De Hoge Rielen is a place for civic and ecological education in the 300-hectare forest of a former military base. The O-shaped “Hostel Wadi” encircles part of the pine forest, retained as a memento of a disappearing artificial landscape that is rapidly transforming into broadleaf vegetation. Continue reading
Here’s our weekly review rounding up the best stories and ideas in public space from cities around the world. This week we bring you DIY wayfinding that’s going mainstream, 10 buildings that redefined their cities (?) and a photo series that focuses on the interconnectedness of place and nature .
Expansive landscapes and mountainous coastlines play with our perspective in the following series by photographer and graphic designer Luke Evans. Though you feel like you are looking at a collection of images that capture a timeless quality of nature, ‘Forge’ is actually a set of miniature models created on Evans’ kitchen table. Through the use of common household materials such as shaving foam, glycerine, flour and bricks a visual world is created and explored. Continue reading
Since 2003, Andy Day has been capturing the social interaction of tracers with the built environment. Parkour which originated from a military training discipline, is now used as a method of moving around the city through new and efficient means. Practitioners of the sport challenge their minds and bodies creating freedom of movement; paths defined by city planners are erased and a concrete playground is established, presenting and re-presenting unique ways of using living, social and commercial spaces. Individuals use only their bodies and their surroundings to propel themselves, negotiating obstacles in between to creatively reinterpret the subversion of urban spaces.— Continue reading