1/21/2012

The proposal of the day: Aberdeen City Garden, Scotland by Diller, Scofidio and Renfro

The proposal of the end of the week will be this networked park and cultural center for Aberdeen, Scotland. This Aberdeen City Garden, also known as Granite City, is designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro (DSR).
The Granite City, Aberdeen, Scotland © Diller, Scofidio + Renfro
This Granite City is driven by ecology, and environmental and cultural dynamics combining garden and culture.
Aberdeen City Garden, Scotland © Diller, Scofidio and Renfro.

The regeneration of the city is in heart of this project. Apparently, Diller, Scofidio and Renfro (DSR) seem to address crucial questions of what it means to be urban, actively engaged with ecological context.
Aberdeen City Garden, Scotland © Diller Scofidio and Renfro.
DSR collaborated with landscape architect James Corner Field Operations in the New York City High Line. Principles of resilience, adaptability and flexibility appear to drive this Granite City as these phenomena can be applied not only to environmental systems but also to city-systems, and buildings.
Below is DSR's presentation:

The Aberdeen City Garden will fuse Nature and Culture into a vital social network at the heart of the city. Rejecting the classical model of the cultural building isolated on the green, the Garden extends the surrounding urban fabric as an elastic web of 3-dimensional interconnections across its site. The warp and weft of urban lines support both park and cultural activities within a resilient fabric of layered programs, conjoining history with the contemporary and the urbane with the pastoral. Stretching across the historic river site, this parkland web is permeable, revealing a multi-tiered archeology while connecting to the city's emergent future as a technological hub for art, performance, leisure and commerce.

The Aberdeen City Garden is scheduled for completion by 2016.
Aberdeen City Garden © Diller, Scofidio + Renfro.



Project fact
Project: Public Park
Architects: Diller, Scofidio + Renfro
Principal-in-Charge: Charles Renfro
Project leader: Albert Cavallero
Type: Public park
Location: Aberdeen, Scotland
Date of Completion: By 2016

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