Landscape Infrastructure: Case Studies by SWA by Ying-Yu Hung, Gerdo Aquino

By Ying-Yu Hung, Gerdo Aquino

Infrastructure, as we all know it, not belongs within the specific realm of engineers and transportation planners. within the context of speedily altering towns and cities, infrastructure is experiencing a paradigm shift the place multiple-use programming and the combination of latent ecologies is a prime attention. Defining modern infrastructure calls for a multi-disciplinary workforce of panorama architects, engineers, architects and planners to completely become aware of the advantages to our cultural and average platforms. This publication examines the opportunity of panorama as infrastructure through essays via remarkable authors and assisting case experiences by way of SWA panorama architects and concrete designers, between them the technologically leading edge roof domes for Renzo Piano’s California Academy of technological know-how in San Francisco, the recovery of the Buffalo Bayou in Houston, and a number of other grasp plans for ecological corridors in China and Korea. different tasks increase shrewdpermanent re-use innovations for railroad tracks that not serve their unique function, corresponding to Kyung-Chun railway in Seoul or Katy path in Dallas. All case experiences are defined generally with technical diagrams and plans for repositioning infrastructure as a attainable medium for addressing problems with ecology, transit, urbanism, functionality, and habitat.

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The idea of virgin nature is more metaphor than reality—a metaphor best represented by the fabled garden paradise from which Homo sapiens’ ancient forebears were exiled. Despite the fact that virtually every development site borders on an existing city or infrastructure, and that billboards or industry are visible in every panorama, contemporary planning and modern architecture have stubbornly continued to cherish the illusion of a nature that is authentic. In an increasingly urbanized world, it is interesting that landscape urbanism or “landscape-as-infrastructure” movements seek to define a new theoretical framework for the relation between city and nature.

It is time to speculate about a more intelligent approach that results in a new sustainable symbiosis between city and nature. It is a fact that Homines sapiens have, for all intents and purposes, colonized the earth. Mankind’s presence is not a modest one. Every corner of the earth has been occupied, laid out, measured, or marked in some way. The idea of virgin nature is more metaphor than reality—a metaphor best represented by the fabled garden paradise from which Homo sapiens’ ancient forebears were exiled.

The bayou has been significant in the development of Houston. According to Houston historian, Louis Aulbach, for centuries, before explorers descended on the Gulf of Mexico, native Indians, such as the Bidais and Akokisa, camped and traded along the lush banks of the bayou and prowled its clear clay-bottomed waters. In the late 1800s the bayou became a robust corridor of culture, social activities, shipping, and transportation. By the turn of the 19th century the area experienced sprawling real estate developments along the embankments of the Buffalo Bayou concentrated in what is now downtown Houston.

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