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Urban landscape: green project for Paris

The project “Réinventer Paris” is seeking new ideas for urban planning. The contribution of Jacques Ferrier Architecture and Chartier Dalix Architectes would like to significantly increase green space in the French capital.

“Reinventing Paris” is a project initiated by the city that hopes to give innovative ideas for the development of the metropolis a push. Architects and urban planners are invited to concern themselves with various locations in the capital, including the central ring road Boulevard Périphérique. For the connection from Paris to Neuilly, the partners Jacques Ferrier Architecture and Chartier Dalix Architectes are planning an unusually green project: a network of gardens and green areas should provide the framework for greened residential and office buildings and create space for public life.

The roofs of the expandable buildings should also be connected with one another and have lush roof gardens – a tea plantation is planned, among other things. Pavilions offer residents the possibility to work or relax, even at airy heights. In the interplay of urban landscape and greened development, the project should primarily show how greenery can be integrated even more intensively into the city and the life of Parisians. A school for urban horticulture planned for the area underlines this approach.

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Variable: plant objects by Frédéric Malphettes

The French designer Frédéric Malphettes designs unusual objects for the greening of outdoor areas. The special feature, besides the clever design, is also the multiple applications.

The new products of the French designer include the plant module “Vétagére” and the climbing support “Anno”. The latter consists of a geometric structure of metal elements that are fastened to the wall or ceiling. The individual elements can be freely combined in terms of their structure. “Anno” can thus be used for greening walls or as a climbing support in flowerpots or as decorative room dividers.

The modular object “Vetagéré” also offers a variety of possibilities for use. Flowerpots of varying heights made of fibre reinforced concrete can be combined to form a greened shelving unit. Shelving of light oak serve as connecting elements. “Vétagére” can be used in both private and public spaces. The plant shelving unit has several different functions on the balcony and patio: it can act as a divider between interior and exterior, screen individual areas or simply serve as a variable green object.

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Perfect for small spaces: “Connect A Pot”

“Connect A Pot“ by startup Desima is a triangular pot designed to grow plants in a small, compact area. Best of all: the special features that enhance the capability of the pot.

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Each pot is designed specifically to connect to the other via strong earth magnets. The magnets also mean the pots can attach to a wall, refrigerator, window and in some cases, a shower. There is also the option of using a chain to hang it.

Like all potted plants “Connect A Pot“ need soil and water. A perlite layer, resting between the soil and water, is included in the purchase. The perlite doubles as plant growth media and insulation. The perlite also acts as a microfilter, removing some of the unwanted particles from the water. Ken and Tina Dyer of Desima are excited about the prospects of “Connect A Pot” and have everything in order to start production. They have turned to crowdfunding site Kickstarter for help.

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Houe: new garden chairs with “click” effect

The design label Houe offers elegant garden furniture with Scandinavian charm. The Danish manufacturer is now expanding its CLICK collection with five new models.

With the CLICK product family, Houe dedicates itself to outdoor furniture that is as delicate as it is robust. In the process, the label attaches special value to a large selection of seating options. Houe has therefore expanded its assortment with five new products for the outdoor season 2016.

The new models include the CLICK Chair without armrests, the CLICK Tall Dining Chair and the CLICK Sunlounger. Now also available is a footrest. The name “CLICK” stands for extraordinary design freedom. All seating surfaces and backrests are available in twelve colours and in two already defined colour combinations, but can also be designed according to your own wishes. The plastic lamellae of the chairs can be exchanged with a “click”. This flexibility enables permanent repair or modification of the chairs.

Library with garden: project by Stewart Hollenstein

Stewart Hollenstein have recently been awarded an honourable mention in the international design competition for the Regional Library in Varna, Bulgaria. The competition was organised by the Varna Municipality and the Chamber of Architects in Bulgaria.

Varna is a major tourist destination located on the edge of the Black Sea and is often referred to as the summer capital of Bulgaria. The Stewart Hollenstein scheme picks up on the rich history of Varna as a city of generous public gardens, merging this with the library program. A series of stacked landscapes, each with their own distinct character, provide a multitude of indoor and outdoor spaces for library and civic activity. The library is envisioned as the heart of cultural life in the city.

The design features a Children’s floor with an adventure garden, a flexible youth zone with hammocks, mobile shelving and pot plants, a quiet study floor with native garden and a roof top events terrace with views to the city and Black Sea beyond. The ground floor is an event hub, connecting the library with the activity of the street and adjacent town hall and bringing the landscape inside. The ground plane is designed as a highly inviting and open space with every side of the library activated with public programs including exhibitions, conferences, public program rooms, café and a generous public foyer.