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Schmidt Hammer Lassen Revitalizes Boston's Commonwealth Pier through Adaptive Reuse

09:00 - 14 February, 2019
Schmidt Hammer Lassen Revitalizes Boston's Commonwealth Pier through Adaptive Reuse, © Cityscape Digital for Pembroke
© Cityscape Digital for Pembroke

Schmidt Hammer Lassen has announced details of their second U.S. project: the Seaport World Trade Center in Boston, Massachusetts. An adaptive reuse project that will bring new life to Boston’s Commonwealth Pier, the 68,500-square-meter mixed-use project seeks to reactivate a historic maritime hub to create a new waterfront destination.

The largest pier building in the world when completed in 1901, the Commonwealth Pier will be reactivated with the introduction of new materials, increased daylight, and new points of connectivity. The exercise in adaptive reuse will contain flexible office space, dynamic event space, new retail, dining, and public amenities.

Sasaki Transform the Yangtze Waterfront with Flood-Friendly Masterplan

11:00 - 31 January, 2019
Sasaki Transform the Yangtze Waterfront with Flood-Friendly Masterplan, The Yangzte Riverfront is an integral part of Wuhan’s open space network, and is designed to celebrate the river’s spontaneity.. Image Courtesy of Sasaki
The Yangzte Riverfront is an integral part of Wuhan’s open space network, and is designed to celebrate the river’s spontaneity.. Image Courtesy of Sasaki

Sasaki has released details of their redevelopment proposal for the Yangtze Riverfront Park in Wuhan, China. Developed in collaboration with OMA and Gensler, Sasaki has drawn on the centuries-old symbiosis between the city and river, leveraging the river’s dynamic flooding to nurture a rich regional ecology and create dynamic recreational experiences.

The endeavor in landscape urbanism seeks to celebrate the river’s spontaneity, and incorporate flooding as an essential element. Stitching together then OMA and Gensler “urban balconies,” a series of microenvironments will host a wide variety of distinct wetland ecosystems, the characters of which evolve throughout the seasons.

The City of Wuhan is re-envisioning one of the world’s largest riverfront parks to embrace flooding as an essential dynamic of the public realm.. Image Courtesy of Sasaki The reimagined vision for the park reunites the river with the city and its people.. Image Courtesy of Sasaki Site Plan. Image Courtesy of Sasaki The decommissioned freight train ferry terminal is an example of adaptive reuse which offers new experiences while referencing the industrial legacy of the waterfront.. Image Courtesy of Sasaki + 21

Sasaki Set to Transform Shanghai’s Hongkou Stadium

04:00 - 28 December, 2018
Sasaki Set to Transform Shanghai’s Hongkou Stadium, Hongkou Stadium. Image Courtesy of Sasaki
Hongkou Stadium. Image Courtesy of Sasaki

Design firm Sasaki has unveiled a design to transform Shanghai's Hongkou soccer stadium into a sustainable health and wellness hub. Rethinking China's first professional soccer stadium, the project aims to bring new life into the 1990s single-purpose structure. The design was formed by addressing the lack of connection between the stadium and Luxun Park. As a result, the park’s landscape is extended through the stadium and rises to meet the landscape as it flows through the building.

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Sasaki Designs a Panda Reserve in Chengdu, China to Aid Wildlife Preservation

11:00 - 29 October, 2018
Sasaki Designs a Panda Reserve in Chengdu, China to Aid Wildlife Preservation, Courtesy of Sasaki
Courtesy of Sasaki

Sasaki has unveiled images of their proposed Chengdu Panda Reserve in China, intended to aid wildlife preservation efforts of the Chinese cultural icon. The masterplan for the reserve represents the launch of “China’s increasing communication, collaboration, and awareness of its pioneering strategies to protect the species and its native habitat.”

With only 1,800 left in the wild, the giant panda is one of the most vulnerable species on earth, and are native to only one region in the world: an area of western China near Chengdu. As one of the fastest-growing cities in the world, Chengdu’s rapid urbanization will yield to a 69-square-kilometer reserve, providing a framework for the protection of endangered species worldwide.

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Xuhui Runway Park / Sasaki

23:00 - 21 October, 2018
Courtesy of Sasaki
Courtesy of Sasaki

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  • Architects

  • Location

    Xuhui, Shanghai, China
  • Category

  • Services

    Landscape Architecture
  • Client name

    Shanghai Xuhui Waterfront Development Investment Construction Co., Ltd.
  • Area

    82400.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2016

Library at Tecnológico de Monterrey / Sasaki

11:00 - 22 March, 2018
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  • Architects

  • Location

    Monterrey, Nuevo León, Mexico
  • Category

  • Design Team

    Isabel Zempel, Caroline Braga, Mauricio Gomez, Letitia Tormay, Nicholas Steinkraus, Nina Chase, Zhangkan Zhou
  • Architects of Record

    GLR Arquitectos, RDLP Arquitectos
  • Client

  • Area

    17000.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2017
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Snohetta, Sasaki and HOK to Take Part in a 4-Firm-Team to Design Oakland A's New Stadium

06:00 - 21 November, 2017
Snohetta, Sasaki and HOK to Take Part in a 4-Firm-Team to Design Oakland A's New Stadium, (c) Flickr user Redlegsfan21 licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0
(c) Flickr user Redlegsfan21 licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

The Oakland Athletic's have hired four firms to lead the design and urban planning for their new ballpark on the Peralta site, near the heart of Oakland. HOK will be collaborating with Snohetta on the design of the ballpark. Snohetta will also be working on the masterplan along with Sasaki and Oakland-based Studio T-Square.

New, Innovation-Driven, "Smart City" Will be Built Just South of Boston

08:00 - 15 November, 2017
New, Innovation-Driven, "Smart City" Will be Built Just South of Boston, Courtesy of Elkus Manfredi Architects
Courtesy of Elkus Manfredi Architects

Smart cities” are the latest urban phenomenon popping up across the globe. Among the newest being realized will be Union Point, a masterplan with a commitment to innovation located just south of Boston, USA.

What is a “smart city?” It is a city in which embeds multiple data collection technologies within the city in hopes of providing a supportive and competitive advantage to the city’s residents and business. Officials then use this data to make their cities safer, healthier, and more efficient. Cities are not geniuses quite yet, but the “smart city” is rethinking the way cities are run.

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AIA Selects Top 10 Most Sustainable Projects of 2017

15:05 - 19 April, 2017
AIA Selects Top 10 Most Sustainable Projects of 2017, Stanford University Central Energy Facility; Stanford, California / ZGF Architects LLP. Image © Matthew Anderson
Stanford University Central Energy Facility; Stanford, California / ZGF Architects LLP. Image © Matthew Anderson

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) and its Committee on the Environment (COTE) have named the recipients of the 2017 Top Ten Awards, celebrating buildings that best exemplify the integration of great design, great performance and sustainable design excellence.

Now in its 21st year, the COTE Top Ten Awards program was established to honor projects that protect and enhance the environment through an integrated approach to architecture, natural systems, and technology.

Chicago Riverwalk Opens to the Public, Returning the City to the River

16:25 - 1 November, 2016
Chicago Riverwalk Opens to the Public, Returning the City to the River, © Kate Joyce Studios
© Kate Joyce Studios

The third and final phase of the Chicago Riverwalk is officially open to the public. Designed by Sasaki and Ross Barney Architects, the 1.5 mile long promenade revitalizes an underutilized industrial area into an active public space featuring restaurants, cultural activities and amenities while reconnecting the Chicago River to the urban fabric of the city.

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Sasaki Wins Competition to Reshape Shanghai's Suzhou Creek

14:00 - 25 September, 2016
Sasaki Wins Competition to Reshape Shanghai's Suzhou Creek, Courtesy of Sasaki Associates
Courtesy of Sasaki Associates

U.S.-based firm Sasaki has won the international competition to redesign Suzhou Creek—also known as the Wusong River—in Shanghai, China, which was historically one of the city’s most vital water routes, but which, in recent decades, suffered severe pollution and neglect. After receiving a grant from the Asian Development Bank, the waterway has been cleaned and is now in the process of becoming a new centerpiece for Shanghai.

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What Are the Best Things About Life in the City?

00:00 - 14 August, 2014
What Are the Best Things About Life in the City?, Turns out it's not the big buildings and big crowds that draw people to cities. Image © Flickr CC User Ed Yourdon
Turns out it's not the big buildings and big crowds that draw people to cities. Image © Flickr CC User Ed Yourdon

Contrary to popular belief, the most visible aspects of cities - new, shiny buildings and crowds of people - aren't really why people around the world are drawn to city life. Curious about the overwhelming trend toward global urbanization, design firm Sasaki surveyed 1,000 people in Boston, Chicago, New York City, Austin, San Francisco and Washington DC to discover the most beloved elements of cities. Finding differences across regions and between generations, this article on Fast Company explores the humble and often surprising reasons we adore city living. Read the full article for more.