SCI‐Arc, the Southern California Institute of Architecture, announced the winners of the Los Angeles Cleantech Corridor and Green District Competition. An open ideas competition sponsored by SCI‐Arc and The Architect’s Newspaper, entrants were challenged to use the competition as a forum for provocative, even revolutionary, reconceptualizations of L.A.’s urban fabric. A community celebration was held on Saturday, October 9 in downtown Los Angeles on the SCI‐Arc campus.
Shinjuku Gardens by Hong Kong-based Cheungvogl (Judy Cheung and Christoph Vogl) is a social, environmental and urban contribution, solely based on economical profit which deals with the cost of sheltered parking and green spaces within Tokyo.
Shinjuku Gardens is a 2 story car park, which replaces an existing open one, that doubles the number of spots available for vehicles. Considering the relative tightness of the space, ramps are replaced by elevators - within a 2 story circulation this is feasible, depending on lot-based car-lifting. Even by doubling the amount of parking spaces over two levels, the ground area is reduced by one fifth, thanks to a more effective layout which provides more free green space, along with the infiltration of rain water.
The Tel Aviv-based Chyutin Architects recently won a competition for the new Museum of Tolerance in Jerusalem, replacing a previous scheme done by Frank Gehry. The museum is located at the heart of modern Jerusalem's rejuvenated city center, on the borderline between the spacious Independence Park and the urban environment. The location is a meeting site of three main streets which differ in character and function.
OP’s proposal "Absent Monument" will provide the visitors a very direct and sensuous experience of ‘deportation’. By physically removing a part of the river close to the Frankfurter Grossmarkthalle.
Tomorrow, Pennsylvania is scheduled to unveil North America's largest green wall installation. The building, designed by Kim Wilkie, is a public restroom facility at the Longwood Garden's new East Conservatory Plaza. The bermed, arching pod-like complex is open to one side and supports a natural outdoor amphitheater on the other. The interior green wall is a total of 4,072 square feet, which is almost twice the size of the second largest green wall in North America.
The majority of the astonishing 47,000 plants are ferns, which are embedded in a non-soil growth medium. Remote operated drip line irrigation and an array of sensors maintain the plants to help ensure quality control and longevity of the plants. The wall essentially acts like a filter and lung for the complex. An estimated 15,500 lbs of dust and toxins will be removed from the air each year, and the more visitors, the more CO2 for the plants to metabolize and exchange for O2.