In the Yueyuan Courtyard, water is the leading design element that links two gardens (creek garden & lake garden), weaves open spaces and holds the adjacent buildings together. The design was inspired by a concept of “erosion” that allows a creek water feature to flow and carve the hardscape granite stone into artful patterns and forms. At the end of the creek, water flows into another reflecting pool that is the main feature in the lake garden.
The dynamic 14-acre park features a continuous programmed edge along the banks of Mill River, and a “green zipper” that brings together neighboring communities with downtown Stamford, in Connecticut. A native plant palette is employed across the park—a further expression of regionalism—allowing for educational experiences for residents and visitors.
As extreme weather events intensify and exacerbate flooding in urban areas, multipurpose urban squares can be used to detain stormwater during peak flow in a developed catchment. In this sense the Enghaveparken public park in Copenhagen adapts to dry – wet conditions and is capable to store 24,000 cubic meters of water before discharging at a controlled rate to the surrounding stormwater infrastructure.
Every year the Buckminster Fuller Institute hosts a challenge where groundbreaking, problem solving and visionary ideas can be celebrated. This year the Fuller Challenge announced that GreenWave, a nonprofit organization, is the recipient of the award for its magnificent ability to integrate innovation with restoration and for “transforming fishers into restorative ocean farmers and stewards of their local waters”. Continue reading
The proposal titled “Urban Swales: Subterranean Reservoir Network for Los Angeles,” has been awarded 2nd place in Dry Futures Speculative category. Storm water enters each swale at the street corners where it is temporarily stored before beginning its gradual descent down through a cascade of phytoremediation terraces.
Dry Futures, An ideas competition seeking future-focused design responses to California’s drought, has announced winners and mentions. Liquifying Aquifer by Lujac Desautel, has been awarded 1st place in the Pragmatic category. The proposal asks: What if the Valley could have multiple drains placed around the city in contingent locations for maximum water replenishment back into the Aquifer?
A project for a public park in Medellín, Colombia that creates urban spaces around a series of water tanks to form a “socio-technical” landscape of magnificent beauty won the gold prize. The design opens up hidden infrastructure within the city to create a civic space at the intersection of architecture, landscape, infrastructure, and urban design. Continue reading