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Parasitic Vegetal Structure

The genesis of a collaborative effort between a landscape architect and architect, the MAK t6 VACANT project asks the typical operations of each medium to both expand and concede. over the course of many years, the architecture and living materials are envisioned to swap structural roles the architecture recedes, while conceding structural support to the living materials it originally supported. The architecture is loosely based on the concept of cytoskeleton, a cellular scaffolding and dynamic...

Data Fountain

The Data Fountain is a prototype for the translation of real-time relative and comparative information into a fountain.Three fountain jets, placed against a backdrop of different currency symbols, measure the relative values and fluctuations of each currency through the intensity of water flow. Currency data is retrieved from an online source and is updated every 5 sec. With Data Fountain, Koert van Mensvoort intends to supplant the noisy screens typical of information displays with a calm...

Translate

TRANSLATE' IS'THE MERGING' OF ' LANDSCAPE ' AND ' COMMUNICATION ' AN ' EVOLVING 'REPRESENTATION OF LOCAL AND CONTEXTUAL CONDITIONS. HERE, DATA IS CONSIDERED AS A LIVING SYSTEM. THIS CHAPTER INVESTIGATES THE MATERIALIZATION OF DATA SYSTEMS IN THE LANDSCAPE, AND FOCUSES ON NUMERICAL ATTRIBUTES OF A SINGLE OR SET OF DYNAMIC FORCES AND SITE PROPERTIES. From cellular technologies to the infinite Internet web of information, real-time communication and universal data streams have become increasingly...

Networked Sidewalk Stormwater System

Floating Logboom System

Portland Bureau of Environmental services The SW 12th Avenue Green Street project distributes street stormwater treatment between a series of infiltration planters. By distributing the stormwater function, the system can treat a large volume of water within the constraints of an existing street right-of-way. The new street section also accommodates Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) circulation requirements and substitutes for the typical sidewalk planter strip. The project accomplishes all...

Computer Animated Rain

Pitterpatterns is an artificial rain device embedded in the facade of the Stuttgart municipal center. Computer-controlled rain emits from a cantilevered roof, placed like an architectonic cloud over the entrance of the building. CONTRARY TO TYPICAL BUILDING ENVELOPES, PITTERPATTERNS EXPOSES THE ARCHITECTURE TO A WEATHER SYSTEM, BUT CONTROLLING IT TO CREATE EPHEMERAL EFFECTS AND DEFINE SPACE. The normally volatile impact of weather becomes a controlled event that operates on the exterior of the...

Multi Operational Modular Surface

Maritime Youth House Plot Big Jds

The transformation of the High Line, an abandoned elevated railway on the west side of Manhattan, into a new public open space necessitates a reconsideration of how a park operates. Given the constituents'desires to maintain the spirit of the existing vegetation now covering the fallow tracks, in combination with the pro-gramma ticand operational needsofa public park on a raised structure, the design strives to maintain the linear consistency of the High Line landscape while producing variation...

Fluid

Pathway Stormwater Drainage Drawing

FLUID' PERTAINS' TO' LANDSCAPE' 'STRUCTURES' DESIGNED TO' FLEXIBLY'ACCOMMODATE' THE' CYCLICAL AND SEASONAL FLUCTUATIONS OF WATER FLOW, AS WELL AS THE MANAGEMENT OF WATER VOLUME, FREQUENCY, AND VELOCITY. Water is equally a life sustaining and an erosive force. Subject to weather cycles, with seasonal variations ranging from rains to hurricane, and from drought to floods, water flow is unpredictable. Fluid pertains to landscape structures designed to flexibly accommodate the cyclical and seasonal...

Floating Grass Plain

West Wonder Holland

To revitalize the ancient Mercati di Traiano, an archaeological site, is by itself a peculiar intervention. Furthermore, to attempt to build a landscape for the Dutch Embassy on the site, when the Supervisor of Roman Antiquities insists that none of the ruins be touched or damaged, seems a folly. The design response by West 8 is appropriately unconventional. IT NEGOTIATES THE DELICATE RUINS BY FLOATING A GROUND PLANE AS AN IMAGINED FLAT, VIRGIN CARPET OF FRESH DUTCH GREENNESS Wonder Holland,...

Multi Tiered Vine Park

Raderschall Landschaftsarchitekten AG Burckhardt amp Partner AG In MFO Park, the second of a series of four new parks planned fora major redevelopment area, Raderschall uses a complex open-air trellis to create a multi-tiered urban park. Referencing the neighborhood's industrial past, the steel cable tensile structure holds vegetation and park circulation in an architectonic form more than 100m 328ft long and 1 7m 55.8ft high. through an elaborate network of cables and planting trenches, the...

Digestive

Sidwell Friends School Water Recycle

THE' DIGESTIVE ' CHAPTER EXAMINES' THE' METABOLIC' OPERATIONS' OF ' MATERIAL ' RESOURCE'S WHETHER LIVING OR NONLIVING. HERE, METABOLISM PERTAINS TO PHYSICAL AND CHEMICAL PROCESSES, BY WHICH MATERIAL RESOURCES ARE GENERATED, RETAINED, BALANCED, RECONFIG RED, OR BIODEGRADED INTO NEw RESO RCES. Topics of site-remediation techniques for the treatment and reclamation of postindustrial residue or disturbed ecologies have been widely discussed in the last decade within the field of landscape...

Sky Green Wall Panels

Sky Green Wall

Launch Stratify Fluid j Grooming G-Sky Green Wall Panels are a patented modular planting system for 90 angled walls. They are suitable for interior and exterior wall applications and can thrive in a variety of environmental conditions. The 1x1ft 0.3 x 0.3m panels can be arranged as needed to create a living cladding for a wall. The arrangement and selection of plants can also be customized to suit local conditions and design reguirements. The modular panels are made of an ultraviolet-resistant,...

Powered by Wind the Ground is a Turntable

Courtyard The Wind Munich Alemania

Acconci Studio Wolfgang Hermann Niemeyer Wind energy is translated into the unlikely rotation of a mechanical platform embedded in the courtyard of Munich's building department administrative building. A turbine placed atop the building tower captures wind energy that is used to power a turntable of landscape, lying within the protected confines of the building's walls. A connection, however abstract and perhaps invisible, is made between the force of wind and the slow rotation of the platform....

Acknowlegements

We would like to extend special thanks to Niall Kirkwood, chair of the Landscape Architecture Departmental Harvard Graduate School of Design GSD , and George Beylerian, president and founder of Material Connexion, for their professional and intellectual support. This book would have not been possible without the assistance of many, especially Darlene Montgomery for her valuable insight and editorial assistance Hugh Wilburn, director of GSD Loeb Library amp Materials Collection Beatrice...

Grooming recognizes the temporal dynamism of landscape systems and requires that maintenance unfolds as a series of

Another example of controlled growth is the design for the Elsassertor office building. In order to recreate the contextual railway site within its interior courtyard, and achieve the typical stunted growth pattern of volunteer Beech and Birch trees, 20,000 Beech seedlings were planted in a base of shallow soil and railway gravel. Such an amount of trees would normally suffice for the growth of a two-hectare woodland, yet planted so densely, the trees will attain a purposefully stunted,...

Fire Escape Ecosystem

Delirious Piranesi Bloom

GROSS.MAX and Mark Dion propose a delirious Piranesi in bloom a vertical garden hanging from a salvaged fire escape installed along the wall of an 1890 London tenement. Planted with strata of native and exotic plants, this hanging garden launches an ecological gradient up the building's fa ade to reveal what GROSS. MAX refers to as the artificiality of contemporary nature. The salvaged fire escape is considered here both structurally and symbolically. as a scaffolding framework, it is an...

Wind Adapted Road Canopy Structure

Erosion Control Lifecycle

Marching along a 350ft 106.7m median, West 8's red-coated steel structure stretches its arms with vegetated steel cables, marking its presence within San Juan's busy Roosevelt Avenue. While this Palio de Bougainvilleas is intended to largely appear as an iconic ecological logo that responds to street conditions and cultural context, its structural morphology is also particularly suited for the local meteorological conditions. the crisscrossing tensioned cables, upon which the vines climb, form...

Earth Cinch

Garden Vehicle Steep Slope

Earth Cinch is proposed as a transitional biodegradable growth system for vertical or horizontal vegetated surfaces. Using Ingeo fibers, made of NatureWorks PLA Poly Lactic Acid , a biopolymer produced by Dow Cargill, Earth Cinch features a quilted construction with a series of soil and seed-filled pockets. The pockets are stitched to create an undulating planting surface. Over time, the material will bio-degrade, leaving no material or product residue. Envisioned as a temporary vegetative...

Cornell University CUStructural Soil11 Amsterdam Tree Sand

A major impediment to the success of tree growth in urban conditions is the lack of soil volume. Without sufficient soil volume to expand their root systems, the plants and trees are impacted in a number of ways, including their total growth, susceptibility to disease and drought, and long-term survival. Structural soils address this problem by creating an engineered medium that can both meet load-bearing reguirements and serve as a medium for root growth. They use a combination of organic...

Bridgestone Rubber

Bridgestone Rubber Dams

Launch Stratify Fluid Grooming Inflatable dams are becoming increasingly popular within waterways, due to their ability to deflate easily and guickly in order to prevent upstream flooding. The technology has been available for 30 years and more than 2,200 inflatable dams are in use around the world. The dams are best suited for small to medium-sized watercourses, where width is much greater than height. Compared to other adjustable dams, they allow for long spans with few structural piers,...