Make_Shift City. Renegotiating the Urban Commons starts on the premise that public spaces are part of urban commons, today more than yesterday, as recent history has told us. With this consideration, the book presents a collection of the most mesmerizing design projects reshaping cities’ topography by means of art, imagination, civic participation and low resources.
The Twisted Trees of Slope Point, New Zealand
Slope Point is at the southernmost point of the South Island of New Zealand. The air streams loop the ocean, unobstructed for 2000 miles, until they reach Slope Point causing incredibly strong winds. In fact, the winds are so strong and persistent here that they perpetually warp and twist the trees into these crooked, wind-swept shapes.
Slope Point is generally uninhabited, except for the herds of sheep that graze the land. There are no roads leading here, however backpackers regularly make the short 20-minute walk to see the fascinating tree formations that only Mother Nature could create. However there is no public access during the lambing season from September to November.
We’ve had similar trees up here before, but the illusion of kinetic energy in these tortured shapes is just so cool. Hard to imagine they’re frozen in gestures of such extreme motion. —MN
A new study by the U.S. Forest Service finds that urban trees provide $50 billion worth of carbon sequestration.
Congratulations to the Stroud Water Research Center and the entire design team for achieving LEED™ Platinum on the recently completed Moorhead Environmental Complex. The complex has been designed to utilize and treat water in a way that more closely mimics nature in order to protect the White Clay Creek and to teach the community about freshwater conservation. The design team included m2 architecture, Andropogon, Meliora Design, Bruce Brooks & Assoc., Think Green, Natural Systems International, David Nelson & Assoc., Ann Rothmann Structural Engineering, Brooks+Wright, Consilience, and Nason Construction.
The Delaware Valley Smart Growth Alliance is hosting a networking event and walking tour of the new facility on October 13 @ 4:30pm. Details can be found here, http://aiaphiladelphia.org/events/doing-most-good-doing-it-green