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The Patient Gardener in Politecnico di Milano, Italy by Visiondivision

Tuesday, October 25th, 2011

Article source: Visiondivision

Visiondivision was invited as guest professors by Politecnico di Milano for their week-long workshop MIAW2. The workshop, playing with the metaphor of forests, aimed to generate new visions to explain the contemporary and immediate future ways of being in the spirit of green design, resilience, recycling, and ethical consciousness. Our intention with our project was to construct a study retreat at the campus with patience as the main key for the design. If we can be patient with the building time we can reduce the need for transportation, waste of material and different manufacturing processes, simply by helping nature grow in a more architectonic and useful way. The final result can be enjoyed at Politecnico di Milano in about 60 years from now.

The Patient Gardener

  • Architects: Visiondivision
  • Project: The Patient Gardener
  • Location: Politecnico di Milano, Italy
  • Partners in charge: Anders Berensson & Ulf Mejergren
  • Curators: Laura Daglio & Oscar Bellini
  • Students/Architects/Builders: Rachele Albini, Giada Albonico, Jacopo Biasio, Sara Caramaschi, Elisa Carraro, Desislava Dimitrova, Cristina Gatti, Elisa Gulino, Mariya Hasamova, Nina Mikhailova, Ottavia Molatore, Joao Molinar, Azadeh Moradiasr, Mohyedin Navabzadeh Navabi, Giuseppe Maria Palermo, Riccardo Somaini, Bogdan Stojanovic
  • Organizers: Luca Maria Francesco & Fabris Efisia Cipolloni
  • Project area: 50 sqm
  • Project year: 2011-2090
  • Software used: A mix of Rhino, Autocad, Photoshop and some Maya


Lotus Park in Wujin, China by Studio505

Wednesday, October 19th, 2011

Article source: Studio505

Australian architects and designers studio505 are currently completing a series of iconic projects in a new cultural precinct in Victoria’s ‘sister state’ Jiangsu Province in China.


  • Architects: Studio505
  • Project: Lotus Park
  • Location: Wujin, China
  • Software used: Rhino, Revit, Illustrator, 3D Studio Max, Photoshop


Thicket Installation in Manchester, Tennessee by Sanders Pace Architecture (designed using Rhino)

Sunday, October 16th, 2011

Article source: Sanders Pace Architecture


This project was submitted to an open call for proposals for Pod Art installations at the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival.  Our proposal sought to create a reprieve from the visual stimulation present at the annual Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival in Manchester, Tennessee.  The installation provided a spatially interactive experience – one which can be simultaneously viewed and occupied.  A 30′ x 30′ gridded field of 1 1/2″ diameter bamboo poles defined the installation while selectively removed zones created privacy and enclosure within an otherwise vast, undefined 600+ acre event.  The tight placement of poles also provided dappled shade projecting into internal spaces located within the gridded field.  Ultimately, This dense bamboo grid created an inhabitable thicket to be experienced and explored by the festivalgoer.


Images Courtesy Sanders Pace Architecture

  • ARCHITECT: Sanders Pace Architecture
  • NAME OF PROJECT: Thicket Installation
  • LOCATION: Manchester, Tennessee
  • SIZE: 900 Square Feet (x2 pods)
  • COST: $3,000.00 (Material Cost)
  • COMPLETION: Summer 2011
  • PROJECT TEAM: Brandon Pace, Michael Davis, Michael Aktalay, Larry Davis, Matthew Davis, Carah Ferry, Will Spencer, Garrett Ferry, Ashley Pace, John Sanders, Stephanie Dowdy, David Scott, Shane Elliot, Leslie Smith
  • Software used: Rhino for 3d and a whole lot of photoshop and illustrator on the digital things.  A physical model was also produced.


The CityDeck in Green Bay, Wisconsin by Stoss Landscape Urbanism

Saturday, October 15th, 2011

Article source: Stoss Landscape Urbanism

The CityDeck is the heart of a multi-phase redevelopment project along Green Bay’s Fox River. The project aims to allow for significantly increased access to the river and to diversify social and ecological life along it.


The site is a 2-acre strip of land, typically measuring 50 to 60 feet wide, that runs along the edge of the Fox River in downtown Green Bay. It is about one-quarter-mile in length and is situated between two bridges that cross the river. At the project’s beginning, adjacent parcels were empty, abandoned (a large yellow warehouse), or in use as parking lots. Nearby buildings turned their back on the riverfront. Unsurprisingly, there was little social or civic life here, and no reason to visit; the elevated walk along existing bulkhead walls prevented any direct access down to the river—as well as up to the city from boats.

Images Courtesy Mike Roemer

  • Architect: Stoss Landscape Urbanism
  • Project Name: The CityDeck
  • Location: Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA
  • Client: City of Green Bay
  • Completion Date: Phase 1 opened in stages in 2009 and 2010. Phases 2 and 3 are scheduled for completion in 2011-2012.
  • Photographer: Stoss Landscape Urbanism, Mike Roemer, Jeff Mirkes
  • Software used: AutoCAD, Rhino, and Adobe CS


Erie Street Plaza in Milwaukee, Wisconsin by Stoss Landscape Urbanism (designed using AutoCAD and Rhino)

Thursday, October 13th, 2011

Article source: Stoss Landscape Urbanism

Erie Street Plaza is a small urban plaza in the Historic Third Ward district of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The 13,000-square-foot plaza lies at the point where the Milwaukee River meets the Federal Channel as it empties into Lake Michigan. It is the final link in a series of public space activators along the Milwaukee Riverwalk, a three-mile pedestrian and bicycle corridor that connects downtown Milwaukee to the emerging and redeveloping Third Ward, Beerline Districts, and the lakefront beyond.


The yellow glow mimics the lights from the industrial buildings across the river (Images Courtesy John December)

  • Architect: Stoss Landscape Urbanism
  • Project Name: Erie Street Plaza
  • Location: Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA
  • Completion Date: 2010
  • Size: 13,000 sf (0.25 acres)
  • Photographer: Stoss Landscape Urbanism, John December
  • Software used: Primarily Rhino and AutoCAD, with additional use of Illustrator and Photoshop


HA tower in Tokyo, Japan by Frontoffice + François Blanciak Architect

Wednesday, October 12th, 2011

Article source: Frontoffice + François Blanciak Architect

After decades of government-backed decentralization urban life is again being promoted in Tokyo, and residential mid-rise and high-rise towers have as a consequence begun to populate the city in large numbers. Collectively the additions form a new normal urban typology that embraces height but unexpectedly denies the surrounding urban landscape in favor of an interior life. Not surprisingly a side effect of this approach is the lack of livable outdoor space in the city center. Balconies are common but purely technical, included primarily as outdoor service zones to be filled with mechanical equipment and the accessories of the emergency escape system. Even the most modest tables and chairs fight for space. For those who wish to have some degree of open outdoor space there is little choice but to leave the city center and settle into a family home in the suburbs.

Images Courtesy Frontoffice + François Blanciak Architect

  • Architects: Frontoffice + François Blanciak Architect
  • Name of Project: HA tower
  • Location: Higashi-Azabu, Tokyo, Japan
  • Team: Paul Mak, Misuzu Yoshikawa
  • Structural Engineering: Alan Burden (structured environment)
  • Status: preliminary design
  • Area: 850 m2
  • Program: Residential tower
  • Credit of Images: Frontoffice + François Blanciak Architect


Garden 5 Tool in Seoul, South Korea by DeStefano Partners

Wednesday, October 12th, 2011

Article source: DeStefano Partners

Located on a 258,720 sf site along the north bank of Jang-Ji stream, Garden 5 Tool (originally called Dongnam Distribution Center) is a creative and unique solution for a mega-shopping center of specialty shops. To consolidate a large number of industrial goods retailers that are currently scattered in the central city of Seoul, the 2,893,440 sf commercial center houses approximately 1,500 shops. A supplementary facility, containing a fitness center, food court, office and officetel components, is also part of the program.

Exterior Entry View (Images Courtesy Samoo Architects & Engineers)

  • Architect: DeStefano Partners, Chicago, Illinois, USA
  • Name of Project: Garden 5 Tool
  • Location: Seoul, South Korea
  • Associate Architect: Samoo Architects & Engineers, Seoul, Korea
  • Completion Date: Nov. 2008
  • Photographer: Courtesy of Samoo Architects & Engineers
  • Software used: Rhino, 3dsMax, and AutoCAD. Quote from the design principal for the project, Scott Sarver “The real and most effective  tool we used for this design was a physical  model.”


Georgia Rest Stop in Georgia by J. MAYER H. Architects (designed using ArchiCAD, Maya and Rhino)

Saturday, October 8th, 2011

Article source: J. MAYER H. Architects

In 2009 Head of Roads Department of Georgia commissioned J. MAYER H. to design a system of Rest Stops for the new highway, which will run through Georgia and connect the Republic of Azerbaijan with the Republic of Turkey. Two Rest Stops are currently under construction and are scheduled for completion by the time the first section of the highway will be in operation in November 2011.


Renderings by J. MAYER H.

  • Architect: J. MAYER H. Architects
  • Name of Project: Georgia Rest Stop
  • Location: Georgia
  • Team: Jürgen Mayer H., Paul Angelier, Jesko Malkolm Johnsson-Zahn, Marcus Blum, Guy Levy
  • Clients: JSC Wissol Petroleum Georgia / Socar Georgia Petroleum
  • Photographer: Jesko Malkolm Johnsson-Zahn angeben
  • Rendering: J. MAYER H.
  • Software used: ArchiCAD, Maya and Rhino


Scapehouse in Victoria, Australia by Andrew Simpson Architects (designed using AutoCAD and Rhino)

Saturday, October 8th, 2011

Article source: Andrew Simpson

“All children are artists. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.” – Pablo Picasso

This project for a family coastal residence is located on a stunning isolated site in eastern Victoria on former farmland. The design is an investigation of how an idealised conception of “house” is transformed by its context and use. The site has extraordinary qualities: harsh prevailing winds of the Roaring Forties; sloping site; and sublime panoramic views from Cape Liptrap to Wilson’s Promontory. The residence required maximum flexibility as a beach home that could accommodate varying sleeping needs – anything from a single guest to burgeoning family summer holidays.


Exterior View (Images Courtesy Christine Francis)

  • Architect: Andrew Simpson Architects
  • Name of Project: Scapehouse
  • Location: Cape Liptrap, Victoria, Australia
  • Project Year: 2009
  • Project Team: Andrew Simpson, Owen West, Steve Hatzellis, Dennis Prior, Stephan Bekhor, Eugene An
  • Builder: GK and KM Trease Builders
  • Structural Engineer: Adams Consulting Engineers
  • Photography: Christine Francis
  • Software used: AutoCAD and Rhino


Kunshan Huaqiao Forum and Hotel Proposal in China by Ojanen_Chiou Architects LLP

Friday, October 7th, 2011

Article source: Ojanen_Chiou Architects LLP

Kunshan City, China, is known as the birthplace of traditional Kunqu opera, and is renowned for its unique canal townships in the Yangtze River Delta.  In 2008, the competition sponsor called for ideas for a new 955,000sm waterfront commercial district at a key oxbow portion of the Wusong River in order to support the area’s booming economy while creating public amenities and open space and ameliorating the effects of decades of industrial development.

Exterior View forum and hotel

  • Architect: Ojanen_Chiou Architects LLP
  • Project: Kunshan Huaqiao Forum and Hotel Proposal
  • Location: Kunshan City, China
  • Architectural Design Partner: Suzhou Industrial Park Design & Research Institute Co. LTDMaster Planner
  • Landscape Architect: SWA Group
  • Status: Phase I currently under construction
  • Software used: AutoCad, Sketchup, Rhino, and Adobe CS2.  The renderings and animation were done in 3Ds Max.


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