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Media Round-Up: Hurricane Katrina, 10 Years On

Today marks 10 years since Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans, setting off what was among the most significant catastrophes to strike the United States in the 21st Century. New Orleans' flood defenses failed, causing the loss of over 1,400 lives and billions of dollars in property damage.

Naturally, such a disaster takes some time to recover from, for individuals but also for a city as a whole, and so for the past decade New Orleans has been a case study for cities to show them how to recover, rebuild and move on - at certain times serving as both an example of good practice and a warning of "what not to do." On the ten-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, here's a round-up of stories about the rebuilding of a city from around the web.

Santiago Calatrava Tops Out on Dallas' Margaret McDermott Bridge

Santiago Calatrava has topped out on his second Dallas bridge - the Margaret McDermott Bridge - two years after completing the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge. The steel arch, reaching a height of 275 feet, is the first of two that will support the 1311-foot-long bridge that is intended to provide access to pedestrians, bicyclists and cars over the Trinity River. The $113 million bridge is part of the massive $798 million Dallas Horseshoe Project that aims to alleviate traffic and enhance accessibility downtown. It is scheduled to complete by the summer of 2017. 

How Infrastructure Segregates Cities

The Washington Post has published a piece looking at how infrastructure acts as a form of segregation in cities in the US. Using racial dot maps from the University of Virginia’s Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service, they show how highways, railroads, historically uncrossable avenues, and similar urban design decisions have a huge impact on the physical isolation of different races. These types of infrastructure were also found to reinforce boundaries set by natural patterns of topography and bodies of water. Cities found to have clear infrastructural segregation include Pittsburgh, Hartford, Detroit, Washington, D.C., and Milwaukee. Read the full article, here.

Shelter Global Announces 2015 Dencity Competition Winners

International architecture non-profit Shelter Global has announced the winners of its 2015 Dencity Competition. Out of 300 entries from 50 different countries, three winners and six special mentions were selected.

The competition’s goal was “to foster new ideas on how to handle the growing density of unplanned cities and to spread awareness of the massive problem,” and jury members sought out project designs that empower communities and allow for self-sufficiency. Read about the three winners, after the break.

Competition Entry: AECOM Proposes Transport Center for Solana Beach

AECOM has designed a preliminary study for a mixed-use transportation development in Solana Beach, California, as part of a response for a RFP (Request for Proposal). Located near major roads and connected to railroads, the project proposal consists of a combination of retail stores and restaurants, providing transit users with leisure spaces on their travels, in addition to parking for the nearby AMTRAK train station. 

Courtesy of AECOM LA Design Studio Courtesy of AECOM LA Design Studio Courtesy of AECOM LA Design Studio Courtesy of AECOM LA Design Studio

MIT Manukau & Transport Interchange / Warren and Mahoney

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La Sallaz Footbridge / 2b architectes

  • Architects: 2b architectes
  • Location: Passerelle de la Sallaz, 1010 Lausanne, Switzerland
  • 2b Team: Ph.Béboux, S.Bender, T.Borges, T.Auffret-Postel, M.Buxton, G.Warnking, G.Garcier
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Roger Frei, Courtesy of 2b architectes, Lausanne

© Roger Frei, Zurich © 2b architectes, Lausanne © Roger Frei, Zurich © Roger Frei, Zurich

How EPM Group Is Reclaiming Medellín's Infrastructure as Public Space

With a high-density population and a history of internal armed conflict, the city of Medellín in Colombia lacked substantial public space, but had an overwhelming amount of industrial infrastructure in place. But as profiled by The Architectural Review, recently architects and urban planners of the EPM group saw this imbalance as an opportunity, and so in the uninhabited patches of land surrounding over one hundred fenced industrial lots, the UVA or Unidades de Vida Articulada (Units of Articulated Life) program was born. Including initiatives to build public classrooms, launderettes and cafés, the UVA projects were conceived together with the local population through a series of workshops, where every resident was invited to express their vision for the new public square through writing and drawing. Medellín, existing at the convergence of several hills, provides a wide variety of unique landscapes for architects to experiment on - and through the UVA projects, EPM Group demonstrates how architecture can empower a community from the first day of design. Read more about how this project will continue to instigate positive change at The Architectural Review.

Nevsehir Bus Terminal / Bahadir Kul

  • Architects: Bahadir Kul
  • Location: Nevşehir, Nevşehir Merkez/Nevşehir, Turkey
  • Client: Municipality of Nevşehir
  • Area: 8000.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2010
  • Photographs: Ket Kolektif

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BIG to Redevelop Västerås Transportation Hub

BIG has unveiled plans for a new transportation hub in the heart of Västerås - one of Sweden's largest cities. The ambitious plan, "3B - Build Away the Barriers" will redevelop 17-acres surrounding an existing railway station in an effort to reconnect it to the city. As it exists now, the station's tracks divides two areas of the city; BIG's proposal aims to unite them with a single "floating roof" shaped by the "flow of people and public life" that will integrate new public programs into the site. 

D. Diogo de Menezes Square / Miguel Arruda Arquitectos Associados

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Train Control Centre Utrecht / ​de Jong Gortemaker Algra

  • Architects: ​de Jong Gortemaker Algra
  • Location: ​Bielsstraat 1, Utrecht, Netherlands
  • Project Team: ​Maurits Algra, Tycho Saariste, Karen Glandrup, Franke van den Broek, Mike Zelke
  • Area: 4480.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2015
  • Photographs: Christian Richters

© Christian Richters © Christian Richters © Christian Richters © Christian Richters

Gottlieb Paludan Architects Awarded Scandinavia’s Largest Architecture Prize

The 2015 Nykredit Architecture Prize has been awarded to Gottlieb Paludan Architects (GPA) for their contribution to the design of public utility and industrial buildings. Founded by the Nykredit Foundation, the 500,000-DKK prize has become Scandinavia’s foremost architectural award, with past winners including Jørn Utzon, Bjarke Ingels and CEBRA.

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Cannes Airport / COMTE et VOLLENWEIDER Architectes

  • Architects: Comte & Vollenweider Architectes
  • Location: 245 Avenue Francis Tonner, 06150 Cannes, France
  • Project Architect: Pierre-André Comte, Stéphane Vollenweider, Régis Roudil, Marion Grégoire, Marrit Veenstra / SUD EQUIP bureau d'études t.c.e.
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Cortesia de Comte & Vollenweider Architectes

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City View Garage in the Miami Design District / IwamotoScott

  • Architects: IwamotoScott
  • Location: Miami, FL, USA
  • Area: 1403.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2015
  • Photographs: Craig Scott , Daniel Balean, Robin Hill, Vernon Jones

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The Paleisbrug / Benthem Crouwel Architects

  • Architects: Benthem Crouwel Architects
  • Location: 's-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands
  • Design Team: Mels Crouwel, Job Schroën, Marleen van Driel, Moon Brader, Carel Weber, Volker Krenz, Sergio Bostdorp, Ronno Stegeman
  • Area: 2500.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2015
  • Photographs: Jannes Linders

© Jannes Linders © Jannes Linders © Jannes Linders © Jannes Linders

Parking Building in Grenoble / GaP Grudzinski & Poisay Architectes

  • Architects: GaP Grudzinski & Poisay Architectes
  • Location: 38100 Grenoble, France
  • Design Team: Hugues GRUDZINSKI architect, Baptiste ROBIN project manager
  • Area: 9450.0 sqm
  • Photographs: Baptiste ROBIN

© Baptiste ROBIN © Baptiste ROBIN © Baptiste ROBIN © Baptiste ROBIN