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Power-Up Pasir Panjang! - Ideas Competition for the Pasir Panjang Power District

“Power-Up Pasir Panjang” – Ideas Competition for the Pasir Panjang Power District is jointly organized by the Urban Redevelopment Authority of Singapore (URA) and Singapore Land Authority (SLA). The Pasir Panjang Power District was Singapore’s powerhouse in early post-war years, supplying much-needed power to fuel Singapore’s push towards industrialization. Vacated in the 1980s, the tranquil waterfront site rich in industrial heritage has the potential to be transformed into a distinctive lifestyle destination that will see the power station buildings repurposed to house new uses, attractive and inclusive public spaces created for people of all ages to enjoy and the site’s unique heritage celebrated.

New Renderings Show Off Plans For What Could Become Portland's Future Tallest Building

New renderings have been revealed of Kaven + Co. and William / Kaven Architecture’s plans for the new Broadway Corridor in Portland, showcasing the full masterplan for the first time. Conceived as a new mixed-use district and transportation hub connecting Union Station and the Pearl District, the Broadway Corridor will feature the city’s new tallest and one of the west coast’s tallest buildings.

Antarctic Base McMurdo Station Receives Sustainable New Master Plan

McMurdo Station, the American Antarctic base, was never meant to be a permanent settlement when it was built in 1956, yet today it is home to 250 people full-time in addition to approximately 1,000 summer workers each year. Consisting now of over 100 buildings spread across 164 acres, the settlement acts as a logistical base for field science but is dysfunctional for the scientists and researchers who live and work there and inefficient in terms of meeting the demands of Antarctica’s harsh climate. OZ Architecture has recently unveiled a new master plan for McMurdo that aims to turn the station into a model of American leadership in science, engineering, sustainability, and architecture, condensing the current sprawl into a 300,000 square foot campus composed of 6 buildings.

© OZ Architecture© OZ ArchitectureCurrent McMurdo Station. Image © Peter SomersCurrent McMurdo Station. Image © OZ Architecture+ 14

Fumihiko Maki Criticizes Indian State Government After Amaravati City Contest

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

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

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

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.

SOM Reveals Plans for New Urban District Around Philadelphia's 30th Street Station

Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM) has released plans for a new mixed-use urban district for Philadelphia’s 30th Street Station Precinct. In response to projections showing significant increases in transit activity in the coming decades, the project calls for a transformation of the existing Beaux Arts train station and surrounding neighborhood of University City. The design will improve transportation throughout the city, and will activate the area with new shops, restaurants and public plazas.

30th Street Station represents a new chapter in the story of transit-oriented development in Philadelphia. Image © SOM Aerial view from Powelton Village. Image © OLINStation Plaza view from the west. Image © OLINA new underground concourse, capped by a dramatic skylight, connects the subway and 30th Street Station. Image © SOM+ 11