Lake Flato creates pavilions with concrete “petals” for San Antonio’s Confluence Park

American firm Lake Flato has designed a riverfront park in southern Texas, with sculptural pavilions that provide shade on sunny days and help collect rainwater during storms. Confluence Park is located on a bluff overlooking the point where the San Pedro Creek merges with the San Antonio River. Covering three acres (1.2 hectares), the public

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Charles Holland installs parrot-like pavilion in National Trust garden

Polly is a brightly-coloured pavilion designed by Charles Holland Architects, which has taken up residence in the grounds of Fountains Abbey & Studley Royal in North Yorkshire. The pavilion is one of four temporary art installations that can be found in the water gardens of the National Trust property, as part of the Folly! 2018 programme of outdoor

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David Adjaye and Michael Van Valkenburgh selected to transform Detroit’s West Riverfront Park

Michael Van Valkenburgh and David Adjaye have won a competition to transform a riverside parcel in Downtown Detroit into a thriving public park, with plans for a beach, multiple pavilions and a small isle for roosting birds. The Detroit RiverFront Conservancy announced yesterday that the British architect and the Brooklyn-based landscape architecture firm triumphed in

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Pitched-roof structure revitalises public space at Veracruz port

An underused public space in Veracruz, Mexico, has been given new life by Rozana Montiel and Alvin V Wallach, who built a canopy over the plaza to protect it from the elements. The Court project sought to accommodate a range of activities on an existing plaza at the port of Veracruz, which lies east of

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Plant-filled Seattle Spheres open at Amazon headquarters

Retail company Amazon has completed a set of glass orbs filled with “cloud forest” gardens for its headquarters in Seattle, providing work areas for employees and green space for the public. The Spheres comprises a trio on connected glass domes, located in the centre of Amazon-occupied office towers in Downtown Seattle. Amazon founder and CEO,

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Porto architects create five temporary gallery spaces for travelling art exhibition

A mirror-clad pavilion camouflaged in woodland and another resembling a dilapidated shed are among five temporary structures on show in the grounds of the Alvaro Siza-designed Serralves Foundation in Porto. The pavilions are part of a show titled Live Uncertainty: An Exhibition After the 32nd Bienal de São Paulo. The show explores the anxieties currently

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World Landscape of the Year 2017 teaches people about China’s farming history, says Turenscape

The Chinese rice farm that was recently named World Landscape of the Year is designed to teach people about traditional agriculture, according to Stanley Lung of landscape architecture firm Turenscape.  Located in China’s Hunan Province, the farm forms part of the Chengtoushan Archaeological Park. It features a network of pathways that allow visitors to walk freely through paddy fields, observing

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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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Studio Maks and Junya Ishigami create three-pronged visitor centre for Dutch park

Three intersecting glass corridors sweep outwards from a sunken, triangular-shaped visitors centre designed by Studio Maks and Junya Ishigami + Associates for Park Vijversburg in the Netherlands. Recently refurbished, Park Vijversburg has been open to the public since 1892. Throughout the year, the park hosts events such as art exhibitions, musical performances, church services and excursions. To accommodate the

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18 “rail-to-trail” projects following in the High Line’s footsteps

The creators of New York’s High Line have launched a platform to advise similar infrastructure reuse projects in the USA. We’ve rounded up the 18 other schemes in the works, including an OMA-designed bridge with ramps and waterfalls, and an underground park. The hugely popular High Line park, designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro and James Corner Field Operations, reclaimed

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High Line creators launch website to advise on avoiding gentrification

The organisation behind New York’s High Line elevated park has created an online forum that offers advice for those embarking on similar infrastructure reuse projects. The High Line Network has been set up by Joshua David and Robert Hammond to ensure that other projects adapting disused infrastructure into public spaces are successful in creating all-inclusive public environments. The duo, who came

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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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Ecosistema Urbano envisions bioclimatic domes for West Palm Beach

Madrid studio Ecosistema Urbano has won first place in a competition to revamp the waterfront of Florida’s West Palm Beach, with a proposal for domed spaces that house an array of functions, from an aquarium to a yoga and meditation zone. Called Open Shore, the scheme is the winner of the Shore to Core competition

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Riverside office tower in Chicago by Goettsch Partners rises from sharply tapered base

US firm Goettsch Partners has completed a glass skyscraper with a compact footprint, which responds to its placement next to active train tracks and the Chicago River. Called 150 North Riverside, the commercial tower is located on a prominent waterfront site in the city’s West Loop. Rising 54 storeys, the glass-faced skyscraper sharply tapers inward

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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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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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Kengo Kuma’s expansion of Portland Japanese Garden set to open in April

Work is nearly complete on a major expansion to an urban Japanese garden in Oregon – the first public commission in America for architect Kengo Kuma. The serene park – which encompasses nine acres (3.6 hectares) on a hill near downtown Portland – is considered one of the most authentic Japanese gardens outside of Japan.

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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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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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Elevated urban park in Atlanta would stretch over a rail line and highway

American firms Rogers Partners and Nelson Byrd Waltz have conceived a raised, tree-lined park for Atlanta, Georgia, that would be built atop rail tracks and a busy roadway (+ slideshow). Called Bulkhead Park Over GA400, the project calls for a strip of green space to be constructed over a freeway and commuter railway in Buckhead, More

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Architects imagine new uses for Philip Johnson’s New York State Pavilion

A proposal to add a giant curvaceous greenhouse on top of the pavilion designed by Philip Johnson for the 1964-65 World’s Fair has won a competition to suggest uses for the abandoned structure. The New York State Pavilion Ideas Competition gave entrants free reign to imagine how the Queens landmark could be repurposed for the public. More

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New York gives thumbs up to subterreanean Lowline park

New York’s City Hall has given the go-ahead for the Lowline underground park, which aims to emulate the success of the city’s elevated High Line (+ slideshow). Billed as the world’s first underground park, the scheme proposes transforming a section of a former trolley terminal in Manhattan’s Lower East Side into a public space. It will be 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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Penda combines stepwells with water mazes for Indian garden design

The design features of Indian stepwells and water mazes are combined in this proposal for a landscaped garden by architecture studio Penda (+ slideshow). Penda –  a studio with offices in Beijing and Vienna – will create the 8,000-square-metre garden for a residential complex in Hyderabad, India, which is also designed by the team and set to begin construction this More

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Heatherwick’s Pier 55 to begin construction over New York’s Hudson River

British designer Thomas Heatherwick’s elevated park over the Hudson River has been given the go ahead by planners and will start construction this summer. The 2.7-acre Pier 55 has been given final consent by the US Army Corps of Engineers, the Hudson River Park Trust announced last week, after the project overcame a lawsuit earlier 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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TAKA slots tearooms and toilets beneath brick arches in Dublin’s St Patrick’s Park

TAKA has completed St Patrick’s Park Tearooms, a cafe with bright green window frames that is located beneath the brick arches of a Dublin park originally commissioned by the Guinness family (+ slideshow). Dublin studio TAKA was asked by the city’s council to design a cafe and toilet block to revitalise a pair of disused store rooms on the corner of St Patrick’s Park, located 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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Peter Zumthor’s Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2011 was a space of “solitude and calm”

Movie: gallery director Julia Peyton-Jones reflects on the walled garden Peter Zumthor created in 2011 in the next movie of our exclusive video series looking back at the Serpentine Gallery Pavilions. Swiss architect Zumthor’s 2011 black, rectangular pavilion enclosed a planted garden by Dutch landscape designer Piet Oudolf filled with flowers and shrubs. “Peter Zumthor designed an More

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The Hills by West 8 opening this summer on New York’s Governors Island

A park consisting of towering hills designed by Dutch landscape firm West 8 will open this summer on Governors Island, offering sweeping views of the New York Harbor and the city skyline. The Hills, as the project is called, consists of four mounds ranging in height from 25 to 70 feet (seven to 21 meters). More

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Singapore’s answer to the High Line could stretch across the entire island

Japanese firm Nikken Sekkei has been chosen to transform a 24-kilometre-long stretch of disused Singapore railway into a High Line-esque park that extends across the entire island (+ slideshow). The firm plans to create cycle paths, climbing walls, nature reserves, seating areas and water features along the disused railway corridor that stretches from Tanjong Pagar Railway Station in More

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Four finalists announced for revamp of Pershing Square in downtown LA

Architecture studio Morphosis and landscape architect James Corner Field Operations are among the four teams that have been shortlisted to redesign one of Los Angeles’ oldest public parks. Pershing Square Renew, a public-private partnership focused on renovating the park, announced the finalists this week. The competition was launched in September and drew 54 team entries. “The world-class firms selected by our jury More

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Perkins Eastman proposes turning New York’s Broadway into one long park

Perkins Eastman Architects’ Green Line concept would see New York’s iconic Broadway converted into a linear park running from Columbus Circle to Union Square. The Green Line would create a more than 40-block long park for pedestrians and cyclists that would connect many of the city’s famous public spaces – including Union Square, Madison Square, 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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Plans unveiled for Toronto park that will stretch under a highway

Toronto has revealed plans to construct a new park below an elevated highway, featuring outdoor performance spaces and a pedestrian and cycle trail. Known as Project: Under Gardiner, the design proposes the transformation of four “forgotten” hectares under the city’s Gardiner Expressway to create a series of public spaces. The initial concept was conceived by local urban designer Ken Greenberg, along with Marc […]

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MVRDV unveils plans for sunken lagoon park in Taiwan

Dutch architecture studio MVRDV is to replace a flooded shopping centre in the Taiwanese city Tainan with a lagoon to create a “hip urban pool” and artificial beach (+ slideshow). The Rotterdam firm won a competition to transform the shopping centre into a park and is working with local studios The Urbanist Collaborative and LLJ Architects on […]

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Bell Phillips converts Victorian gas holder into circular park for King’s Cross

A Victorian gas holder has been converted into a park with a circular lawn and a polished steel pavilion as part of the ongoing redevelopment of King’s Cross, London. London studio Bell Philips won a competition to design Gasholder Park in 2009 as part of the wider King’s Cross regeneration. The cylindrical frame surrounding the park is known as Gasholder No. 8 and was originally […]

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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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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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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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Mexican architects to create public park in the centre of a busy Mexico City road

Fernando Romero and two other Mexican architects have unveiled plans to transform Mexico City’s Avenida Chapultepec into a public park featuring trees, cafe plazas, a raised promenade and water features. Romero’s studio FR-EE is working with FRENTE and RVDG on the overhaul of the busy 10-lane road that runs west to east between Chapultepec Park and […]

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Kengo Kuma expansion plan unveiled for Japanese garden in Oregon

Architect Kengo Kuma has designed an expansion scheme for the Portland Japanese Garden that preserves existing gardens while adding new buildings to the verdant site (+ slideshow). The project – which is the Japanese architect’s first public commission in the US – calls for constructing a new “Cultural Village” with several buildings organised around a central courtyard. […]

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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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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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Turenscape transforms “lifeless ditch” into wetland park with meandering causeways

Spindly orange walkways are raised above the waters and meadows of this wetland park designed by landscape architects Turenscape on a neglected river in China (+ slideshow).  The Slow Down: Liupanshui Minghu Wetland Park was designed by Beijing landscape studio Turenscape for the River Suichenghe, in the city of Liupanshui, Guizhou Province. Related story: Riverside park by Topiaris Landscape Architecture […]
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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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