Edmonton City Council has mandated that the lands now occupied by the Edmonton City Centre Airport be transformed into a world-class sustainable community. The City of Edmonton seeks talented and creative minds to prepare a master plan for this strategic property in the core of the City. The revitalization of approximately 217 hectares of land in the heart of Edmonton represents an opportunity for Edmonton to place itself at the forefront of global cities that are seeking to establish the highest standards for sustainability to foster a living, working, and learning environment of unparalleled environmental and social quality.
The mission is to undertake a master planning exercise that will guide the long term development of a new community for families, parks and open space, places of work, cultural and educational institutions, and other amenities connected with a new Light Rail Transit (LRT) line to downtown. The mission is to provide Edmontonians with a range of lifestyle choices that embody a sustainable live style through the incorporation of design features, land uses, building practices, materials and assemblies, and technologies that will minimize the ecological footprint of this community.
With the world’s population growing exponentially, by 2030 there will be such a drastic shortage of land that there will be “no room for the dead” in several over-crowded cities. Tin Shun But’s columbarium in Hong Kong is a reaction to the growing population and the growing demand for land. The design offers a new typology where the resting ground is anchored to the harbor, currently a neglected area with the potential to become a revitalized public space.
More images and more about the design after the break.
Technology keeps getting better and better – the other day, we featured Dyesol’s window that captures energy from light-releasing electrons that is then trapped and conducted as electricity, and today, we bring you Michelle Pelletier’s (a University of Rhode Island master’s degree candidate) new self-healing concrete. Currently, concrete is the most widely used building material, yet as the structures age, concrete cracks – and what begins as a slight crack can turn into a massive problem. Pelletier’s solution is a type of “smart concrete” that self heals to economically extend the life of the structure.
More about this cool new material after the break.
Architects: Frederico Zanelato | Architects
Location: Mogi das Cruzes, São Paulo, Brazil
Authors: Frederico Zanelato, Fernanda Kano and Regina Sesoko
Contributor: Regina Santos
Students: Guilherme Bravin and Nayara Mendes
Structure: Wagner Garcia de Oliveira
Land area: 360 sqm
Building area: 250 sqm
Project Year: 2008-2009
Photographs: Bebete Viégas
Last week, we attended a forum on urbanism held in Goldman Sach’s brand new building in downtown Manhattan. The forum specifically discussed the role of the mega project and its significance on the future of American urban development. The panel included Daniel Libeskind, Richard Kahan (the former Chairman and CEO of Battery Park City Authority) and Paul Goldberger, the architecture critic for The New Yorker.
Architects: ComA, Architecture and Design
Location: Penhas da Saúde, Serra da Estrela, Portugal
Type of Project: Youth Hostel
Structural Engineers: Engº Jorge Simões
Project Architect: Arch. Paulo Street, Arch. Hugo Guerreiro
Design Team: André Antunes, Bruno Marcelino
Planning supervisor: Pretago
Main contractor: António Ascensão Coelho & Filhos S.A.
Floor Area: 758.80 sqm
Total cost: 600,000.00€
Project Year: 2006-2009
Photographs: Nelson Garrido
Playable10:International Design Competition invites designers of all types from around the world to design playground equipment and spaces that will give a sense of place, wonder and fun so strong that they will entice children, teens and adults outdoors to play. Winners will be selected by a diverse jury that will be announced in mid-2010.
More photos after the break.
In a new exhibit, The Page, curated by Karin Lanzoni and Rachelle W. Chuang, one page from each of the 33 participating artists’ books is mounted on the wall. The pages are all different as some are “terse and conceptual”, some “comment on formal issues”, some “are either mass-produced; self-published via different printing techniques; or made by hand through traditional bookbinding practices.” Visitors to the exhibit are encouraged to study each page in a reading area that includes different chairs. Although the focus is on the main page, the pages are contained within some form of a bound book so visitors can spend time studying the artists’ complete thoughts. Every chair makes for a varied experience and each chair is designed by a different designer — just as each page has been created by a different artist.
Check out Tim Durfee’s 20′ long chair after the break.
The V&A at Dundee will be The Victoria & Albert museum’s first base outside London. It will open in 2014 and it will be sited at Craig Harbour right on the banks of the River Tay. The site is being made available through the Dundee Central Waterfront Partnership, the joint venture between Dundee City Council and Scottish Enterprise which is revitalising the prime area of land linking the city centre with the River Tay.
A shortlist of architect and design teams competing for the V&A at Dundee project was announced recently. The six shortlisted offices are:
Seen at Domus.