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Successful Rooftop Transformation in Chicago

Successful Rooftop Transformation in Chicago | green streets | Scoop.it
A Chicago roof garden is lush and private, thanks to hardy plants, shoji screens, and well-camouflaged mechanicals.

Roof gardens can cool dense cities, making them more livable. This one, in Chicago’s Lincoln Park neighborhood, sits atop a five-story building and is reached by way of a spiral staircase on the penthouse balcony. Not only does the garden connect the owner to nature and a skyline view, it also thrives in a city famous for its strong winds and extreme seasonal temperatures.

The expansive terrace, designed by Hoerr Schaudt Landscape Architects, is a Midwest prairie in microcosm. Two steel and mesh pergolas—a smaller one leading into the garden from the rooftop’s service entrance, and a larger one sheltering the seating area—are connected by slate pathways that wind past ipe planter boxes and a meadow of perennials and ornamental grasses. Structural concerns and exposure to the elements, of course, make rooftop transformations tricky.

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A. Perry Homes's curator insight, April 1, 2014 12:50 AM

Beautiful! Green topped-buildings. 

Jim Gramata's curator insight, October 27, 2014 11:24 AM

Lincoln Park rooftop garden and deck. This design is like a slice of prairie on their roof and was very successful. The only element missing would be the edible portion for on site produce. Nice job. 

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Top Ten Landscape Performance Spaces Around the World

Top Ten Landscape Performance Spaces Around the World | green streets | Scoop.it
Making the countdown to the best outdoor landscapes for theatre and concert performances.

Indoor performances spaces such as concert halls and theatres are a relatively modern phenomenon.For thousands of years performers have been giving concerts and plays in the landscape. Here, the very best of outdoor entertainment from the very old to the very new are celebrated in this countdown of the top ten landscape performance spaces across the world.

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The Urban Landscape: Designing With Cities, Not For Them

The Urban Landscape: Designing With Cities, Not For Them | green streets | Scoop.it
When the city is viewed not as a destination for design but as the source material for it, a new relationship between design and the urban landscape is possible.

Whether it’s repurposing a billboard to act as a humidity collection system for clean drinking water in Lima, Peru, or integrating Wi-Fi capabilities into Madrid’s paving stones with the iPavement initiative, cities are increasingly expanding the capabilities of their existing assets and reforming the urban terrain as a landscape of opportunity.


The truth is that a city has all the resources it needs; the key to unlocking these resources is seeing the urban landscape not as the end result of a previous creative process, but as the beginning of a new onea landscape to design with, not for.

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Agricultural Printing and Altered Landscapes by Benedikt Groß

Agricultural Printing and Altered Landscapes by Benedikt Groß | green streets | Scoop.it

Agricultural printing to tackle monoculture by promoting diversity in biomass farming by Benedikt Groß.

The Royal College of Art Design graduate began by investigating how digital technology is transforming farming. "You could say in the last 50 years everything was about mechanisation to increase scale and efficiency, but the next thing in farming is digitalisation and precision farming, where everything is going to be mapped right down to the single plant," Benedikt Groß told Dezeen...

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SANAA Meanders Through What Could Have Been a Subdivision

SANAA Meanders Through What Could Have Been a Subdivision | green streets | Scoop.it

Tokyo-based SANAA has unveiled its next U.S. project, a meandering structure called The River for the Grace Farms Foundation a non-profit in New Canaan, CT. Situated on an acre of the 75-acre Grace Farms, the building is defined by its flowing roof that hovers ten feet above the landscape on slender metal posts. Interior spaces are formed by increasing the building’s width and enclosing spaces in floor-to-ceiling glass, creating a seamless transition between interior spaces and a landscape designed by Philadelphia-based OLIN.

 

The River descends from a sanctuary space for the Community Church atop a hill and includes a library, meeting space, dining room, gymnasium, and children’s spaces along its route.

“Our goal with the River is to make the architecture become part of the landscape without drawing attention to itself, or even feeling like a building,” said Kazuyo Sejima, principal at SANAA, in a statement. “We hope that those who are on the property will have a greater enjoyment of the beautiful environment and changing seasons through the spaces and experience created by the River.”

 

The landscape of meadows, wetlands, lakes, and woods at Grace Farms was preserved from development in 2008 when a 10-house subdivision was once proposed.

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Unused Laneways Ideal for Urban Gardens

Unused Laneways Ideal for Urban Gardens | green streets | Scoop.it
An urban backdrop brings with it extensive challenges for landscape architects.

While such a backdrop allows them the opportunity to be creative, think outside the box and juxtapose the built and the organic to create a high-impact focus, there is no doubting the limitations it also creates.
This is perhaps part of the reason why, when projects interlink both built and organic means, they are so widely recognised.
Australian architect Andrew Burns’ recently-revealed works for a London public garden is a case in point. Undertaken as a part of the Cityscapes Festival, garden installations have been unveiled throughout London’s Southbank region, with Burns’ particular landscape plot positioned in a former bypass laneway known as Gibbon’s Rent.
Working with landscape expert Sarah Eberle, Burns was able to transform the highly industrial space into a hidden belt that he hopes will promote community socialization as much as it does environmental reclamation...

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Landscape Optimism: Chris Reed on Landscape Urbanism

Landscape Optimism: Chris Reed on Landscape Urbanism | green streets | Scoop.it

It is about time that landscape practices wake up:

 

Contemporary landscape practices are witnessing a revival of sorts, a recovery of the broader social, cultural, and ecological agendas. No longer a product of pure art history and horticulture, landscape is re-engaging issues of site and ecological succession and is playing a part in the formative roles of projects, rather than simply giving form to already defined projects.


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and so much more to come....

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Can we make nature even better?

Can we make nature even better? | green streets | Scoop.it
A new book from Emma Marris reexamines traditional views of wilderness, asserting that human influence over nature is undeniable, and that instead of fighting it, we should figure out how to use it for good.
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What Makes a Great Urban Street? | The Shouting Hare

What Makes a Great Urban Street? | The Shouting Hare | green streets | Scoop.it

We recently had the opportunity to think about what makes a streetscape feel or be urban. As part of the exercise, several people from our office collected images of what they thought were landscape characteristics of a vibrant urban street and we started developing an ever evolving list: bold horticulture that stands up to the architecture, busy sidewalk in front of a skyscraper; density; not always clean and orderly; vibrant colors; places to spend money; illuminated wildly at night; trees; water; somewhere to watch people; shade; irregularity from one street/storefront to the next.

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Botanic garden in Australia wins World Landscape of the Year 2013

Botanic garden in Australia wins World Landscape of the Year 2013 | green streets | Scoop.it
This year's award for the best landscape project at the World Architecture Festival has gone to a botanical garden at a former quarry in Australia, situated in a former sand quarry outside Melbourne. 
The garden is laid out as a journey through Australian fauna, from the desert to the coast, set among buildings and beside artificial lakes, and showcases170,000 plants across 1700 species, and is used by both researchers and the public.
"This garden brilliantly summarises the great variety of Australian flora as well as the large part of the country which is arid desert," said the panel of judges. "Like a botanic garden, it is a collection of difference, but with a strong unifying set of journeys through the various landscapes.

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Phytoremediation: Healing Urban Landscapes through Plants

Phytoremediation: Healing Urban Landscapes through Plants | green streets | Scoop.it
Two graduate students present a concept for a former harbor site in north Amsterdam exploring the benefits of phytoremediation.


In the world of modern architecture everything has to be sustainable. If this means that we have to take care of nature and use our resources wisely then maybe phytoremediation can be considered a sustainable method of re-designing highly polluted areas.


Healing, remediating, cleaning, and purifying contaminated soil using plants to extract pollutants is the method of phytoremediation. It is getting attention lately, as it appears to be an effective low-cost and sustainable alternative when dealing with polluted soils. Interlaced into a good landscape design strategy it can save money, improve quality of urban spaces, and provides active and aesthetic uses of polluted areas until they are safe for other uses... 

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Daniel LaLiberte's curator insight, September 22, 2013 2:51 PM

Maybe before 200 years we will figure out how to speed up the process.

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Australia's Largest Botanic Garden: Biodiversity and Sustainability in the Public Realm

Australia's Largest Botanic Garden: Biodiversity and Sustainability in the Public Realm | green streets | Scoop.it

In a former sand quarry, a new botanic garden has been completed, one that allows visitors to follow a metaphorical journey of water through the Australian landscape, from the desert to the coastal fringe.

Via the artistry of landscape architecture, this integrated landscape brings together horticulture, architecture, ecology, and art to create the largest botanic garden devoted to Australian flora. It seeks, through the design of themed experiences, to inspire visitors to see our plants in new ways.

The project's completion comes at a time when Botanic Gardens world-wide are questioning existing research and recreational paradigms to address landscape conservation and a renewed interest in meaningful visitor engagement...

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Pedro Barbosa's comment, September 11, 2013 10:23 AM
Lauren, please contact me on pbarbosa@gmail.com regarding this issue.
Bridgett and Sheila 's curator insight, October 3, 2013 11:29 AM

This botanical garden shows the landscape of Australia and how they have managed to bring all the plant life throughout Australia into it whether or not they really grow there. This is a form off art and inventions because they have found a way to bring it all in together and give people a nice tour through a small scale Australia. 

Jemma Tanner's curator insight, October 27, 2013 7:35 AM

The reason I decided to scoop this this article was because it involves learning areas to do with Australia's landscape as well as gives the opportunity for students to practically and rationally design a solution to a problem. For example, you could pose a problem environment to the class in which they have to fix within certain restrictions. This could be lowered for younger levels by choosing one area of focus.

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Green Space + Pedestrian-Oriented Development: Futian District masterplan in Shenzhen by SWA Group

Green Space + Pedestrian-Oriented Development: Futian District masterplan in Shenzhen by SWA Group | green streets | Scoop.it
SWA Group has been selected to redesign Futian District in Shenzhen, China.

The landscape architecture and urban planning firm hopes to transform the congested and car-dominated district of central Shenzhen into a calmer, greener space where pedestrians are welcome.

As part of SWA’s masterplan, titled Garden City of Tomorrow, residential streets will be made over with exercise areas for all age groups as well as quieter green spaces. Office streets will incorporate gardens with seating areas, while retail streets will encourage pedestrian traffic with public art and better lighting. A botanical garden in the shape of a circuit board, representing the Chinese city’s electronics industry, has been proposed for a space alongside the Civic Center.

“Our landscape and urban design strategies will rebalance Futian from a car-dominated city with a challenging street system to offer a more beautiful, more functional environment, from landscaped boulevards and greenspaces to plazas and large gathering spaces,” said Sean O’Malley, the principal leading the masterplan from SWA Group...


See more renderings and learn more about the Garden City of Tomorrow at the complete article.

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Architecture, landscape & urban infrastructure that transforms public spaces with civic art

Architecture, landscape & urban infrastructure that transforms public spaces with civic art | green streets | Scoop.it
There are rare artists whose work crosses so many disciplines that categories fall short. And Cliff Garten’s “civic sculptures” stretch into the worlds of architecture, landscape architecture, urban infrastructure, and masterplanning.

His large pieces consist of LED-illuminated sculptures, street furniture, landscapes, and even bridges that, while visually dazzling, are also capable of transforming neighborhoods. They are most successful when Garten partners with civic engineers who know the value of rendering the public domain on a human scale. Pieces such as Sea Spires and Avenue of Light have even been economically uplifting, helping businesses flourish within an active pedestrian environment.

An advocate of civic collaboration, Garten is well aware of the challenges for an artist. “In the context of how American infrastructure projects are organized, art tends to become the window dressing of the project rather than an essential element of the infrastructure,” he noted. “If we want infrastructure that we can take pride in owning and using, some of the fundamental aspects of how our culture regards our infrastructure and how the design professions in consort with government build our infrastructure will have to change,” he said...

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Proving Ground - The Architect's Newspaper

Proving Ground - The Architect's Newspaper | green streets | Scoop.it

Known as the Granite City, Aberdeen, Scotland’s silvery gray townscape will soon have a dynamic new emerald heart. Designed by Diller, Scofidio + Renfro, with OLIN and Scottish architects at Keppie Design, a new hybrid park and cultural center will transform an existing park and extend over a road and rail trench to better connect the city with a highly programmed, fully accessible indoor and outdoor space with a rolling highland/lowland landscape. 

The existing park has a 65-foot grade change, so DS+R exploited the sectional possibilities of the site. “Some of the other proposals simply placed pavilions in a park,” said principal Charles Renfro. “We created a layered three- dimensional matrix, where the building is woven under and into the park.” The cultural center will include an approximately 5,000-person outdoor amphitheater—with a dramatic walkway crisscrossing overhead—a 215,000 square foot exhibition hall, and a 500-person black box theater...

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Are Your Streets "Complete?"

Are Your Streets "Complete?" | green streets | Scoop.it
Streets should be designed for everyone -- not just cars.

There's an urban planning term growing in popularity called complete streets. It's considered a natural complement to sustainability efforts because it calms traffic (thus saving fuel) and encourages the planting of trees (cutting CO2). It's basically the notion that our sidewalks, streets, and crosswalks are shared, not the province of one group over the other.

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New Report: The Potential for Urban Agriculture

New Report: The Potential for Urban Agriculture | green streets | Scoop.it
Part of a bigger picture of urban greening, urban agriculture can have significant impact on food security in cities.
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morgan knight's curator insight, November 5, 2014 5:24 PM

Urban agriculture seems to be a very beneficial  and "green" way to go in our world. It wouldn't take up much space, it would definitely help secure food for the community, and would give an overall better look to the US' urban areas. But only time will prove this right.

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10 Nature Inspired Urban Renewal Designs

10 Nature Inspired Urban Renewal Designs | green streets | Scoop.it
Rising sustainability concerns over the last decade have brought about a fascinating new tendency in landscape concepts for development and renewal of urban and even industrial areas. Nature is coming back to cities and that’s a wonderful opportunity for us to get back to it too. Experience the mesmerizing beauty of these nature bites inserted into urban context and let’s hope this is the future of landscape architecture!
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