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Casanova + Hernandez models patterned public square on Albanian carpet. Dutch studio Casanova + Hernandez has completed a landscaping project in the Albanian village of Shiroka, comprising a waterfront plaza and streetscape that uses granite stones to replicate a traditional carpet pattern.

Casanova + Hernandez models patterned public square on Albanian carpet

The Rotterdam-based studio was commissioned by the Albanian Development Fund to oversee the redevelopment of the waterfront on the shores of Shkodra Lake, which is near the border with Montenegro. The area had been occupied by private houses, restaurants and parking areas that were constructed illegally in the years following the fall of communism in Albania in the early 1990s. The Albanian Carpet project involved demolishing the existing structures to create Shiroka Square, a 20,000-square-metre public space from which citizens can enjoy views across the lake. "The project not only aims to physically and functionally restore Shiroka waterfront but also to rebuild the feeling of belonging and attachment to the public space," Casanova + Hernandez claimed. Bosler Earth Design-Bosler Earth Design. 23 Landscaping Ideas for Small Backyards. Not everyone is blessed with a big backyard.

23 Landscaping Ideas for Small Backyards

For those who live in places with tighter outdoor spaces, it's just a matter of practicing smart design on a smaller scale. Whether you live in an apartment, condo, townhouse, loft, or a house that has more indoor than outdoor space, you can still carve out a yard with soil, trees, plants, patios, seating, and even water features. Once you start researching, you'll find that garden styles and solutions are limitless—there's a backyard for every petite plot of land. Among ideas to consider: We've found 23 diverse designs and solutions for small backyards and outdoor spaces, from urban to suburban and everything else in between.

The Full Story Behind the Controversial Rose Garden Redesign. Who knew that 10 crab apple trees gone AWOL could spark nationwide outrage?

The Full Story Behind the Controversial Rose Garden Redesign

But such was the case on Saturday, when first lady Melania Trump’s under-wraps renovation of the White House’s world-famous Rose Garden—created for President John F. Kennedy in 1962 by the philanthropist and garden designer Rachel “Bunny” Lambert Mellon—was unveiled to the press, and the ethereal, pink-flowering ornamentals were nowhere to be seen.

The boxwood-delineated north and south parterres of the West Wing area had also been revised: Sweeps of largely white roses trucked in, and expanses of limestone, looking raw in the bright August sunshine, framed the central lawn. The work was carried out by Oehme, van Sweden and Associates and Perry Guillot Inc., two award-winning American firms, under the direction of the 14-member Committee for the Preservation of the White House and the three-member Committee for the Preservation of the White House Grounds, plus 10 external advisers. 'Sand Pools' Are The Latest Backyard Trend. If you don’t live near the sea or just can’t travel this summer because of COVID-19 restrictions, there’s one more way to get your beach vacation — bring it to your own backyard.

'Sand Pools' Are The Latest Backyard Trend

A Spanish company called Piscinas de Arena NaturSand is offering just that. Well, kinda. Piscinas de Arena NaturSand specializes in “sand pools” — custom pools that are as close to real beaches as it gets. And if people already have a pool of their own, the company can simply convert it into something straight out of a Mediterranean paradise. Piscinas de Arena NaturSand says that it can “provide an environment similar to that of a piece of natural beach” and judging by their product photos, that’s not an exaggeration. Popularized in England, These Wavy Walls Actually Use Fewer Bricks Than a Straight Wall. How cool is this!

Popularized in England, These Wavy Walls Actually Use Fewer Bricks Than a Straight Wall

Popularized in England, these wavy walls actually use less bricks than a straight wall because they can be made just one brick thin, while a straight wall—without buttresses—would easily topple over. According to Wikipedia, these wavy walls are also known as: crinkle crankle walls, crinkum crankum walls, serpentine walls, or ribbon walls.

Paul cocksedge's exploded view bridge in cape town to use invasive eucalyptus tree wood. British designer paul cocksedge has announced his first ever project in south africa during design indaba 2020. called exploded view, the project consists of a permanent timber bridge across the liesbeek river in cape town, within the public open space of the upper liesbeek river garden. this is cocksedge’s second project exploring the use of wood and its environmental benefits following on from his please be seated installation at london design festival 2019. developed in collaboration with design indaba, building company X-Lam and WSP, the exploded view bridged by paul cocksedge will be constructed from invasive eucalyptus tree wood, transforming its negative effects by using it as a building material. the species, which originates from australia, was brought to south africa in the 1800s and as it’s not native, it has in fact, negatively impacted the water table. project info: name: exploded view bridge.

paul cocksedge's exploded view bridge in cape town to use invasive eucalyptus tree wood

A Texas Garden Where the Rare and the Endangered Flourish. An hour’s drive north of Houston is Peckerwood Garden, with seven acres of rare and vanishing plants–many of them desert specimens that architecture professor John G.

A Texas Garden Where the Rare and the Endangered Flourish

Fairey brought home from the high mountains of northern Mexico during more than 80 plant-collecting expeditions over the past 30 years. Fairey, an architecture professor at Texas A & M University, bought the Peckerwood property more than 40 years ago. Ecosystem Kickstarter is a cardboard structure that fights soil erosion. Dutch designer Thom Bindels has developed Ecosystem Kickstarter, a honeycomb-shaped cardboard frame that can help small-scale farmers grow crops in degraded soil.

Ecosystem Kickstarter is a cardboard structure that fights soil erosion

The simple, modular, cardboard system, which was first presented at Dutch Design Week, is embedded in a slope of degraded earth and filled with local soil. This forms a terracing structure to prevent the runoff of seeds and nutrients in rainwater. Ecosystem Kickstarter (Ecokick) biodegrades, and when it does it will grow a strip of "perennial terracing vegetation" because the cardboard is enriched with seeds and nutrients. Archismith creates secret garden within The Glass Fortress. Bangkok architecture studio Archismith has built a garden enclosed by 20,000 glass bricks as part of a sales office for a residential development in Bangkok, Thailand.

Archismith creates secret garden within The Glass Fortress

Pool of the Week: A Manmade Beach in the Portuguese Countryside. Swimming Pool of the Week: A Pool House with Vineyard Views in Sonoma. Originally conceived of as just a 500-square-foot box, a modest Northern California pool house in Sonoma got bigger after architect and owner Neal Schwartz started thinking about how to block views of neighboring properties—to focus instead on surrounding vineyards.

Swimming Pool of the Week: A Pool House with Vineyard Views in Sonoma

The solution? Schwartz, founding principal of San Francisco firm Schwartz and Architecture, added a tiny courtyard to the pool house to make the structure longer. Let’s take a look at what he did: Photography by Matthew Millman, Courtesy of Schwartz and Architecture. Pavilion H simple. Landscape Ideas: Garden Design for a Swimming Pool Area. Camarim arquitectos designs a pool with the essence of an ancient temple. Dezeen. Japanese landscapers transform vehicle beds into mini truck gardens. Dezeen. Frida Escobedo designs secluded courtyard for Serpentine Pavilion 2018. Mexican architect Frida Escobedo has been named as the designer of this year's Serpentine Pavilion, which is to feature a latticed enclosure surrounding a pool of water. Escobedo is the 18th architect to design the Serpentine Pavilion, the prestigious annual commission from the Serpentine Galleries in London. The architect, who was born in 1979 and set up her Mexico City-based practice in 2006, will be the youngest Serpentine Pavilion architect yet and the first solo woman to take on the project since the inaugural commission by the late Zaha Hadid, in 2000.

Her design is for a courtyard enclosed by dark latticed walls, made from cement tiles. It is intended as a play on the celosia – a typical feature in Mexican architecture that allows breeze to permeate a building. The perforations will allow views into and out of the pavilion, while the mirrored underside of a curving canopy overhead will reflect the building and a pool beneath. Renderings are by Atmósfera. Holland's Barriers to The Sea. Buitenschot Land Art Park – Hoofddorp, Netherlands - Atlas Obscura. It’s always a pain to live next to an airport, but the problem is amplified when you live in the Netherlands, a country that is as flat as a stroopwafel.

When a fifth runway was added to Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport in 2003, the local populous decided that enough was enough and demanded that the city did something to fix its noise pollution. The tricky thing about dampening airport noise is that the noise is a very low frequency with a very long wavelength, around 36 feet, so a simple barricade will do little to stop the drone. But in 2008, airport staff noticed that noise levels were reduced every fall by an unsuspecting phenomenon: plowed fields.

Overtreders W builds timber fieldwork station for harvesting weeds. Mar 03, 2017 overtreders W builds timber fieldwork station for harvesting weeds from earth to table; a concept demonstrated in overtreders W’s design of a timber-made, mobile fieldwork station consisting of a field kitchen, a drying cabinet, a harvesting bench and two workbenches. the modest yet functional construction was designed especially for the ‘weedgrocer’, who explores turns unwanted urban vegetation including nettles, or goose grass into edible herbs. SPACE10 open sources The Growroom – The Farm – Medium.

Getting started To get going building The Growroom, there are certain elements that needs to be ready and available: CNC cutting files Download the CNC cutting files here and share with your local fab lab or maker space that can cut the pieces for you. Grow Your Own Food: Free Plans for IKEA's "Growroom" Vertical Farm. Back in October 2016, IKEA's external innovation hub Space10 announced the Growroom, a spherical structure that allows people to grow their own food locally and sustainably. Last week, Space10 made the plans available to anyone who wants to build their own circular farm.

While you probably won't be installing one in your studio apartment (it's not exactly a window herb garden or a topsy-turvy tomato plant), the Growroom takes up much less space than traditional farming, can be placed in a public space or building's courtyard, and effectively eliminates the transportation from farm to consumer. It's also meant as a way to connect people with nature and their food source, functioning as an oasis in a concrete jungle. The 2.8 meter by 2.5 meter space (about 9 feet by 8 feet) has overlapping slices that allow each section of vegetation to receive light and water while protecting anyone that's sitting or standing inside from the elements.

Atlasobscura. The National Bonsai Museum isn’t the most heavily visited museum in Washington, D.C., but it might be the most unique. This amazing horticultural collection includes 150 miniature specimens, lovingly doted on by an expert bonsai staff. Theconversation. Mazes are in vogue at the moment, from NBO’s Westworld, to the return of the British cult TV series, The Crystal Maze. Swirling brick circles form back garden for South London Gallery. Our backyard : the reveal - almost makes perfect. Finally, finaaaally can share the finished backyard with you guys! Garden Visit: Landscaping for a Modern House in Christchurch, New Zealand: Gardenista. Christo’s 3km Floating Walkway Across Italy’s Lake Iseo Open To Public.

Anyone who’s dreamed of walking on water now has the chance to do so! 16 Top Trends for Garden Design in 2016: Gardenista. Older. Before & After: A Modern Townhouse Garden in Brooklyn: Gardenista. Older. Paradise Found: Designer Dan Pearson's Modern Garden for a Medieval Castle: Gardenista. Deep Water: 10 Modern Plunge Pools and Spas: Gardenista. 10 Most Awesome Suspended Pools. Best Outdoor Living Space: Earth Inc.: Gardenista. 11 Ideas to Steal from Drought-Tolerant Gardens: Gardenista. The New Modernism: 20 Best Minimalist Swimming Pools: Gardenista. Vote for the Best Outdoor Living Space in the Gardenista Considered Design Awards: Gardenista. 10 Garden Ideas to Steal from the High Line in New York City: Gardenista. 10 Genius Garden Hacks with Concrete Blocks: Gardenista. Small Garden Design: Japanese Serenity on Russian Hill in San Francisco: Gardenista. Low-Cost Luxe: 9 Pea Gravel Patio Ideas to Steal: Gardenista. Garden Designer Visit: The Precocious Genius of Luciano Giubbilei in London: Gardenista.

Dream Landscapes: 10 Perennial Gardens Inspired by Piet Oudolf: Gardenista. Leaves of Grass: 9 Ways to Create Curb Appeal with Perennial Grasses: Gardenista. Rehab Diaries: The Resurrection of a Medieval Nobleman's Garden: Gardenista. Designer Visit: Grow Outdoor Design's Drought Tolerant Garden in Bel Air: Gardenista. Designer Visit: The Black and Green Garden of Chris Moss: Gardenista. Touchscreen Landscapes. Rust Never Sleeps: 8 Surprising Ways to Use Steel in the Garden: Gardenista. Before and After: Jonathan Adler and Simon Doonan on Shelter Island: Gardenista.

Gray Gardens: A Visit to San Francisco's Foggiest Backyard: Gardenista. Garden Visit: Dutch Master Piet Oudolf in Yorkshire: Gardenista. Gallery Roundup: 10 Gardens at Water's Edge: Gardenista. Architects' Roundup: 10 Emerald Green Gardens. Landscape Architect Visit: A Living Wall in London by Adam Shepherd. Trend Alert: Black Fences. This Is What Parks Could Look Like in 2034. Architect Visit: A Hidden Japanese Garden.

Garden Visit: Drought-Tolerant in Southern California. Leave No Trace: A Gathering Place in the Winter Woods. A Secret Courtyard Garden in Piccadilly, Ancient Tree Ferns Included. A River of Stone at Tiger Glen Garden. Garden Visit: Andrea Cochran's Courtyard Vignettes. A Secret Sanctuary, 30 Miles South of Boston. In SF, Scott Lewis Landscape Architecture Turns A Small City Backyard Into a Green Oasis. An Antiques Collector at Home in London. Required Reading: New York City of Trees by Benjamin Swett. Steal This Look: An Airy Outdoor Shower: Gardenista. 5 Favorites: Colorful Garden Walls: Gardenista. An Insider's Favorite: The Bliss of Visiting Rousham in the Cotswolds: Gardenista. Fresh tracks: Chicago’s new ‘sky park’ turns abandoned rails into green spaces.

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