Sustainable landscape design in arid climates proceedings of by Aga Khan Trust for Culture.; Center for Advanced Study in

By Aga Khan Trust for Culture.; Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts (U.S.); National Museum for American History, Lemelson Center for Innovation.; Harvard University. Graduate School of Design.; National Building Museum (U.S.)

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A SHADED COURTYARD AREA WITHIN THE PARK, COMBINES BOTH ARCHITECTURE AND LANDSCAPE DESIGN, ENGAGING RESIDENTS AND VISITORS. A full-scale model was constructed for each element, with the craftsmen present to advise on the materials and techniques involved. These models were then used as patterns for carving stone and building vaults and arches. This made it possible to combine the skill of the stonemason and his instinctive knowledge of geometry and measurement with the technician’s ability to work from written instructions and drawings.

What I want to discuss next is a plan for the Santa Clara where it flows through the newly incorporated (and mostly newly developed) city of Santa Clarita. Most of the people of Santa Clarita want to see the river remain in its natural state, and 30 they commissioned the California Polytechnic University 606 Studio to shape a plan to accomplish this. DRYLAND RIVERS LIKE THE NILE, HERE AT ASWAN, MOVING WATER FROM MOUNTAIN WATERSHEDS TO THE SEA, Like most desert rivers, the Santa Clara is relatively shallow and its water levels vary greatly through the course of a year as well as from year to year.

The first layer is the formal layout inspired by the spiral pattern whereby the components of the project are organised around the palm-tree promenade. The existing trees of the earlier Al-Hod AlMarsoud garden were maintained and reinforced, becoming the main axis for the conceived geometry of the park. Every tree became a pole, a point in the matrix; the whole is turned in a field of energy activated by the power of the transformed symbol of the Ibn Tulun 56 minaret. The starting point of this geometric order is, fittingly enough, also the place for water, the source of life and growth.

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