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MAD Envisions More ‘NATURAL’ Chinese Cities in the Future

MAD Envisions More ‘NATURAL’ Chinese Cities in the Future | The Architecture of the City | Scoop.it

Ma Yansong of MAD recently presented a 600,000 square meter urban design proposal for the city of Nanjing titled, “Shanshui Experiment Complex,” at the 2013 Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism / Architecture in Shenzhen, China. The concept takes into account the culture, nature and history of Nanjing while reconsidering the methodology in which Chinese cities are built.

Yasong’s vision of a natural urban environment calls upon traditional Chinese values, veering away from a purely functionalist approach to city-making. Thus, the rigidness of the “box” is replaced with flowing lines that rhythmically rise to create a series of smooth spaces and volumes resulting in a more natural (looking) skyline.


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Between Books & Trees: A unique, ecological design for a new public library

Between Books & Trees: A unique, ecological design for a new public library | The Architecture of the City | Scoop.it

JAJA shared their latest proposal, which was awarded third prize, for a new public library in Daegu, South Korea.

 

Pushing the boundary of the notion that a library must be a contained, quiet and nearly isolated space, JAJA’s proposal treats the library as massive public zone for the fostering of communal creativity, and dissolves the separation between inside and nature.

JAJA, typically noted for their form making abilities, have opted for a minimialistic formal language of the architecture, so that the streamlined library can capture the textures of the existing trees and the books within to create a cohesive experience that celebrates both.

 

“We propose to merge the spatial qualities of the trees and the potential of the library into one cohesive identity. The library will merge the exterior and interior through a series of spatial transitions within an inclusive environment for the local community,” explained the architects.

 

View additional images and read more about this design that integrates building and nature, on both an aesthetic and functional level, creating a unique experience with light, form and space...


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Indoor/outdoor connectivity defines this modern home...

Indoor/outdoor connectivity defines this modern home... | The Architecture of the City | Scoop.it

Using building materials like steel, glass and metal cladding, Australian studio TT Architecture constructed a complex set of architectural details gathered under a simple name: Carey House. This modern family home was designed to include an extensive system of indoor-outdoor connectivity elements, admired by the owners and considered one of the best features of the house, as described by its inhabitants: “The flow of the internal spaces and visual connection between the inside and outside spaces is outstanding.”

This floating aspect is inherent in the cantilevered decks and bay windows and the substantial roof overhangs.” Materializing into a dream home, this joining of textures, surfaces and voids were intended to become a bespoke set of spaces cradling the owner’s lifestyle with extreme attention to details. Resulting in a perfectly adapted cluster of family rooms, the Carey House displays a necessary visual connection to the surrounding landscape...


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Inspired by Nature: Loft 24-7 by Fernanda Marques- São Paulo, Brazil

Inspired by Nature: Loft 24-7 by Fernanda Marques- São Paulo, Brazil | The Architecture of the City | Scoop.it

Wood, stone and books… 3 elements that don’t seem to have very much in common create the main characteristics of the living roomof this loft of 250m, where Fernanda Marques succeeded to make a dream escape from urban frenzy.

The nature plays much more than a mere supporting role: one just has to note the intense use of daylight. The use of materials in their rough state was a fundamental idea for its decoration. Daylight, highlighted textures, fully open to the outside… the key to furnish a house somewhere in between a country villa and a modernist home design.


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Lebbeus Woods (1940-2012): Building Landscapes

Lebbeus Woods (1940-2012): Building Landscapes | The Architecture of the City | Scoop.it

"A few architects have explored the possibilities of fusing buildings and landscapes [...] While such are not in themselves inherently ecological, this approach indicates a sensibility that could lead in that direction. At the very least, it manifests a different attitude toward architecture, one that plays down a heroic conquest of nature and looks for modes of coexistence with it. As in all cases of coexistence, neither presence is sacrificed at the expense of the other; rather, each impacts the other in creating—hopefully—a balance, even a new form of harmony." Lebbeus Woods (1940-2012)


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Japanese artist Tetsunori Kawana: Wave

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Japanese artist Tetsunori Kawana: Wave, 2005, Installation at Garden of the Apothecaries, Moscow, Russia

 

http://kawanaworld.com/


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Parametric World: Diagrams, structures and patterns (design, biology, landscape, science, architecture...)

Parametric World: Diagrams, structures and patterns  (design, biology, landscape, science, architecture...) | The Architecture of the City | Scoop.it

Brilliant compilation of diagrams, sketches, models, structures and patterns related to several fields (design, biology, landscape, science, architecture...) with parametricism and organicism as common factors, by Marta Krivosheek.


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Invisible Paris: The Tower Flower

Invisible Paris: The Tower Flower | The Architecture of the City | Scoop.it

Les secrets verts de Paris...

 

When it was built seven years ago, Edouard Francois's 'Tower Flower' caused quite a sensation in Paris, but how is it ageing today?

Containing 380 pots of bamboo on ten stories, the building itself is almost invisible behind its herbaceous curtain. It is situated on the edge of the jardin Claire Motte in the 17th arrondissement, and was designed to be a vertical extension of this space, both for those in the garden and those living in the building. The pots cannot be moved and are fixed to an automatic watering system (using recycled rain water) to ensure that the bamboo is not killed by careless residents!


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