impact – High Visual Impact

Italian architecture and landscape architecture combine in the winning entry for the redevelopment of Calabria, Italy. Vertical communities comprising of retail, residential and commercial enterprises, complete with gardens make up the pillars of the viaduct which interconnect the disparate regions via a highway and a separate, higher level pedestrian route. Winners, off Architecture, PR Architects … Continue reading

Competition for London’s Very Own High Line

Competition for London’s Very Own High Line

Not to be outdone by the Big Apple, London’s mayor, Boris Johnson finally sees sense and throws down the gauntlet for a High Line for London. The competition run in conjunction with the Landscape Institute and Garden Museum is a call to extend the capital’s green infrastructure which could also involve transport links and can … Continue reading