Thomas Heatherwick saddened after plans for New York “treasure island” are scrapped

Only a month after the Garden Bridge was scrapped, Thomas Heatherwick’s plans for a park on New York’s Hudson River have been abandoned – and the designer has described the decision as “really, really sad”. Billionaire Barry Diller announced yesterday he is giving up his battle to replace an old pier with an undulating park and events space designed

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Tham & Videgård completes “tent-like” second home on a Swedish island

Swedish studio Tham & Videgård Arkitekter designed this summer house with a dramatic scooped roofline for an island in the Stockholm archipelago. Local office Tham & Videgård Arkitekter designed the property for a site on a promontory that extends from the small island of Krokholmen in Stockholm’s outer archipelago. At House on Krokholmen, expansive views

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Students “reinvigorate” traditional bamboo weaving with digital technologies for Sun Room pavilion

Architecture students from the University of Hong Kong created this woven bamboo shelter for farmers in China’s Fujian province by combining age-old weaving techniques with digital design methodologies. Due to its complexity and reliance on skilled labour, the art of bamboo weaving is in steep decline in the region. Students from the University of Hong Kong (HKU)

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Tadao Ando surrounds huge buddha statue with lavender-covered mound at Sapporo cemetery

Japanese architect Tadao Ando has concealed a huge stone statue of the buddha within a hill covered in lavender plants at the Makomanai Takino Cemetery in Sapporo. The top of the statue’s head just crests through a circular well at the centre of the verdant mound, which is carpeted in 150,000 of the purple-flowering plants. Visitors must pass through a 40-metre tunnel to get to

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Hong Kong’s Skypark rooftop provides a playground for “balance-centric millennials”

Dezeen promotion: entrepreneur Adrian Cheng has worked alongside Dutch architecture studio Concrete to create a new social space in Hong Kong tower Skypark that meets the needs of its youthful residents. Located in central Kowloon, Skypark features a clubhouse and lawned garden on its roof, with exterior steps that double as amphitheatre-style outdoor seating. New World Development built the

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EFFEKT unveils spiralling tower and treetop walkway for southern Denmark

Architecture studio EFFEKT has released plans for a 600-metre-long treetop walkway connected to a spiralling observation tower with 360-degree views over the forest canopy of southern Denmark. The local studio designed the continuous timber ramp as a commission for Camp Adventure, a tree-top adventure park located in the forests of Glisselfeld Kloster, Haslev – one hour south of Copenhagen. Shaped like an hourglass,

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James Corner Field Operations adds circular landscaping to Philadelphia Navy Yards Central Green

A+Awards: landscaped circles accommodate different activities at the centre of the redeveloped Navy Yards in Philadelphia, designed by James Corner Field Operations and a winner at the 2016 Architizer A+Awards. The Central Green sits at the heart of the former boat-building docks in the south of the city, which have undergone extensive regeneration into a

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Williamsburg’s Domino Sugar Factory site to become six-acre park by James Corner Field Operations

The site of the former Domino Sugar Factory on the Brooklyn waterfront will open as a public park in 2018, as part of a major redevelopment project. The derelict patch of land that the red-brick factory sits on – just north of the Williamsburg Bridge – will be transformed by landscape architecture firm James Corner

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Kengo Kuma’s major expansion of Portland Japanese Garden opens

Japanese architect Kengo Kuma has completed a new complex for an urban garden in Portland, Oregon, that features a central courtyard and buildings topped with pagoda-style, green roofs. The project is the first public commission in America for Kuma, who founded in Tokyo-based practice in 1990. He won the commission through an international competition. The

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ENOTA sculpts pedestrian area for Slovenian garden city

A+Awards: angular steps and terraces line the banks of a shallow waterway to form a promenade at the heart of Velenje, Slovenia – a project that earned Ljubljana firm ENOTA a 2016 Architizer A+Award. The Promenada in Velenje’s centre forms a public space and thoroughfare for the young town, designed in the 1950s in the

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Snøhetta designs terraced stone entrances for Norway’s huge Stad Ship Tunnel

Snøhetta has designed a pair of grand stone arches for the entrance points of a 1.7-kilometre shipping tunnel, which will cut through a peninsula to bypass a particularly dangerous stretch of Norway’s coast. The 37-metre-high and 36-metre-wide Stad Ship Tunnel will pass through the narrowest part of the weather-beaten Stad peninsula between Kjødepollen and Moldefjorden. Snøhetta designed a set of

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Heatherwick’s Pier 55 park for New York now unlikely to go ahead

Plans to construct a Thomas Heatherwick-designed park and events venue jutting out over New York’s Hudson River have hit a major bump after a federal court vacated the project’s permit. The United States District Court has modified the permit issued for the construction of Pier 55, making it near impossible for the project to go ahead.

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Penda designs modular wooden “village” for Beijing Horticultural Expo

Architecture studio Penda has revealed plans to create a vast network of modular building blocks at the International Horticultural Expo 2019 in Beijing, forming a 30,000-square-metre exhibition space. Penda architects Chris Precht and Dayong Sun plan to build on their experience with modular construction to create the exhibition space for Chinese property developer Vanke. Their aim is to create an alternative to

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South Dakota bunker field acts as apocalypse refuge for the rich

These mounds in the landscape of South Dakota are formed by hundreds of concrete military bunkers, which are being repurposed to create the world’s “largest survival shelter community”. Families and groups can lease the bunkers to be used as refuges in the wake of a catastrophic event, such as a nuclear war, a viral pandemic

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Exhibition surveys work of modernist landscape architect Lawrence Halprin

Parks with terraced fountains and chunky concrete formations are among works by American landscape architect Lawrence Halprin featured in a show at the National Building Museum in Washington DC. Titled The Landscape Architecture of Lawrence Halprin, the exhibition presents more than 50 new photographs of Halprin’s projects, including a stone-lined corridor for Yosemite Falls in

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Blank Studio proposes fibre canopies for sun-drenched Arizona streets

A scheme to convert roadways in Phoenix into car-free and plant-filled corridors shaded by woven canopies has won first place in a design competition. Designed by local firm Blank Studio Design + Architecture, the plan calls for transforming existing streets in Phoenix – a desert city in Arizona where summer temperatures regularly climb over 100 degrees Fahrenheit

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Swirling brick circles form back garden for South London Gallery

Mexican artist Gabriel Orozco has worked with 6a Architects to create a sculptural garden paved in a pattern of interconnected circles for the South London Gallery. The community-focused gallery, located in the London area of Camberwell, was previously renovated and extended by 6a Architects in 2010. The new back garden is intended give the gallery’s

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World Landscape of the Year 2016 is “about respect for water” says landscape architect Grant Bailey

In our next exclusive movie from this year’s World Architecture Festival, Grant Bailey of Isthmus explains how the Auckland firm’s award-winning Kopupaka Reserve was informed by local Maori culture. Kopupaka Reserve, which was named World Landscape of the Year 2016 at the World Architecture Festival in Berlin last month, consists of a series of stormwater wetlands on

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Beautifying the Border proposal replaces US-Mexico fence with landscaping

Miami firm DOMO Architecture + Design has created renderings that show a series of landscaped features along the border between the USA and Mexico instead of a fence or wall. The Beautifying the Border project suggests a series of landscaped features that the studio hopes would be less imposing than the present setup. “Currently, there

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Kopupaka Reserve in Auckland wins World Landscape of the Year 2016

An Auckland wetlands reserve featuring “woven” timber structures has been named World Landscape of the Year 2016 at the World Architecture Festival. Designed by New Zealand firm Isthmus, the Kopupaka Reserve is a 22-hectare landscape made up of five stormwater wetlands. The designers added a series of timber structures around the edges of three ponds, creating forms that weave their way across

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The Desert Wing Residence By Kendle Design

Located in Scottsdale, Arizona, ‘Desert Wing’ is a 8,300 square foot contemporary minimalist single family residence, designed by architect Brent Kendle of Kendle Design collaborative.
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Non-rectangular football pitches created in Bangkok slum

Unused patches of land in a densely populated area of the Thai capital have been transformed into a series of irregularly-shaped football pitches for local residents (+ movie). The Unusual Football Pitch project is the work of property developer AP Thai, with help from digital agency CJ Worx. The companies wanted create a space that could change the lives of young More

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Norway moves to scrap plans for controversial Utøya memorial

The Norwegian government has offered to abandon plans for a memorial to the 77 people murdered during the terrorist attacks of 22 July 2011, after fierce opposition by local residents. Swedish artist Jonas Dahlberg intends to sever a strip of headland from the coastline in the village of Sørbråten, in tribute to the victims of the bombing in Oslo and the More

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The Oak Pass Main House In Beverly Hills

Glass, concrete, and steel detail this panoramic house on a 3.5 acre property in Beverly Hills, California.
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Mountainside platform by Code Arkitektur creates three vertiginous viewpoints

This triangular viewing platform perched on the edge of a mountain was created by Norwegian studio Code Arkitektur as a rest stop for one of the country’s picturesque tourist trails (+ slideshow). Called Utsikten, which translates as “the view”, the concrete structure is located near the top of Gaular mountain on Norway’s western coast. Its corners are raised, giving each spot a different More

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Zigzagging concrete “veranda” built in Shanghai agricultural park

Shanghai architects TF and PPAS have built a set of sprawling concrete structures that will be used by visitors to an agricultural park on the outskirts of the Chinese city (+ slideshow). The new structures provide a public meeting area for the Modern Agricultural Park in Jinshan, southwest of the city. This 153-square-kilometre park, created a decade ago, functions as More

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Sunken pools and planting proposed to ease flooding in Copenhagen neighbourhood

A network of sunken basins and water-purifying planting has been developed by landscape studio SLA and engineering firm Ramboll to help avert flooding in a Copenhagen neighbourhood (+ slideshow). The 140 million DKK (£16 million) project called The Soul of Nørrebro aims to regenerate the city’s Inner Nørrebro area, establishing new ecosystems to ease flooding, and creating new social spaces in More

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West 8 creates artificial hills on New York’s Governors Island

Landscape architecture firm West 8 has added rolling hills with playgrounds and art installations across Governors Island in New York harbour (+ slideshow). Opening to the public later this month, The Hills on Governors Island takes up 10 acres (four hectares) of park space. Measuring between 26 and 70 feet (eight and 21 metres) in height, More

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OMA’s team wins FAB Park competition for Downtown LA

The City of Los Angeles has chosen a design by OMA and landscape architects Mia Lehrer + Associates to transform a site in the Downtown area into a public park (+ slideshow). FAB Park will be located at the intersection of First Street and Broadway, on a currently vacant lot in across from LA’s Civic More

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Graves reached using GPS proposed for bushland cemetery near Sydney

The bereaved will be able to find the location of their loved ones’ graves using GPS in this cemetery without headstones, proposed by Australian firms CHROFI and McGregor Coxall for Sydney (+ slideshow). The pioneering cemetery model stems from the firms’ belief that attitudes towards death are changing as society becomes increasingly secular, and that the More

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UAE plans manmade mountain to increase rainfall

The United Arab Emirates is considering proposals for an artificial mountain that could help increase the country’s rainfall. Researchers are exploring different approaches to creating more rain in the country, according to reports. One option is to construct an artificial mountain, which would increase cloud production and make it possible to create rain on demand. A team at the National More

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Domed greenhouses form heart of botanic garden design by Delugan Meissl

Tropical, desert and aquatic plants will be housed in a trio of gridded glass domes at the centre of these botanical gardens planned by Austrian firm Delugan Meissl Associated Architects for Taiyuan, China. Vienna-based Delugan Meissl – whose portfolio includes the Porsche Museum in Germany and the Festival Hall in Erl, Austria – designed the Taiyuan Botanical Garden More

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Four competing designs unveiled for Pershing Square in downtown Los Angeles

The four competing proposals for the revamp of LA’s Pershing Square have been finalised and revealed, by designers including Morphosis and James Corner Field Operations (+ slideshow). Set to be presented to the public today, the schemes are evolutions of initial concepts that were shown last December, and all four aim to revitalise the square, which is one of the city’s oldest public More

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Eight-kilometre-long mountain walkway captured in new photographs by Nelson Garrido

Portuguese photographer Nelson Garrido has used both a handheld and drone-mounted camera to capture the zigzagging paths of the Paiva Walkways, an eight-kilometre-long trail through the wild mountain landscape of Arouca, Portugal (+ slideshow). Lisbon-based engineering firm Trimetrica was appointed by the local municipality to create the pedestrian route, which offers visitors a two and a half hour walk alongside rivers, More

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“Disparity in the values assigned to architecture and landscape architecture continues”

Opinion: a proposal to surround New York’s Central Park with a giant “sidescraper” epitomises architects’ disregard for designed landscapes, says president of The Cultural Landscape Foundation, Charles A Birnbaum. What does it say about the architecture profession that a design concept that would destroy New York’s Central Park as we know it has gotten publicity More

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West 8 plans botanical garden for Houston featuring an arching tree bridge

Dutch landscape firm West 8 has masterplanned a new botanical garden in Houston, Texas, featuring a mosaic of gardens and a bridge incorporating an arch of trees. Encompassing 120 acres (49 hectares), the Houston Botanic Garden will replace a golf course in the suburb of Glenbrook Valley, near the city’s airport. The area is bordered by More

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Terraces of plants in Yanweizhou Park “control floods in an ecological way”

World Architecture Festival 2015: in this exclusive movie, Andrew Buck of Turenscape discusses the flood-resistant topography of the Chinese landscape firm’s award-winning wetland park in Jinhua, China. Yanweizhou Park, which was crowned World Landscape of the Year at World Architecture Festival 2015, is a 26-hectare wetland park at the mouth of three rivers in China’s […]

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BIG unveils design for urban neighbourhood on site of former Pittsburgh hockey arena

Danish architecture studio BIG has revealed its masterplan for Pittsburgh’s Lower Hill District, featuring sloped-roof buildings and an extensive network of pathways (+ slideshow). BIG, the studio founded by Bjarke Ingels, is leading a team commissioned to design the 28 acre (11 hectare) masterplan for the sloping site near the city’s downtown area. The site formerly housed the Civic Arena – […]

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World Landscape of the Year 2015 prize goes to Chinese wetlands park by Turenscape

World Architecture Festival 2015: a natural wetland park at the mouth of three rivers in China’s Zhejiang Province has won the World Landscape of the Year prize. Designed by Chinese landscape firm Turenscape, the 26-hectare Yanweizhou Park in Jinhua features flood-resistant topography, natural wildlife habitats, and a network of meandering pathways and bridges. The aim of the project was to preserve […]

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Snaking BMX race track installed in Toronto for Pan American Games

This undulating course was designed by Canadian firm Kleinfeldt Mychajlowycz Architects to host BMX races during the 2015 Pan American Games (+ slideshow). The local architecture studio designed the BMX Supercross Legacy Project for the sporting event, which was held in Toronto during July. Riders launched themselves onto the undulating dirt track via ramps enclosed in a board-marked concrete and steel-slatted structure. The […]

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Penda highlights global water crisis with meadow pathway installation

Architecture studio Penda has designed a meadow containing sunken pathways and concealed meeting places, which opens next month as part of China’s International Garden Expo 2015. The temporary installation, named Where the River Runs, will invite visitors to follow the path of an imaginary river as it winds its way through the landscape. The aim is to […]

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Verdant “cloud forests” and waterfalls proposed for new Singapore high-rise

Landscape firm Gustafson Porter has unveiled plans to create tiered gardens and waterfalls with a towering development proposed for Singapore’s Marina Bay. Conceived by German studio Ingenhoven Architects and Singapore firm A61 as a plant-covered “mountain”, Marina One will be made up of four high-rise blocks unified by louvres and an undulating garden atrium. This atrium, known as the Green Heart, was designed by London-based Gustafson Porter. […]

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Lowline Lab demonstrates viability of an underground New York park

A new mock-up of the Lowline, the underground park planned for New York City, demonstrates how its designers will bring sunlight and plant life below the streets of Manhattan’s Lower East Side (+ slideshow). Called the Lowline Lab, the 5,000-square-foot (464 square metres) space reveals the solar collection and distribution technology the organisers plan to use to bring sunlight down to […]

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CF Møller creates dune-inspired promenade and landscaping on Aalborg waterfront

Danish office CF Møller has completed its transformation of a waterfront promenade in Aalborg, as part of a wider regeneration of the port city in northern Denmark (+ slideshow). The waterfront of Aalborg, which is Denmark’s third-largest city by population, has been transformed in recent years with new university buildings, student housing, and a striking concrete […]

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“Chicago is a living laboratory of future infrastructure”

Opinion: Chicago may have been the birthplace of the modern skyscraper, but the city is now more interested in landscape projects that make New York’s High Line look like small fry, says Jonathan D Solomon, director of architecture at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. In his 1970 essay Chicago a la Carte: […]

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ArandaLasch presents art park designs for sensitive ecological site in Bali

Chicago Architecture Biennial 2015: US firm ArandaLasch has unveiled plans for an art park for a Chinese-Indonesian philanthropist, proposed on terraced rice paddies in the Bali countryside (+ slideshow). The project, called Budidesa, is featured in the Chicago Architecture Biennial, which opened on 3 October and continues to 3 January 2016. The development will encompass 161,000 […]

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Piet Oudolf creates rooftop garden for New York condo building

Dutch garden designer Piet Oudolf, known for large public projects like New York’s High Line, has completed a project much smaller in scale: a private terrace for an apartment building in the city. Oudolf conceived the planting scheme for the terrace atop the 57-unit luxury apartment building the Huys – Dutch for “house” – located in New York’s NoMad […]

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Underline park by James Corner Field Operations would stretch below elevated rail tracks in Miami

James Corner Field Operations – one of the studios behind New York’s popular High Line – has designed a new park for downtown Miami that would be constructed beneath an elevated rail line (+ slideshow). Working with the nonprofit group Friends of The Underline, James Corner Field Operations has conceived the 10-mile-long (16 kilometre) park and urban […]

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Waterside park by MIA Design Studio runs alongside a lake in Vietnam

Vietnamese office MIA Design Studio has transformed a polluted lake in the city of Qui Nhon into a scenic visitor attraction, with the addition of a waterside park that conceals a new sewage system (+ slideshow). MIA Design Studio – which also recently completed a plant-covered spa in Danang – has overhauled the entire northern edge […]

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Rogers Partners team moves ahead with new Pier Park in Florida’s St Petersburg

The city council of St Petersburg, Florida, has signed off the demolition of a historic pier and approved plans for its replacement – a hybrid pier and park designed by New York studio Rogers Partners. Rogers Partners is working with New York landscape architect Ken Smith and local firm ASD to replace St Petersburg Pier, which […]

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Lowline creators launch Kickstarter campaign for underground park in New York

Creators of the proposed Lowline in New York, billed as the world’s first underground park, have launched a Kickstarter campaign to help fund development of the project (+ slideshow). Designed by James Ramsey of Raad Studio, the scheme proposes transforming an abandoned, underground trolley terminal in Manhattan’s Lower East Side neighbourhood into a one-acre (4,000-square-metre) public park with […]

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Surface Design creates verdant outdoor spaces for Butterfly House in San Francisco

Taking cues from Japanese gardens, landscape architecture firm Surface Design has created a series of planted terraces for a renovated home in San Francisco (+ slideshow). San Francisco-based Surface Design created the landscaping scheme for the Butterfly House, a multi-storey, mid-century residence that was redesigned in 2013 by local firm John Maniscalco Architecture. The outdoor spaces are composed […]

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Snøhetta team to design river walk next to America’s second largest waterfall

Architecture and landscape firm Snøhetta has been appointed to develop plans for a new public access route along Willamette Falls in Oregon, the second largest waterfall in the US (+ slideshow). Snøhetta will lead a design team including Portland-based landscape studio Mayer/Reed and architecture and engineering firm Dialog on the Willamette Falls Riverwalk, which will repurpose an abandoned paper mill […]

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MVRDV to transform Seoul overpass into High Line-inspired park

Dutch firm MVRDV has been selected to transform an elevated road in Seoul into a public park that could become South Korea’s answer to the High Line. MVRDV will work alongside Dutch design studio Studio Makkink & Bey and landscape designer Ben Kuipers to overhaul the 938-metre-long Seoul Station Overpass, creating a new pedestrian pathway boasting 254 species of trees, shrubs and flowers. Their competition-winning […]

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Freshwater bathing pond to open in London’s King’s Cross

A naturally filtered outdoor swimming pool is taking shape as part of the redevelopment of King’s Cross in London. The project, called Of Soil and Water, is described as the UK’s first man-made bathing pond filtered using natural processes. Conceived by Rotterdam studio Ooze Architects and Slovenian artist Marjetica Potrč as both an art installation […]

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Sky Garden opens at the top of Rafael Viñoly’s Walkie Talkie

News: the viewing terraces opened today at the top of Rafael Viñoly’s so-called Walkie Talkie skyscraper in London, pictured in these exclusive images by photographer Edmund Sumner (+ slideshow). Rafael Viñoly – a Uruguayan architect based in New York – conceived the Sky Garden as a public park, crowning his 160-metre 20 Fenchurch Street tower. This feature helped the project win planning permission, […]
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Bjarke Ingels’ public square for Battersea Power Station unveiled

News: BIG’s competition-winning design for a new public square at London’s Battersea Power Station has been revealed. Malaysia Square will form the heart of the £8 billion redevelopment of the iconic former power station site in south London, and will feature a flower-shaped fountain and an array of bridges. Rumours that BIG, the firm led by Danish […]

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Thomas Heatherwick to build $130 million “treasure island” on New York’s Hudson River

News: first it was a garden bridge to span London’s River Thames, now British designer Thomas Heatherwick is proposing a floating island park for the Hudson River in New York (+ slideshow). Replacing the dilapidated Pier 54, the 10,000-square-metre Pier 55 is conceived as an undulating landscape of performance venues and planting, built over a cluster of mushroom-shaped […]

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Canberra’s National Arboretum features “100 forests from around the world”

World Architecture Festival 2014: Australian landscape architect Perry Lethlean explains the concept behind the Canberra park named World Landscape of the Year 2014 in our next movie from World Architecture Festival. The National Arboretum by Taylor Cullity Lethlean and Tonkin Zulaikha Greer is a regeneration project on the outskirts of Canberra, Australia, aimed at replacing trees […]

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