ASPECT Studios creates playful curvaceous sky park in Chengdu

ASPECT Studios has designed a multi-level linear sky park filled with curved pools and impromptu performance spaces in Chengdu, China. Dubbed the HyperLane, the 2.4-kilometre park links the Chengdu fast train station with the city’s music and arts university district. The site in China’s Sichuan province was originally a series of “derelict walled spaces” that […]

How the post-viral city can “bounce-forward” in urban greenery

Constant through the escalation, peaks and stagnations of COVID-19 has been a society-wide rumour mill about what a post-viral world might look like.  Predictions and questions have ranged from the logistical to the philosophical. Will remote work become commonplace, having been stress-tested by the pandemic? Will our healthcare infrastructure learn this period’s tough lessons? How […]

The rise of the pergola, water gardens and Australiana: landscape design trends for 2020

April is World Landscape Architecture Month. We’re sheltering in place, but we can still celebrate by taking a look at upcoming landscape design trends with two of the country’s top designers. Carolyn Blackman has presented landscape design and gardening talkback radio on alternate Saturday mornings with Libby Gorr on ABC 774 for 22 years. She heads up […]

“We’ve declared, but what’s next?” – Architects Declare to hold a series of talks in Melbourne and Sydney

Architects will join academics and campaigners to consider how the industry should respond to the climate emergency at two Architects Declare events next week. The first meeting is in Sydney on 18 February 2020 at the Hassell Studio, and will feature a talk by outgoing International Living Futures Institute CEO Amanda Sturgeon. The organisation is behind […]

Are laneways the answer to densifying our cities beautifully?

Ignore liveable cities rankings – they do citizens a disservice by trying to quantify urban life