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M CO Design Unveils Dragon-Inspired Infrastructural Designs for Hong Kong

16:00 - 3 December, 2016
M CO Design Unveils Dragon-Inspired Infrastructural Designs for Hong Kong, Courtesy of M CO Design
Courtesy of M CO Design

M CO Design has released its designs for “Dragon’s Link,” a new dragon-inspired, mixed-use infrastructure on the south side of Hong Kong Island “that will serve a large part of the community and will enhance a local historic monument,” the Tai Tam Dam, which will celebrate its 100th anniversary this coming February. 

Drawing inspiration from local traditions and the natural topography of Hong Kong, the project will create new connections within an existing network of roads and hiking trails in Tai Tam Country Park in “a juxtaposition of old and new,” in order to improve user experience and infrastructure.

Courtesy of Unknown Courtesy of M CO Design Courtesy of M CO Design Courtesy of M CO Design +17

AZPML + DFN Win Competition for Rippling Bridge in Bellinzona, Switzerland

16:00 - 25 November, 2016
AZPML + DFN Win Competition for Rippling Bridge in Bellinzona, Switzerland, Spring Perspective. Image Courtesy of AZPML
Spring Perspective. Image Courtesy of AZPML

The team of AZPML + DFN has won a competition for the design of the Passerella Ex-Torretta, a new bridge spanning the Ticino River in Bellinzona, Switzerland. The bridge will connect two existing medieval structures, the Torretta tower to the west of the river and medieval arcades on the eastern bank, and will provide a gradual 6% slope to allow for pedestrian and bicycle access.

Spring Perspective. Image Courtesy of AZPML Summer Perspective. Image Courtesy of AZPML Winter Perspective. Image Courtesy of AZPML Views. Image Courtesy of AZPML +12

UNStudio Envisions New Transportation Hub and Development in Amsterdam

14:10 - 10 November, 2016
UNStudio Envisions New Transportation Hub and Development in Amsterdam, Courtesy of UNStudio
Courtesy of UNStudio

Ben van Berkel and UNStudio have collaborated with a multidisciplinary team including Goudappel Coffeng (mobility consultants), GeoPhy (data specialists) and 2getthere (automated transit systems) to produce a study examining the future of infrastructure and city development for the area around Amsterdam’s A10 ring road and the Leylaan district.

Proposals resulting from the study comprise a new multimodal transportation hub located at the intersection of Cornelis Lelyaan and the A10, and new urban districts flanking the highway that will link to adjacent neighborhoods while provided a much needed new address in Amsterdam.

Courtesy of UNStudio Courtesy of UNStudio Parking Typology. Image Courtesy of UNStudio CityPod. Image Courtesy of 2getthere +8

BIG Joins Kuma, Perrault and EMBT in Designing Stations for the Grand Paris Express Metro

12:30 - 9 November, 2016
BIG Joins Kuma, Perrault and EMBT in Designing Stations for the Grand Paris Express Metro, © BIG - Silvio d'Ascia - Société du Grand Paris / Gare Pont de Bondy, (line 15 East) par BIG et Silvio d'Ascia
© BIG - Silvio d'Ascia - Société du Grand Paris / Gare Pont de Bondy, (line 15 East) par BIG et Silvio d'Ascia

BIG and French studio Silvio d'Ascia have been selected to design the new Pont de Bondy metro station in Paris. The station is the latest design to be announced as part of the Société du Grand París’ Grand Paris Express project, which is seeking to modernize the existing transport network through the addition of nearly 200 kilometers of rail lines and a series of architect-designed stations throughout the city.

Of a total of 68 new stations, nine have been labeled as “emblematic,” meaning that they are expected to serve as significant neighborhood nodes within the larger masterplan. The Pont de Bondy station will constitute one of these emblematic projects, joining designs from Kengo Kuma & Associates, Dominique Perrault, Enric Miralles Benedetta Tagliabue (EMBT) and Bordas+Peiro, Agence Duthilleul, and Elizabeth de Portzamparc.

© Agence Miralles Tagliabue EMBT - Société du Grand Paris / Gare Clichy-Montfermeil (line 16) by Agence Miralles Tagliabue EMBT with Bordas + Peiro Architecte © Kengo Kuma & Associates - Société du Grand Paris / Gare Saint-Denis Pleyel (lines 15, 16 and 17) by Kengo Kuma & Associates © Jean-Marie Duthilleul - Société du Grand Paris / Gare Noisy - Champs (line 15 South) by Agence Duthilleul and Arep © Dominique Perrault Architecture - Société du Grand Paris / Station Villejuif Institut Gustave-Roussy (lines 14 and 15 South) by Dominique Perrault Architecture +7

BIG and Hyperloop One Unveil Designs for Unprecedented Autonomous Transportation System

05:45 - 8 November, 2016

Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) and Hyperloop One have unveiled joint designs for an autonomous transportation system and the world’s first Hyperloop pods and portals in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The designs are being presented as Hyperloop One signs a deal with the Dubai Roads and Transport Authority (RTA), bringing the project one step closer to reality.

© BIG © BIG © BIG © BIG +22

This World Record Breaking Bridge is Made Entirely from LEGO

12:10 - 20 October, 2016
This World Record Breaking Bridge is Made Entirely from LEGO, © Matt Oliver/ICE via Interesting Engineering
© Matt Oliver/ICE via Interesting Engineering

It’s a project out of every architect’s childhood fantasy: a 100 foot (31 meter) long suspension bridge, constructed completely out of LEGO.

Envisioned as part of the ongoing Bridge Engineering exhibition at London’s Institute of Civil Engineers (ICE), the massive bridge utilized over 250,000 individual LEGO bricks in shattering the World Record for the longest LEGO suspension bridge. Stretching further than the length of three London City Buses end-to-end, the bridge weighs in at over 1,600 lbs (75 kg).

Frankston Station Design Competition

11:11 - 29 September, 2016
Frankston Station Design Competition, Gregory Peck at Frankston Station, during the filming of 'On The Beach' c. 1959. All Copyright Reserved.
Gregory Peck at Frankston Station, during the filming of 'On The Beach' c. 1959. All Copyright Reserved.

The Office of the Victorian Government Architect (OVGA) and the Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources (DEDJTR) invites Registered Australian architects and urban designers to participate in a design competition for a renewed Frankston Railway Station.

The competition is seeking an exciting vision for the development of Frankston Station to revitalise the station precinct, improve the amenity for all who use the station, and create a new 'gateway' for Frankston.

Bird-Shaped Ashgabat Airport Spreads its Wings in Turkmenistan

16:10 - 23 September, 2016

Designing airports based on flight-inspired, aerodynamic forms is nothing new – in fact, that has been the concept behind some of history’s most beautiful airport terminals, such as Eero Saarinen’s iconic TWA Terminal in New York. But until now, no airport building has been quite so literal with its symbolism as the recently unveiled Ashgabat International Airport.

The new terminal building in Turkmenistan's capital takes the form of a soaring falcon, echoing the mascot of the national airline carrier. And at a cost of $2.3 billion USD, the structure has already drummed up some controversy – critics claim the building is much larger than needed to handle the country’s relative low traffic rates.

See some images of the bird-shaped building below.

5 Teams Shortlisted for Redesign of New York City's Port Authority Bus Terminal

14:20 - 22 September, 2016
5 Teams Shortlisted for Redesign of New York City's Port Authority Bus Terminal, via PABTcompetition.com
via PABTcompetition.com

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey has revealed the five finalists teams in competition to redesign the Port Authority bus terminal in west Manhattan: Arcadis of New York, Archilier Architecture Consortium, Hudson Terminal Center Collaborative, Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects, and Perkins Eastman.

The Port Authority Bus Terminal International Design + Deliverability Competition challenged architects to reimagine the current terminal building, built in 1950 and expanded in 1979, for the demands of modernday ridership. The terminal currently accommodates approximately 220,000 passenger trips and more than 7,000 bus movements on an average weekday, with demand projected to increase to 270,000 daily peak-hour passengers by 2020, and as many as 337,000 daily peak-hour passengers by 2040.

Continue reading to see each of the designs.

EFFEKT & karres+brands Win Competition to Transform Industrial Wasteland Into Vibrant Urban District in Roskilde

14:00 - 5 September, 2016
EFFEKT & karres+brands Win Competition to Transform Industrial Wasteland Into Vibrant Urban District in Roskilde, © EFFEKT
© EFFEKT

EFFEKT and collaborators karres+brands, WTM Engineers, ARUP and ALECTIA have won a competition to transform an industrial waste site into a new vibrant urban district and infrastructural hub in the historic center of the city of Roskilde, Denmark. Beating out seven other invited teams, the winning design will encompass 100,000 square meters of mixed-use development across existing railroad tracks, reuniting the city and “reinventing the station as an integral part of the city center.”

© EFFEKT © EFFEKT © EFFEKT © EFFEKT +21

AD Round-Up: The Architecture of Transit

04:00 - 29 August, 2016
AD Round-Up: The Architecture of Transit, Courtesy of Detroit Publishing co. via US Library of Congress (Public Domain)
Courtesy of Detroit Publishing co. via US Library of Congress (Public Domain)

Architecture inherently appears to be at odds with our mobile world – while one is static, the other is in constant motion. That said, architecture has had, and continues to have, a significant role in facilitating the rapid growth and evolution of transportation: cars require bridges, ships require docks, and airplanes require airports.

In creating structures to support our transit infrastructure, architects and engineers have sought more than functionality alone. The architecture of motion creates monuments – to governmental power, human achievement, or the very spirit of movement itself. AD Classics are ArchDaily's continually updated collection of longer-form building studies of the world's most significant architectural projects. Here we've assembled seven projects which stand as enduring symbols of a civilization perpetually on the move. 

© Flickr user littleeve Courtesy of Wikimedia user A. Savin under CC BY-SA 3.0 © Satoru Mishima / FOA © Cameron Blaylock +7

This Floating Desalination Megastructure is Designed to Combat California's Water Shortages

09:30 - 25 August, 2016
This Floating Desalination Megastructure is Designed to Combat California's Water Shortages, Day View of the Vessel. Image Courtesy of Bart//Bratke
Day View of the Vessel. Image Courtesy of Bart//Bratke

California is suffering through its 5th year of severe water shortage. Aquifers and rivers continue to dry out as the water provided by melting snowpacks is reduced, and even the heavy rain brought by El Niño this year could not relieve the drought. Authorities are wary of the long-term consequences for California and neighboring areas of the Colorado River, and Santa Monica is now seeing a growing number of initiatives to control the use of potable water and find sustainable solutions.

Most recently, a competition asked architects, artists and scientists to conceive sustainable infrastructure projects to improve Santa Monica’s water supply. Bart//Bratke and studioDE developed a raft structure named “Foram” that illustrates the future of floating platforms in sustainable development.

Night View from the Coast. Image Courtesy of Bart//Bratke Aerial Coast Assembly. Image Courtesy of Bart//Bratke Pavilion Alignment. Image Courtesy of Bart//Bratke Interior of the Pavilion. Image Courtesy of Bart//Bratke +15

“Beyond the City”: A Captivating Look at the Design of the Hinterland

09:30 - 17 August, 2016
Courtesy of University of Texas Press
Courtesy of University of Texas Press

Felipe Correa’s latest book “Beyond the City: Resource Extraction Urbanism in South America” takes us to a region that architects and urban designers typically have neglected—the hinterland. The South American hinterland provides a unique subject of analysis as it has typically been urbanized for its natural resources, which are tethered back to the coastal cities where these resources are either consumed or distributed to global markets. Within this context, the hinterland is viewed as a frontier whose wilderness is to be tamed, put to work, and territorialized through infrastructure and urban design. Beyond the City provides an insightful look into these processes and the unique urban experiments that emerged in South America. Organized by five case studies, Beyond the City is tied together by what Correa has termed “resource extraction urbanism,” which he links to “new and experimental urban identities in the context of government-sponsored resource extraction frontiers.” Written as a lucid historical account that anchors the discussion within the political, economic, and social context, as well as within global design discourse, the book is also projective—setting the table for a series of questions on how design can act in these landscapes.

China's Futuristic Straddling Bus Becomes a Reality, Begins Testing Period

14:30 - 3 August, 2016
China's Futuristic Straddling Bus Becomes a Reality, Begins Testing Period, via Xinhua News Agency
via Xinhua News Agency

A few years ago, Chinese company Shenzhen Huashi Future Parking Equipment envisioned a unique solution to address congestion issues spurred by rapid population growth in many of China’s cities: a straddling bus that would bypass traffic by simply driving over top of it. The design captured the attention of people worldwide, though many were skeptical the idea could ever come to fruition. But now, that pipe dream has become a reality.

via Xinhua News Agency via Xinhua News Agency via Xinhua News Agency via Xinhua News Agency +4

More Struggles Ahead of Rio Olympics as Ramp Collapses at Sailing Venue

11:50 - 1 August, 2016
More Struggles Ahead of Rio Olympics as Ramp Collapses at Sailing Venue, via Courier Mail
via Courier Mail

With the opening ceremony of the Rio de Janeiro Olympics fast approaching, the city’s preparations have hit another setback. The main ramp at Marina da Gloria, which will serve as the Olympic sailing venue over the next few weeks, has partially collapsed. The structure was intended for temporary use as the main access point for boats to enter the water. No one was injured in the incident.

Submerged Floating Tunnels May Be the Solution to Crossing Norway's Treacherous Fjords

16:30 - 26 July, 2016
Submerged Floating Tunnels May Be the Solution to Crossing Norway's Treacherous Fjords, via Norwegian Public Roads Administration
via Norwegian Public Roads Administration

Norway’s Public Roads Administration have begun conducting feasibility studies on the installation of what would be the world’s first floating underwater tunnel system. Norway is famous for its fjords, whose incredible depths make traditional bridge building a costly headache. Instead, the most common way to traverse them is through the use of ferries, a system that is both slow and subject to harsh weather conditions. As a result, engineers began looking for a new solution.

Penda Designs Bridge Inspired by Olympics Rings for 2022 Beijing Winter Games

12:15 - 21 July, 2016
Penda Designs Bridge Inspired by Olympics Rings for 2022 Beijing Winter Games, Courtesy of Penda
Courtesy of Penda

Penda has designed a prestressed double-helix bridge spanning China’s Gui River that will become an integral part of the infrastructure system for the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing. The San Shan Bridge, which translates to 3 Mountains Bridge, draws inspiration from the interlacing of five rings in the Olympic Symbol to create a form evocative of the area’s mountainous landscape.

Courtesy of Penda Courtesy of Penda Courtesy of Penda Courtesy of Penda +31

Provencher_Roy Unveil Plans for Montreal Port Terminal

12:00 - 21 June, 2016
Provencher_Roy Unveil Plans for Montreal Port Terminal, Courtesy of Provencher_Roy
Courtesy of Provencher_Roy

Montreal-based Provencher_Roy have released images of their designs for the restoration of Alexandra Pier and the Iberville International Passenger Terminal, currently under construction in Montreal's Old Port. The new terminal will accommodate the operational needs of the modern cruise ship, offering tourists a new entrance into the historic heart of the city, and will provide residents with a new promenade and public space integrated smoothly into the existing urban fabric.

Courtesy of Provencher_Roy Courtesy of Provencher_Roy Courtesy of Provencher_Roy Courtesy of Provencher_Roy +8