May 27, 2013

May 22, 2013

Les Mystères du château du Dé, Man Ray - 1929

May 9, 2013

Can we use trees instead of electric lights?


April 24, 2013

Buddha´s hand: an incredible lemon:

April 14, 2013

April 9, 2013

Myrciaria cauliflora:

Jaboticaba is an incredible large shrub, or small tree, from Southern Brazil, but it is also present in adjacent countries of Bolivia, Paraguay, Uruguay, and northern Argentina. A profusion of white flowers makes the branches being loaded of various stages of maturing fruits when pollinated. The fruit is edible fresh or made into jams and jellies, or used to make wine. Jaboticaba makes a fine landscape shrub, tree or hedge. It can be grown as a patio or courtyard tree and is adapted to large container growing, but be careful because it does not tolerate low temperatures.

Source: University of Florida

March 21, 2013

A nice explanation of the works of Alphand and urban reform of Paris in 19th century concerning landscape architecture.

March 11, 2013

I could never imagine we are going to be part of this!

January 5, 2013

Rockefeller tree transformed

One of the things I hate are christmas trees.

December 23, 2012

Like mollusk

December 22, 2012

Monument to Philip IV:

This equestrian statue of the king dates to the 17th century. It was produced by the Italian sculptor Pietro Tacca using scientific advice from Galileo Galilei and drawings by Diego Velázquez and a bust by Juan Martínez Montañés. To get the horse to remain on two legs, the front part is hollow and the back solid, this lets the statue to produce an amazing sensation of movement.

November 7, 2012

October 29, 2012

October 26, 2012

October 19, 2012

October 10, 2012


October 9, 2012

October 8, 2012

Mini churches in Negueira de Muñiz:

Negueira de Muñiz is a council in Galicia (Spain). Is one of the most rural places I have ever been. Each small village has a small church like this one in the pictures.

More info: Negueira

October 2, 2012

Cypresses not burn

in July 2012, a forest fire razed 20 000 hectares of a region in valencia. Bernabé Moya, director of the Tree of the Council of Valencia, released this incredible image. 946 cypress nine meters high had resisted intact. It
opens the debate about the use of these trees as a natural barrier against fire.

Source: ellpais

October 1, 2012

"people looking at people looking at other people"

September 28, 2012

Again trees and air quality:

This is another study that proves the benefits of planting trees and bushes in cities. For a person who lives in Madrid, the importance becomes higher. Also, if you see the picture in the link below, you can see the last project done by Leandro Sliva in Madrid, in torre Picasso. This is a part of the abstract:

"Trees, bushes and other greenery growing in the concrete-and-glass canyons of cities can reduce levels of two of the most worrisome air pollutants by eight times more than
previously believed, a new study has found".


September 27, 2012

September 17, 2012

Electrical Bacteria: produce clean electricity in your garden:

The activity aims to show a new type of renewable energy. Biotechnology makes it possible to convert the chemical energy contained in plant residues into electricity using natural bacteria. Bacteria, whose natural habitat is the digestive system of horses, degrade cellulose and obtain energy. Participants will see a demonstration of the process on a small scale and how the energy obtained is able to light a bulb or operate small electronic devices.

Source: lanochedelosinvestigadores

September 16, 2012


Often, we would have liked to get inside a large garden full of symbols that nobody understands.

September 14, 2012

Two wicked hedges found in Portugal:

Hellianthus annus

Arundo donax:

September 9, 2012

Caminho da Cidade

The Caminho da Cidade is understood as a tool to comprehend the landscape surrounding the historic city centre, to promote public access to it and to establish a relationship between the historic city and its territorial framework. Follow the pink and yellow signals.

August 21, 2012

August 17, 2012

August 16, 2012

July 20, 2012

July 19, 2012

July 18, 2012

Peter Del Tredici:

I could not resist, I finally bought the book and has been one of the best purchases I've made ​​this year. The book is called "Wild urban plants of the north east" and it´s a field guide of some plants that colonize urban spaces. The book include a list of trees, shrubs and herbaces with images taken by himself and his students. 

Source: Peter Del tredici

July 17, 2012

July 16, 2012


Aspenface is an experiment Located at the Harshaw Experimental Forest near Rhinelander, Wisconsin. The experiment is a multidisciplinary study to assess the effects of increasing tropospheric ozone and carbon dioxide levels on the structure and function of northern forest ecosystems.
Each ring consists of a series of vertical ventpipes which disperse carbon dioxide, ozone or normal air into the center of the ring. This computer controlled system uses signal feedback technology to adjust gas release each second in order to maintain a stable, elevated concentration of carbon dioxide and/or ozone throughout the experimental plot. Because there is no confinement, there is no significant change in the natural, ambient environment other than elevating these trace gas concentrations. 

Source: aspenface

July 6, 2012

La Vaguada de las Llamas

Lately I am working a lot in Santander and have had the opportunity to visit the "Parque Atlántico la Vaguada de las Llamas de Santander" of Batlle and Roig architects. Is a typical broken line project, with little speech and a millionaire investment.

I personally do not like it, I leave it there (ahi la llevas).

Source: Batlle and Roig

July 4, 2012

Landscape Architects Still Not Recognised in Spain

"If you have ever visited Spain you would know that it is home to some fantastic examples of landscape architecture. Just take the Cap de Creus Natural Park on the Catalan coast (see Topos 79) and the Salón de Pinos in Madrid for example. However upon further research into many of these projects you will find a distinct lack of the word 'landscape' in the project credits - this is because they are most likely to have been built by architects or engineers (or internationally based landscape firms). The profession of landscape architecture is still not legitimacy recognised by the Spanish legal system, which means if you have a qualification in landscape architecture completed in a foreign country (such as the UK or the Netherlands) you cannot convert this into any equivalent qualification in Spain. This isn't to say you would have to swap your CAD programs for a spade and wheelbarrow, but you would belong to a secondary professional tier and not be awarded the same treatment as other professions in the built environment."

Source: Topos

June 20, 2012

May 21, 2012


May 16, 2012

Burle Marx:

A silent video of Burle Marx projects.

May 11, 2012

Thomas Church: 

Remembering his Influence and Career

May 10, 2012

Abney Park Cemetery:

This is the first arboretum combined with a cementery. Its 2,500 trees and shrubs were all labelled, and arranged around the perimeter alphabetically. For me, this park/cemetery has been one of the main triggers to get me into the world of landscaping. 

May 8, 2012

May 7, 2012

May 4, 2012


Hanno was Pope´s Leon X white elephant. The elephant was a present from the king Manuel I of Portugal. Leon X loved this animal and the elephant was commemorated in poetry and art. Now Hanno looks after my new room.

April 27, 2012


Plantas2 is an image bank for ornamental species. Most of images are taken from google images. Anyways, it is very useful to have them listed. If I had more knowledge in web design I would create a plant social network! Any volunteer?

Source: plantas2

April 19, 2012