Topos 72

Design and Function

Release Date: Sep 30, 2010
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One question repeatedly comes up in landscape architecture: do the designs for open spaces meet the needs of their users. Are newly designed squares and parks suitable for everyday use? In Issue 72 Topos will provide answers to these questions with different international projects.

The Function of Design

As evidence gathers of a considerable shift in planning and development hierarchies with the landscape determined as the lead driver for change, an important economic and social concern that is now firmly on the mainstream political agenda, the role design plays in this is far from clear. In fact it is rather tenuous, fragile and easily dismissed. Author: Moore, Kathryn

Playa de Poniente Esplanade

Organic shapes and a colourful tile tapestry create a cheerful beach promenade in the Spanish coastal town. The new public space with iconic potential helps to stimulate tourism. Author: Anglès, Magda

Bordeaux: The Quays on the Left Bank

For a long time warehouses and parking lots blocked the access to the Garonne River in Bordeaux. An ambitious urban design project has brought the people of the French city back to the banks of the river. The quays now complement the existing urban fabric. Part of the strategy was to plant them with gardens for a balanced microclimate. Author: Kandjee, Thierry

Mathildeplein Eindhoven

As green square, Mathildeplein offers peace and quiet in a hectic city centre in the Netherlands. Author: Thehu , Kim

A Landscape Sculpture To Play On

On the Theresienhöhe railway cover in Munich, Germany, a green area and play landscape was conceived as a landscape sculpture. The open space is on a reinforced concrete bridge, under which pass Munich’s S-Bahn and regional trains. Author: Jakob, Thomas

The Green Centre: Ouerbett Park

Redesigning Ouerbett Park in the small town of Kayl in Luxemburg created a versatile public open space providing opportunities for relaxation, play and sports. Author: Gallenmüller, Tanja

Hoover Square, Warsaw

The square in the heart of the Polish capital has played an important role in Polish history. The new design does not directly reference the past but respects the context of the historical surroundings. Author: Rudawa, Dorota

Gallions to the Thames

A strategic landscape and public realm project in East London mediates challenging infrastructure and industry with future residential development and the scale of the river. Author: Kerimol, Levent

Zensar Technologies

The design for a business campus in the Indian city of Pune combines traditional images and metaphors of Indian landscape with a modern geometrical language. Author: Natu, Abhijit

Confucius would have loved it

The garden opened in May in time for Expo 2010. In line with the Expo’s theme “sustainability”, the designers focused on ecology and environmental protection. Author: Jaeger, Falk

Better City, Better Bund

The restructuring of the Bund’s complex infrastructures is both a transformative and restorative design function, successfully reconnecting and restitching Shanghai’s dynamic urban fabric back to its waterfront. Author: Bassett, Shannon

Reconnecting the Tel-Aviv Jaffa Shoreline

Two derelict landscapes blocked the access to the Mediterranean Sea around Israel’s port cities Tel Aviv and Jaffa. The transformation of these two sites into public parks reconnects the shoreline and adds to the existing promenade along the seafront. Photo: Amit Haas. Author: Braudo, Alisa , Maoz, Ruth

Hariri Memorial Garden, Beirut, Lebanon

A triangular landscape sculpture marks one of the entries to the city centre of Beirut, Lebanon. With limited but symbolic elements and materials, the designers created a sober memorial for the assassinated politician, Rafic Hariri. Author: Djurovic, Vladimir

The Kogod Courtyard

The Kogod Courtyard demanded high technical requirements to realise its design. It incorporates the roof of an auditorium and is canopied by an organically formed glass skin. With water scrims and trees, the designers created a serene and enclosed rooftop garden for year-round activity – a unique environment in the city. Author: Price, Constance R.

Brooklyn Bridge Park

Brooklyn Bridge Park in New York City is an example of a new park typology. The latest waterfront parks are characterized by an innovative paradigm of sustainability, diverse interaction with the water’s edge and “post-industrial natures”. The opening of Piers 1 and 6 of the park gives people access to a former industrial waterfront for the first time in 60 years. Author: Cooper, Jennifer E.

The University of Sydney

In the course of constructing new buildings for its institutes, the University of Sydney is redesigning its campus. Two parts of it have just been completed, a third is in preparation. The hand of each designer is clearly evident. Author: Tyrrell, Mark

A Place They Called Pirrama

Another park in Sydney now provides direct access to the ocean. Where succeeding harbour and commercial uses ended most recently with a Water Police station, there extends a diversely usable facility. With everything from a kiosk to a children’s playground and seating in the shade, it provides exactly what is needed in a place like this. Author: Schäfer, Robert

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