Unnatural Futures

From genetically modified foods to zombie apocalypse, concerns about the future are increasingly reflected in contemporary media, policy and culture. An unnatural future is being shaped by rapidly escalating anxieties about the social, cultural, environmental and technological risks that now pervade everyday life. This climate of fear and uncertainty about the future requires careful consideration around how best to respond and intervene in debates, discussion … Continue reading Unnatural Futures

Trenton wins appeal to remain in the UK

In April 2012 Trenton Oldfield stepped into the Thames to protest at elitism in British society. His protest in the public space of the river Thames disrupted the 158th annual university boat race. He was duly arrested, imprisoned and was due to be deported back to Australia. Today he won his appeal against the ruling by the home secretary, Theresa May, who claimed that he was “not conducive to … Continue reading Trenton wins appeal to remain in the UK

Biodesign exhibition in Rotterdam

Living trees support houses and bridges; mushrooms replace synthetic foam for packaging and insulation; leaves grow into decorative patterns inside glass tiles. For a forthcoming exhibition at The New Institute, curator William Myers has selected dozens of projects that illustrate new ways to harness living systems for art, design and production. Biodesign: On the Cross-Pollination of Nature, Science and Creativity will run from 27 September through 5 … Continue reading Biodesign exhibition in Rotterdam

Phase 1 of Governors Island design completed

Last month the first phase of Governors Island was officially completed. The master plan, designed by West 8 following an international competition, is being built out in several phases. The Trust for Governors Island is leading this ambitious redevelopment of the 180 acre island on the southern tip of Manhattan – with public space and parks at the core of the plan. West 8 beat … Continue reading Phase 1 of Governors Island design completed

Teams announced for National History Museum competition

Last week the shortlist of teams was announced for redesigning the grounds of the National History Museum. They include: * BIG (Bjarke Ingels Group) with Martha Schwartz Partners * Grant Associates with Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios * Niall McLaughlin Architects with Kim Wilkie * Land Use Consultants (LUC) with Design Engine * Stanton Williams Architects with Bradley-Hole Schoenaich Landscape Architects. For more information see the … Continue reading Teams announced for National History Museum competition

Slant Open International Landscape Design Competition 2013/2014

In the fifth SLANT competition you are invited to submit a design for a public space/park which will be designed to incorporate, either in part or in whole, the concept of “Transition”. Transition effect us all most days of our lives and it can be found in many different areas of our interests and activities. Politics, the Arts, Technology, History, Geography, Geology, Society, Family, Religion… … Continue reading Slant Open International Landscape Design Competition 2013/2014