IFLA Europe Exhibition ‘Reconsidering Nature’ - project from CAKA Czech Republic ‘Rustonka’

IFLA Europe Exhibition ‘Reconsidering Nature’ - project from CAKA Czech Republic ‘Rustonka’

After the successful first edition of IFLA Europe Exhibition Project ‘Landsape as a common ground”, we are delighted to present projects from the second edition entitled ‘Reconsidering Nature” The Exhibition is a joint effort of our members - National Associations of landscape architect(ure) - who submitted their best landscape architecture projects and the ‘Exhibition Project’ Working Group led by our past Secretary General Urszula Forczek-Brataniec SAK Poland and members: Eva Jenikova, CAKA Czech Republic, Ana Levonmaa, MARK Finland, Almut Jirku, bdla Germany. The Exhibition project would not have been possible without the support team: Katarzyna Jamioł, Tomasz Jaróag, Natalia Nowak @Politechnika Krakowska and the graduating graphic design team: Marta Gotfryd, Natalia Kubiela, Filip Bruchnalski @Akademia Sztuk Pięknych im. Jana Matejki w Krakowie.

The aim of the exhibition is to show the contemporary role of landscape architects in creating space. Its conventionally perceived task - to create and preserve beauty in the surrounding of human habitations - has expanded considerably. Environmental challenges, climate change and the living conditions of the inhabitants of larger and larger cities oblige us to take nature beyond the emphasis on aesthetic perspectives. In design, planning and management of landscapes, landscape architects face a contemporary challenge: thinking of nature as a subject, understanding its principles and respecting its needs. IFLA Europe exhibition presents projects conceived and created in close connection with the nature. It includes large and small-scale implemented landscape architecture projects showing the forces of nature as well as exposing nature’s rights, role and importance. IFLA Europe exhibition presents an overview of realised landscape architecture projects from all over Europe which are realised in harmony with the nature and using nature-based solutions. Implemented projects show work of landscape architects working either individually or in multidisciplinary teams. Realised projects promote environmental as well as aesthetic value.

This week we present the second project from CZECH REPUBLIC submitted by our Czech National Association CAKA entitled “Rustonka”

The architecture of the complex reflects the original industrial character of the site and its genius loci. Simple buildings border the triangular plot and create a large public space with cafés, promenades and extensive vegetation. Landscape architect, Martin Barry and architects designed the basic layout of the paved and green areas. Jana Pyšková subsequently joined the team as another landscape architect and plant specialist. The space is articulated both horizontally and vertically – with wide promenades running alongside the buildings to a square with two fountains and a sculpture ‘Vista Mars’ by Jiří Příhoda. The vertical articulation defined by ramps, staircases and walls, makes the space more dynamic. Atypical white benches in the recreation lawn are not only popular pieces of furniture but present artistic features in their own right. The clean, geometric layout is contrasted with the wild nature-like character of the vegetation. It acts as an extension to the vast ‘urban prairie’ just beyond the road that stretches to the Vltava River. The alleys around the perimeter of the complex comprise plane trees, typical of the Karlín district. Trees in the open areas and shrubs in the grassy jungle are, with a few exceptions, of native origin. Extensive fields of perennials and grasses add biodiversity and habitat as well as an aesthetic, with the waving grasses introducing a sense of tranquility. The species composition is based on local conditions; helping to promote biodiversity, habitat creation and a limited demand for maintenance.

Apart from a small area of recreational lawn, which is irrigated with water from a rainwater tank, the remaining vegetation will survive on natural, local rainwater sources. Most of the water that falls on the area of the complex is absorbed on site. Retention of rainwater, mitigation of the heat island effect, promotion of biodiversity and low resource requirements are all valuable benefits. Ruston is not only a beautiful place but also an oasis for nature in the heart of the city.

Author of the landscape design: Martin Barry and Jana Pyšková
Project is available on IFLA Europe website https://iflaeurope.eu/index.php/site/exhibition-projects
Catalogues of all IFLA Europe Exhibition Projects are available on our website https://iflaeurope.eu/index.php/site/exhibition-projects

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