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OBR with Michel Desvigne Wins Competition to Design New Central Park in Prato, Italy

16:20 - 12 October, 2016
OBR with Michel Desvigne Wins Competition to Design New Central Park in Prato, Italy, © OBR Paolo Brescia and Tommaso Principi with Michel Desvigne Paysagiste
© OBR Paolo Brescia and Tommaso Principi with Michel Desvigne Paysagiste

OBR Paolo Brescia and Tommaso Principi and Michel Desvigne Paysagiste have been announced of the winners of first prize in the international competition to design the new Parco Centrale (Central Park) in Prato, Italy.

The 230-team competition asked architects to design a new 3-hectare urban park in Prato’s historical city center on the site of the former city hospital, within the perimeter of the city walls. The project is intended to meet the needs of a contemporary city while driving socio-economic development of the city center through “enhancements to its touristic vocation, sustainability and accessibility.”

The jury, chaired by architect Bernard Tschumi, unanimously selected the winning proposal for “its ability to offer to the city of Prato an original, innovative and practical solution.” Commented Tschumi on the design, “The project is remarkable in the way it understands and celebrates the history of Prato and of its medieval walls. At the same time, it looks to the future and to the development of the city and its diverse population.”

The jury also released the full rankings of the 10 finalist teams. Learn about the winning design and see the entries from all 10 of the finalists, after the break.

OMA and Ole Scheeren's Interlace Named World Building of the Year 2015

13:01 - 6 November, 2015
OMA and Ole Scheeren's Interlace Named World Building of the Year 2015, World Building of the Year Winner: The Interlace (Singapore) / OMA and Ole Scheeren. Image © Iwan Baan
World Building of the Year Winner: The Interlace (Singapore) / OMA and Ole Scheeren. Image © Iwan Baan

OMA and Buro Ole Scheeren's vertical village in Singapore, The Interlace has been named the World Building of the Year 2015 at culmination of the World Architecture Festival (WAF). Celebrated for being "an example of bold, contemporary architectural thinking," as WAF Director Paul Finch described, the project is eighth building to ever win the illustrious award. It is considered to be a "radical new approach to contemporary living in a tropical environment."

Winners of the year's Future Project, Landscape, Small Project and Color Prize awards were also announced. Read on to see the who won with comments from the jury. 

Turenscape and MAP Chosen to Redevelop Kazan's Kaban Lake Embankments

12:25 - 9 October, 2015
Turenscape and MAP Chosen to Redevelop Kazan's Kaban Lake Embankments, © Turenscape + MAP
© Turenscape + MAP

Russian-Chinese consortium Turenscape and MAP architects was announced as winners of a major competition to redevelop the Kaban lake system embankments in Kazan, Russia. Their winning concept, “Elastic band: The Immortal Treasure of Kazan” aims to establish a "continuous system of landscapes along the bank line, which will preserve the cultural and historical memory and become a basement for future stage-by-stage development."

"The water is turning into a real living treasure and heritage of Kazan," said the competition's organizer.

Minghu Wetland Park / Turenscape

00:00 - 21 January, 2015
Minghu Wetland Park / Turenscape, Courtesy of Turenscape
Courtesy of Turenscape

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  • Architects

  • Location

    Liupanshui, Guizhou, China
  • Design Team

    Bo Luan, Bin Yan, Gang Huang, Junyan Zheng, Meina Shan, Xin Fan, Shizheng Li, Lin Chen, Zhen Bai, Yu Zhang, Jianfei An, Hongkai You, Yin Liu, Yeqi Cao, Zhang Deng, Ye Yang, Yue Li, Yizhen Ren, Xu Song, Dehua Liu, XIaofeng Zhang, Jie Bai, Jinfeng Zhang, Tuo Liu, Junying Cao
  • Design Lead

    Kongjian Yu

Competition Entry: Zaryadye Park / Turenscape

01:00 - 14 December, 2013
Courtesy of Turenscape
Courtesy of Turenscape

In June this year, the Turenscape Consortium was shortlisted to prepare a design proposal for Zaryadye Park, Moscow. The scheme, titled “The Blue Circle of Moscow,” centered around a circular reflecting pool that would serve as a mirror to the Moscow skyline, while managing urban stormwater. According to Turenscape, “The Blue Circle was envisioned as a new city icon, which links the past with the present and the future, which reconnects man with nature, which reunites the separated urban space, and which gathers individuals of all kinds.”

Qunli Stormwater Wetland Park / Turenscape

01:00 - 10 November, 2013
Qunli Stormwater Wetland Park / Turenscape, Courtesy of Turenscape
Courtesy of Turenscape

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  • Architects

  • Location

    Haerbin, Heilongjiang, China
  • Area

    300000.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2010

Red Ribbon Park / Turenscape

00:00 - 7 November, 2013
Red Ribbon Park / Turenscape, Courtesy of Turenscape
Courtesy of Turenscape

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  • Architects

  • Location

    Qinhuangdao, Hebei, China
  • Area

    200000.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2007

Shortlist Announced to Design Moscow's First Park in 50 Years

00:00 - 20 June, 2013
Shortlist Announced to Design Moscow's First Park in 50 Years, Courtesy of http://parkzaryadye.com/en/
Courtesy of http://parkzaryadye.com/en/

In the 20th century, it was going to be the site of the world's tallest skyscraper, but it became the world's largest hotel. In 2006, the hotel was replaced with a fence, the largest advertising space in all of Europe, enclosing acres of undeveloped, highly valuable land. In 2014, it will become Moscow's first - and most important - park in over 50 years.

Zaryadye Park, located on 13 acres of land just a minute's walk from the Kremlin and the Red Square, will become a gateway to Moscow, one that will "project a new image of Moscow and Russia to the world." Because of the Park's significance, the city of Moscow (with aid from the Strelka Institute for Media Architecture and Design) has decided to host an international competition for its re-design.

The 6 finalists shortlisted for this significant project, after the break...

Shanghai Houtan Park / Turenscape

01:00 - 1 May, 2011
Shanghai Houtan Park / Turenscape

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  • Architects

  • Location

    Shanghai, China
  • Architect in Charge

    Turenscape (Beijing Turen Design Institute)
  • Landscape Architect

    Turenscape (Beijing Turen Design Institute)
  • Area

    140000.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2010