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Roundup November, 18 2010

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01. Frederick Law Olmsted and the Campaign for Public Health

“Landscape architects have long studied and admired Frederick Law Olmsted, often considered the founder of the field in the United States. But Olmsted had another career, distinctly different from landscape architecture and rarely studied by landscape historians. For two years during the Civil War, he served as the general secretary of the United States Sanitary Commission, which was dedicated to improving the sanitation of the Union Army’s military camps and the health of Union soldiers. This might seem like a detour in Olmsted’s career, an admirable but nevertheless tangential interlude in his progress as a landscape architect. But when we examine Olmsted’s Sanitary Commission work in light of the history of public health, it is clear that here — just as with his foundational work in public parks — Olmsted has set an example that landscape architects might follow in the future. To see where the field might venture in the 21st century, in other words, it is illuminating to chart an often-overlooked path that Olmsted pioneered in the mid-19th century.” (Design Observer).

02. AD Classics: Corbusierhaus / Le Corbusier

“After World War II, post-war Europe was suffering from a lack of housing with many displaced people from the extensive bombing raids.  In response to the housing crisis in Europe, Le Corbusier began delving into designing large scale, communal residences for the victims of World War II. One of the most notable projects in this series was the Unite d’ Habitation in Marseilles, France. This project had inspired a continued implementation of the design type across Europe. The fourth building in the series is the Corbusierhaus in Berlin, Germany. Completed in 1959, it was designed as a symbol for the modernization of Germany after the war and the Cold War.” (Arch Daily).

03. The Albert Reichmuth Wine Store by OOS (Above)

“Always considered to be an insider’s secret among wine lovers in the past, the Albert Reichmuth wine store is now opening its first showroom accessible to the public at Feldstrasse 62 in Zurich. “LA GALERIE DU VIN” is both a sales as well as a wine tasting and seminar venue and aims to appeal to regular customers and passers-by alike. The spatial layout and staging by OOS reflect the store’s values and traditions and let the wine bottles speak for themselves.” (Contemporist).

04. Room Dividers By Oskar Peet

“Oskar Peet’s fascination with reflection, distortion and colour bleeding led to the design of three new room dividers. ‘Careful combinations of material and colour interact with one another and the space around them, creating interesting and surprising effects,’ says Peet. Using horizontal and vertical reflective surfaces, the designer creates impressions of space that don’t physically exist to play on the observer’s perception.” (Frame).

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