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Post-Fossil City Contest's 10 Finalists Share Visions of A Sustainable Future

16:00 - 25 March, 2017
Post-Fossil City Contest's 10 Finalists Share Visions of A Sustainable Future, Courtesy of Urban Futures Studio
Courtesy of Urban Futures Studio

Utrecht University’s Urban Futures Studio have announced the 10 finalists for their Post-Fossil City Contest, judged by a jury which included MVRDV co-founder Winy Maas. Each of the successful submissions responded to the contest’s call for the design of a sustainable city no longer reliant on non-renewable energy sources. Designers and makers were invited to envision this new future, which “will reshape our cities and everyday lives so radically that it is hard to imagine what it might feel, taste, smell, and look like.”

Out of the 250 total entries, below are the 10 selected finalists along with a snippet of their proposed futures as described by the competition website.

Three Key Elements Needed to Revitalize Public Spaces and Promote Urban Life

08:00 - 24 March, 2017
Three Key Elements Needed to Revitalize Public Spaces and Promote Urban Life, Parque Cheonggyecheon en Seúl, Corea del Sur. © longzijun, vía Flickr
Parque Cheonggyecheon en Seúl, Corea del Sur. © longzijun, vía Flickr

The importance of public spaces in urban life is an issue that has been apparent since ancient Greece and is still with us today. Opportunities to meet and exchange ideas in these spaces are able to influence how the inhabitants participate in the development of their city, and occur in greater instances when public spaces are accessible to everyone.

However, in modern societies, the strategic role of these spaces has been limited. According to The City Fix, a blog on sustainable urban planning, one of the main reasons for this is the overabundance of automobiles. In fact, according to one study by the Brazilian Institute for Energy and the Environment, 70% of public spaces in urban centers are taken up by roadways and other spaces for cars, while car owners make up only around 20 to 40 percent of the city’s population.

How can public spaces be recovered to promote urban life? We discuss three important factors below.

Kjellander Sjöberg Designs Four Cross-Laminated Timber Blocks to Enrich the Uppsala Cityscape

06:00 - 24 March, 2017
Kjellander Sjöberg Designs Four Cross-Laminated Timber Blocks to Enrich the Uppsala Cityscape, The new buildings feature cross-laminated timber cores, and wooden detailing. Image Courtesy of Kjellander Sjoberg
The new buildings feature cross-laminated timber cores, and wooden detailing. Image Courtesy of Kjellander Sjoberg

Swedish architecture firm Kjellander Sjöberg has released images of their proposed new city block to enrich the Swedish city of Uppsala. The four competition-winning residential buildings, known collectively as the Tunet, will feature cross-laminated timber construction and wood detailing, creating an environmentally-friendly addition to the city. 

New public spaces are created by the development for tenant and student use. Image Courtesy of Kjellander Sjoberg A family of residential timber buildings redefines the urban landscape. Image Courtesy of Kjellander Sjoberg Parks, tree-lined driveways, and open courtyards form a green network. Image Courtesy of Kjellander Sjoberg The new buildings feature cross-laminated timber cores, and wooden detailing. Image Courtesy of Kjellander Sjoberg +10

A Blend of Past and Future - KCAP's Competition-Winning District for Seoul

16:00 - 11 March, 2017
A Blend of Past and Future - KCAP's Competition-Winning District for Seoul, The scheme's massing responds to the rhythm of surrounding streets. Image Courtesy of KCAP
The scheme's massing responds to the rhythm of surrounding streets. Image Courtesy of KCAP

Rotterdam-based KCAP Architects and Planners have won an international competition to regenerate the ‘Sewoon District 4’ area in the South Korean capital of Seoul. KCAP’s proposal, chosen amongst eight finalists, will see the development of a sustainable mixed use scheme blending future adaptability with respect for cultural heritage.

Call for Entry: Ground Water Research Project - International School Khalifa Heritage and Environment Park

19:30 - 7 February, 2017
Call for Entry: Ground Water Research Project - International School Khalifa Heritage and Environment Park

The International School seeks interdisciplinary-minded students and young professionals to work collaboratively to develop innovative design solutions for a proposed Heritage and Environment Park. The park will occupy a critically important site at the southern gateway to Khalifa neighborhood and overlooking the 13th-century al-Ashraf Khalil and Fatima Khatun Domes, monuments of great heritage significance.

Design proposals will address goals of enhancing public open space, empowering community, fostering environmental awareness, celebrating heritage, stimulating economic activity, and improving accessibility and climate. Teams will examine techniques for converting groundwater present on the site from a liability to an asset that will provide functional and aesthetic benefits to the park and neighborhood.

de Architekten Cie. and FELIXX's Competition-Winning Transformation of Chelyabinsk

08:00 - 4 February, 2017
de Architekten Cie. and FELIXX's Competition-Winning Transformation of Chelyabinsk, Development of the Miass river. Image Courtesy of Felixx Landscape Architects and Planners
Development of the Miass river. Image Courtesy of Felixx Landscape Architects and Planners

Dutch firm de Architekten Cie, in collaboration with Felixx Landscape Architects and Planners, has won an international competition to transform the historic Russian city of Chelyabinsk. The winning masterplan, chosen by the City Administration of Chelyabinsk from five proposals, seeks to activate the city’s existing grid structure and to use it as a vehicle for spatial transformation.

Proposed panoramic view. Image Courtesy of Felixx Landscape Architects and Planners The reactivated historic grid. Image Courtesy of Felixx Landscape Architects and Planners Development of the Miass river. Image Courtesy of Felixx Landscape Architects and Planners The reactivated historic grid. Image Courtesy of Felixx Landscape Architects and Planners +8

Call for Nominations: Building Brooklyn Awards

19:00 - 31 January, 2017
Call for Nominations: Building Brooklyn Awards, Accepting Nominations for 2017 Building Brooklyn Awards
Accepting Nominations for 2017 Building Brooklyn Awards

Buillding Brooklyn Awards is the annual architectural and economic development competition sponsored by the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce. All newly built or renovated projects on the borough of Brooklyn, New York City, are invited to submit for consideration by a jury of architects, real estate professionals, real estate press and city planners.

Fumihiko Maki Criticizes Indian State Government After Amaravati City Contest

06:00 - 27 January, 2017
Maki and Associates' Competition-Winning Design. Via Amavarati.gov.in
Maki and Associates' Competition-Winning Design. Via Amavarati.gov.in

Last week, it was reported that Foster + Partners had been selected to design the capitol complex of Amaravati, a new capital city for the state of Andhra Pradesh in southeastern India. The commission, however, has not come without controversy. As revealed by Indian news company The Wire, the project had earlier been awarded through invited competition to Japanese firm Maki and Associates, who were later removed from the project under uncertain circumstances.

In a letter sent a few weeks ago to India’s Council of Architecture, principal Fumihiko Maki has questioned the motivations of the Andhra Pradesh government committee, alleging unfair practice, lack of transparency and his firm’s ‘fraudulent’ removal from the project.

Maki and Associates' Competition-Winning Design. Via Amavarati.gov.in Maki and Associates' Competition-Winning Design. Via Amavarati.gov.in Maki and Associates' Competition-Winning Design. Via Amavarati.gov.in Maki and Associates' Competition-Winning Design. Via Amavarati.gov.in +10

Budapest's Largest Urban Development in 30 Years Begins Construction

06:00 - 25 January, 2017
Budapest's Largest Urban Development in 30 Years Begins Construction, Waterfront. Image Courtesy of ADEPT Architects
Waterfront. Image Courtesy of ADEPT Architects

ADEPT Architects has won the commission to design a new masterplan for the Budapart neighborhood of Budapest, a project that will become the largest singular urban development in the city for nearly 30 years. Based on a distorted grid structure, the design will reference both historic and modern parts of the city, and will encompass 54 hectares of mixed-use space.

Located on the [‘Buda’] bank of the Danube River, the Budapart masterplan aims to create a green and human scaled neighborhood rather than just another new modern development. The fantastic location on the waterfront, the existing characteristic landscape qualities and the close vicinity to the central city are the main attractions that each generate huge potential to make the new neighborhood an epicenter of its own, described the architects in a recent press release. 

The Distorted Grid. Image Courtesy of ADEPT Architects Shifting Streets. Image Courtesy of ADEPT Architects Overview. Image Courtesy of ADEPT Architects Central Buda Park. Image Courtesy of ADEPT Architects +12

Winners Revealed in Competition to Redesign Mumbai’s Maharashtra Nature Park

16:30 - 24 January, 2017
Winners Revealed in Competition to Redesign Mumbai’s Maharashtra Nature Park, Winner. Image © Sameep Padora & Associates
Winner. Image © Sameep Padora & Associates

The Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) has named the winners of an international competition to redesign the city’s the Maharashtra Nature Park and the pedestrian/cyclist Bridge over the Mithi River. From 30 multi-discplinary teams from around the world, the expert jury selected a longlist of 8 teams, a 4-team shortlist, 2 finalists, and finally, an overall competition winner.

The winning team will now work with the MMRDA to develop their master plan to meet the environmental guidelines and construction regulations required to allow the project to be executed following approval from local authorities.

Foster + Partners to Masterplan New Indian State Capital

16:10 - 18 January, 2017
Foster + Partners to Masterplan New Indian State Capital, The site of the future Amavarati. Image
The site of the future Amavarati. Image

Foster + Partners has been selected as the winners of an international competition to design a new £500 million capital for the state of Andhra Pradesh in southeastern India. The brief calls for a new 365 hectare masterplan that will serve as a new municipal capital for India’s eighth largest state, which lost its previous capital, Hyderabad, when state lines were redrawn two years ago.

Winning Proposal for Finland Bay Masterplan Transforms Industry into Innovation

12:00 - 13 January, 2017
Winning Proposal for Finland Bay Masterplan Transforms Industry into Innovation, Courtesy of Schauman & Nordgren Architects + Mandaworks
Courtesy of Schauman & Nordgren Architects + Mandaworks

The City of Tampere, Finland has announced the proposal by Schauman & Nordgren Architects and Mandaworks as the winner of an open international competition for Hiedanranta Bay's new master plan. The design, entitled "Hiedanranta Innovation Bay," responds to the rapid growth of Tampere's central region. Over the next 20 years, the Innovation Bay will see the transformation of the former industrial district into an innovation hub for sustainable economic development, creating 10,000 new jobs, and housing over 25,000 new residents.

Courtesy of Schauman & Nordgren Architects + Mandaworks Courtesy of Schauman & Nordgren Architects + Mandaworks Courtesy of Schauman & Nordgren Architects + Mandaworks Courtesy of Schauman & Nordgren Architects + Mandaworks +15

Jan Gehl's 5 Rules for Designing Great Cities

08:00 - 16 December, 2016
Jan Gehl's 5 Rules for Designing Great Cities, Copenhagen, Denmark. Image © Flickr User: Forgemind ArchiMedia. License CC BY 2.0
Copenhagen, Denmark. Image © Flickr User: Forgemind ArchiMedia. License CC BY 2.0

Danish architect Jan Gehl is a world renowned expert in all things related to urban design and public spaces. He obtained this expertise by publishing numerous books, and later, from his consulting firm Gehl Architects that he founded in Copenhagen, his hometown, to make cities for people. The firm celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2016.

Grimshaw Designs Masterplan and Start-up Incubator in Bristol

16:10 - 14 December, 2016
Grimshaw Designs Masterplan and Start-up Incubator in Bristol, Courtesy of Grimshaw
Courtesy of Grimshaw

Working with developer Skanska, Grimshaw has designed a master plan for Bristol Temple Square in Bristol, England, that will contain a new start-up incubator and co-working space known as Engine Shed 02. The development will serve as an activated public area linking the Bristol Temple Meads Railway Station and the city center.

The masterplan unlocks a previously isolated site adjacent to the Temple Circus roundabout by creating a new walkway, the Brunel Mile, which prioritizes pedestrian and cyclist circulation through the area. A new public square along the path will also contribute to reinvigorating the neighborhood.

Utopia Arkitekter Proposes a Green Growth-Ring in Gothenburg

06:00 - 13 December, 2016
Utopia Arkitekter Proposes a Green Growth-Ring in Gothenburg , Courtesy of Utopia Arkitekter
Courtesy of Utopia Arkitekter

As Gothenburg, Sweden's urban fabric begins to change, Utopia Arkitekter have swooped in with a proposed urban plan for the development of Hovås II, located in the south of the city. Their firm's proposal has won the jury's acclaim over Snøhetta and Gehl Architects and they are now moving toward the project's next phase.

Courtesy of Utopia Arkitekter Courtesy of Utopia Arkitekter Courtesy of Utopia Arkitekter Courtesy of Utopia Arkitekter +9

These Are the 3 Bus Stop Types Needed For Sustainable Transit Solutions

08:00 - 7 December, 2016
These Are the 3 Bus Stop Types Needed For Sustainable Transit Solutions, © NACTO
© NACTO

The latest publication of the National Association of City Transportation Officials, NACTO, is the "Transit Street Design Guide" in which tips and proposals are presented on how to improve streets through urban design.

The ideas are centered on prioritizing sustainable mobility so that both the member cities of the organization and those that have access to this document can improve their practices in relation to public spaces, mobility, and transportation. 

Ziya Imren Architects Releases Plans to Integrate Nature and Urbanity in Turkey

14:00 - 4 December, 2016
Ziya Imren Architects Releases Plans to Integrate Nature and Urbanity in Turkey , Courtesy of Ziya Imren Architects
Courtesy of Ziya Imren Architects

Ziya Imren Architects has released its plans for Re-Naturing the Kizilirmak in Turkey, a new eight-kilometer-long urban design project around the Kizilirmak River. As the longest inland river in Turkey, the Kizilirmak, also known as the Red River, “has been regarded as a hard edge to the city due to access and safety concerns.” After recent municipal advancements, many areas around the river have been opened to a design competition with the goal of integrating the riverfront into the existing city fabric.

Courtesy of Ziya Imren Architects Courtesy of Ziya Imren Architects Courtesy of Ziya Imren Architects Courtesy of Ziya Imren Architects +28

MAD Arkitekter and Asplan Viak Release Feasibility Study for Urban Dock Development in Norway

12:00 - 4 December, 2016
MAD Arkitekter and Asplan Viak Release Feasibility Study for Urban Dock Development in Norway, Courtesy of Mad Arkitekter and Asplan Viak
Courtesy of Mad Arkitekter and Asplan Viak

MAD Arkitekter and Asplan Viak have collaborated to create a feasibility study for Visjon Dokken, an idea for a 25-hectare urban development dock that could become a new center for “residential, business park, commute, and energy sufficient systems.”

Located in Bergen Harbor in Norway, the project would be the second largest development in the country and could house 3,500 dwellings and 8,000 workspaces, 37,000 square meters of public parks, as well as a connected walkway system and bicycle paths.

Courtesy of Mad Arkitekter and Asplan Viak Courtesy of Mad Arkitekter and Asplan Viak Courtesy of Mad Arkitekter and Asplan Viak Courtesy of Mad Arkitekter and Asplan Viak +9