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Architectural Association

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January 26th Presentation:

 
 
 
 

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Final Round

 
 
 
 

Manifesto:
REFLECTS. THICKENED WATERFRONT
AA SCHOOL
LANDSCAPE URBANISM

Spatial and three-dimensional experience:
The arrival sequence into Reflects, Thickened Waterfront needs to be set in context with the rest of the proposal, managing to augment the sensations of the pedestrians or focalize the attention into strategically treated microenvironments.

The work is based on an expanded idea of the edge, turning into a field of distributed spatial experience what otherwise is defined as a line or a rigid boundary of the water edge. The main idea would be to blur the contact of land-water seeking to encroach earth structures into the lagoon while bringing it inland in other areas.

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Columbia University

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Manifesto:
ECO_PLANE

Our project proposes to reveal the complexity of the edge condition between water and land, and between man-made landscapes and natural ones. Often times these complexities produce tensions that manifest themselves in new forms of negotiation, control and dominance. We hope to create a landscape that exaggerates these differences and that exposes the visitor to an environment of constant change and evolution, offering a multiplicity of experiences.

To create this intensified environment, we will insert an inhabitable platform hovering between the land and the water. This new platform will provide a datum that is capable of measuring and indexing the differences between environments. At the water’s edge, the platform will measure the subtle fluctuations in water levels, enabling and disabling certain zones of occupation. At the edge of the land form, the platform will negotiate the varying terrain creating a segregated transition zone with the neighboring site, additionally enabling engagement with it.

By exaggerating the ecological tension at this edge condition, our proposed constructed “ecotone” will provide a territory that supports and encourages maximum biodiversity. This man-made wetland, as it evolves, will continuously provide an ever-changing physical condition that enables ecological diversity. Plant life and wildlife will appropriate the constructed edge condition and through constant adaptation and modification, ultimately seizing control. This evolving aqua-terrain landscape will, over time, make visible to its visitors an ecological history of the site and provide them with an always-changing experience.

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Hong Kong University

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Manifesto
Wind Poem

In the last 150 years Hong Kong has been transformed from traditional farming and fishing community to international centre, a spectacular jungle of traffic and skyscrapers. Life in Hong Kong is vibrant and relentless: you feel the flow of energy on every street, even at night when the chaos on neon signs ensure the city never sleeps. Yet underneath this constant motion the subtle qualities of the people and the natural landscape remain.

‘Wind Poem’ adopts a poetic form to celebrate this unique character of Hong Kong, represent the dynamic motion of the city and the hidden subtleties, in the experiential qualities of the wind and natural planting elements.

We see the experience the landscape, in the movement of the wind creating ever-changing patterns and forms amongst the plants, in the mist, and over the surface of the water. Out of the wind our attention is drawn to the detail of the landscape.

The garden comprises a simple interwoven design of linear paths, stone benches, planters and water bodies, in the form of shallow terraces, stepping quietly down the slope.

Standing on the paths visitors enjoy long range views out over the site and feel the movement of the wind across the planting, in the mist and on the water’s surface. Sitting on the benches visitors are screened from the wind, and become focus on the detail of the foliage, the wildlife, and can find the hidden messages carved on the stone benches.

Bio-filtration systems and landmark wind turbines used in our design, highlight Hong Kong’s commitment to sustainable development, and to honour the theme of the Expo “Peace and Harmony between Nature and Mankind”.

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Peking University

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Manifesto:
The Net

1. Create a new way for people to interact with nature
Providing a unique landscape experience not only for the Expo but for Xi’an citizen’s daily life. This special experience include walking, jumping, and lying on a waving net with greenery under your feet. The user can be engaged with different experiences related to the activities on the net.

2. Bring small biotopes to Xi’an
Creating a free space for the natural succession of plants with minimal disturbance introducing small biotopes into the city and improving the biodiversity of Xi’an city. This will create more space for greater vegetation to grow naturally in the future.

3. Minimal maintenance
Create a multifunctional “NET” will give a unique visual effect when it is combined with lights under the net. The net can be used as resting furniture, walking path, and recreational element. Selected plants for the site are local and are easy to grow with low maintenance.

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University of Toronto

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Manifesto:
Scent Garden delights all the sense while favoring smell:
The customary hierarchy is reversed: smell here reigns supreme

Scent Garden marries nature with artifice:
Digital technology and concentrated plant extracts enhance and complement natural processes and indigenous plants to build and sustain a unique olfactory world.

Smell Garden tells a story:
The olfactory, visual and tactile orchestration of plant material speaks loud and clear about the local cultural and natural history, with a variety of coniferous trees setting the tone. The scent poles complement this statement with a different story and exotic accents: they evoke other locals and plant species in an olfactory map of China.

Scent Garden is spectacular and intimate:
The constellation of glowing scent poles provides for an iconic image that brands the garden as a public space while the nuanced olfactory performance caters for a sheltered and individual experience.

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University of California at Berkeley

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Manifesto
The Garden of the Forking Paths

The Garden of the Forking Paths is a place, an unfolding, an allegory for life. The Garden is dynamic experience, immeasurable interactions between incalculable elements. The Garden is individual and communal, moving constantly forward. As in life, the participant pursues any sequence or combination of paths in the Garden. Collectively, the ensemble of choices, routes, reversals, and caprices—confined to the inexorable inertia of place and time—constructs the increasing complexity of contemporary civilization.

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University of Southern California

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Manifesto:
University Park
Creative Nature
2011 Xi’an Horticultural Park

USC Sky Garden
Sky Garden Manifesto

Gardens and landscape often represent a ideal vision of nature.
Sky garden demonstrates a futurist vision of nature.
Gardens and other constructed landscapes are a cultural construct, representing an idealized vision of nature that we hold dear. Usually maintaining this vision of nature is a costly endeavor, but the joy these landscapes provide is hard to measure. Sky Garden eschews representation as a central strategy and rather seeks to demonstrate both the beauty and danger of natural processes while expressing futurist visions of both apocalypse and salvation through design.

Gardens reflect culture.
Sky Garden refracts culture.
While reflective, gardens are not merely a reflection of culture; they also serve to shape it, if only by refracting and magnifying our complicated perspective of “nature”.
In Sky Garden we refract the materiality of sky it’s cultural and ecological implications within the medium of a garden that allows people to feel the implications of their current trajectory, thus possibly altering it.

Gardens are cultural infrastructure.
Sky Garden is infrastructure.
For many, gardens provide us with a fine cultural infrastructure, yet designers are obsessed with hybridizing landscape architecture and hard infrastructures. What else should landscape be doing besides providing us with cultural feedback and pleasure? Does it also need to be integrated with other forms infrastructure?

In Sky Garden we propose that a garden landscape itself has a critical and often unrealized potential as a hard infrastructure. For a long time density has been a critical benchmark of how sustainable we can be. In the USA, New York City is considered the most sustainable city; the carbon footprint of each resident of the city is radically less than the rest of the country. Yet, with growing urbanization and global warming our densest cities that are getting uncomfortably hotter, even unhealthy. Landscape architecture is part of the solution.

In Sky Garden we apply the growing body of contemporary research on the ability of landscape to counter Urban Heat Island and Global Warming. Scientists are dissecting the performance of landscape, both in it’s macro effect and personal comfort of individuals. This research suggests that landscapes and gardens may serve their most important cultural and infrastructural functions by creating comfortable cities. In Sky Garden we explore the potential of beautiful and meaningful garden of applying new research to serve as critical comfort infrastructure.

Spectacular Elements:
Vegetated Cloud and Sky Reflection Garden
Solar Atrium

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USJ
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Universidad Torcuato Di Tella

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UTDT Manifesto
We propose recognize, extract, reinterpret and use some structures of the qualities of La Pampa Argentina in new contexts by updating the original conditions.
In this particular case relate sowing and harvesting wheat, together with the characteristics of the River plain in a new physical, geographical and cultural situation.
We work a landscape which covers hundreds of acres to a much smaller territory scaling problems.
From the morphological qualities produced by local technology we propose a park that keeps present the memory of La Pampa and at the same time allows a new and interactive development with the visitors of the expo.
We use optical fiber to illuminate locally as lights moved with the wind as the plants.
Parts that perform topography edges will be concrete with coverage of copper in their outer edges.

Topography built with concrete with edges of copper
Optical fiber as glowworm moved with the win as the plans

3. Nickname
Pampas Traces

Torcuato Di Tella University
School of architecture and urban studies
Landscape architecture program
Pedagogical Objective
The program focuses on the interaction between landscape, infrastructure and design in the sustainable management practice.
Provides evaluation criteria and specific techniques with special attention in the contemporary debate of analysis and discussion of major interventions in Buenos Aires and abroad.
Promotes the incorporation of vegetation as an instrument of environmental design, and studies the relationships between architecture and landscape through history.
The preservation of natural landscapes, the change in the use of rural and urban soil and the growing demand for tourist developments are the major issues to be studied during our one year Landscape Architecture Program.

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