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By Architecture, Design & Innovation | The Great Outdoors - Embracing Nature, Landscaping, Urban Planning & Inspirational Garden Designs

Mirrored pavilion disappears into the surrounding greenery

DepA designed the structure, which is located on the grounds of the Serralves museum<p>Tucked away on the grounds of Portugal’s famous Serralves museum is a tantalizing pavilion that disappears into the greenery behind it. That’s because the small structure features mirrored surfaces and sits on a …

Design

Greening the city with urban gardens

After recently becoming a homeowner, Ellina Webb has been actively pursuing ways to incorporate greenery into her home – which is easier said than …

Are car free zones the key to cutting air pollution?

Ellina Webb examines what can be done and what is being done to ban private cars in cities across the world.<p>Last week I spoke about air pollution and …

Pollution

23 cheap and cheerful garden fencing ideas

Finishing your garden off perfectly can seem like a tricky task, especially when you don't have a huge budget left to play with, but ask any …

Landscaping

5 Ways to Get your Garden Summer Ready

It’s the time of year for outdoor entertaining, which means getting your garden ready for summer should be a top priority. When the temperatures …

Landscaping

How to Improve Kerb Appeal with a Resin Bound Driveway

Do you want to be the envy of all your neighbours? Perhaps you’re putting the house up for sale and need to make a good impression from the front of …

Duck weed swamps Lancashire canals in thick green carpet

<b>An "explosion of duck weed" is swamping Lancashire's canals, according to the Canal and River Trust (CRT).</b><p>The trust says it is removing about 70 tonnes of the floating weed each week to ensure the "thick carpet" it creates does not harm aquatic wildlife.<p>If left to thrive, thousands of tiny plants …

Water

Driveway dilemma: Choosing the best material for you driveway

When it comes to driveways, I am not a fan of using interlock for the entire space and I have several reasons why.<p>Often interlock is installed …

Landscaping

Best Way to Remove Concrete Slabs on a Patio

If you have old, cracked, uneven, or non-level concrete slabs on your patio, you may be thinking about removing the concrete in order to upgrade your …

Concrete

Grass on Concrete: The Growth of Urban Oases

The archetypal oasis, a source of food, water and shelter from the elements, is found, almost by definition, in remote or extreme settings — an island of life and fertility surrounded by barren or inhospitable terrain. Yet cities, often lacking in biodiversity and located in extreme settings, are …

Farming

Concealed in a Shroud of Green: Steeping into the Shelton Marshall Residence!

Presenting a wonderful contrast between the cleverly concealed and the undeniably obvious, <b>Shelton Marshall Residence</b> in Downtown neighborhood of</b> …

Interior Design

Hardscaping 101: Woven Fences

Woven fences have been constructed for thousands of years, from the Neolithic age, as a way to mark out land and enclose crops and livestock, but …

Landscaping

10 Garden Ideas to Steal from Chinese Feng Shui Masters

Feng shui, the ancient Chinese system of arranging physical objects to create serenity and balance in a home, also offers lessons for modern …

Landscaping

17 nifty ways to make the most of a small garden or patio

A small garden can be a hugely stylish and beautiful slice of bonus space that connects with your home, especially if you take the time to add a few …

15 Absolutely Stunning Side Yard Decor Ideas You Must See

There are no rules when it comes to decorating your yard. Your creativity and imagination are a must!<p>Many gardeners are making a walkway in order to …

Amazing

17 head-turning ideas for your front garden

It's easy to get caught up in planning a grand landscaping design for your back garden, while totally forgetting about the front of your house. We're …

Landscaping

34 Privacy Fence Design Ideas To Get Inspired

The outdoor season is almost on and soon we will spend a lot of time outdoors. If you don’t like other people’s eyes on your home and outdoor space, …

Landscaping

18 beautiful gardens and patios that don't have a blade of grass!

When we say garden, what's the first image that comes to mind? If it's rolling fields of green, then we're about to completely change your perception …

Landscaping

Creative Ways To Use Rocks For Your Garden

If you own and maintain a lawn or a garden, you know that there are a lot of rocks found in a surrounding of that sort. You must make the best of …

MVRDV completes Seoullo – Seoul’s Skygarden

Today, Mayor of Seoul, Won-soon Park officially opens Seoul’s new public garden Skygarden, Seoullo 7017, a 983-metre botanical floating walkway, | …

Landscape Architecture

BIM and Landscape Architecture: What, Why, and How?

Many landscape architects get hung up on the concept of BIM (Building Information Modeling), simply because it contains the word ‘building’. But BIM …

Landscape Architecture

7 ugly urban underpasses now functioning as public parks

Transforming wasted space into community hot spots<p>When Manhattan’s High Line opened on the west side in 2009, locals and visitors alike flocked to the revitalized railroad trestle to marvel at its transformation into a gorgeous and walkable park. Arguably the most famous urban adaptive reuse …

Urban Design

The mini-gardens cheering up London's commuters

For most London commuters, train stations are a means to an end: soulless, a bit grimy, and inevitably home to a clutch of mangey pigeons.<p>But in an …

London

Sliding folding doors and garden landscaping

When landscaping the garden, most people don’t think about glazing or how the remodelled area will look from the home, but for the design-conscious …

How to Clean Block Paving

If you’re looking for advice and help on the best way to clean and maintain your driveway or patio, then look no further! Hello and welcome to the …

Carpeting Outdoor Areas with Seamless Stone Surfaces

Flowcrete’s range of stone carpet solutions have been designed to provide floors ideally suited to paving high-traffic urban areas.<p>The range includes …

Why Permeable Paving is perfect for the British Summer

The great British summer is many things, but perhaps the perfect word to describe it is unpredictable. We could have a two-week-long heat wave in …

15 Weird Gardening Tips that Sound Wacky but Really Work

Gardening can be a brilliantly immersive activity but for a beginner, it can be tricky. The few times that I tried to garden, I ended up quitting out …

Gardening