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Trend Watch, July 2016
More than one million people are reported to have walked on water at Lake Iseo in northern Italy, courtesy of two miles of fabric walkways called the Floating Piers.
The project was conceived by Christo and his late wife Jeanne-Claude in 1970. Realised almost 50 years later, it cost around $22 million, funded by Christo himself.
From June 18 to July 3 in 2016, the lake was reimagined with 100,000 square meters of shimmering yellow fabric, carried by a modular dock system of 220,000 high-density polyethylene cubes floating on the water.
Image Credit: The Floating Piers, Lake Iseo, Italy 2014-16 | Photo: Wolfgang Volz | © 2016 Christo
Secrets of bent trees
The Daily Mail reports that bent trees all over the United States have baffled experts for decades.
Researcher Dennis Downes says they were cultivated by Native American tribes to mark hidden trails in the forest, though most of the tribes have long since moved on.
Downes has taken up the work of geologist Raymond E. Janssen who documented trail marker trees in the 1930s and 40s, and travelled to 13 states in his search.
Establishing the origins of the trees, says Downes, is important for protecting them from clearing in the future. Read the full story with the Atlas Obscura.
For pictures of more strange curved bent trees in western Poland, visit here.
Boom to clean the ocean
A 100 metre-long prototype barrier has been launched 20 kilometres out to sea from The Hague to collect rubbish on the sea’s surface.
If found to be successful, the Guardian reports the structure could be deployed at a larger scale in the ‘great Pacific garbage patch’.
The snake-like barrier is made out of vulcanised rubber and harnesses sea currents to passively funnel floating rubbish, even tiny particles, into a cone.
A cable sub-system will anchor the structure at depths of up to 4,500 metres, keeping it in place so it can trap the rubbish for periodic collection by boats.
If all goes well, full-scale deployment of a 100km-long version is planned for the ‘great Pacific garbage patch’ between California and Hawaii in 2020.
The largely crowd-funded project was founded by 21-year-old Boyan Slat in the Netherlands. It was developed with dredging and marine contractor, Royal Boskalis Westminster and the prototype co-funded by the Dutch government.
Inside the Eames house
Naomi Stead from the University of Queensland visits the house of Charles and Ray Eames, a place she has studied and dreamed of for years but never before seen.
There are rules to visiting the house: you cannot go inside but you may peer through the many windows and open doors. You may take photographs, but not for publishing.
Stead says, “Completed in 1949, [the house] appears totally contemporary now – completely in tune with how we now live, or would like to live; a remarkable achievement for a nearly 70-year-old house.
“As you walk up the long driveway, you feel a strange sense of dissociation and suppressed hilarity, as though you had entered into the pages of one of your books, or been sucked into the screen of one of your own lectures.”
Read about her experience on Architecture & Design.
Street Furniture Australia products will be on show at the ASLA 2022 EXPO in San Francisco, from November 12 to 13, 2022. Visit Booth 251 to see the sleek and minimalist Linea range, including Cubes, Platform, Sun Lounge, Seats, Curved Bench and Picnic Settings, and complementary Monsoon Litter Bins and Cafe Stools. Check out a variety of durable and low-maintenance materials and colours including five Wood Without Worry aluminium woodgrain batten shades, the new Earthy Pastel powdercoat range, and DuraBright fade-resistant colours. Street Furniture Australia will co-present the stand with California-based partner Spruce & Gander, who represent our products as an exclusive distributor in California, Ohio, Texas, North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Indiana and Kentucky. Dates and times:Saturday, November 12, 2022. 9:30am – 6:00pm.Sunday, November 13, 2022. 10:00am – …
Street Furniture Australia is donating $40,000 worth of furniture from breakout spaces from the 2022 Festival of Landscape Architecture: COUNTRY to The Murri School, an Aboriginal and Islander Independent Community School in Brisbane. The collection of Linea Seats, Cubes, Curved Benches, Sun Lounges and Picnic Settings includes a pair painted by artist Casey Coolwell-Fisher, a Quandamooka, Nunukul woman of Minjerribah (North Stradbroke Island, Queensland) – commissioned by Street Furniture Australia and Blaklash Creative. Director of Blaklash Creative and member of the Festival Creative Directorate Troy Casey says, “A huge part of the festival was about how we can ensure that community gets something from it. We spent two days sharing our culture, our experiences, and the responsibility to positive impact. We can’t really do that without giving back to mob, …
President of AILA in Western Australia, and Coordinator of the Recreation and Landscape Unit with the WA Department of Parks and Wildlife, Nathan Greenhill shares his work with StreetChat. Please, tell us about yourself. What drew you to landscape architecture? Being a landscape architect and working at Parks and Wildlife is a series of lucky moments in time. At high school I was interested in geography, biology and technical drawing. I attempted art but was never that great at it, but always loved to make things at home and try to problem solve. I was on my way to studying environmental science when a good friend’s brother started landscape architecture and suggested I look into it. With a bit more research on the degree and the profession I decided to give it …
Superblocks to the rescue Barcelona’s radical new strategy will restrict traffic to a number of big roads, drastically reducing pollution and turning secondary streets into citizen spaces for culture, leisure and the community. “In a city as dense as ours, it’s all the more necessary to re-conquer spaces.” Visit the Guardian article. 7 placemaking tips The Project for Public Spaces is a wealth of knowledge and research on how to create vibrant places rather than just useable spaces. Vox Urban highlights seven pearls of wisdom. In three words, these are: Engage with community Place, not space Collaborate with partners Prepare to push Observe local users Triangulate related elements Value, not cost. Read the full story. 104 year old street artist yarn bombs town Grace Brett might be the oldest living street artist in the world. …
The next Highline: underground? Smart optics bring natural light and flourishing plants to the Lowline experiment, a foray into subterranean parks. “It is lit by soft, bright rays that bounce off an aluminium canopy. When a cloud passes by, it gets dimmer; you look up almost expecting to see a skylight. Ferns, palms and Spanish moss hang from the ceiling. Funnelled from three solar panels on the roof, the light is refracted but still natural, so it contains the full spectrum of colours that plants need to flourish …” Visit the Economist 1843 article, or go to the Lowline website. Why do we work so hard? The problem is not that overworked professionals are all miserable. The problem is that they are not, writes Ryan Avent. “I could anticipate with perfect …