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Could Electric Cars Turn Gas Stations Into the Community Hubs of the Future?

09:30 - 15 April, 2017
Could Electric Cars Turn Gas Stations Into the Community Hubs of the Future?, Courtesy of Ennead Architects/Ennead Lab
Courtesy of Ennead Architects/Ennead Lab

One general trend in today's Information Age involves the absolute transmutation of downtime into productivity or engagement of any kind, however meaningless. We hear it all the time: we have lost our ability to be still. However, as a team at Ennead Lab has observed, some of the same technologies that are causing this shift in routine also have the potential to open new, empty pockets of time in our daily lives, and affect the built spaces with which we interact. 

Tasked with designing an electric car charging station for a development in Shanghai, Ennead realized that the five hours required to fill up a single standard charge necessitate a place for customers to wait. In an article on Metropolis Magazine, they show that the promise of transportation-less people to stick around in one place for such a period of time opens up a host of possibilities for what could fill the latency period; the Shanghai project, however, focuses on the opportunity to create a civic space. The team has imagined the modern "gas station" as a vertical charging tower that calls upon the functionality of urban parking elevators in the 20th century, this time clad in reflective silver to serve as a beacon for customers in search of a charge. Rather than standalone charge-park towers, the projects are integrated into a system that encourages patrons to walk to neighboring zones to eat, shop, and socialize while they wait. 

6 Tips for Designing Accessible and Safe Bus Stops

08:00 - 27 March, 2017
6 Tips for Designing Accessible and Safe Bus Stops, © NACTO
© NACTO

Designing urban spaces to improve mobility for all inhabitants is one of the main objectives of NACTO, the National Association of City Transportation Officials. Founded in 1996, this non-profit organization brings together more than 40 US and Canadian cities to share their advice and design practices seeking to raise the design standards in public policies for public spaces, mobility, and transportation.

They’ve developed a series of guides in which they propose design guidelines to make streets, cycle paths, intersections and other urban spaces more accessible and safe for all road users. One of the most recent is the "Transit Street Design Guide" in which they offer, among other things, 6 recommendations to take into account when designing bus stops. Find out what these recommendations are below.

Call For Ideas: Morph.o.polis

10:00 - 16 February, 2017
Call For Ideas: Morph.o.polis , Morph.opolis launches its second edition!
Morph.opolis launches its second edition!

After a first edition that had over 100 participants and ended with an exhibition at Maison de l’Architecture du Québec, Morph.o.polis is once again accepting applications to celebrate Montreal’s 375th anniversary with a co-creation experience to reinvent the city.

Lahdelma & Mahlamäki Wins Competition for Housing and Transportation Complex in Finland

14:00 - 18 January, 2017
Lahdelma & Mahlamäki Wins Competition for Housing and Transportation Complex in Finland, View from City Center. Visualization by Brick Visual. Courtesy of Lahdelma & Mahlamäki
View from City Center. Visualization by Brick Visual. Courtesy of Lahdelma & Mahlamäki

Lahdelma & Mahlamäki, with associate architect Arkkitehdit m3, has won a competition for the design of a new Travel Services Center and residential block to be located in the city of Oulu, Finland. Located between the low-lying neighborhood of Puu-Raksila and the high-rising city center, the complex will connect districts through large, arching openings puncturing through a dynamic, horizontal profile, while providing new housing for the city.

View from City Center. Visualization by Brick Visual. Courtesy of Lahdelma & Mahlamäki View from Puu-Raksila. Visualization by Brick Visual. Courtesy of Lahdelma & Mahlamäki Inside the Travel Service Center. Visualization by Brick Visual. Courtesy of Lahdelma & Mahlamäki Site Plan. Visualization by Brick Visual. Courtesy of Lahdelma & Mahlamäki +4

New York Plans $10 Billion Renovation of JFK Airport

14:20 - 6 January, 2017
New York Plans $10 Billion Renovation of JFK Airport, Courtesy of State of New York
Courtesy of State of New York

New York City’s busiest airport is about to receive a major overhaul.

Proposed by New York governor Andrew Cuomo, the plan calls for a $10 billion renovation to New York City’s busiest airport, transforming the facility into a “a unified, interconnected, world-class’ complex.”

Courtesy of State of New York Courtesy of State of New York Courtesy of State of New York Courtesy of State of New York +5

6 Cities That Have Transformed Their Highways Into Urban Parks

08:00 - 1 December, 2016
6 Cities That Have Transformed Their Highways Into Urban Parks, Courtesy of Unknown
Courtesy of Unknown

Building a highway in a city is often thought of as a solution to traffic congestion. However, the induced demand theory has shown that when drivers have more routes, they choose to continue using this medium instead of using public transport or a bicycle, and as a result, congestion doesn’t decrease.

As a result, some cities have chosen to remove spaces designated for cars and turn what was once a highway into urban parks and less congested streets. 

Here we have six examples, some have already been completed, while a few are still under construction. To the surprise of some, most of the projects are in the US, which reflects that American designers are looking into further studying European transport policies. 

Trans-Siberian Pit Stops Competition Showcases Structures that Interact with Frigid Environment

06:00 - 16 November, 2016
Trans-Siberian Pit Stops Competition Showcases Structures that Interact with Frigid Environment, Courtesy of Bee Breeders
Courtesy of Bee Breeders

Competition organizers Bee Breeders have just announced the results of their Trans-Siberian Pit Stops Competition.  At 9,289 kilometers, the Trans-Siberian Railway connects Moscow to Russia's far eastern cities. While it historically attracted many adventurers who would later write about their journeys, the railway is largely used for domestic travel today.  

Courtesy of Bee Breeders Courtesy of Bee Breeders Courtesy of Bee Breeders Courtesy of Bee Breeders +22

RB Systems Proposes Cutting-Edge Hyperloop Station

08:00 - 15 November, 2016
RB Systems Proposes Cutting-Edge Hyperloop Station, © RB Systems
© RB Systems

Earlier this year, Hyperloop One announced a list of design partners that included Aecom, Arup, and Bjarke Ingels Group. Now, RB Systems—which was a finalist in the SpaceX Hyperloop One Pod Competition—has released a speculative design vision for a Hyperloop station and passenger pod. The spatial and programmatic concepts are largely experimental, as there are no precedents for this futuristic building typology. 

© RB Systems © RB Systems © RB Systems © RB Systems +32

Inside the UK's New Attack on Brutalism

06:00 - 14 November, 2016
Inside the UK's New Attack on Brutalism, Royal National Theatre, London. Image © Studio Esinam / Rory Gardiner
Royal National Theatre, London. Image © Studio Esinam / Rory Gardiner

UK transport minister John Hayes has declared war on Brutalist architecture, The Independent reports. Citing public distaste for the functional, modern designs characterized by exposed concrete and brick masonry, Hayes warned against a revival of the style, referring to it as "aesthetically worthless, simply because it is ugly." Meanwhile, Hayes named Boris Johnson's New Routemaster and the redeveloped St. Pancras, Blackfriars, and King's Cross stations as specimens of exemplary design. At the heart of this ire is a push to rebuild a Doric arch outside Euston station, which was demolished in 1962.

Proposed Station Extension Promotes Urbanism and Social Interaction in Nice

12:00 - 13 November, 2016

Clément Blanchet Architecture has released its bid for the international Nice Station Extension competition, which also received entries from Marc Mimram, Jean Duthilleul, and winner Daniel Libeskind. The proposal integrates buildings in the city center of Nice—which is surrounded by railways, a ring road, and the city—including a new mixed-use public complex, retail and office spaces, and a boutique hotel.  

© Clément Blanchet Architecture © Clément Blanchet Architecture © Clément Blanchet Architecture © Clément Blanchet Architecture +11

Heathrow Illustrations Envision the Future of Sustainable Airports

08:00 - 25 October, 2016

Alongside designer Paul Tinker and developer Esteban Almiron, UK-based illustrator Sam Chivers has created a series of animations visualizing the sustainable development of airports for a recent Guardian piece. The animations, which describe the topics of transport, alternative energy, noise reduction, airport terminal design, biodiversity, and fuel efficiency, capture the passage of time from morning to evening in Heathrow Airport in London.

Courtesy of Sam Chivers Courtesy of Unknown Courtesy of Unknown Courtesy of Unknown +11

Erik Giudice Architecture Releases Proposal for Sustainable Transit Station Inspired by Matchsticks

06:00 - 21 September, 2016
Erik Giudice Architecture Releases Proposal for Sustainable Transit Station Inspired by Matchsticks, Courtesy of Erik Giudice Architecture
Courtesy of Erik Giudice Architecture

Erik Giudice Architecture has released its proposal for a transit station at Södra Munksjön, in Jönköping, Sweden, a design that was created as an entry for the station area ideas competition, which recruited four firms to create a new station as a part of the area’s larger expansion plan. 

Based on the idea of connecting the city and its surrounding nature, the station proposal utilizes light and a playful wooden canopy structure to create a portal from Jönköping to Munksjön, a lake on its opposite side. The “matchstick” structure of the station additionally pays homage to the city’s past as Tändsticksstaden, a famous matchstick capital of Sweden.

Courtesy of Erik Giudice Architecture Courtesy of Erik Giudice Architecture Courtesy of Erik Giudice Architecture Courtesy of Erik Giudice Architecture +12

Call for Entries: Space Invaders: Diaries of Radical Empathy

12:15 - 20 September, 2016
Call for Entries: Space Invaders: Diaries of Radical Empathy

Simultaneous uses coexist, confound, and conflict. Each circulator tries to delegitimize the other by getting in the way, amounting to an all-out war. As more and more people seek alternate forms of travel, there is a need for empathy in how we move through the city. Far from creating enmity, a multiplicity of flows can encourage greater sensitivity. Walkers, runners, skateboarders, pedicabbers, bikers, limousine, bus, and truck drivers, drone operators, kayakers, and swimmers can find ways to share the city, while feeling that their space is free and respected.

Mecanoo is Helping Commuters Find their Way With Vibrant Plans for Ede Wageningen Train Station

08:00 - 11 September, 2016
Mecanoo is Helping Commuters Find their Way With Vibrant Plans for Ede Wageningen Train Station, Courtesy of Mecanoo
Courtesy of Mecanoo

Mecanoo has unveiled the designs for the new Ede Wageningen Train Station in the city of Ede in the Netherlands, after winning the competition for the design of the project in 2014. As a gateway to the Veluwe National Park, the transport hub is designed to support future expansion in response to growth in passenger numbers. 

Inspired by the local Veluwe landscape—its topography, typologies, and existing buildings and monuments—the Station building is nestled in the slopes of the moraine between the Veluwe Massif and the Gelderse Valley.

The wooden clock tower and roof of the project serve as the station’s hallmark. Consisting of a series of wooden triangles, the roof cascades over the bicycle parking, retail space, and other station facilities, ending as the overhang of the main entrance and connecting all quadrants of the hub in a uniform manner.

Courtesy of Mecanoo Courtesy of Mecanoo Courtesy of Mecanoo Courtesy of Mecanoo +8

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

Architectural And Environmental Design Conference

12:15 - 3 August, 2016
Architectural And Environmental Design Conference

The Architectural and Environmental Design (AED) is created to be a platform for all early career researchers, practitioners and students from all around the world, helping them to share ideas, and to expand networks for scholars.

AED is an international conference that focuses on Sustainability and how it is approached by Architectural and Environmental Designs. AED engages with real life problems that affect the buildings on all scales, cities, and environment where it also discusses the built environment, and the factors that assist in shaping the built environment and how it affects our lives and our activities. IEREK for International Experts for Research Enrichment and Knowledge Exchange welcomes the abstract submissions to our Early Career conference.

Early Career Researchers Conference: Architecture And Environmental Design ( AED)

15:55 - 27 July, 2016
Early Career Researchers Conference: Architecture And Environmental Design ( AED)

The Architectural and Environmental Design (AED) is created to be a platform for all early career researchers, practitioners and students from all around the world, helping them to share ideas, and to expand networks for scholars.

Rippling Box | Huishan Transportation Center / YES Atelier

20:00 - 23 July, 2016
Rippling Box | Huishan Transportation Center / YES Atelier, © Hu Yijie
© Hu Yijie

© Hu Yijie © Hu Yijie © Hu Yijie © Hu Yijie +19

  • Architects

  • Location

    Wuxi, Jiangsu, China
  • Architect in Charge

    Zhang Yu
  • Design Team

    Yu Bin, Zhang Jin, Liu Rongwei
  • Design Director

    Yang Zheng
  • Area

    7000.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs