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The Future of France

The Future of France

Given the controversy that still surrounds the Montparnasse tower, completed some 40 plus years ago, it’s hard to imagine the futuristic proposal “2050 Paris Smart City,” in a realistic manner. The proposal comes about as a response to architectural responsibility to the environment, examining the role of high-rise architecture and targeting a 75% decrease in...
The Skyscraping Walkie Talkie

The Skyscraping Walkie Talkie

The much anticipated Sky Garden gracing the top of 20 Fenchurch St, London, was opened to the public on Monday. Coined the Walkie Talkie building for its swollen upper levels and subsequent resemblance to the apparatuses, the nickname has taken like a duck to water. One of the advantages of swelling the building is having...
MAD Tree-House

MAD Tree-House

Tree covered terraces and translucent metallic walls line the exterior of the approved renovation plans for a residential block in Rome. After initially winning a design competition in 2010, the Beijing Architecture studio, MAD, was charged with completely overhauling the 8-storey building originally built in 1971. 4 years later MAD has finally gotten approval from...
Vertical Farming

Vertical Farming

A mix of residential living and urban farming Killing two birds with one stone, an unconventional live-in aged care facility has just been unveiled for Singapore, and combines a residential building with a vertical urban farming facility. Singapore, like many other of the world’s fast growing cities, is faced with the ever prevalent problem of...
Prince Alfred Park Pool splashes onto the city scene

Prince Alfred Park Pool splashes onto the city scene

Sydney’s newest 9-lane, 50 metre outdoor pool is the first fully-accessible outdoor heated pool in the city. Not only is it now open – but it’s free! For the first six months Sydney-siders can enjoy unique water-views, park-views and city-views all at the one time. Another great aspect to draw your eye is Prince Alfred...
When 2 become 1: The Landscape Australia Expo and the Spring Green Expo Unite!

When 2 become 1: The Landscape Australia Expo and the Spring Green Expo Unite!

For the first time, The Landscape Australia Expo Queensland will be held alongside the Nursery and Garden Industry Association of Queensland’s annual Spring Green Expo on the 30th and 31st of July 2013 at the Gold Coast Convention Centre. Both events cater to the professional nursery and landscaping industries so there will a much greater range...
Great Crate at Green Square

Great Crate at Green Square

We’ve all heard of Green Roofs and Green Walls, but how often do you hear of a Green Square? And where would you find such a thing? Green Square of course!  From 21 September – 21 October as part of the Art & About Festival, Green Square station is home to The Great Crate. Measuring 10m²...
Green Walls are on the way up

Green Walls are on the way up

I have always had a fondness for climbers. I remember my first house and the gorgeous passionfruit vine that entirely engrossed our fence and garage, producing sweet tropical flowers and delicious purple fruit. I have always found it so aesthetically pleasing to see the natural world lighten and brighten commercial, industrial or residential spaces. Gardens...
Flower Power

Flower Power

Singapore’s Gardens by the Bay is a horticultural mega-project which gives whole new meaning to the term flower power. It is the final week of the Singapore Flower Festival, and naturally, the highlight of the program was the unveiling of a forest of Supertrees. The Supertrees are crafted of thick steel branches and range from...
The new Aussie garden

The new Aussie garden

The new Australian garden is grown on walls and roofs, not in the ground, according to a Rural Industries R&D Corporation-funded research project. The research is in keeping with the phenomenon that is the ‘vertical garden’, which has been gaining momentum here in Australia and overseas. The traditional concept of the Australian garden is rapidly...
Tallest greenwall in Australia

Tallest greenwall in Australia

The tallest greenwall in Australia has been unveiled by Mark Paul, Founder and Director of The Greenwall Company. Spanning over 24 floors of the Origin Head Office building in Melbourne (Exhibition St), each floor has its own unique make up, specifically designed to maximise the varying angles and lighting. Mark describes his greenwall creation as...

Green Walls

Green walls are turning concrete jungles into lush, tropical havens and adding much-needed greenery to our cities. Although still a relatively new concept, green walls are increasingly popping up in our cities, and it’s not just Australia that is getting into the vertical garden concept – countries all over the world are embracing these green...