Posts tagged: sustainable design
Millennium Bridge in Badung, Bali, Indonesia made of bamboo. The design was overseen by PT Bamboo Pure and was built by students and visitors at the Green School, an Indonesian school which teaches bamboo construction as well as sustainable practices in all things. This bridge received the Aga Khan Award for Architecture.
A house door re-purposed as a gate in a Toronto garden. Designed by Ontario, Canada firm Rooms & Blooms.
Working with what you’ve got: Rock outcrops with native plants at the New York Botanical Garden, Bronx, New York (US). Photo by Ivo M. Vermeulen.
According to The Dirt (the ASLA blog), painting lawns has increased along with the US drought. What a pathetic choice. The American attachment to lawns despite great alternatives needs a reality check. We, as residential designers, have an important job to do. http://dirt.asla.org/2012/08/21/with-drought-lawn-painting-spreads/
Green roof planting for Leicester House in Ashville, North Carolina, US. The house was designed by NYC firm SPG Architects. No designer was mentioned for the planting but they did list the landscape contractor as Twin Oaks. Interesting side note, in the ‘sustainable design’ notes about this roof on the SPG website, it is said to be “native species”. Hmmm. Don’t think so.
Green roofs aren’t new. Here’s a plan for a gazebo type structure from 1797. The bottom design is for a bench. From the collection of the New York Public Library.
Oil pressing machine (walnuts, hazelnuts, sesame seeds, etc.) powered by wind. Designed and built by Dutch inventor Dave Hakkens.
Recycled concrete for a driveway at the Texas home of Tom Vanderzyl and Alice Bateman. They turned each slab to the rough side to provide more texture and interest. Great eco-friendly option.
Via the blog The Shoestring Gardener: http://www.shoestringgardener.com/blog/eco-friendly-and-frugal-recycling-idea-for-broken-concrete/
Low impact steel steps at the Garden at Turtle Creek in Dallas, Texas in the U.S. Designed by Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates.