Emilio Ambasz - Melding architecture and Landscape

 
Green roofs are being touted as the future....
 
 so back in 1995 it was pretty radical when Emilio Ambasz and Associates extended Fukuoka's Tenjin Central Park with a terraced building covered in gardens.

Ambasz successfully maintained the green space of an existing park while providing the city of Fukuoka with a multi-use, iconic building.


 
Go to Treehugger for more on this Project

 

I love his stated philosophy :

"Man should not see himself as a separate entity, detached from nature, but should accept his existence as part of it.
 
Similarly, the artifacts we create should not be proud aliens, but rather should be designed as carefully and intricately woven extensions of the larger natural and man-made domains surrounding us."
 
- Emilio Ambasz
 


 
He designed this research facility in Austin, Texas as a series of above ground buildings partially surrounded by built-up earth berms to integrate it into the landscape and reduce energy costs.

 
Neighbors see only a beautiful landscape and a man-made lake in the manner of an English landscape garden.



 
Salamanca's Plaza Mayor was a flat, barren place, unsuitable for sitting or gathering now the new plaza offers a quiet, shaded retreat.

Born in Chaco, a subtropical province of Argentina, Ambasz says he knew he wanted to be an architect from the time he was 11. By the time he was 16, Ambasz found a job in the Buenos Aires office of architect Amancio Williams. He attended high school classes at night in order to work for Williams during the day.

Ambasz entered Princeton (he taught himself English) with a rare intelligence and a passion for architecture. After two years there, he was awarded both a Bachelor’s and a Master’s degree.


Virtually overnight, Ambasz advanced from student to teacher at Princeton. But it wasn’t long before he caught the eye of Arthur Drexler, director of the Department of Architecture and Design at MoMA. At age 25, Ambasz joined the museum’s staff as a curator.

From there he went on to become a luminary architect... and he sees a melding of architecture with the landscape in a way we never imagined. I can't wait to see what else he designs....



his website  is 'Green Over The Gray'



 

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  1. From there he went on to become a luminary architect... and he sees a melding of architecture with the landscape in a way we never imagined. I can't wait to see what else he designs....prosper landscape designers

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