Shifting perspective: from simply Greening and Embellishment to enhancement of landscape identities. The M1/M2 landscape renewal is an incredible occasion for Mauritius to define a trend in terms of landscape interventions. The motorway can be turned into a vibrant infrastructure able to play different roles while reconnecting ecologies and landscapes. Mauritius showcase many different ecosystems and thus the motorways can follow and enhance such variety. The motorway can become a driver for local and global development. In our vision it will be transformed in a continuous monument that enhance cultural and natural diversity, in the form of a continuous 76-kilometres botanical garden.
Central Parks are green islands within cities, where a natural landscape contrasts with the surrounding urban setting. Such contrast -we believe- is where the quality lies and the limit between Park and City is where the transition can be more dramatically experienced. Our proposal for Central Park Kaliningrad, is an “Island in an Island”, where the insular identity of the park is maximized by digging a new canal, transforming the edge in a new rich and diverse urban experience.
Oktyabrsky island, is a partially artificial land which demanded massive investment to be realized. The project of the Park aims to be sustainable both financially and technically. The excavated land from the perimetrical canal, is reused in order to form landforms, unique symbols of the future park. The current acid soil, is diversified (by adding layers of alkaline one) in order to create a neutral and basic soils, in addition to the acid one. The resulting landscapes will follow the soil chemical composition avoiding a mere top-down, neo-pastoral approach but, rather generating a park genuinely part of the site ecosystem.
The urgency of the changing climate, alongside a new understanding of human responsibility, lead the project to be based on one of the main natural resources: soil. The varying acidity of the different layers provide the conditions for different habitats responding to the ground conditions, rather that recreating a fictitious scenography.
Our project takes the quality of the transition and multiply it by three. The transition becomes here not only a separation between city and park but, through the digging of a canal and the formation of an island, the edge becomes simultaneously city, waterfront, canal and park.
Bridges are not meant as simple infrastructures, but they are public spaces able to intercept the different target groups of Kaliningrad. The 4 main bridges (Cloud, Net, Triple, Smart) create the ground for specific social practices and recreational activities, while becoming new landmarks of accessibility.
Oktyabrsky island, is a partially artificial land which demanded massive investment to be realized. The project of the Park aims to be sustainable both financially and technically. The excavated land from the perimetrical canal, is reused in order to form a hill, unique symbol of the future park.
Located amid Lagodekhi Natural Reserve in eastern Georgia, the Tree Top Trail is meant to maximize the experience of nature, intended as -in the words of David Attenborough, “the greatest source of excitement, beauty and intellectual interest”. The trail, takes advantage of the topography in order to avoid the use of an elevator. The access point is located on a higher point of the uneven terrain and, from there, it ramps up to reach greater heights, gradually showcasing the forest as a vertical ecosystem.
Its defining circular shape, sharply contrasts with the forms of nature, avoiding any simplistic mimic; furthermore, the trail trajectory is always curving, constantly disappearing within the forest canopy, generating a desire to discover the forest, step by step.
Three main attractions are placed within the trail: a copper sphere which functions as a multimedia room for 360 degrees’ projections, a large net, for visitors to lay or play and a panoramic tower which allows a view over the forest, and integrates a half-spiral staircase to exit, as an alternative to walking back through the long ramp of the trail.
The columns of the structure are organized in clusters, abstract simplifications representing group of trees in the forest and are made from cor-ten steel. In total there are 17 column clusters that support the trail and the additional elements.
“Into the Forest”, has been awarded by World Landscape Architecture, with the “Award of Excellence”.
“The installation confronts the phenomena of climate tropicalisation and its catastrophic effects on the environment, by recreating a portion of post-apocalyptic landscape (using leftovers trunks of paper production-chain). Climate change is real, action is urgent.”
The “Parco della Reggia di Rivalta” although its empty appearance, is a ground that has been occupied by several functions over time: it has been administrated by several owners, and it has gone through both splendor and decay. In the public imaginary, the park is associated with the garden realized in the first half of the 18th century –now lost- where the reference to Versailles Garden was sharp and recognizable. Yet, the site has been witnessing a number of histories and not just one.
The plurality of the past traces become main ingredients of the design, a palimpsest which doesn’t give priority only to the historical garden, but also refers to the different epochs, including its rural past and its current use as a public park.
A perimetral boulevard hosts a number of ‘design intensities’ while assuring a complete accessibility of the site. The boulevard creates a frame that defines a inner rural park: agricultural land is here rendered accessible by diagonal paths, that refer to both the enlighten landscape design principles as much as to the agricultural pattern of the region.
The park becomes a platform for several programmatic scenarios, from local ones to national or even international events. The park aims to bridge the gap between conservation and change, reinterpreting the traces of the past in a contemporary park able to respond to the local yet global identity of Reggio Emilia.
The jury -led by arch. Alessandro Marata- has awarded our “Into the Wild” project with the 1st prize, in the category “City Play: play and sport areas in the landscape”.
With the motivation: “an harsh and severe urban void, unfolds into a public space, playful in its forms, colors and vegetation. The project defines a new topography dedicated to play that involves the local residents, defining a new identity for the neighborhood.”
Original text (Ita): “un vuoto urbano, anonimo e severo, esplode in uno spazio pubblico giocoso, nelle forme, nelle scelte cromatiche e vegetazionali. Il progetto disegna una nuova topografia dedicata al gioco
che coinvolge nel suo uso gli abitanti, definendo l’identità del quartiere stesso.”
Nib Under36 award is a national prize given to emerging practices dealing with Landscape Architecture and public space design. Openfabric has been awarded in the 2013 edition, the ceremony took place in Salerno, Italy. The complete list of awarded offices is the following: 1.Ciclostile Architettura 2.Bam! 3.Openfabric 4.Temporaryin 05.Twentytrees 06.Ekp2088 07.Laprimastanza 08.Near 09.Merci 10.Nove.Architetti
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