Design Driven by Natural Forces The building material in landscape architecture is living matter. Such building material is always alive, and it can be organic matter like plants, inorganic material which acts as alive, for example river sand moved by water, or inorganic matter like stone or concrete, which is a conglomerate of organic matter.
Over the centuries, the vast Sečovlje salterns, the shallow point of contact between the fresh waters of the Dragonja River and the sea of the Bay of Piran, have been imprinted with a grid of canals, levees and dunes. Every so often, stone houses, most of them in ruins, stand at intersecting lines, dotted on
Dr. Lučka Kajfež Bogataj Introduction Water is a natural asset of our planet, and essential for survival and the evolution of humanity and ecosystems. It is the main component of living creatures, as it is an excellent coolant, solvent, diluent, lubricant, nutrient and transport medium in cells and in the body. Water is also
What all belongs to the Mura? The wind does. The wind they call a “wind that makes the Mura freeze”, coming from afar on its Asian horse, hurrying just to give her a silvery virgin belt. The clouds do. The clouds that, instead of going to the skies, go to the Mura “to quench their
Image 1: Multi Scale Flow Map #755 Cross-Scale Porosity Series V – LINKSCALE – Maj Plemenitas 2012 Water is the driving force of nature as well as civilisation on Planet Earth. The world’s major water-related questions are complex, systemic, interconnected and urgent. To live with water requires one to have a fundamental understanding of
A spectre is haunting Slovene architecture. An apparition of a strange building: a hall constructed out of leaning columns, covered by a dome and crowned by a gigantic cone. It is strangely undetermined but instantly recognizable; both classical and uncanny; it doesn’t physically exist yet it is found in many places at once, as befitting
In a time of fake news, artificial intelligence and Photoshop, the authentic is back in fashion. The desire for time-tested qualities can be seen in the resurgence of historic quotations employed by a younger generation of architects, or in the often-successful attempts at the reconstruction of long gone buildings. In an increasingly virtual world, architecture
Free rivers, free minds Almost 3,000 new hydro-power plants are planned on Balkan rivers. One of the people warning about the possible consequences of such developments and interventions in waterways is Rok Rozman, former Olympic athlete, biologist and the initiator of the Balkan Rivers Tour. Together with a group of other kayaking enthusiasts, he organises