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Exploring the Interconnectedness of Human and Environmental Health: In Conversation with Dr. Arta Yazdanseta

22 June 2024 @ 7:30 am

In the evolving landscape of architecture and urban design, bioclimatic and biogenic envelopes present a compelling vision for future cities. Dr. Arta Yazdanseta, a Doctor of Design focused on energy and environments, dives into the intersection of design, building performance, and plant biophysical ecology. With a focus on bioclimatic and biogenic envelopes, Dr. Yazdanseta examines how these typologies can enhance socio-natural systems by leveraging their self-organizing potential. Dr. Yazdanseta’s academic journey includes earning a Doctor of Design and a Master of Design in Energy and Environments from the Harvard Graduate School of Design.

Moos De Hill House / AUM Pierre Minassian

22 June 2024 @ 6:00 am

Moos De Hill is composed of two simple volumes placed one on top of the other. The triangular shape of the house opens onto the landscape of Lyon. The effect produced by the construction is stunning due to the contrast between its massive shapes and oversized cantilever. The entire building rests on a 23-ton kars rock that has been modeled over time. The rock supports the first floor and is the starting point of the huge 18 meter-cantilver which seems to challenge the laws of physics.

Drawer Balcony House / Naf Architect & Design

22 June 2024 @ 2:00 am

The balcony protrudes toward the front road, creating a garden-like space in the air. It’s a 6.5-tatami mat or 12 sqm space with privacy and security in mind, where you can use in many ways such as enjoy outdoor dining, place pots of plants, drink beer in the evening breeze, or pull out a chair and read a book on a sunny day. The owner’s beloved car fits nicely under the balcony.

Maxell Kuse Ga Aru Studio / kvalito

21 June 2024 @ 8:00 pm

The “KUSE GA ARU (quirky) STUDIO,” located within the “Art & Technology Village Kyoto (ATVK),” is a small building of approximately 100 square meters on Maxell Corporation’s site. Collaborating with Kyoto Prefecture and KYOTO Industrial Support Organization 21, Maxell aims to create new value by “mixing (MAZERU)” its own expertise, next-generation talent, and previously unencountered sensibilities, technologies, and creativity. The studio hosts awards (KUSE ga aru Award: MAZERU) for young creators, as well as talk events, workshops, and more.

Monreal House / SAA Arquitectura + Territorio

21 June 2024 @ 4:00 pm

Chile’s Patagonian landscape is defined by the immensity of nature in relation to the small density of constructions imposed upon it. The Monreal House is in the middle of remote Patagonia Mountain, and its construction processes were thought about this special location condition. From the beginning, given the sitting conditions, the design had to resolve two primary requirements. It is a grid project that considers the adverse conditions that affect construction in this type of region: remoteness, difficult access to and frequent lack of supply of materials, and a harsh working climate. The architectural concept is guided by the slope of the terrain, as well as by the wish to maintain the Monreal ´lake horizon. It was decided that the entire layout should be confined to two levels, establishing a relation to the lake and mountains by sitting the house against the slope.

Paço d'Arcos Apartment / Site Specific Arquitectura

21 June 2024 @ 2:00 pm

Paço de Arcos is a coastal parish of Oeiras, at the river mouth of the Tagus, which observes the river's connection to the ocean. In the 19th century, it was an excellent beach in the Lisbon region, where the capital’s aristocracy bathed, and with the evolution of the great metropolis, it became more suburbanized. In the 1970s, this seaside atmosphere was still alive, leaving behind various constructions with typological references to this summer life that can be found along the coastline to Cascais. The 1970s and 1980s imposed a forced modernity on the historic center of Paço de Arcos, highlighted by a large housing unit with a modernist design facing south, overlooking the ocean above the old rooftops. These were exclusively T1 typologies, with approximately 46m2, featuring small compartments, a kitchenette, and large balconies overlooking the sea.

Extension of Elementary School and Kindergarten in Studenec Village / Chrama

21 June 2024 @ 12:00 pm

The extension of Studenec Elementary School and Kindergarten is a pivotal addition to the vibrant sports and educational complex at the heart of Studenec Village. Nestled amidst scenic surroundings, the architectural design harmonizes with both natural landscapes and existing structures, fostering a cohesive community and educational environment.

Office Development Building in Jinan / Gerber Architekten

21 June 2024 @ 10:00 am

The new building complex comprises two offset office towers of different heights and connecting building blocks of different heights, enclosing a green inner courtyard that provides access to all parts of the building.

Building a Sustainable Future: Sports Facilities Made from Bamboo

21 June 2024 @ 7:30 am

As awareness of sustainable development grows, bamboo is emerging as an attractive alternative to traditional construction materials. This innovative material is making significant inroads in the construction of sports facilities, showcasing how sustainable practices can shape a greener future.

Eco Park Durres / Casanova + Hernandez Architects

21 June 2024 @ 7:00 am

Eco Park Durres is a large public park built on a former landfill that was a serious environmental problem for the city. The design is inspired by a famous local Roman mosaic, “The Beauty of Durres”, which serves as a metaphor for the transformation of a polluted site with negative connotations into a public space for recreation and environmental education. The site has been used for years as an open landfill where solid waste has been stocked without any protection. As a result, a serious environmental problem was created. Land pollution was produced by the leachate of solid waste in the soil. Air pollution was produced by the frequent fires provoked by people who burned illegally plastics and organic waste to extract the steel. Water pollution was produced by the spreading of waste in the water channels and food pollution was created because of the practice of feeding animals with the organic materials of the waste.

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From the urban tapestry of Los Angeles to a sustainable city

23 November 2023 @ 12:27 pm

Los Angeles, often hailed as the entertainment capital of the world, is not only a hub for the film and music industries but also a fascinating canvas of urban design. The city's architectural landscape reflects a rich tapestry woven with threads of history, culture, and innovation. As one navigates the vast expanse of Los Angeles, it becomes apparent that the city's design is a dynamic fusion of tradition and modernity.[...]

A Connecticut home with a green roof and minimal site impact

15 August 2023 @ 6:30 pm

Meeting the challenge to gently place a home into a valley below the access road and adjacent to a scenic river, Weston Residence is both a primary residence and an award-winning example of minimal site impact architectural design. [...]

Rivian R1T is the best glamping truck on the market

15 August 2023 @ 5:30 pm

The new Rivian R1T pickup is the fabulous EV glamping truck you didn’t know you needed. This unique EV truck has all kinds of features you need, plus a few you never even thought of. Come along on our test drive of the Rivian R1T and decide for yourself if this is your next daily driver. [...]

Here are the latest sustainable construction materials

14 August 2023 @ 5:30 pm

According to the U.N. Environmental Program, the construction industry is not making enough efforts to achieve net-zero emissions. While all sectors are making efforts to cut greenhouse gas emissions, the construction sector is still to get an organized strategy. Today, up to 50% of the world's climate change is caused by the construction sector. The same industry is responsible for up to 40% of the pollution in water bodies. These figures just go to show, how significant the construction industry is in regards to environmental impact.[...]

Best cut flower varieties for a sustainable home garden

14 August 2023 @ 4:30 pm

Cut flowers sounded easy when I started gardening. Just plant some flowers and then cut them, right? Well, there is a lot more to it than that. Cut flowers are often grown from specific varieties that tend to have long, sturdy stems and big, beautiful blooms, and each variety has its own tips to keep them healthy. It also can be hard to find the right varieties in sustainable versions. [...]

University Mass Timber Pavilion was designed by students

11 August 2023 @ 5:30 pm

Nestled on the Rice University campus, amid multiple microhabitats and surrounded by green, you will see a small pavilion that looks a bit like an ancient Greek temple. But this pavilion was carefully crafted to have a modern design. It's sustainable, beautiful and an example that might just inspire campuses around the world.[...]

Travel to the ancient beauty of Machu Picchu, Peru

11 August 2023 @ 3:30 pm

Our group sat in a circle at a 15th century Inca site. We each held three coca leaves glued together with llama fat and concentrated on protection, prosperity and a balanced life. A young shaman named Lucas alternately prayed in Quechua and explained things to us in Spanish, both translated by our guide Wilfredo Huillca. The shaman added quinoa, corn, confetti and other symbolic items to Pachamama, the Andean earth mother. Fortunately, modern rituals substitute animal cookies for alpaca sacrifices.[...]

Biophilic building enhances biodiversity in the neighborhood

10 August 2023 @ 6:30 pm

Kaiserstraße is a new residential building currently under construction in Blumenau, Brazil. The project is designed by Alencar Arquitetura and aims to harness connections between residents and the natural world.[...]

The first agricultural community of its kind in Ontario

10 August 2023 @ 4:30 pm

Humans living in harmony with nature and with each other is really the goal of sustainable, environmentally-friendly design. And it is hardly a hip and modern idea, not unless you think the Stone Age is trendy. Long ago, people banded together in groups to live and work together as one community, rather than as individuals. Now, Castlepoint Numa is bringing this ancient idea into the modern era with an innovative design.[...]

These are 5 industries being propelled by 3D printing

9 August 2023 @ 8:26 pm

When 3D printing first took off, it was difficult to imagine how diverse the field would grow. Nowadays, the realm of additive manufacturing is growing daily. In particular, five sectors are advancing rapidly as a result of developments in additive manufacturing. These are healthcare, food, fashion, motorsports and aerospace. Based on estimates, it is believed that soon these industries will incorporate 3D printing as a key component of their operations.[...]

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The Garden Landscape Guide

Floral tribute to QUEEN ELIZABETH II 1926-2022: flowers from the people

13 September 2022 @ 12:27 pm

A wonderful floral tribute to Queen Elizabeth II was made by host of British people and overseas visitors. The first bunches of flowers were laid outside the gates of Buckingham Palace almost as soon as her death was announced. London’s florists rose to the occasion and the carpets of flowers spread to the gates of […]

Where is this garden, famous for its sub-tropical planting?

7 February 2021 @ 12:52 pm

The clue may be unhelpful! Please click this link to find the garden’s identity, to see its place on  a  map and to watch a video about the gardens

Geoffrey Jellicoe, Jordan Peterson, post-Postmodernism and Metamodernism

20 October 2020 @ 7:03 pm

Garden designers and landscape architects have had an uneasy relationship with “styles” for two centuries. In the nineteenth century it was a central issue, with much talk of: the superiority of the ‘English’ style to the ‘French’ style the ‘Gardenesque’ style the ‘Formal’ style and the ‘Informal’ style. In the twentieth century, led by Modernist […]

River Thames Landscape and Gardens

6 October 2020 @ 12:47 pm

Jane Webb published The Mummy! A Tale of the Twenty-Second Century in 1827 and, through it, met her future husband, John Claudius Loudon. A pioneering sci-fi novel, it envisages London in 300 years time. In different ways, Jane and John had shared interests in gardens and futurology. This passage from  The Mummy envisages the Thames’ […]

Landscape architecture podcasts

3 July 2020 @ 6:27 pm

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2019 Chelsea Flower Show Garden Designs

12 October 2019 @ 6:44 pm

While admiring the 2019 Chelsea Flower Show, I thought of a name for an emerging style of garden design. The primary characteristic of  the Belief Style is a new view of Nature: as simultaneously endangered, life-enhancing and in need of conservation by and for humanity. Perhaps it will earn a place on the Gardenvisit chart […]

Tour of Persian Gardens

18 February 2019 @ 6:46 am

The Cultural Landscape Association (CLA) is a non-profit organization specialized in the area of Cultural Landscape and the only institution in Iran that focuses on cultural landscapes interdisciplinary. The Association’s mission is to strengthen the role of cultural landscape in sustainable development in Iran and the Middle East region, by building the capacity of all […]

James Veitch and Sons nurserymen and garden designers

8 February 2019 @ 7:58 am

Veitch’s Chelsea nursery ceased trading in 1914, rather appropriately for the greatest horticultural firm in British history. It was founded in the eighteenth century  and in the nineteenth century took advantage of peace, prosperity and sea power to engage in plant collecting on a world scale.  It brought 1281 new plants into cultivation and undertook […]

Gardens of the Château de Vullierens

6 February 2019 @ 4:30 pm

We are pleased to welcome the gardens of the Château de Vullierens to the Gardenvisit guide. Just inland from Lac Lemen (Lake Geneva) it looks south to the Alps and Mont Blanc. Four important styles of garden design have influenced the layout. When first built, as a strongly fortified house, it was set in a […]

Stupas, conservation, heritage, historic gardens in Ladakh

16 July 2018 @ 12:26 pm

Heritage conservation is founded on a modernist view of the supremacy of reason and science over faith, religion and belief. This leads to the conservation policy of detaching objects from their cultural contexts and freezing them in time. If the culture that produced the object has died, this may be justifiable. But a different policy […]

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Luxury Beach Getaway Can Slide Away From Eroding Coast

7 February 2023 @ 4:47 pm

A weekend beach retreat is a fabulous thing no matter where you are in the world, but on some beaches in New Zealand it can also be a dangerous thing. On the Northern New Zealand coast, the tide is quickly stealing away the beach and making homes there dangerously untenable.Because of the coastal erosion The post Luxury Beach Getaway Can Slide Away From Eroding Coast first appeared on Dornob.

Tropical Perfection: Miami Beach House Has Its Own Swimmable Lagoon

7 February 2023 @ 4:47 pm

If you were making a checklist of all the things you’d have in your fantasy beach house, what would they be? A heated saltwater pool that could be used year-round? Check. Long stretches of sliding glass doors that erase the boundary between indoors and out? Check. How about a sunken conversation pit The post Tropical Perfection: Miami Beach House Has Its Own Swimmable Lagoon first appeared on Dornob.

Refab Fire House: Modern Home Retrofit in an Aged Station

7 February 2023 @ 4:47 pm

This house is all about sequence - a faded brick shell gives way to spaces mixing old and new, which in turn lead into ultramodern interiors deep within this former fire station compound. The heart is a blend of black, white and glass - a private modern retreat tucked like a nesting doll in a rich historic The post Refab Fire House: Modern Home Retrofit in an Aged Station first appeared on Dornob.

Tokyo Urban Farm: Eat While Watching Your Food Grow

7 February 2023 @ 4:46 pm

Offering some green relief in a dense and brightly-neoned cityscape, these mini urban farming cubes add visual relief and interest but also provide a functional habitat supplying an adjacent restaurant.Simple iron frames enclose full glazing on all sides so passers by or diners can watch from any side. The post Tokyo Urban Farm: Eat While Watching Your Food Grow first appeared on Dornob.

Skinny Little Mini-Home Has an Even-Smaller House Inside!

7 February 2023 @ 4:46 pm

There are small homes, then there are smaller homes ... then there are super-skinny, ultra-mini houses inside of homes. The strange starts on the outside but quickly works its way to the interior. For starters, the whole (larger) home is sandwiched between thick and solid concrete slabs that rise straight The post Skinny Little Mini-Home Has an Even-Smaller House Inside! first appeared on Dornob.

Modern Mobile Log Cabin … or Portable Prefab Pile of Logs?

7 February 2023 @ 4:44 pm

Anything but your conventional log cabin home, one might see this structure atop a mountain or on a lake and and think it a pile of rough-cut wood logs rather than a cleverly camouflaged modular living and work space.Designed by Hans Linberg, the 'logs' are merely a wood building facade covering a prefabricated The post Modern Mobile Log Cabin … or Portable Prefab Pile of Logs? first appeared on Dornob.

Pop-Up Prefab Porch Shelter

7 February 2023 @ 4:44 pm

Whether you are looking to add an office, pool cover, spare garage or community space to your yard, this may be a perfect fit: an elegant, durable but ultimately also portable structure for expanding your enclosed space. It's a bit like a temporary modern addition or a pop-up porch, but it looks a lot The post Pop-Up Prefab Porch Shelter first appeared on Dornob.

Odd House Adapts to Irregular Site with Computer Mapping

7 February 2023 @ 4:44 pm

Computer software enabled architects to design a highly unusual faceted concrete home for a difficult, hilly building site. The post Odd House Adapts to Irregular Site with Computer Mapping first appeared on Dornob.

Rolling Home: 1948 Bus Remodeled into Handcrafted Abode

7 February 2023 @ 4:43 pm

Two years after it went up on Craigslist with the simple description "runs, drives, stops, registered," a 1948 Chevy bus became a bohemian hand-crafted home by the name of Ophelia. Freelance surf-craft builder Ryan Lovelace renovated the interior, which already featured a microbus extension on top, to The post Rolling Home: 1948 Bus Remodeled into Handcrafted Abode first appeared on Dornob.

Sweden’s Treehotel Offers Offbeat Lodgings in Cozy Forest

7 February 2023 @ 4:43 pm

When you hear the word "Treehotel," you might imagine a woodsy getaway that evokes the charms of childhood nostalgia — and while the Treehotel in Sweden does indeed incorporate lodgings into trees, it's immediately clear that these are far from ordinary treehouses. In reality, it's an assortment of The post Sweden’s Treehotel Offers Offbeat Lodgings in Cozy Forest first appeared on Dornob.