Posts Tagged 'urban'

I Dream of Green.

I’m alterady over Winter. Go away! If its not going to be fluffy white out there, then how about some green? In the meantime, I’ll get my fix from pretty pictures of urban greening projects that are being planned or completed around the world. This one is my current favorite as it looks like the elaborate and layered home landscapes found right here in the affluent metropolitan uber neighborhoods of McLean, Great Falls, and Potomac. Architonic surprises its readers with this fantastic Copenhagen courtyard that’s anything beside boring. The meandering paths, accent lighting, and variegated grasses, shrubs, and trees creates interest, privacy, and a gorgeous view from the surrounding buildings.

Charlotte Garden open park and courtyard.

Charlotte Garden is open to local people as a meeting place, playground, and escape.

Charlotte Garden Copenhagen

Movement and enriched vision is enlivened by the changing patterns.

Charlotte garden variety of plant life.

Plantings include meadow grass, Festuca glauca, Seslevia and Molina caerulea.

Colors in the winter landscape.

Colors change with season and include golden tones in the winter months.

Planting schedule.

The garden was nominated for the Mies van der Rohe Award.

The design team included Stig L. Andersson, Hanne Bruun Møller, Lars Nybye Sørensen along with client Harald Simonsens Ejendomsselskab. The nearby buildings are designed by Lundgaard & Tranberg Architects. The pretty photos are by SLA.

The High Line.

After ten years of advocacy, planning, and construction, section 1 of the High Line (runs from Gansevoort Street to 20th Street) is now open! The complete High Line runs through three of Manhattan’s most dynamic neighborhoods: the Meatpacking District, West Chelsea, and Hell’s Kitchen/Clinton. Built in the 1930s, these neighborhoods were dominated by industrial and transportation uses. Now they are home to art galleries, design studios, retailers, restaurants, museums, and residences.

The High Line is a public park, built and maintained for the benefit of all New Yorkers and visitors from around the world. It represents a unique opportunity for members of the community to become involved in the planning of a major public amenity that will serve New York City for years to come. The design process began with an Open Ideas Competition, in 2003 – you can still view all 720 entries into the 2003 Ideas Competition here.

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Site Plan fort High LIne

Site Plan fort High LIne

The High Line’s signature landscape is designed by James Corner Field Operations, with the consultation of planting designer Piet Oudolf. In fall 2008, planting began, with perennials, grasses, shrubs and trees installed in the planting beds of Section 1 (Gansevoort Street to 20th Street). The High Line’s plantings are inspired by the self-seeded landscape that grew on the out-of-use elevated rail tracks during the 25 years after the trains stopped running. The landscape architects chose species for their hardiness, sustainability, and textural and color variation, with a focus on native species. Many of the species that originally grew on the High Line’s rail bed are incorporated into the park landscape. The 210 species in Section 1 bloom from late January to mid-November.

Planting the High Line

Planting the High Line

DC Baby oh-boy-tique.

The Washington Post’s popular Express on-the-go free color newspaper featured Nursery Cool in todays Lookout Home section. For you DC urban moms and dads, they gave us a good list of local Washington, DC baby boutiques for those parents seeking modern baby furniture, accessories, and toys. Goodbye Winnie the Poo and Barney, hello mod baby room decor.

Of course, if you outside of the DC area, contact me and I give you some excellent online resources to find cool baby furniture and decor. Happy hunting!

Modern Modular Meets Legos.

More and more architecture firms are addressing 21st century conditions through intelligent architecture and design. Just read Dwell shelter magazine and you’ll see some creative urban thinking. Think back to Lego days as a little kid when you tried to outdo your buddy’s stacked house. Heres another solution… prefab modern homes, lots of solutions from Resolution 4 Architecture. The firms Modern Modularare off-the-shelf materials, spacial strategies, and techniques create a whole livable space that is simple and straightforward. So many bedrooms, media rooms, even enlarged pantries make these designs so functional and yet so unique. Res4A (as they call themselves) offers forms such as the Double Wide, the Courtyard, even a Triple Wide. Customize them however you like. What’s your next creation going to be?

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Just a Thought.

"A person should design the way he makes a living, around how he wishes to make a life" — Charlie Byrd

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