Robert A. M. Stern Advocates the Return of the Garden Suburb

Disney-backed garden suburb, Celebration, Fla.. Image Courtesy of via NYT

The modern suburb has become an unruly sprawl, homogenous in style and over-dependent on the automobile. However, according to Robert A. M. Stern‘s new Paradise Planned: The Garden Suburb and the Modern City,” there is a superior alternative for suburban development that could attract millennials and preserve quality of life in terms of health, economic savings, and physical safety: the centrally planned, pedestrian-friendly garden suburb. You can learn more about Stern’s 1,072 page manifesto on the garden suburb in this article by the New York Times.

Pleasantville / MANIFESTO

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The Dingbat, which has long been a residential icon of the area, is direly in need of an update. Transportation and congestion are some of the greatest obstacles that faces today and the traditional Dingbat fails to respond to these problems in many ways. Not only has the limited capacity (6-8 households per building) proven insufficient in accommodating the rapidly increasing population and thus exacerbating already problematic sprawl, but the back-out parking spaces traversing the sidewalks create unfriendly and hazardous walking conditions for pedestrians making the already difficult journey to public transit even more of a challenge.

Open Paradox – KAIST IT Convergence Center / MANIFESTO and ILKUN

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Open Paradox, MANIFESTO and ILKUN‘s proposal for the IT Convergence Center for KAIST ( Advanced Institute of Science and Technology), aims to provide a truly multi-disciplinary research and educational environment for the institute. Located on the sloped East Campus Plaza of KAIST, the building allows free-flowing interaction between students and faculty of multiple academic disciplines as well as with the remaining school population and the public, fostering an atmosphere of creativity and openness.

This proposal received 3rd Prize at the Design Competition and was the recipient of a 2010 AIA NY Design Award.

Architects: MANIFESTO Architecture P.C. (Design Architect) and ILKUN Architects & Engineers Ltd. (Local Architect)
Location: , Korea
Consultants: Yoshinori Nito Engineering & Design P.C.
Renderings: Courtesy of MANIFESTO

Modern Atlanta Prize 2011

Modern Atlanta (MA) is pleased to announce the first annual Modern Atlanta Prize 2011 competition. The prize intends to highlight talented designers and their projects each year under a new and interesting theme.

This year the prize calls for students and young architects to submit projects that exemplify the rapid development and innovation that is being witnessed in the architecture of Korea. The competition aims to highlight projects of all scales, either built or conceptual, that showcase exceptional Korean design talent as well as projects that thoughtfully deal with the unique conditions whether geographical, social, political or cultural, pertaining to Korea.

All proposals will be reviewed by an international jury panel and winners will be announced in May.  The jury includes Jeeyong An and Sang Hwa Lee of , Kai-Uwe Bergmann of BIG, Sebastien Boissard of , Matteo Caimi of C&A Architecture, and Minsuk Cho of Mass Studies.

Prize winning entries and honorable mentions will be exhibited at the Korean Pavilion during the Design is Human Week 2011 event to be held from June 6th-12th in Atlanta, Georgia. Learn more about MA and the annual Design is Human Week event here.

Bike Hanger / MANIFESTO

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The Bike Hanger is an essential facility for the city of Seoul which aims to increase its bicycle-friendliness. The facility is not only low-maintenance and environmentally friendly, but by being installed in between buildings it takes advantage of many of the underutilized spaces that exist around the city. Each Hanger is able to store between 20-36 bicycles and it is easily attached to the sides of buildings, allowing minimal interference with the pedestrian traffic below.

Architects: MANIFESTO Architecture P.C.
Location: Between Buildings
Project Area: 60 sqf
Construction Budget: $100,000
Project Status: Shortlist for ‘Seoul International Design Competition: Design for All’ and Shortlist for ‘Seoul Cycle Design Competition 2010′
Renderings: MANIFESTO Architecture P.C.


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New York based design firm, MANIFESTO, shared with Arch Daily the INFORSTRUCTURE which is the Stratford Information kiosk for the 2012 Olympics is designed with an aim to provide the public with free and instant access to important information.

Architects: MANIFESTO Architecture P.C.
Location: Meridian Square, Stratford London, UK
Client: LBN (London Borough of Newham), DfL (Design for London), London Development Agency
Structural Engineer: Yoshinori Nito Engineering & Design P.C., Malishev Wilson Engineers
Project Area: 240 sqm
Renderings: Courtesy of MANIFESTO Architecture P.C.