ECO-MOWING FOR PARIS?
This charming furry sight is part of eco-forward Paris Mayor, Bertrand Delanoë’s grand plan is to make the City of Lights a greener place.
Used widely on farmland and for profit the non-rural Urbanists are calling the sheep's efforts "eco-grazing”. Two four foot-tall sheep from the Breton breed will live and, more importantly, eat in a half acre patch of park.
Tourists and locals alike can gape at this pastoral sight in the city’s 19th Arrondissement, the home of the Conservatoire de Paris, one of Europe’s premier music schools.
Happily for the sheep they’ll...
Alive in Space Landscape Architecture and Urban Design Studio goes liveOn Friday a day ahead of the predicted live date the landscape architecture and urban design studio, Alive in Space Limited’s new website went live for public view. Feedback so far has been generous.
Anna Tennent, the principal is delighted with the response to the range of work undertaken so far. She comments “Alive in Space is keen to promote the value of green infrastructure as a key component of landscape and urban design, especially the value of water as a finite resource, which is ironic in the current deluge. The Studio...
B E A U T I F U L B O O K C O V E R S
Came across this lovely photo stream on Flickr, very inspirational and textural. A real treasure trove of lovely graphic designs, I foresee more and more beautiful productions of books as the Kindle and it’s like take over.
Erskine Caldwell - Snälla vita herrar (by Book Cover Lover)
Thankful for the renaissance of interest in William H Whyte. #UDG Lecture
One of my earliest urban design influences was the book T H E S O C I A L L I F E O F S M A L L U R B A N S P A C E S written by him.
LONDON TUBE MAP | GEOGRAPHIC REALITY
The 1931 diagram was drawn up by an English engineering draftsman, Harry Beck in his spare time while working as an engineering draftsman at the London Underground Signals Office. Following this principle of spending time following his interest, the designer Mark Noad has taken his inventiveness in graphic design and created a map that ensures that the stations are geographically-accurate in relation to each other, though scale in the outer zones appears to be a bit of a debate.
Click on the photo to see the full map and the other variations, e.g. pedestrian...
892 UNIQUE WAYS TO PARTITION A 3 X 4 GRID
D U B B E R L Y D E S I G N O F F I C E P O S T E R
The three by four grid is used so often in design, whether in buildings or in layouts the proximity of the proportions to the Golden Ratio and the simplicity of the ratio make is very useful. This is maths made beautiful. For the full rules on the posters creation go to the Dubberly Design Office website: http://www.dubberly.com/ or you can download a pdf of the poster here
Such a wonderful sky tonight as I came out of the National Theatre, I’d been to see and incredible performance by 127 of The Children and the Animals took to the streets; amazing script and brilliant staging, but that is another story and you can read the reviews in all the broadsheets. All I can say is that if it tours in a town near you, GO!
Anyway it was a clear beautiful sunset and the face of Big Ben was lit up making it seem transparent, the blue lights riming the Eye or as I prefer to think of it as the ‘Big Wheel’ (you will never ever ever get me on it again, once...
TWIN TOWER CLOUD by MVRDV REMINISCENT OF 9/11
The Netherlands based international architects MVRDV have designed a pair of connected apartment buildings in Korea that some have complained are eerily reminiscent of the September 11 attacks on New York’s Twin Towers.
The design features a 260m tall building and a 300m tall building connected by a “pixelated cloud” structure. But some think the cloud makes it look as though the two buildings are exploding.
Not surprisingly their form has caused a storm in the USA where their silhouette reminds Americans of that terrible moment...