Lavish landscapes: Claude Cormier: Selected works.

Blue stick garden

Photo: Claude Cormier: Blue stick garden, Quebec.

Claude Cormier is a Canadian landscape architect based in Montreal. The practice has developed an international reputation with its bold landscape schemes that have an ability to transform an area, square or street into a place where people are the focus. Here I have selected a number of his projects going back around a decade that illustrate the practice’s approach to design, and their ability to surprise and even thrill. Read more

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Home: Contemporary Architectural Interpretations of the Home in the Arab World, Exhibition in London.

The first exhibition of the Museum of Architecture part of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad will open tonight in London.

The exhibition takes a close look at the Arabic home from traditional understandings to contemporary interpretations and looks at examples in Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Lebanon, Morocco, Qatar and Yemen. Read more

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Equestrian inquiry: The Grand Stadt by Joly Loiret, Fontainbleau, Paris.

view from stadium

Photos: Denance Photographe

With the Euro soccer tournament currently in full flow, and the Olympics games due to start in a few weeks, stadia design is a hot topic. But out of the limelight of major international competitions, where national ego is reflected in the size and budgets of the stadia, or the major sports and racing leagues, where some similar measure applies, there tends to be far less consideration given to the designs of stadia for smaller, local events.

This equestrian centre designed by Joly Loiret shows what can be done for these smaller settings to ensure that they are a pleasure in their own right, and usable by a wide part of the community. The whole project can be considered as a sensitive manipulation of the landscape in a physical, sporting and social sense, rather than the imposition of a super-ego. That said, it is no less impressive than many of the forthcoming Olympic venues. Read more

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Pictures for words: Matthew Richardson, Illustrator.

Truth to Power: Matthew Richardson

Illustration as an art form seems often to play second fiddle to fine art. It is in that context that the Victoria and Albert Museum in London holds its Annual Illustration Awards. The categories are: Book Cover, Book Illustration, Editorial, and Student Illustration. Read more

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A good life: Springdale gardens, London by Henley Halebrown Rorrison Architects.


Images: Henley Halebrown Rorrison Architects

Backlands developments, developments that are situated behind rows of existing London houses, are often opposed, because for many they appear to erode the charming quality of suburban housing. In this case however, six households dreamt of living a good life that shared some communal facilities such as a workshop, laundry and gardens, whilst creating delightful individual homes . This type of living is sometimes described as co-housing and is as much a philosophical, as a building project.

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