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Mixed Use Development in London: King’s Cross Pond Club

Mixed Use Development in London: King’s Cross Pond Club | green streets | Scoop.it

A German-Dutch team of designers is temporarily transforming part of a vast building site in central London with an intervention that is both a public pool and an art installation

For most Londoners, the developments around King’s Cross come to an abrupt halt with the huge granary containing Central Saint Martins. Yet, heading north along its western flank, one encounters the diminutive beginnings of the “Lewis Cubitt Park”. Around this, a wide arc of mixed-use buildings is currently under construction. For the next two years, amid this churned earth of building sites, a 40m x 10m, kidney-shaped swimming pool will nestle.

Raised above its surroundings, Of Soil and Water: King’s Cross Pond Club, is the fourth and last iteration of the three-year Relay public-art programme, and is due to open next month as a temporary swimming venue, operating with a strict daily limit of 163 bathers. Designed by Rotterdam-based Ooze Architects (Eva Pfannes and Sulvain Hartenberg), along with Berlin-based artist Marjetica Potrč (also originally an architect), it is the first UK example of a closed-loop public pool.

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+POOL: The World's First Floating Water-Filtering Aquatic Facility, NYC

+POOL:  The World's First Floating Water-Filtering Aquatic Facility, NYC | green streets | Scoop.it

Born of the desire to swim in new york city's rivers, '+pool', the world's first floating water-filtering aquatic facility, will be the largest publicly funded civic project ever.

Three new yorkers have worked with international engineering and design firms such as ARUP to create '+pool', the world's first recreational floating aquatic filtering facility. The layered structure is designed to purify river water, over a half million gallons daily.

Composed of four sections forming the '+', the program is designed to accommodate everyone -- children and adults, athletes and bathers alike. the project is finished 'tile by tile', where each block is inscribed with a name or personal message of a sponsor or group of sponsors who donate over 25 USD.

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Supertrees of Singapore

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Gardens by the Bay, Singapore’s premier urban outdoor recreation space right next to Mariana Bay Sands, unveiled a new attraction last month – a cutting-edge horticultural mega project featuring 18 towering solar-powered “supertrees” and climate-controlled biomes. These tree-like structures that dominate the Gardens’ landscape with heights ranging between 25 meters and 50 meters, are like vertical gardens that perform a multitude of functions, which include providing plants, shading and working as environmental engines for the gardens.
The Supertrees are home to enclaves of unique and exotic ferns, vines, orchids and also a vast collection of bromeliads such as Tillandsia, amongst other plants. They are fitted with environmental technologies which mimic the ecological function of trees – photovoltaic cells that harness solar energy and can be used for some of the functions of the Supertrees, such as lighting, just like how trees photosynthesize; and collection of rainwater for use in irrigation and fountain displays, just like how trees absorb rainwater for growth. The Supertrees also serve air intake and exhaust functions as part of the conservatories’ cooling systems...

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Urban Plunge: Swimming in the City

Urban Plunge: Swimming in the City | green streets | Scoop.it

An exhibition at the Roca London Gallery presents a series of architectural proposals to reclaim natural water sources in London, New York and Copenhagen for recreational use. We spoke to curator Jane Withers about how we can better exploit our rivers and harbours.

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Ingenious Infrastructure: A Skatepark That Prevents Flooding

Ingenious Infrastructure: A Skatepark That Prevents Flooding | green streets | Scoop.it
This new development is an innovative way to approach the increase in precipitation brought on by climate change.


The drainage canal at Rabalder Park in Roskilde, Denmark, is probably the coolest drainage canal on the planet. The new development — part rainwater drainage system, part recreational skatepark — is an ingenious approach to solving the anticipated problem of increased rains brought about by climate change.

The design, which is a finalist for an Index Award, began as a standard drainage project; over the past few years, climate change has increased rainfall, leaving basements and streets flooded. The city needed to devise a way to separate rain and sewage water from the adjacent areas and brought in Dutch architecture firm Nordarch to transform a potential public infrastructure eyesore into a multi-functional recreation area.


Led by Søren Nordal Enevoldsen, a skateboarding-obsessed architect who has designed skateparks throughout the country, the Rabalder Park project has become a gathering place for both rainwater and skateboarding enthusiasts.

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“Dance floor” Recreation and Memorial Park | SAGRA Architects

“Dance floor” Recreation and Memorial Park | SAGRA Architects | green streets | Scoop.it

The site is situated in the Karancs-Medves landscape area in North-East Hungary. Around and in the city of Salgótarján, the memorials, geological and mining attractions form a hiking trail. Along this trail is set the “Dance floor” Recreation and Memorial Park, a site is embraced by the surrounding hills and huge hillside trees. The architectural concept aimed to preserve and strengthen this special character of the place, so the park would function as an exhibition for the mining memorials and as a natural recreational area. The organizing element in the park is a wall providing covered space. This space can be used for exhibitions and performances. Open air theatre may also function here, the covered space is used for stage and the “Dance floor” as auditorium.

Besides the “Dance floor” Recreation and Memorial Park, Gusztav Tunnel Entrance no. 4 reconstruction is another attraction along the hiking trail. The tunnel is out of use, and this entrance imploded and was closed with a wall at 15 metres from the entrance. The imploded part is planned to be reconstructed and transformed into a tourist attraction. The information wall introduces the visitors into the basics of mining and the history of Gusztav Tunnel. Seating is placed where visitors can stop and rest and see old mining tools, machines and an ancient bogie on a railway track.

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