Architonic Newsletter 05.2012

Dear Readers,

In the northern hemisphere the time of year has now begun in which we have more daylight and warmth and accordingly spend more time outdoors. People want to be in the open air and our streets, squares, cafes and parks are filled with life. The theme of the 'Park Life' article which is presented in this newsletter is present-day urban parks which make a valuable contribution to city life. To illustrate the theme we have compiled an inspiring selection of search results covering features such as street lanterns for public spaces and seating groups for the private garden.
 In addition we are now entering the Android world with our apps, and the first sample is now available for you to download!

Here our content in short:

  • Park life: the evolving approach to designing urban public space
  • Eine erste App für Android
  • Inspirierende Such-Ergebnisse auf Architonic
  • Die neusten Projekte aus unserer 'Architektur&Design' Bibliothek

Be inspired!

Your Architonic team

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Park life: the evolving approach to designing urban public space

Aberdeen City Garden Diller Scofidio + Renfro 2012 © Diller Scofidio + Renfro

It could be argued that the pinnacle of urban landscape architecture was reached in seventeenth century France and the French formal gardens of Jacques Boyceau and André Le Nôtre, or in Britain in the ninenteenth century, when Joseph Paxton and John Nash were transforming former Royal Hunting grounds into places for Victorian gentry to promenade. Contemporary urban architects and designers are rarely afforded the same amount of space, money and time as their antecedents and are more often tasked with transforming abandoned plots, redundant structures or characterless inner city areas into suitable places for public recreation. Here, Architonic looks at some recent successes that add value to their surroundings by pushing the boundaries of park design.

Reinventing Emergency Lighting; Integrated in all architectonical scenes and friendly with our environment.

Our main objectives when facing an emergency lighting project are to achieve the maximum integration into any architectural environment and provide the installation of functional and operational excellence. These new families have been developed based on LED technology, high quality materials and Optoelectronic new developments that allow us make the most of all the light generated.



Architonic 'Best Lighting Design Products' App for Android

The growth rates of Android devices have now overtaken the classics by Apple – a new challenge which we have responded to without delay. As the first of our apps the 'Best Lighting Design Products' app by Architonic is now also available for downloading as an Android version. The app presents more than 10'000 design lamps, ranging from table lamps via chandeliers and spotlights right across to street lanterns and special productions.
 For each product you will find photos of product variants and sample applications, together with the possibility of sending direct enquiries about catalogues, prices and stockists. Many products are also presented within the context of reference projects by international architects. The intuitive navigation by product group, manufacturer, designer or projects, together with a free text search, provides you with fast search results, and does so anywhere and at any time. As a result you can use the app either privately as a design fan or professionally as a specialist planner or architect.
 With this first Android app the technological basis has been created for all existing and future Architonic apps, which will be provided on an ongoing basis both in their Apple version and their Android version.



Architonic@Facebook now has more than 84,000 followers – we really appreciate your interest and confidence in us! This access within just a short period of time can probably also be attributed to the highly popular trade fair photo tours which we produce for you at the major international trade fairs, and then publish on Facebook immediately after the fair. In addition we also post news from architecture and design on a daily basis, of course, with prize draws for books selected by us, and you can also reserve a place for yourself here on the guest list for Architonic's legendary parties and events.

Design Contest 'Dining Outdoors'

Whether you're in mid-career, just starting out or still studying – it's the idea that counts! In the design competition launched by the 'Garden Unique' outdoor fair on the occasion of spoga+gafa in Cologne the challenge is to develop new, surprising, simple, sophisticated, clever, inspiring product ideas relating to the theme of 'eating and drinking in the open air'. It may on a picnic in the countryside, in the garden, on the terrace of restaurant or at a sidewalk cafe: eating together is always a special situation which makes a wide range of demands on product design. It also has many and varied manifestations and rituals in the world's various cultural areas.
 If you are a designer, interior architect or architect or if you're training to become one, this special and very open competition is an ideal opportunity for you, because the projects of the three winners will have the advantage of being produced as prototypes and then presented to international manufacturers from the industry at the 'Garden Unique' fair in September. In addition each of the winners receives a prize of €1000.
 The format of the competition is also interesting: ideas are to be submitted via, where they will be assessed not just by the prestigious international jury (Marc Sadler, Milan; Patrick Nadeau, Paris; Herbert Seckler, Sylt; Marcus Fairs, London etc.), but also rated and commented on by the public. The feedback received also enables projects to be developed further and optimised. The winner selected by the public receives a prize of 3,000 €, with a further €8,500 being distributed to the next 15 entries which are placed.
 The competition period has been extended to 21 June 2012, so it isn't too late yet!


Architonic Products & Materials: inspiring search results N° 5

Garden / Terrace | Outdoor seating islands

Public Space | Mast lights


Recent projects from 'Architecture & Design'


Healthcare Center for Cancer Patients, Copenhagen, Denmark; completed 2009–2011

Gangoly & Kristiner Architekten, Graz

Montanuniversität Leoben, Leoben, Austria; Photo © Paul Ott

NIGHTSHOP, Rotterdam

POS Vase; photographer: Adriaan van der Ploeg

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