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Niyang River Visitor Center | Zhaoyang Architects | Standard Architecture | Via

Its one thing to make a building, its entirely different to make that building a destination.

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Saying goodbye, slowly, to the suburban experiment

Lewis Mumford (1895-1990) was an interesting guy. Among many other things, we was a fan of cities and good urban planning. He also gave a warning voice against the rise of car-centric suburbia as it was happening in the 20th century. Here’s a quote from him, emphasis from me:

In the suburb one might live and die without marring the image of an innocent world, except when some shadow of evil fell over a column in the newspaper. Thus the suburb served as an asylum for the preservation of illusion. Here domesticity could prosper, oblivious of the pervasive regimentation beyond. This was not merely a child-centered environment; it was based on a childish view of the world, in which reality was sacrificed to the pleasure principle.

Perspective: car-centric, suburban sprawl is a construct of the 20th century that clashes with the way human settlements developed and thrived for millennia. It reconstructed our living spaces on a scale meant for cars, making our neighborhoods inhospitable to the kind of pedestrian connectivity that we need for healthy interactivity with our environments and with  each other.

Some day that sprawl will be fully retro-fitted as the kind of walkable, compact environment that puts people in face-to-face contact more so than what happens now via windshield perspectives; respecting both basic human needs and also the land-space needs of nature. This is happening now slowly, in our lifetimes, but the damage is significant and the repair will take many years.

Future generations will look back on the suburban experiment of the 20th century as the bizarre, unnatural thing that it was. Knowing that makes me feel a bit better about how slow the process is of undoing the physical and psychological detritus of the experiment.

I have never lived in a city, but I have always wanted to experience a city with great amenities like parks and food kiosks. Face to face interaction sure does sound a lot better than bumper to bumper.

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The Iceberg, Denmark by CEBRA + JDS + SeARCH + Louis Paillard Architects | via

The Iceberg is located at a prime location on the outmost harbour front in Aarhus’ new quarter Aarhus Ø (Aarhus East) and consists of 208 apartments. Like many other worn-out industrial harbour areas, the former container port of Aarhus is being transformed into a vibrant new neighbourhood.

The Iceberg is among the first projects to be finished in an area that on completion will be home to 7,000 inhabitants and provide 12,000 workplaces. Its total site area of 800,000 m2 makes it one of Europe’s largest harbour front city developments.

Photography: Mikkel Frost, Soeren Kjaer

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MVVA created two courtyards by cutting away the roof of the single-story office building to allow the sky and weather to penetrate the center of the structure. 

The tactile and sensual qualities of the materials and their placement reinforce microclimatic differences in the courtyards, creating a terrace in the western courtyard where it is sunny in winter and a second terrace on the opposite side of the other courtyard where it is shaded in summer. 

by  MVVA / Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates

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Looking down

Aerial photography as striking abstract compositions.

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Dry Swales, Bioretention Swales, Berms, and Rain Gardens for Stormwater Management

Dry Swale

  • A long, permeable drainage ditch that allows stormwater to be filtered by plants and soil bacteria, recharges groundwater reservoirs, and provides gradual irrigation for a yard on a higher grade

Bioretention Swale

  • A meandering swale, characterised by filtration layers {sand and silt) and a design that encourages storm runoff to remain as long as possible to allow sediment to settle and pollutants to be broken-down. Usually planted.


  • An earthworks barrier, used in constructing water channels, such as swales. Berms are more resistant to erosion if planted.

Rain Garden

  • A garden with a deep, rich soil, planted in a depression over a well-draining substrate. Swales can channel water to rain gardens from many points in the garden. The rain garden is planted with flood-tolerant plants. On the way to the rain garden, the water soaks through the walls of the swale and is filtered, finally arriving in the depression, and gradually permeating the soil, all while being filtered into the water table and being re-directed from the sewer system



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I have to keep reminding myself, as I sit in studio, that inspiration is everywhere. George Hargreaves, founder of Hargreaves Associates was not afraid to question, challenge, and implement the design methods of his day.

"In a Smithson sculpture like Aslphalt Rundown (1969), in which  truckload of he viscous material was poured down the gullied slope of a quarry near Rome, Hargreaves saw the expression of this contemporary conception of landscape. Although far from beautiful in any familiar sense, Hargreaves found such work deeply compelling for the way it brought time, gravity, erosion, human commerce, and the physical properties of matter all into play. ‘For the first time,’ Hargreaves recalled, "I understood that designed landscapes could be extraordinarily meaningful. The Smithson works reintroduced the concept of landscape as idea- something lost in the pursuit of the functional landscape- and opened a door to a world not yet fully explored and till expanding."

Beardsley, John. Entropy and the New Landscapes. (1995-96’). Beyond the Site. Process Architecture, no. 127-129, pg 14.