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Runways to Greenways: Lateral Office Imagine WWII Airstrips as New Urban Landscapes

Lateral Office, founded in 2003 by Mason White and Lola Sheppard, is an experimental design practice that operates at the intersection of architecture, landscape, and urbanism. The studio describes its practice process as a commitment to “design as a research vehicle to pose and respond to complex, urgent questions in the built environment,” engaging in the “wider context and climate of a project: social, ecological, or political.” For their Runways to Greenways, an urban design proposal for the Vatnsmýri area of Reykjavík, the architects sought to simultaneously acknowledge the rich history of the site while looking forward to new economies and public realms. The project area, a significantly-sized defunct World War II runway, was slated for universities, bio-tech, housing and commercial development. This proposal, which used landscape and exterior program as a catalyst for urban development, identifies exterior space as equally charged with activity, use and event as built or interior spaces within the city. The figure of the runway is used to identify three primary axes, and each former runway is converted into a “greenway” that uses a quality of the city as its primary trait: namely, ecology, recreation, and production. Lateral Office join the inaugural Chicago Architecture Biennial alongside over 100 architects, artists, and designers from around the world.

I think waterfalls might outnumber people in the Westfjords, there seems to be another waterfall around every corner, Dynjandi waterfall is the biggest of them all and is for sure the jewel of the Westfjords. Dynjandi looks like a bridal veil - on top it is 30 meters (98 ft) wide and widens up to 60 meters (197 ft) at the bottom. Actually it´s a series of waterfalls, one after another, 7 in all and this is the top part we see here

Driving the twisting routes of Westfjord’s wind- and snow-whipped mountain passes can be hair-raising but it´s more than worth it

Behind Kvernufoss Waterfall - Iceland da Sigmundur Andrésson
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Located at the other end of Skógar hidden in a gorge is Kvernufoss (or Kvarnarhólsárfoss) - the overlooked neighbor of the popular Skógafoss. Kvernufoss is definitely a hidden gem because you can also walk behind this 30 metres high waterfall and I would call it a smaller more beautiful version of the popular and tourist over-run Seljalandsfoss. And the best thing is that most likely not a single around will be around. Well, some sheep perhaps. (Something About Iceland)

Dampf steigt über den Wiesen von Kleppjárnsreykir in der Nähe Reykholt auf. Diese heißen Quellen liegen in der Gärten und Wiesen eines der ergiebigsten Geothermalgebieten von Island. Sichtbar ist diese Dampfwolken direkt von der #50 im Westen von Island.

Steam rises through the meadows of Kleppjárnsreykir near Reykholt. These hot springs are located in the gardens and lawns of the richest geothermal area of Iceland. These clouds of steam are visible directly from the # 50 in the west of Iceland.

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