A10 depicts in this issue the new Albanian trend of urbanization, construction and planning lead by the former mayor of Tirana and now prime minister Edi Rama. An extremely young and vibrant market is establishing in the country and a number of initiatives such as design competitions have took place in the last years. A10 takes our winning proposal for the southern costal area of the country, the Riviera, as a example.
The WLA 15 edition of WLA Magazine features Large scale projects and Large Ideas. These grand ideas and large scale projects showcase the ability of landscape architecture to transform cities and the surrounding landscape. BIG’s Rebuild by Design project , HUD provides a design to mitigate climate change by transforming existing structure and adding several interventions – moving and permanent. Liupanshui Minghu Wetland Park by Turenscape transforms a peri-urban channelised waterways into a beautiful large wetland and water landscapes that provide ecological and socially sustainable designs. These are just two of the projects featured in WLA 15 which also includes projects from AECOM, STOSS, MVRDV, Sasaki, Openfabric, ASPECT Studios, UNStudio, BDP, Mandaworks & HOSPER, Mathews Nielsen and a student project from PennDesign.
Construction of Openfabric and dmau’s project “Into the Wild” in The Hague has started. The concept combines three types of playgrounds: conventional playgrounds with equipment, small sports fields and adventurous natural playground that are normally found at the city’s edges. Into the Wild stimulates children to create their own games and develop a sense of self-worth.
Openfabric and dmau recently won the Dutch sustainable playground design competition, organised by the Richard Krajicek Foundation and Architectuur Lokaal. The competition asked for ideas of how to incorporate sustainable thinking into the design of sports playgrounds. In response to this the design concept juxtaposes a man-made exterior with a wild natural interior.
Egypt has been the epicenter of the Arab Spring in 2011 and Tahrir Square become the icon of the movement. Public spaces have the power to symbolize democracy as they are the place where people can gather and protest. Bauwelt Magazine shows and reflects on the 3 different awarded visions of Tahrir Square.
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