Category Archives: landscape

Earth-Sheltered Architecture

Edgeland House, Austin, TX | Bercy Chen Architects

Edgeland House, Austin, TX | Bercy Chen Architects

Present day subterranean dwellings often merge modern design aesthetics with architectural traditions that are as old as humanity itself. Tailored to the landscapes of their specific geographic settings, they are both visually striking and energy efficient—utilizing traditional passive heating and cooling techniques, and advanced design and building techniques. The Edgeland House in Austin, Texas by Bercy Chen Studio sits on a rehabilitated brownfield site and is described as “a modern reinterpretation of the Native American pit house, one of the oldest architectural forms known in North America.”

Source: Web Urbanist

Natural Camera


Photographers Adam Donnelly and David Janesko build site-specific cameras out of the landscape that is being photographed. They arrange materials — such as logs, sticks, sand, leaves, dirt and shells found on-site — to construct the camera body. The camera’s aperture is made from a found object that already has a tiny, round hole. Sometimes the “cameras” are large enough for the photographers to stand in and they operate as mechanical camera parts, like the shutter or film advance. The resulting images strive to capture what nature sees versus what the photographer sees.

Source: Adam Donnelly

Book Mountain


Guy Laramee has spent the last thirty years exploring a variety of mediums including dance, music composition, sculpture, painting and anthropology. He chooses the best discipline to represent his respective idea and will often combine mediums. Most recently, Laramee has released a series of carved dictionaries and encyclopedias with ink, pigment and wax detailing. The excavated landscapes are intended to comment on the cultural knowledge that is diminishing with the disappearance of books.

Source: This is Colossal

Modern Treehouse


Designer Aibek Almasov has challenged the typical identity of indoor/outdoor architecture by encompassing the outdoors inside of the building. He has designed a four-story cylindrical house in the hills near Almaty, Kazakhstan to surround a 40-foot tall fir tree. The top floor of the building is a dedicated viewing platform from the vantage point of a tree top. The sleek design recognizes the opportunity for a creative architectural solution while designing within the parameters of the natural landscape.

Source: Phaidon

Land Lighthouse


Seventy large concrete arrows dot the landscape of the United States. These forgotten artifacts are the last reminders of an antiquated US air mail delivery system. Initiated in 1924 by the federal government, these arrows, measuring up to 50 feet, were built every 10 miles on established air routes to guide pilots across the country in bad weather or night flying conditions. Originally, they were painted bright yellow and built next to a 50 foot tall lighthouse-like tower with a rotating light and a small rest house. By the time World War II erupted, radio replaced the need for analog solutions. These stunning moments of immense graphic design are a reminder of the ingenuity required for infrastructure and communication prior to wireless transmission.

Source: Messy Nessy



Indonesian graphic designer, Jati Putra, digitally distorts images of landscapes to twist the familiar. A manipulation of geometry allows a realistic photograph to enter a fictional dream state. From a photographic point of view, Putra challenges the possibility of what a simple rotation of an image can accomplish both visually and intellectually. From a representational point of view, the designer expands the potential of the landscape, adding more depth to a typically horizontal plane.

Source: Design Boom

A Single Drop


National Geographic photographer, David Littschwager, documented biodiversity in a cubic foot (12″ x 12″) across different environments, such as forests, mountains, coral reefs and fresh water, for his 2012 book A World in One Cubic Foot. During this study, he also investigated the biodiversity in a single drop of water. Magnified 25x, the above photograph includes a colorful eco-system with bacteria, worms, zooplankton, fish eggs, diatoms, and crab larva. The textures, colors, and natural design of these unseen creatures is both startling and spectacular.

Source: Huh Magazine

Storied Stones


Artist Nizar Ali Badr creates powerful images depicting the refugee crisis using only stones and pebbles collected from the Syrian coast. Nizar has created over 10,000 works in the last five years as civil war has waged on in his homeland, depicting stories of every day life and the emotions carried with them.

Source: Nizar Ali Badr

Minimal Maps

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Evergreen Forests of America—Michael Pecirno

Minimal Maps is an ongoing project of London-based designer Michael Pecirno. Using USDA data, Pecirno isolates a single land use or geographic form to create unique maps, beautifully illustrating the United States beyond the typically limited urban and political contexts. Explore Pecirno’s other spatial and visual work on his website.

source: CITYLAB

Deceptive Street Art

Astroboy | OakOak

Astroboy | OakOak

Combing the urban landscape in France one finds the work of Street Artist, OakOak. OakOak’s interventions utilize found landscape as the backdrop and inspiration for the series of paste-ups. The resulting photographs are both poignant and playful, and in some instances thought-provoking.

Source: Visual News

Shaping the Visual Landscape: Water Colors

Toshio Sibata - Hanno City Saitama Prefecture, Japan, 2006

Toshio Sibata – Hanno City Saitama Prefecture, Japan, 2006

Japanese photographer, Toshio Shibata’s latest body of work Water Colors frames engineered water containment systems and divergent mechanisms to create mesmerizing abstract designs that show the symbiotic relationship between the natural landscape and man-made constructs. The images of earthworks, hydroelectric dams, and spillways are framed to mask context and distort perspective by hiding horizon lines. Shibata focused “…mostly on how the infrastructure of Japan’s postwar building boom interacted with the country’s natural landscape.”

An exhibition archive of the work is on view at the Laurence Miller Gallery in New York, NY.

Source: New York Times Magazine