KCAP Architects & Planners has recently won a shared first place title in the Eteläpuisto Park competition for the city of Tampere, Finland. The competition brief specified that entries were required to create an “urban residential area and provide for programs suitable for the city structure and for the landscape.” Recreational access to the nearby lake shore was required, as was enabling access to Tampere’s Hämeenpuisto Esplanade. KCAP’s residential park proposal was chosen unanimously by the competition jury from six total entries.
One of the United States’ most polluted bodies of water is about to receive a much needed make-over: In early 2014, construction will begin on a pollution-preventing greenscape that will run alongside Brooklyn’s Gowanus Canal. The proposal, dubbed Sponge Park, was envisioned more than five years ago by Susannah Drake of dlandstudio and has just now “soaked up” enough funds to move forward.
Locals in the Brooklyn Heights community have banded together behind a common cause: honoring Adam ‘MCA’ Yauch, the much-loved, Brooklyn-raised Beastie Boy who succumbed to cancer earlier this month. Residents created a Facebook group encouraging users to sign the petition to rename Squibb Park after Yauch; however, Beastie Boys Member Adam Horovitz and his wife Kathleen Hanna have slightly different wishes. As Hanna told the Brooklyn Heights Blog: “I just wanted to let you know that Adam ‘Ad-Rock’ Horovitz has already begun working with the Parks Commissioner to fix up and rename State Street Park where Yauch actually played as a kid.” In response, the Facebook group has shifted its support towards achieving that end. In their words: “The Brooklyn Heights Blog community ENTHUSIASTICALLY supports this idea. We have updated the Facebook page to reflect this and encourage all those who agree, their friends, family and friends of friends to continue to “Like” the page and share our strong desire to make Adam Yauch Park in Brooklyn Heights a reality.” Story via Pop Crush
PARK shared with us their proposal for the harbor revitalization competition in Aalesund, Norway. To revitalize the southern harbor district situated adjacent to the historic city center, they put an emphasis on the relationship between the distinct architectural heritage of Ålesund and the new development, which includes large scale functions like a cruise terminal, a hotel, a conference center and a bus station. Their design incorporates an infrastructure that solves the issues of through-traffic and at the same time upgrades public transport and light traffic. More images and architects’ description after the break.
Calling for a 3.500 sqm combined community center and sports facility with an emphasis on sustainability, both in construction and use, PARK decided to go with a bold strategy they titled ‘Pulsen’. Rather than applying the traditional repertoire of green technologies to the building, after initial concept design was developed, the client called for an architecture that embodied the idea of the sustainable approach. More images and project description after the break.
“Build a Better Burb”, a design and planning competition sponsored by the Long Island Index with the Rauch Foundation, has named the team of PARK and NetLab as one of five winners. Will Prince of the architecture and planning studio PARK and Kazys Varnelis, the founder of NetLab, collaborated on the winning proposal “Long Division,” a regional strategy that promotes both responsible growth and planned contraction. More images, a video on the project, and complete press release after the break.
FARO architecten bv just shared with us their latest project, the winning entry for a sustainable residential tower design competition.
Text from the architects and more images after the break.