Article by Amela Đurakovac – We highlight 6 top shows and expos for landscape architectures that are packed with information and inspiration to keep you motivated. In the field of landscape architecture, there are many events over the year bringing together all the great news from the profession. In almost all countries, organized events are held which have a lot to offer like a variety of workshops, lectures, seminars with exhibitions, installations, trending products, new services, key skills and new trends and they represent a real pleasure for all visitors and exhibitors. In addition to offering knowledge and entertainment, these events also may provide important business opportunities for every professional. Every landscape architect should know where some of the best shows and expos take place and visit them if there is a possibility for it. The list of such events is very long and all are equally important. Sometimes, choosing the right show or expo for a visit demands good information about the event and preparation. Here are just some of the events that every landscape architect should visit at least once in their lives.
Many seminars with leading trending products from the profession of landscape architecture can be seen in this show. This is truly an opportunity for all suppliers or manufacturers to exhibit here and visitors can meet with representatives who offer products such as artificial trees, artificial turf, decking, flooring, fencing, water features, water fountains, commercial furniture, garden furniture, garden buildings, lighting, irrigation, living walls, living roofs, metalwork, outdoor kitchens, barbecues, outdoor fireplaces, sculptures, planters, containers, pools, hot tubs, spas, soils, composts, structures, mulches, stone, paving, aggregates, commercial lighting, tools, and much more.
2. Singapore Garden Festival This event is a joy for those who want to escape from everyday life and enjoy the beautiful creations that stretch to the spectacular borders of design. World-renowned and award-winning designers are responsible for all these creations. In addition, this festival is characterized by a series of performances by popular local artistes, music of different genres, and a marketplace. What is perhaps most interesting is the landscape design challenge where teams race against time to create one type of garden for a limited–time display: WATCH >>> Singapore Garden Festival 2014
The IFLA congress is one of the most significant events for all landscape architects, held each year in a different country. Representatives from all countries find their place in this gathering, which deals with many topics in the landscape architecture profession, current projects, and education. This event is itself a large show because it gathers experts that are involved in the knowledge, analyses, active conservation, design and management of open spaces and also younger students and professionals who want to progress.
The first biennal of landscape architecture was organized in the year 1999 with the desire to gather landscape architects and students not only from Europe but from all over the world. With many associations in support, the biennial became a professional point; a symposium where they hold conferences and one of the main features of this event is the Rosa Barba Landscape Prize awarded to the best projects. Each biennial carries Each biennial carries symbolic name as the main topic. Some of the names of previous biennials are :“Remaking Landscapes” (1999), “Gardens in Arms” (2001), “Only with Nature” (2003), “Landscape: a Product/a Production” (2006)— “Storm & Stress” (2008), “Liquid Landscape” (2010) and “Biennial versus Biennial” (2012).
The first Expo in Milano was held in the year 2008 and since then, it can be said that this event became the very symbol of Milan. More than 20 million visitors, 150 participants and about 5000 events – the total duration is 184 days – wow, that is really a statistic that shows the quality of contents that can be seen here! People who visit the expo are going home with a lot of enthusiasm, due to many facilities dealing with life issues and the future. Other features have included pavilions, clusters and important heritage, projects of biodiversity, and the impact of climate change on food production, the economy, and society. Many important and famous people like Ban Ki Moon, Angela Merkel and others also visited this expo and increased the importance of this event. WATCH >>> Expo Milano 2015, Milan, Italy – Crystal Fountains
One of the greatest and also one of the largest events in the field of landscape architecture is held every year in different cities throughout the United States. The ASLA Expo each year offers new products, services, technology applications, and design solutions through exclusive show hours . All participants of this event are very satisfied because of the benefits offered to exhibitors and the visitors are even more pleased because of all the phenomenal chance for their professional development. Every ASLA meeting offers many courses and workshops and if you are not up-to-date with the news in landscape architecture, here you will certainly come to know all about it. WATCH >>> Watch ASLA Annual Meeting and EXPO Highlights
Why are these events really important? Because the profession of landscape architecture is constantly evolving and brings amazing opportunities with the help of which we can be very professional and creative in our work. All these gatherings can help you meet quality people or to create a platform to promote your product or service. Now knowledge is an infinite thing, you can always learn something, make new experiences, gain contact with new technologies, release your everyday stress and enjoy networking with new friends, discover new design solutions and go home with a great deal of inspiration. There’s nothing to lose, that’s for sure! What shows and expos for landscape architects would you recommend? Let us know in the comments!
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We take a look at the question “Is Drawing a Natural Talent?” and help to understand what lies beyond the artist and their abilities. When it comes to drawing as a form of art, there are many facts and suggestions dealing with the power of this form of communication and also many books and tutorials, where every day we can see examples of excellent drawings and drawing techniques. Whether they are done with pencils, pen, ink, fiber-tip pens, chalk, charcoal, crayons, pastels, digital drawing or a combination of all these techniques, we look at them with much enthusiasm and admiration. Some of the drawings look so real that we can not even tell whether they are pictures or drawings. For those who are not sure how to overcome the overwhelming choices between all these drawing techniques and wonder whether can drawing be learned, we asked one question: Is drawing a natural talent? Are we are somehow predisposed to be great artists or architects from early childhood or must we work on ourselves to improve our drawing skills?
If we look back at the best artists of all time, we will find something in common; they were all people who learned drawing and practiced and practiced every day. From Leonardo da Vinci to Picasso and others, they all loved to drawand spent a lot of time drawing. Some of them didn’t ̍t even like to go to school, preferring to dedicate more time to their drawings! They had talent, but without continual practice, today they would not be remembered as great artists. Leonardo da Vinci spent 12 years painting the Mona Lisa’s lips in order to lead his painting to perfection! Wow, this fact certainly speaks about the power of persistence in making extraordinary drawings.
Everyone can draw, it’s true, but the question is; what really is the boundary between a “beautiful” drawing and a masterpiece? Can one masterpiece be explained and set with some standard of drawing? Many people think that the great artists were all born with supernatural talent. Yes, in relation to others, they maybe had some skills, like an eye for details, an innate sense of composition, an attenuated perception of objects being drawn, the ability to make good representational decisions, and the deft motor skills required for mark-making, but even they had to advance their talent with much practice and accumulation of knowledge. WATCH: Start Drawing: PART 1 – Outlines, Edges, Shading
Every beginning is hard, but it should not be a problem if you really want to learn how to draw. When you know how much time you need for drawing, the main reason that inspires you, your own sources of creativity, and how to develop your intuitive impulses for drawing, you can start creating your own unique drawings.The most important thing is that you know exactly why you draw. Before starting, you will need to be sure that you are dedicated to your drawing, to choose a technique and a subject or a landscape to draw. The beauty of a drawing will be revealed gradually, with every single line. You can watch tutorials, read books or find an ideal; someone whose work you consider great. You can also find inspiration in many of the great sketches in our Sketchy Saturday compilation. The many methods of instruction for drawing attest to the fact that drawing surely can be learned. Some great books for teaching how to draw are: “Freehand Drawing & Discovery” by James Richards, “Drawing for Landscape Architecture” by Edward Hutchison, “Drawing the Landscape” by Chip Sullivan and many more. If you think you need help with drawing, you can even enroll in a course or learn from one of many great video tutorials. This article can also help you: How to Draw Like an Artist, With These 7 YouTube Tutorials.
At what point you can call yourself an artist? When you make your drawings simple. When you make them with love. When you make them with passion. You don’t need to be the best of the best to produce great drawings. Over time, the results of practice will start to show and you will be able to enjoy your drawings. In his excellent book “Drawing the Landscape“, Chip Sullivan says: “I love to draw! I love to draw almost more than anything else in the world. It brings me solace, excitement, and the thrill of experimentation. When I am feeling low, drawing can make me happy. With a single piece of paper and a mark-making tool, I can create whole new worlds. Drawing allows you to design environments capable oftransporting the viewer. Learning to draw is a gift that brings a lifetime of creative excitement. Drawing is a form of personal freedom. The space around you becomes your possession. Once you have the ability to draw, it can’t be taken away from you, for drawing is the ultimate weapon of visual expression. It is also an inexpensive tool, accessible to everyone.” I think this is exactly the right way to describe the love for drawing and Chip’s words can inspire you to draw, whether you are an amateur or a pro. Drawing is a creative way of living and some studies even say that there are many benefits of drawing for our health. It teaches us to see things with more value, to study them and then shape them according to our sensibilities. So what’s stopping you from making your own drawing stories? Take your piece of paper and all the necessary accessories and start shaping your piece of art with your hands. Like everything else in life, drawing can be learned. To succeed, the only thing you need is motivation. Go to comments
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If a space is suitable for children, it’s suitable for everyone. We take a look at 10 of the best playgrounds we could find and look at what makes them so special. If we look at areas designed for children, we see that they are all different, even though they fulfill the same purposes: fun, stimulation of children’s imagination and creativity, and socialization. They must also be safe and secure. Some of the best playgrounds are small, some are spacious, some are thematic or mysterious, some contain a variety of equipment, and some are very simple. Whether they are modern and urban or made from recycled materials, each of these playgrounds is unique in its own way. There are a large number of really awesome playgrounds, but here is our list of the top 10 best playgrounds of the world, which every child would love to visit and discover.
Anyone who knows the story of Gulliver and the Lilliputians can assume what this playground is designed for. A giant Gulliver lies sprawled on the ground. His body is actually a place to play, and the children are like Lilliputians who “walk” on his body. Each part is a special place to play — a slide, a ramp, scales, a cave.
This is a playground for children of all abilities, offering swings, slides, and play equipment and a colorful view from the top of the pathways. The playground is divided into four rooms: the Rainbow Room, the Schoolhouse & Maze Room, the Fitness & Fun Room, and The Movin & Groovin Room. Each contains play and educational facilities and activities, such as a surface with the colors of the rainbow and a variety of swings, learning panels in the form of a maze, themed equipment (a racetrack, motorcycles, planes, and trains), and jungle gym components. Who could resist?
As the name says, this is a themed playground with airplane-inspired play structures. Children of different ages can enjoy exploring the area. Like real pilots, children can even command the cabin of airplane! There are also signs indicating the characteristics of the first flight of the Wright brothers, rings and net climbers, swiggle stix, bridge and wobble pod bouncers, and more activities that can help children to have fun and practice their muscle strength.
Design in accordance with what kids need in their development — this is what characterizes this space. Many activities allow children to actively participate in the games. The playground is divided into three main parts: plot, adult area, and children’s area. The whole area is designed in levels, with different colors and textures so children can enjoy various sounds and develop their senses while also learning about the environment.
This playground is not a typical one. It does not contain the typical elements seen in many other playgrounds, but it is very interesting and contemporary. The inspiration for this playground is a relief that is presented here by combining two elements — grass and tartan — to form a corrugated, wavy surface that encourages children to walk and leap and also creates a feeling of being in a natural landscape. It is simply beautiful!
Van Campenvaart playground is designed with the idea of “Natural Play”. The shape of the playground is like a red blanket, with many folds and ramps, because it is designed to welcome children with special needs. All children can play together and help each other. Elements such as climbing grips and tactile elements, a moving rubber mat, whisper tubes, a wide slide, a “concave” revolving disc and a hammock allow children to expand their boundaries and overcome barriers. See These Playground Related Articles:
This playground takes full advantage of the terrain’s topography with a combination of wood, concrete, and parts of trees that create slopes that offer children a collection of different contents. It includes various passages, winding terrain, a gazebo, climbing ropes, and other features that are completely urban and push the boundaries of standard playgrounds by offering spatial and visual communication. See this awesome playground on Landezine
This is not only a playground, it is a pleasure for the eyes! The main motive for the design was to create a water playground within the landscape. The shape of the field is like a swimming pool — even the bottom color is blue — surrounded by wooden benches. Within the playground are aquatic toys and flower fountains that spray water. This is the perfect playground for children, especially on hot summer days. At night, LED bulbs create a beautiful new atmosphere.
This is an adventure playground that creates an unforgettable experience! It is divided into several zones that represent special worlds. The playground is intended for both small and older children, with hills, capricious play shapes that host numerous play elements for the smaller children, with elements such as trampolines, spinners, climbing nets, hammocks, and slides. Walls, valleys, hills, water elements, and towers create a sense of adventure.
The most important thing about this playground is that it is accessible and barrier free. The area of the playground is very large, and all play elements have been carefully selected. Interactive spray fountains, multifunctional playing elements, colors, and materials ensure that all children will really enjoy this place.
What are the elements that make child’s play interesting and innovative? There are many such spaces that serve not only as a playable environment for children, but also affect their development. The design of playgrounds today goes beyond just providing a place to climb and jump. It is the landscape architect’s job to design the best possible places for our children. Share your favorite playgrounds and innovations in children’s design in the comments below. Recommended Reading:
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10 culturally significant plants that have shaped how we see the world. Plants are all around us. Their relationship with humans is a long one, so it is not surprising that people have always adored plants and had a special connection with some of them. This relationship is sometimes so strong that people turn to plants to honor some of the most important moments in life: birth, marriage, death. Plants are also used in many cultural ways — in medicine, as religious objects, as subjects in mythology, as food, and in many festivals, celebrations, and traditions. Some plants symbolically represent a country as the national symbol. Although it could be said that all the plants are culturally important, here is a look at the Top 10 most culturally significant plants from around the world.
10. Tea (Camellia sinensis) Tea originated in Asia. It was grown in China for several thousand years before being cultivated in other parts of the world. All tea leaves (except vegetable and fruit) come from the same bush evergreen plants, which have the Latin name Camellia sinensis. In England, everybody loves to have a “tea break” in the afternoon, and in Japan, special tea-drinking ceremonies are an important cultural tradition.9. Rice (Oryza sativa) Rice is not just food in Japan; it also holds both historical and contemporary meaning. Rice has been cultivated across the country for more than 2,000 years. All parts of the rice plant are utilized, with the largest part being recycled into tatami mats and bran providing a facial scrub. Rice is present in many aspects of Japanese life — in everyday meals, in New Year celebrations, and for family rituals. Fields of rice are among the most fascinating parts of the Japanese landscape. 8. Henna (Lawsonia Inermis) Henna is a shrub that grows in warmer climates all over the world. Henna is used to make a paste for painting the body. Symbolically, henna paintings are not permanent — just like life. The color of the henna is reddish-orange to brownish with a red pigment; it is never black. These body paintings are part of weddings in many cultures in South Asia, the Middle East, and Africa. 7. The Marigold (Tagetes erecta) Marigold flowers are orange-yellow in color and they are the most popular garden flower in India. They are also very popular during many celebrations there. During a wedding, the flowers are scattered or worn as a necklace. It is interesting that this plant does not originate from India, but carries a lot of spiritual significance there. Top Related Articles:
Eden Project, in Nicholas Grimshaw and Partners, Tim Smit, Arup Engineering, in Cornwall, United Kingdom. Once an open clay pit, the Eden project in Cornwall, United Kingdom, today represents one of the most beautiful examples of a recultivated surface mine. The pit was mined for more than 160 years; in 1995, the original idea for the Eden project was born. The once desolate area is now home to attractions such as the Malaysian House, Rainforest Aerial Walkway, Pollination (and the Giant Bee), Grapevines (with Dionysus), Olives (gold path with doves), Biomass Fuels, Myth and Folklore, Wild Cornwall, and The Core with The Seed. It is not surprising that in its first few months after opening in 2001, Eden was visited by more than a million people! The number of visitors has increased each year, and the project continues to delight us. So how did it all begin? WATCH >>> Rainforest in the Eden Project
Early Vision of the Project The main idea of the project was to create a place where cultivated plants from all over the world could be displayed. Tim Smit, an archeologist who wanted to create something to amaze future generations, came up with the idea of filling the 60-meter-deep pits with new life. It took six years to bring the project to fruition. Eden: Heaven on Earth The very name of the project speaks of a kind of paradise on Earth. At the entrance, a winding road leads to the domes, around which are planted numerous plant species, as well as sculptures and robots made from old equipment.Each Dome Imitates a Biome The complex arrangement consists of a large “cover” that accommodates a variety of plant species. Each dome imitates a biome — a special group of plants. The domes are constructed from pentagonal and hexagonal “inflated” plastic cells (layers of foil), which are attached to steel structures. They cover 2.2 hectares, and their design was based on the hexagon – nature’s most efficient building block, which provides maximum strength with minimum materials. Biomes Forming Worlds The inner part of the domes provide different growing conditions, which can also be seen on screens mounted inside. The tropical biome is used for tropical plants, such as bananas, coffee, and bamboo, and it is held at a constant tropical temperature and high humidity level. The Mediterranean dome is slightly smaller, accommodating the growth conditions for Mediterranean plants. There are also many other species planted in open spaces (open biomes), such as vegetable gardens and a flower garden, and amenities including cafes and restaurants. Related Articles:
The whole philosophy of Eden is based on the preservation of the environment and recycling. Everything — from all the boxes for the purchase and delivery of plants to the design of equipment — has the characteristics of reuse. Even the food that is eaten has been specially selected with sustainability in mind. Harvesting Water for Sustainability The other important sustainable fact is water harvest. Water is essential for maintaining humidity in every biome and rainwater is collected at the bottom, thanks to an underground drainage system. About two-thirds of the water used in Eden comes from water collected on site. Designing with Nature Architectural constructions are strictly made from recycled materials and lower-carbon products. The goal is to try to keep the environmental impact of the buildings very low. One of the most important is The Core, which was built in accordance with the natural architecture – biomimicry. It is in the form of a sunflower. It was built in March 2003 and serves as an educational center with classrooms. The Core Structure The Core structure is based on Fibonacci numbers — the pattern found in all natural forms, such as pinecones, sunflower heads, and snail shells. On the roof are solar panels that collect solar energy. The main building material is timber. Inside The Core, there are many things to see, including the giant nutcracker, the seed, areas for playing, and video projections of how Eden was built.What does the Eden Project stand for? Perhaps there are not enough words to describe the Eden project and its majesty. The entire area tells us the story of the importance of nature and plants, but above all gives us a chance to get involved with all of the activities. It is a multipurpose space: a tourist attraction with many sustainable messages. It talks about diversity, human connection, education, and sustainable lifestyles. The transformation of all devastated areas should look like this. Can we achieve that? Oh, yes indeed! Some Interesting Details About the Eden Project:
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The Physic Garden by Thorbjörn Andersson with Sweco Architects, Novartis Campus, Basel, Switzerland. Have you ever wondered what secrets have been hiding in monastery gardens or at least wanted to experience the mystique that they bring? If your answer is yes, you will probably want to visit The Physic Garden by Thorbjörn Andersson and see the main features of this historically important garden that — even when they were inaccessible — held significance for the community. Located in Basel, Switzerland, this simple but effective garden has a lot to show. It is designed to be part of the Novartis Campus and to describe the work of the company, which discovers, develops, and markets innovative products to prevent and cure diseases, ease suffering, and enhance the quality of life. Over 2,800 square meters, Thorbjörn Andersson and the team have created a garden that exudes history, symbolism, color, and rhythm and leaves space for reflection, relaxation, and education.
The Physic Garden is formally designed, rectangular shaped and semi-enclosed. It consists of two parts: the central garden, which is divided into strips, and the space around the central garden, which also has a special symbolic meaning. The whole garden is permeated with symbolism, so it is not surprising that every plant and every used material have been placed here for a reason. Strips located in the central part separate flowerbeds, where different types of plants used in pharmacy are sown.The central garden is surrounded by a wall of granite as a kind of protection and psychological barrier, reflecting the mystery and latency of former monastery gardens that the designer is trying to preserve in this space. The surrounding area — called the grove — is linked to the Celtic people and their use of wood for medical purposes. There are wooden structures for seating, and ginkgo trees fill the area.
Over the flowerbeds are two zig-zag walking paths that also symbolically represent “a walk through the garden”. Walkers can view the plants from above. If you want to learn something about them or even explore and study them, you can read the name of each plant on signage throughout the flowerbeds.Related Articles:
The garden also has water elements through an artistic shaped amphora and a place for seating in the form of a wooden pavilion with parts such as bookshelves, a hedge with different heights around the garden, and movable flowerpots.Richness of color through seasonal changes in plants Plants and their use for medicinal purposes are certainly the most important part of this project. Many are used for the treatment of diseases, in cosmetics, or in scientific research. All the plants that were used in this project can be divided into different categories. Annuals, perennials, roses, bulbs, trees, hedges, and shrubs each bring beauty in their own way as the seasons change. In the spring, there are purple, white, and yellow colors, thanks to Croccuss sativus, Heleborus niger and Narcissus pseudonarcissus. Summer brings the ornamental grasses’ playful colors, and in autumn you can enjoy the leaves change from green to yellow. What plants were used? The medicinal plants in this garden are Digitalis lanata, Digitalis purpurea, Centaurea cyanus, Papaver rhoeas, Sylumub marianum, Colchicum autumnale, Crocus sativus, Althaea oficinalis, Lavandula agnustifolia, Artemisia absinthium, Iris vericolor ,Verbena officinalis, Helleborus niger,Galanthus navalis, Aqulegia vulgaris , Lilium tigrinum, and many more. Click here to see a 360° virtual tour of the garden Ethnopharmacology and landscape architecture a new approach of designing Can medicinal science merge with landscape architecture in the future to produce more of these simple but useful gardens? Or was it already done a long time ago in the carefully preserved monastery gardens that served as inspiration for this project? The fact is that these gardens were made for a reason, so maybe each of us could make such a garden and thereby connect with nature by studying its benefits through treatment with plants. Recommended Reading:
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Quezon Daycare Center, by Yuusuke Karasawa Architects, Quezon, Republic of the Philippines. Besides being the largest and most populous city in the Republic of the Philippines, Quezon is known for its many cultural and historical sights and landmarks. Included in the territory of Quezon are 272 city government-owned daycare centers. For one of them, architect Yuusuke Karasawa made a modern, multifunctional project that will completely improve the quality of people’s life. Construction of the Karasawa project in the city northeast of Manila is planned for 2015.
Besides the multi functionality and design, the Quezon daycare center is special because the architect has created a unique network that will connect people in their daily activities and encourage communication. In addition to providing care for children, the center also was designed to host various public and private events.The symbolism of the circle This project is based on the symbolic significance of the circle. Karasawa used the circle, which represents interconnectedness and a form “without end”, to connect people and create a common center for everyone in the community. By combining circles, he created a network of space for public housing and other kinds of activities. Timber as sustainable building material The main material to be used in the project is timber. Known as an ecologically sustainable material and a primary building material in many countries, timber is organic and renewable, light and healthy, with durability to some hazards. It is certainly a good choice for the comfort and quality of living in this daycare center. Ribbons from hard cypress will complement the white concrete for the floor. Comfort also will be reflected in the central open green space, surrounded by indoor amenities such as the bathroom, bedroom, dining room, living room, and stydy room with terrace. All together, it will constitute one big, common public room.
Designing a multipurpose space nowadays is a real challenge, because you need to create places that combine different functions in one space while keeping in mind how the space will affect the quality of life of the people who live with the design each day. Related Articles:
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