Archinect - News 2014-08-20T16:46:40-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/103114683/22-landscape-installations-now-at-the-15th-international-garden-festival-in-quebec-s-reford-gardens 22 landscape installations now at the 15th International Garden Festival in Quebec’s Reford Gardens Justine Testado 2014-06-30T20:25:00-04:00 >2014-07-08T17:39:45-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/xk/xkojexg1ka5wmlzj.jpg" width="514" height="332" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Sixty-five international designers created 22 garden installations at the 15th International Garden Festival, which opened this past weekend at the iconic Reford Gardens (aka les Jardins de M&eacute;tis) in Quebec, Canada. Established in 2000, the event is one of the biggest garden festivals in the world. Located along the edge of the St. Lawrence River, the various installations are a playful reminder about the value of landscape architecture and nature in everyday living.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/z3/z3xmm98v2ntomhx8.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/jv/jvrgx52ymsguybjm.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/fx/fxxn6ckpzmqh1hwz.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/qu/quv0r04rpfxxtvce.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/jk/jk8u7b2apz9y7i9s.jpg"></p><p>See more projects on <a href="http://www.bustler.net/index.php/article/22_garden_installations_now_at_the_15th_international_garden_festival_in_qu/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/98261110/sou-fujimoto-discusses-limbo-dichotomies-and-nature-in-his-architecture Sou Fujimoto discusses limbo, dichotomies and nature in his architecture Natalie Hein 2014-04-18T13:47:00-04:00 >2014-04-21T21:16:37-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/56/56tps3f280egmqop.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>This past Tuesday, The Architectural League of New York hosted a lecture at Cooper Union by architect Sou Fujimoto, entitled &ldquo;Between Nature and Architecture&rdquo;. Despite the great number of practitioners and students in attendance (almost a full-house), the event felt more like an intimate conversation with the architect, as he shared his unique brand of architectural investigation. Each project he presented helped substantiate his lifelong interest in blurring the boundaries of established architectural conceptions. Fujimoto explained that he is inspired by dissolving such falsely dichotomous themes as: nature and architecture, the house and the city, complexity and simplicity, or inside and outside, in order to examine the new possibilities that exist &ldquo;in between.&rdquo;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/1y/1y8esce8bbx8agi9.jpg"></p><p>The lecture progressed rather linearly, tracing his practice's themes from their conceptual foundation in his &ldquo;younger ideas&rdquo; through to their mature forms. As he talked us through some of his earliest conceptual sketches,...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/93730860/will-the-buildings-of-the-future-be-grown-underwater Will the buildings of the future be grown underwater? Alexander Walter 2014-02-17T14:40:00-05:00 >2014-02-24T18:31:44-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/55/55ad045671c0766082c7e16cbc30eec9.jpg" width="460" height="307" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In a new exhibition, Michael Pawlyn lays out his vision for architecture inspired by the natural world &ndash; including biorock buildings grown entirely underwater and whole office blocks being lit by learning from the blind sea star. [...] &ldquo;All my work is driven by a frustration with the word &lsquo;sustainable&rsquo;,&rdquo; he says. &ldquo;It suggests something that is just about good enough, but we need to be looking at truly restorative solutions.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/89307302/china-tries-to-promote-human-centered-urbanization-with-a-policy-ode-to-nature China tries to promote “human-centered” urbanization with a policy ode to nature Archinect 2013-12-20T18:13:00-05:00 >2013-12-23T18:35:30-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ad/adcfdeb2cacedfb0f804f1dbafc6f5d0.jpg" width="514" height="290" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;What hides behind the literary aspect of this report are deep reflections on the lessons, errors, approaches and paths of China&rsquo;s previous urbanizations efforts,&rdquo; concluded an editorial in the newspaper Southern Metropolis Daily. The state-controlled People&rsquo;s Daily gushed: &ldquo;If we want high rises, we even more need the fresh mountain waters. Only by seeing the past can we grasp the future.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/86393569/oysters-could-save-new-york-from-more-sandys Oysters Could Save New York From More Sandys Archinect 2013-11-12T19:42:00-05:00 >2013-11-18T21:34:17-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/a5/a53f9323300eff665d281326dc3033c0.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Kate Orff wants to grow oysters in New York&rsquo;s Jamaica Bay. Not for you to eat, but to save the shore from mighty storms. Great piles of mollusks will diffuse the energy of 10-to-15-foot waves, like those from Sandy that shattered boardwalks and beach homes and shot like missiles up city streets.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/80087624/nbbj-s-biosphere-design-for-amazon-seattle-hq-becomes-even-more-organic NBBJ's biosphere design for Amazon Seattle HQ becomes even more organic Archinect 2013-08-22T21:43:00-04:00 >2013-08-27T15:46:47-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/dn/dnb1uz08p1y8aqjm.jpg" width="514" height="734" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> Updated designs have surfaced for Amazon's new headquarters in downtown Seattle. Instead of the biospheres' uniformly diamond-shaped supporting structure (compare with <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/73646965/nbbj-designs-biospheres-for-amazon-s-seattle-headquarters" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">previous renderings</a>), the new images we just received from the project's architects, NBBJ, show a much more organic web of struts, described as "Catalan spheres."</p> <p> Related: <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/57685917/apple-vs-amazon-whose-new-headquarters-is-cooler" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Apple vs. Amazon: Whose new headquarters is cooler?</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/75857663/birds-were-the-original-architects Birds were the original architects Nam Henderson 2013-06-26T01:24:00-04:00 >2013-07-01T18:23:14-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/0q/0qzusbh4ejt2es4w.jpg" width="514" height="685" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Chee Pearlman, a design consultant and curator, ventured that nests are &ldquo;probably the purest antidote to the heavy steel-and-concrete building footprints that, city by mega-city, are overtaking the globe.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>Penelope Green explores the work of a number of contemporary "<strong>nest</strong>" makers such as Jayson Fann&nbsp;and Porky Hefer, who make nests for relaxation, comfort or pleasure. Ms. Green also discusses some recent examples of Twigitecture created as either fine art or performance art.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/73646965/nbbj-designs-biospheres-for-amazon-s-seattle-headquarters NBBJ designs biospheres for Amazon's Seattle headquarters Archinect 2013-05-21T18:44:00-04:00 >2013-05-27T17:48:58-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/kl/klev4v502bkrc4md.jpg" width="514" height="312" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Reminiscent of a greenhouse or conservatory, the three intersecting biodomes replace an earlier plan for a six-story office building and would establish a visual focus and &ldquo;heart&rdquo; for the three-block project, according to plans filed with the city. The spheres will offer &ldquo;a plant-rich environment&rdquo; filled with species from mountainous ecologies around the globe, chosen for their &ldquo;ability to coexist in a microclimate that also suits people,&rdquo; according to the plans.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/64701727/winners-of-innatur_2-ideas-competition Winners of innatur_2 Ideas Competition Alexander Walter 2013-01-02T21:17:00-05:00 >2013-01-03T13:22:12-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/dz/dzzn6udtvi6hsfkf.jpg" width="514" height="309" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The winning entries have been announced in the second edition of the innatur ideas competition. Organized by Spanish architecture platform OPENGAP, the contest invited designers to submit innovative and thoughtful strategies of implementing architecture in a protected natural environment.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/62732858/visiondivision-s-chop-stick-celebrates-the-raw-materials-that-make-our-built-world Visiondivision's Chop Stick celebrates the raw materials that make our built world Donna Sink 2012-12-04T14:24:00-05:00 >2012-12-05T08:43:06-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/rk/rkxklt783rjvlqe8.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The design is based on the universal notion that you need to sacrifice something in order to make something new. Every product is a compound of different pieces of nature, whether it is a cell phone, a car, a stone floor or a wood board; they have all been harvested in one way or another. Our project is about trying to harvest something as gently as possible so that the source of what we harvest is displayed in a pure, pedagogic and respectful way...</p></em><br /><br /><p> Chop Stick has hit the internets today!&nbsp; Chop Stick is a concession stand, playground, and sculpture-building for the Indianapolis Museum of Art's 100 Acres: The Virginia B. Fairbanks Art &amp; Nature Park.&nbsp; I was very fortunate to be local architect-of-record for this innovative project by Swedish architecture duo Visiondivision.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/9p/9pgu6vt13rw1ut9n.jpg" title=""></p> <p> <em>&uarr; </em><em>On opening day, Ulf and Anders of Visiondivision handed out ice cream. Courtesy IMA.</em></p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/j3/j3m7ggjlrzpz137o.jpg" title=""></p> <p> <em>&uarr; </em><em>The large swing is fun for children and grown-ups alike. Courtesy VIMA.</em></p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/sm/smh2dfw98twxqm2x.jpg" title=""></p> <p> <em>&uarr; </em><em>The swings were made from chunks of wood cut out and "dropped" from the main trunk, visible here.</em></p> <p> Visiondivision conceived of this project as a way to consider how we use natural resources in our architectural works.&nbsp; The project combined the vast knowledge of workers at both ends of the art and construction spectrum - engineers and architects, loggers and carpenters - to create a building that remains close to nature while being a functional structure for the 100 Acres Park.&nbsp; The ...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/62468935/sunray-kelley-s-ungated-community SunRay Kelley’s Ungated Community Paul Petrunia 2012-11-30T15:51:00-05:00 >2012-12-03T18:57:08-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/0s/0sj9j4393iybltv8.jpg" width="322" height="504" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>It is an unusual soul, however, who proceeds to build 7 houses, 10 ponds, a hermit&rsquo;s hut, a 17-foot-tall maple-wood Jesus and a yoga studio whose sculptured pink doorway resembles (with frank anatomical accuracy) the female genitalia. The lord of this manor is a 60-year-old barefoot maverick named SunRay Kelley. And his fantastical hand-hewn compound lies at the end of a dirt road that bears his grandfather&rsquo;s name, in the foothills of the Cascade Range, north of Seattle.</p></em><br /><br /><p> I like this quote:</p> <p> <em>A recent Saturday morning found Mr. Kelley rambling in the garden while smoking an herbal palliative the size of a cigar. He self-medicates in this fashion at certain times of the day, like when he is awake and doesn&rsquo;t have food in his mouth. </em></p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/e5/e5862832cedebcea49424ba5bc137dd1.jpg" title=""></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/59157261/ten-top-images-on-archinect-s-biophilia-pinterest-board Ten Top Images on Archinect's "Biophilia" Pinterest Board Archinect 2012-10-12T14:28:00-04:00 >2012-10-15T20:19:07-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/6h/6hs2n3ek54k07g2d.jpg" width="514" height="383" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> In case you haven't checked out <a href="http://pinterest.com/archinect/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect's Pinterest</a> boards in a while, we have compiled ten recently pinned images from outstanding projects on various Archinect <a href="http://archinect.com/firms" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Firm</a> and <a href="http://archinect.com/people" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">People </a>profiles.</p> <p> Today's top images (in no particular order) are from the board <em><a href="http://pinterest.com/archinect/biophilia/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Biophilia</a></em>.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/40/4031seb9j8hqwv5t.jpg" title=""></p> <p> &uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/plant/project/cabbagetown-garden" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Cabbagetown Garden</a> in Toronto, Canada by <a href="http://archinect.com/plant" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">PLANT Architect Inc.</a></p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/dm/dm0t59pzyx5nfwm7.jpg" title=""></p> <p> &uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/project/15387532/robinson-nature-center/56824228" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Robinson Nature Center</a> in Columbia, MD by <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/15387532/gwwo-architects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">GWWO Architects</a></p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/11/11ucnuih9dk18me4.jpg" title=""></p> <p> &uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/nrjarvis/project/galileo-s-pavilion-johnson-county-community-college" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Galileo's Pavilion; Johnson County Community College</a> in Overland Park, KS by <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/16981549/studio-804-inc" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Studio 804</a> (team member: <a href="http://archinect.com/nrjarvis" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Nathan Jarvis</a>)</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/g8/g8dp57h1hnayyrr9.jpg" title=""></p> <p> &uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/project/54216846/pine-creek-pavilion/54219265" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Pine Creek Pavilion</a> in Pine Creek, MT by <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/54216846/artemis-institute" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Artemis Institute</a></p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ud/ud400urtlasqzr2d.jpg" title=""></p> <p> &uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/project/46844711/the-offices-of-buck-o-neill-builders-inc/46845917" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Offices of Buck O'Neill Builders, Inc</a> in San Francisco, CA by <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/46844711/jones-haydu" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">jones | haydu</a></p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/h7/h7zouuqp310gpwse.jpg" title=""></p> <p> &uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/project/39096783/aea-headquarters/39550066" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">AEA Headquarters</a> in Bronx, NY by <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/39096783/future-green-studio" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Future Green Studio</a></p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/nl/nl128qphc8c10ytj.jpg" title=""></p> <p> &uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/people/project/45379078/home-in-the-hills/45502985" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Home in the Hills</a> in the Santa Cruz Mountains, CA by <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/45383904/geoffrey-holton-and-associates" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Geoffrey Holton and Associates</a> (team member: <a href="http://archinect.com/people/cover/45379078/david-waldorf" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">David Waldorf</a>, Photo: Muffy Kibbey)</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/oe/oe1e6a2xigs9ic8d.jpg" title=""></p> <p> &uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/project/44394952/tree-adventure/44414204" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Tree Adventure</a> in Philadelphia, PA by <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/44394952/metcalfe-architecture-design" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Metcalfe Architecture &amp; Design</a></p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ej/ej6ggsxtt9avjbjl.jpg" title=""></p> <p> &uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/project/52282893/pelter-residence/52320808" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Pelter Residence</a> in Los Angeles, C...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/31509581/winners-of-innatur-competition-announced Winners of inNATUR Competition Announced Alexander Walter 2011-12-19T17:33:16-05:00 >2011-12-27T11:01:03-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/zm/zmxwtkyy09cv6lqf.jpg" width="514" height="244" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The inNATUR Competition, organized by OPENGAP, recently announced three winning entries and five honorable mentions. The international contest sought for innovative and cutting-edge ideas for a Nature Interpretation Center committed to a strategy of implementing architecture in a protected natural environment. The jury comprised architects Edgar Gonzalez, Liong Lie, Gerardo Mingo, and Paula Montoya.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/29890128/tedxjacksonhole-nona-yehia-jefferson-ellinger-new-architectures-nature-and-phenomena TEDxJacksonHole - Nona Yehia & Jefferson Ellinger - New Architectures: Nature and Phenomena nonayehia 2011-12-05T17:05:06-05:00 >2011-12-08T09:16:02-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/pn/pnz2p8dtphunjtn4.jpg" width="514" height="287" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> Nona Yehia and Jefferson Ellinger established the architectural firm, Ellinger/Yehia Design LLC in 2003 to investigate links between architecture, landscape and technology. In 2004, the firm opened an office in Jackson Hole, Wyoming to further explore these inter-relationships.<br> Architects, artists, scientists and designers throughout the ages have been inspired by the beauty and elegance in nature; studying, imitating and attempting to recreate natural systems has shaped life as we know it. Today, the question is how natural phenomena can become instrumental in the design of new architectures that radically redefine our built environment.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/23531791/saivu-wins-sjunkhatten-national-park-competition-in-norway “SAIVU” Wins Sjunkhatten National Park Competition in Norway Alexander Walter 2011-10-11T13:26:29-04:00 >2011-10-11T13:29:05-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/9i/9i2wgvkl2k6cooq4.jpg" width="514" height="308" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Oslo-based Eriksen Skajaa Architects recently won the competition for new gateways to the Sjunkhatten National Park in the northern part of Norway with their proposal called SAIVU. The proposal was a collaboration with Pushak and Bj&oslash;rbekk &amp; Lindheim Landscape Architects.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html>