19 APR 2013 | 0 comments
The aim of the present architecture students competition Landscape, Architecture & Wine is to contribute innovative ideas to the, increasingly common, strategy of opening wineries to tourism and to their immediate surroundings, thus providing new experiences for the visitor. Criteria such as gastronomy, leisure, culture, accommodation, relaxation and enjoyment of nature become real allies that help visitors to become acquainted with particular brand through a number of different experiences.
21 MAR 2013 | 0 comments
The city is the spatial manifestation of the relationship between people and power and results as the stratification of consecutive political visions. Democracy has nowadays lost its connection with the urban daily life and it is mostly sustained without people’s involvement; consequently, public space is perceived as the manifestation of decision-makers and people find it hard to claim their right to it. The recent riots in Greece show how citizenship is now expressed through frustration and friction, as a reaction to top-down decisions, without being constructive. Historically public space was more important than private space; in the Agora, Stoa was the place for discussion and exchange, surrounded by daily activities that constituted the core of the society.
15 MAR 2013 | 0 comments
Belvedere: Beautiful sight
1 A plateau is always in the middle, no beginning or end, a continuous region of intensities, vibrating on itself and develops a culmination that opens an outer end.
GILLES DELEUZE. FÉLIX GUATTARI, Milles Plateaux
The City of Athens’ historic triangle is delimited on its northern edge by Panepistimiou Street. A continuous 2% downward slope along the street’s 1km stretch between Syntagma and Omonoia Squares serves the city’s most beautiful buildings such as the National Academy of Athens and the National Library which define the history of the capital.
Designed to be one of the most important urban axes in the beginning of the 19th century, Panepistimiou was transformed into one of the busiest vehicular traffic axes of the city, a situation that remains today. Vehicular traffic dominates the Panepistimiou experience for all who use it. Motorists are enclosed in a tense vehicular corridor, the dense traffic and fast speeds disabling them from a visual experience of the surrounding landscape. Pedestrians are submerged in the subsequent emissions and noise, unable to truly experience the street’s beautiful buildings and sights.
10 MAR 2013 | 1 comments
The proposal Athens as Home aspires to invert the prevailing mentality in Greece of disregard towards public space, by giving incentives so that the public space of Athens might be felt again as home. Athens needs a strategic vision for its development, a strategy which will incorporate citizens and visitors, new functions, an extrovert city profile and 24hour uses altogether under a sustainable project.
03 MAR 2013 | 1 comments
The design aims at the creation of favorable living conditions from the environmental, social and energy points of view through the use of renewable natural resources and structural components that may be reused or recycled.
Renewable natural resources are used - the sea water as medium of heat transfer (both for warming or cooling purposes), the wind for cooling or for electricity production by oscillating elements, solar gain (in winter). Renewable materials are also used (wood, water) as well as materials that may be recycled and/or reversed.
19 FEB 2013 | 0 comments
The brief was to design the outer surrounding space of a new shopping mall in Chang Rain in Thailand. SHMA Company Limited Landscape Architects and Urban Planners was the office chosen to bring in life the masterplan of this project. Based in Bangkok, SHMA is not an ordinary office, as their projects always “betray” simplicity and tranquility in design. The sensitive selection of materials and the multiple planting palettes used have as a result each of their project to be perfectly unique in context and characteristic. Such a unique in all aspects projects, is one of their latest, the Chiang Rai Central Plaza in Thailand. The final and constructed in 2011 mastreplan, is fully responding to the complexity of the climate, the cultural aspect, the history, the topography of the area and all the sustainable aspects.
27 JAN 2013 | 0 comments
Project’s main objective is to “Re-condense City” through theorizing sustainability in urban scale. The proposal relates to a new residential unit, part of a larger area, which has the capacity to change according to the needs of its residents. The residents together with a specialist periodically decide and design the new public space that is created within the four urban blocks. The new urban space is actually a wooden platform hosting all of the urban functions.
23 JAN 2013 | 0 comments
Our primary aim was the development of an identity for Elounta by bringing to the front those characteristics that form the image of the area that also contribute to it’s economic growth.
We incorporated two basic concepts:
a. Μaterialiaty as an element of connection with the past. The qualities of the local famous grindstone, salt and endemic flora were used as design references and creative inspiration.
b. Design memory. The grid of the salt-pits and the cone-like piles for the concentration of the salt were used as a connection machine that through repetition refabricates the existing urban elements by emphasizing the relation between movement and rest areas, through folds and excavations that emerge and submerge. Through these elements our proposal focuses in mentally/conceptually connecting the waterfront/public square with the fragments of ancient Olous at the entrance of Elounta (grid) and the site of the salt-pits (grid, cone-like shapes).
17 DEC 2012 | 0 comments
A series of innovative green spaces and richly detailed gardens covering a landscape area of 5.794sq/m around the footprint of the NEO Bankside apartment towers, which have been designed by Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners Architects(RSHP) as mentioned above, created by Gillespies Landscape Architects. The inspiration came from native woodlands and glades which have been transferred and transplanted in a way in the city’s heart and also very close to the river Thames. The beautiful pocket forest balances so perfectly with the straight, strong and contemporary lines of the buildings. The outdoor spaces of NEO Bankside create a new micro-ecological environment in the urban structure but also at the same time provide to the residences the opportunity to have a mini journey through a natural setting.
22 NOV 2012 | 0 comments
Claiming “to be both a catalyst for doubt and a driver to illusions and changes in the field of Landscape Architecture”, the 7th European Landscape Biennial (http://www.coac.net/landscape/default_e.html) was held in Barcelona on the 27th-29th September 2012, organized by the Institute of Architects of Catalonia and the Polytechnic University of Catalonia. Under the title “Versus - Biennial against Biennial”, the symposium addressed the combined complexities of cultural and ecological issues in contemporary landscape design. Through roundtable discussions and lectures, some of the foremost academia and professionals of the field from around the world debated the innovations in education and professional practice, questioning current approaches and envisioning the future of landscape architecture.