Urban greenery: High-rise building for biological diversity in Paris

Maison Edouard François: M6B2 Tower of Biodiversity © Pierre L’Excellent
Maison Edouard François: M6B2 Tower of Biodiversity
© Pierre L’Excellent

Incorporating green areas into cities that are becoming more cramped and larger all the time is a current theme that preoccupies architects and city planners. The relationship between the building height and sustainable greenery is a particularly exciting aspect here – a new high-rise building in Paris by the French architect Edouard François demonstrates this.

Inspiring Gardens: The Chelsea Flower Show 2017

„Chengdu Silk Road Garden“ by Laurie Chetwood and Patrick Collins
© Royal Horticultural Society Media Image Collection

With the Chelsea Flower Show the world’s most famous gardening event will open its gates on Tuesday 23 May. Once again the show presenting highlights of English garden culture: this year, among other things, sensitive Feel Good Gardens, a „secret garden“ and an urban street art mural, incorporating plants and art.

Isle of Mainau 2017: Numbers game and added colour

Isle Mainau at Lake Constance - Photo: Isle of Mainau/Peter Allgaier
Isle Mainau at Lake Constance – Photo: Isle of Mainau/Peter Allgaier

The Isle of Mainau that spans 45 hectares is one of the most significant excursion destinations at Lake Constance. Lennart Bernadotte designed the former summer residence of his great-grandfather, Grand Duke Friedrich I of Baden, into the flower and plant paradise and already opened it up to the public in the 1930s. Mainau has been run as a limited company since 1974.