Landscape Architects frequently work to transform areas that contain industrial and toxic waste, infrastructure no longer in use, or land affected by war, natural disaster or disuse. These neglected places, while often having a negative impact on the environment and surrounding community, are simultaneously part of our cultural heritage. Here we’ve selected several of the …
gallowhill: Coal Bunkers, 1974 by Bernd Becher and Hilla Becher Husband and wife team Bernd and Hilla Becher began photographing old industrial sites in the 1950s, and described their subjects as ‘buildings where anonymity is accepted to be the style’. (…) Within a few years of completing this work, almost all of the structures had been demolished.
Bernd and Hilla Becher, Bernd Becher, Hilla Becher, Förderturm, 1920, Fosse "Dutemple," Valenciennes, Nordfrankreich (Winding tower, 1920, Fosse "Dutemple, " Valenciennes, North France), from the portfolio Industriebauten (Industrial Buildings) , San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, 1967
"Smoke pouring into the air from a Pittsburgh steel mill, 1906. Each month the steam boilers and furnaces of its industries, railroads, and homes dumped 100 tons of pollutants on its streets." Steel was the main component in the Model-T. One of the largest industries for steel was the automotive industry. Once a middle class friendly automobile was made, more and more vehicles were being designed using more resources and polluting the air further.
A swinging kind of place: A bridge to ride by McDowell + Benedetti: McDowell + Benedetti, working with engineers Alan Baxter Associates, have designed a swing bridge crossing, the River Hull, that people can actually “ride” as it opens and closes.