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New Urban Landscapes

New Urban Landscapes

(Issue of a magazine 3/2017, page 12)

Japan is blessed with stunning landscapes and four distinctive and beautiful seasons. Japanese traditional gardens bring natural landscapes into the hearts of cities. This is the cultural environment that Nikken Sekkei as a design firm has evolved within, giving us a unique approach to landscape design for urban areas. Quality open spaces are meant to reconnect citizens with their contextual natural environment and fellow man. This is discussed in the chapter “New Urban Landscapes” of the book “Nikken Sekkei Urbanism.”

Zaryadye: Outward Glance

Zaryadye: Outward Glance

(Issue of a magazine 3/2017, page 20)

The Zaryadye Park that was opened on 9th of September 2017 during the celebration of 870th Moscow’s anniversary has already become a noticeable event, regardless of its rates, the practice shows that in most cases they are positive. Just in one month, the park was visited by more than a million people, and there are all reasons to suggest that the originally planned amount of annual visitors will be exceeded. In this case, there will be a need for creating a strategy for the public spaces’ development in the center of the city in order to optimize the distribution of such an amount of visitors.

Seoullo 7017 – Road for People

Seoullo 7017 – Road for People

(Issue of a magazine 3/2017, page 32)

In May 2017 in the heart of Seoul, the capital of South Korea, appeared a green pedestrian area – linear park Seoullo 7017, or “Skygarden”. Seoullo, the Korean name for Skygarden translates to ‘towards Seoul’ and ‘Seoul Street’, while 7017 marks the overpass’ construction year of 1970, and its new function in 2017 as a public walkway or “road for people.”

Glocal West Gate: Preserve the DNA of the Place

Glocal West Gate: Preserve the DNA of the Place

(Issue of a magazine 3/2017, page 38)

Occupied by a local wet street market, the West Gate has been losing over time the cultural relevance and significance that had on the past. Competition by invitation organized by the local Government of Jiading, in which their aim was to renovate the traditional West Gate in downtown Jiading. The new proposal of 100architects was intended not only to bring back the relevance of this cultural heritage, but also reactivate the area by the injection of commercial activity.

Roof Garden for Work and Leisure

Roof Garden for Work and Leisure

(Issue of a magazine 3/2017, page 44)

In previous issues of Green Buildings Magazine we wrote about the Rules of Resilient Design, developed in the form of an online guide by the American Society of Landscape Architects, ASLA. These recommendations should help people to protect themselves from natural disasters and other unexpected climatic events. One of these phenomena can be called a heat, which some scientists think is caused by global warming.

Story about How Food Shapes Our Lives

Story about How Food Shapes Our Lives

(Issue of a magazine 3/2017, page 48)

Book by Carolyn Steel “Hungry City: How Food Shapes Our Lives” was first published in the UK in 2008 and now is translated into several foreign languages, including Russian (2016). Carolyn Steel on her private Internet page describes herself as an “architect, lecturer and writer” and is professor of architecture, head of the “City, Architecture and Engineering” program at the London School of Economics. While teaching there together with representatives of Architecture, Politics, Development, Sociology departments prompted her to describe the use of an urban organism through food. The author admits that the work “Hungry City” is the result of her great interest in the topic with the length of her life, materials for which she collected for a very long time. On writing the book in total she spent seven years.

In Pursuit of the Essence of Place

In Pursuit of the Essence of Place

(Issue of a magazine 2/2017, page 12)

Japanese culture is known for being a melting pot of the traditional and the latest technological innovations. It constantly manages to innovate and adjust to new requirements, without losing its ties to its origins. Tradition and technology sit side by side. Urban design at Nikken Sekkei aims towards a balanced integration of the culture, history and locality of a place with the contemporary requirements of society. Analyzing, understanding and interpreting the very unique identity and character of a place provide the architects with essential knowledge.

Egyptian Culture in Mediterranean Context

Egyptian Culture in Mediterranean Context

(Issue of a magazine 2/2017, page 20)

10 DESIGN is the Master Planner for the Jefaira development, overlooking the enchanting shores of the Mediterranean on the Egyptian North Coast. The site of 550 hectares stretches 3 km along the seafront with natural beaches and cliffs forming a unique topography. INERTIA Properties’ vision for the project is to create a world class residential and tourism community that is environmentally, socially, and economically sustainable. The ultimate goal is to design a vibrant urban environment with a network of public areas, celebrating the Egyptian culture together with the Mediterranean context.

Artenoah from a Bird’s-Eye View

Artenoah from a Bird’s-Eye View

(Issue of a magazine 2/2017, page 26)

Miralles Tagliabue EMBT, the Barcelona practice of Benedetta Tagliabue and Enric Miralles, announced that they had the winning concept for a new biodiversity park in Rehau, Germany. With support from the Rehau city council, citizens, and organizations like the Federal Nature Conservation Agency, the biodiversity center is proposed for a site at the Green Belt in the forest landscape of the Neuhausen district. Home to only 70 inhabitants, the district is projected to attract up to 80,000 visitors once the new center is built.

Hardberger Park: There Is a Place for Everyone

Hardberger Park: There Is a Place for Everyone

(Issue of a magazine 2/2017, page 30)

The previous issue of the Green Buildings magazine informed you about the Rules of Resilient Design developed by American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) as online guidance. The main goal is to help people, both now and in the future, better protect themselves from weather surprises and natural disasters through landscape design. This article deals with effectively manage water resources, especially in drought area.