Whimsical park built of recycled materials pops up in Shanghai

April 5, 2018 by  
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Shanghai’s hip Anfu Road recently found itself home to a whimsical urban intervention showing how one man’s trash could be turned into public space treasure. AIM Architecture and URBAN MATTERS designed the temporary urban park, called Urban Bloom, as an experimental exercise pairing reclaimed pallets with glowing tree-like sculptures. “Transformed into an ideal urban garden, and constructed entirely from artificial means, it is a project for a city that emphasizes people,” wrote the designers. Open to the public, Urban Bloom is nestled in a quiet courtyard with popular eateries and boutiques within striking distance. Recycled timber pallets are used as modular building blocks stacked to form seating and visual interest. The installation undulates on one side to resemble hilly topography. Related: Shanghai’s sponge districts fight flooding with green space Potted plants are placed around part of the park’s perimeter to create a garden aesthetic. Plastic spheres tied to poles are filled with foliage in a sculptural take on trees. Repurposed materials were predominately used as part of the designers’ desire to promote sustainable concepts. “At the same time, cities are huge producers of waste and trash,” wrote the designers. “We wanted this new space to be low-impact, and interact with natural elements in an artificial way – in short, proving it’s possible to make something new from nothing new at all.” + AIM Architecture + URBAN MATTERS Via ArchDaily Images © URBAN MATTERS by MINI, CreatAR Images

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Sebastian Errazuriz Transforms Chile’s National Stadium into a Temporary Park

December 19, 2012 by  
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In an installation that stood for peace, artist Sebastian Errazuriz transformed a football stadium into a public park. Chile’s National Stadium was once the site of horrific genocide, a place where former dictator Augusto Pinochet imprisoned and killed thousands of political prisoners in 1973. To honor those lives lost, Errazuriz took over the playing field and planted a 33 foot magnolia in its center, opening the space as a temporary public park he called “the Tree Memorial of a Concentration Camp”. Read the rest of Sebastian Errazuriz Transforms Chile’s National Stadium into a Temporary Park Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Augusto Pinochet , Chile , eco design , green design , National Stadium , Sebastian Errazuriz , sustainable design , temporary park space , The Tree memorial of a Concentration Camp

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Chuck Hoberman Designs Kinetic Building Canopy to Filter Sunlight in Riyadh

December 19, 2012 by  
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Imagine lounging at a spa poolside, relaxing as the delicate interplay of light and shadow filtering from the canopy above melts your stress away. But instead of trees setting the mood, the roof above is composed of two perforated moving Tessellate panels designed by Chuck Hoberman . Welcome to the KAFD Portal Spas  — two lush retreats intended for Riyadh by architectural firm WORKSBUREAU . One for men and one for women, the getaways will resemble giant greenhouses, complete with lush gardens, a three-story tower of plants, and a massive atrium. Read the rest of Chuck Hoberman Designs Kinetic Building Canopy to Filter Sunlight in Riyadh Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: chuck hoberman , hoberman sphere , kafd portal spas , kinetic , pierced titanium , Riyadh , saudi arabia , spa , sunlight , worskbureau

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