Fengming Mountain Park, Sowwah Square, Place de la Republique are three referential international landscape architecture projects that add attractivity and innovation to the already well known tourist attractions from the United Arab Emirates, France and Chinca. This year, on June 3rd, in Bucharest, within LAUD International Landscape Architecture and Urban Design Expo Conference, the three spectacular events signed by Martha Schwartz Partners will be presented by Markus Jatsch.
Sowwah Square is a significant urban space located on the Al Maryah Island, Abu Dhabi and provides a green retreat at the centre of the new Abu Dhabi Financial Center and its commercial hub. The inspiration for the square was derived from the nature and culture inherent to the Arabian Peninsula: dunes, traditional irrigation systems (Falaj), oasis, Bedouin textiles and the popular use of formal clipped hedges in United Arab Emirates, drawing connections with the French baroque château gardens.
Fengming Mountain Park, from China, is a true geometrical art. The vision has been inspired by the unique landscapes, climate and cultural of Chongqing; Mist and Rain; Mountains and Valleys; Rivers and Terraces. The projects experience is immediately brought to life with dancing sculptures lining the entrance to draw people arriving by car into the arrival plaza. Pavilions designed to reflect the mystical mountains of the region are located with the arrival plaza, and are strategically positioned along the path, leading pedestrians down the ‘mountain’ into the Sales Centre area. The pavilions are also important to provide shade and relief along the journey.
Once a vibrant and active urban plaza, the Place de la République plaza has recently been crushed by the demands of modern mobility. Each day the site hosts over 114 000 subway commuters and a complicated array of tourist buses, parked taxis, cyclists, car traffic, municipal bus routes, which have reduced it to a congested, fractured, and unsafe transitional space that has lost its local character and urban significance.
Markus Jatsch is registered as architect and urban planner in Germany and the United Kingdom and is a Chartered Member of the Royal Institute of British Architects RIBA.
“I am very excited to see that the profession of landscape architecture in Romania is finally getting some recognition in form of the upcoming LAUD conference. I am very pleased to speak at this event about Martha Schwartz Partners and our wide-ranging approach to landscape architecture and urbanism. Design must be appreciated as a crucial factor in sustainability. Through design, we can create a “sense of place” and engender a sense of belonging and individuality. Through design can we enable people to make an emotional connection to a place by imbuing it with character, memory, identity, orientation and individuality. I will present recent work of our international practice, including the Fengming Mountain Park in China, the Sowwah Square in Abu Dhabi and the Place de la Republique in Paris.”, said Markus Jatsch.
At LAUD 2014, alongside Markus Jatsch, over 200 European landscape architects who have signed landscape architecture projects that have been awarded in the latest editions of international architecture competitions will attend. LAUD Architecture Expo Conference LAUD is part of the series of international architecture and entrepreneurship expo conferences organised by ABplus Events, alongside INGLASS, GIS, RIFF and CONTRACTOR.
Date, place: June 3rd, Bucharest
Structure of the event: expo conference – plenarry sessions, specialised workshops, thematic exhibition
Organizers ABplus Events, the Order of the Architects of Romania
Institutional Partner: “Ion Mincu” University of Architecture and Urbanism, Association of Landscape Architects of Romania and the Romanian Landscape Contractors Association
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Communication Partner: Zeppelin
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