An email from Jorge Ayala from the AALU shows off some recent Landscape Urbanism work, in this case an academic workshop with a focus on designing a Contemporary Garden in Xi’an, China. I’ve included the full text from Jorge, and some of the images of the project that were sent.
AA Landscape Urbanism Garden Design
The parcel has a distinct character but a series of strategies will be applied in order to integrate the Thickened Waterfront into the general design.
Along these lines, artificial topographies, rippled organizations of diverse water features and multiplicity of floating structures will be considered to turn the linear character of the parcel into a multi layered spatial domain. The diagrammatic approach towards the work with the material structures of the mini piers, retaining structures and engineering techniques will help to define a rich spatial condition which will help to add layers of experience to the arrival through the park to the waterfront.
Spatial and three dimensional experiences: The arrival sequence into the Thickened Waterfront augments the sensations of the pedestrians or focalises the attention into strategically treated micro environments.
Several bands structure the proposal to create the different habitats and will be flexible to adjust to other proposals.
The work is based on an expanded idea of the edge, turning into a field of distributed spatial experience what otherwise is defined as a line or a rigid boundary of the water edge. The main idea would be to blur the contact of land-water seeking to encroach earth structures into the lagoon while bringing it inland in other areas.
These mosaics of water features will provide the medium for further interactions and enriched version of the ecologies within the park, incorporating expanded ideas of performance, spatial experience and environmental qualities.
AALU Tutors Eduardo Rico, Alfredo Ramirez
AALU Director Eva Castro
Design Team: Jorge Ayala, Hossein Kachabi