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Schmidt Hammer Lassen's First U.S. Project Breaks Ground in Detroit

11:00 - 14 December, 2018
Schmidt Hammer Lassen's First U.S. Project Breaks Ground in Detroit, © Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects
© Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects

Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects has broken ground on its first U.S. project, a mixed-use tower and associated masterplan in Detroit, Michigan. “Monroe Blocks” will stitch together the heart of one of America’s most storied cities with a mix of modern office space, residential units, restaurants, retail, and outdoor public areas.

The 12,500-square-meter site in Detroit’s Campus Martius Park, vacant for a generation, will be activated by 4,800 square meters of outdoor space, with the design team drawing on historical influences for the form and materiality of the new masterplan.

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WXY Proposes Vertical Manufacturing Buildings in New Brooklyn Navy Yard Masterplan

13:00 - 2 October, 2018
WXY Proposes Vertical Manufacturing Buildings in New Brooklyn Navy Yard Masterplan, Brooklyn Navy Yard. Image Courtesy of BNYDC and WXY
Brooklyn Navy Yard. Image Courtesy of BNYDC and WXY

The New York firm WXY and the Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation have proposed vertical manufacturing buildings in a new Navy Yard masterplan. A series of renderings show plans for the next phase of development, including high-rise structures with 5.1 million square feet of urban industrial space. The $2.5 billion masterplan was first announced in January 2018, and as Curbed NY reports, the master plan and rezoning calls for new manufacturing buildings, increased public access, and more educational programming.

Brooklyn Navy Yard. Image Courtesy of BNYDC and WXY Brooklyn Navy Yard. Image Courtesy of BNYDC and WXY Brooklyn Navy Yard. Image Courtesy of BNYDC and WXY Brooklyn Navy Yard. Image Courtesy of BNYDC and WXY + 8

Oppenheim Architecture's Vast Star Metal Project Begins Construction in Atlanta, Georgia

12:00 - 24 September, 2018
Oppenheim Architecture's Vast Star Metal Project Begins Construction in Atlanta, Georgia, Aerial view of Star Metals Offices and Residences. Image © Luxigon
Aerial view of Star Metals Offices and Residences. Image © Luxigon

Oppenheim Architecture has released an update of their proposed Star Metals development in Atlanta, Georgia. Spread over two schemes, the project seeks to “shift the paradigm of what’s possible for new urban environments” through a 1.36 million-square-foot masterplan.

The Oppenheim scheme consists of a 14-story “Star Metals Offices” building, accommodating offices, terraces, parking, and retail, and a nine-story “Star Metals Residences” building with over 400 residential units.

Street view of Star Metals Residences. Image © Luxigon Street view of Star Metals Offices and Residences. Image © Luxigon Terrace view of Star Metals Offices. Image © Luxigon Street view of Star Metals Offices and Residences. Image © Taller De Escalas + 8

Project Design Group's Spa Resort to be Partially Lost in the Turkish Landscape

08:00 - 15 September, 2018
Project Design Group's Spa Resort to be Partially Lost in the Turkish Landscape, © Project Design Group
© Project Design Group

Project Design Group has released details of their KentPlus YALOVA Wellness SPA Resort in Armutlu, Turkey. Situated in an idyllic, hilly region with sweeping sea views, the masterplan seeks to “enable residents to re-establish contact with nature” through buildings “partially lost” in the landscape.

Combining residential, hotel, and social facilities, the 330,000-square-meter scheme contains 14 different apartment block typologies, with a total of 163 blocks and 1001 apartments.

© Project Design Group © Project Design Group © Project Design Group © Project Design Group + 19

3XN's Arena to Transform UNESCO Heritage Area of Bergen, Norway

16:00 - 30 August, 2018
3XN's Arena to Transform UNESCO Heritage Area of Bergen, Norway, © 3XN
© 3XN

3XN has been commissioned to design a new arena and masterplan for central Bergen, Norway. Responding to the city’s ambition to revitalize the core of its UNESCO World Heritage Site, the scheme will act as an anchor for the development of an entirely new neighborhood connecting the inner city with the waterfront.

The scheme is intended as an “urban arena” serving as a destination for concerts, sports, and cultural events in an underutilized central part of the city. The design of the arena will also incorporate a vibrant public district “offering places to live, play, rest, and work.”

© 3XN © 3XN © 3XN © 3XN + 4

Powerhouse and Benthem Crouwel Propose Sponge-Inspired Athlete Village for 2022 Asian Games

12:30 - 22 August, 2018
Powerhouse and Benthem Crouwel Propose Sponge-Inspired Athlete Village for 2022 Asian Games, © Powerhouse Company, SMARTLAND and 3D Studio Prins.
© Powerhouse Company, SMARTLAND and 3D Studio Prins.

Powerhouse Company and Benthem Crouwel Architects have revealed their vision for the 2022 Asian Games Athlete Village International Zone in Hangzhou, China. The “Sponge City” proposal explores the sandy connection between land and water on a site which has recently been reclaimed from the sea.

The scheme, designed in collaboration with landscape architects SMARTLAND and Chinese firm UAD, forms a competition entry for the design of the village, the results of which are expected in August/September 2018. The team is one of six competing, including AS+P, SO-IL, NEXT Architects, Jadric Architektur, and Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects.

© Powerhouse Company, SMARTLAND and 3D Studio Prins. © Powerhouse Company, SMARTLAND and 3D Studio Prins. © Powerhouse Company, SMARTLAND and 3D Studio Prins. © Powerhouse Company, SMARTLAND and 3D Studio Prins. + 7

Steven Holl Architects Chosen to Design University College Dublin Future Campus

06:00 - 7 August, 2018
Courtesy of Steven Holl Architects
Courtesy of Steven Holl Architects

Steven Holl Architects have been announced as winners of the University College Dublin Future Campus Competition, overcoming 98 total entries, and a shortlist of Diller Scofidio + Renfro, John Ronan Architects, O’Donnell + Tuomey, Studio Libeskind, and UNStudio.

The winning design features seven new quadrangles designed around historic features and woodland, integrating sustainable features such as solar connectors and water retention ponds. The competition sought to express UCD’s creative abilities and strengthen its physical presence and identity, signifying a major educational project for the Irish capital.

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Will Mecanoo’s “Blue District” in Utrecht Promote a Generation of Urban Centenarians?

14:51 - 12 July, 2018
Will Mecanoo’s “Blue District” in Utrecht Promote a Generation of Urban Centenarians?, © 3d Studio Prins
© 3d Studio Prins

That’s the goal, at least. Mecanoo has released designs for a large-scale development in Utrecht inspired by “blue zone” regions - areas where residents tend live atypically long and healthy lives. Currently there are only five recognized blue zones worldwide: Sardinia, Nicoya, Loma Linda, Okinawa, and Ikaria.

© 3d Studio Prins © 3d Studio Prins © 3d Studio Prins © 3d Studio Prins + 4

OMA Releases Updated Images for Feyenoord City Masterplan

12:00 - 9 July, 2018
OMA Releases Updated Images for Feyenoord City Masterplan, © OMA
© OMA

OMA has released updated images of their Feyenoord City masterplan after reaching initial city approval in 2016. Developed for the Feyenoord football club in Rotterdam, the project comprises a mixed-use district and a new 63,000 seat stadium along the River Maas.

Henning Larsen Release Images of Revitalized Shipyard District in Gdansk, Poland

12:00 - 5 July, 2018
Henning Larsen Release Images of Revitalized Shipyard District in Gdansk, Poland, Courtesy of Henning Larsen
Courtesy of Henning Larsen

Henning Larsen has released images of their proposed urban development for the historic Imperial Shipyard at Gdansk, Poland. The 4.3million-square foot (400,000-square-meter) development seeks to transform the shipyard, built in 1844, into a “powerful financial and social engine building a thriving, mixed-use, inner-city neighborhood by the waterfront that is alive around the clock.”

The old industrial site has played a central role in the economic development of both Gdansk and Poland, serving as a key shipbuilding hub on the Baltic Coast. Through creating spines of public life centered on pedestrian/bicycle-friendly streets, Henning Larsen seeks to maintain the shipyard’s strong presence through waterfront living, work, and recreation.

Courtesy of Henning Larsen Courtesy of Ra2nski Courtesy of Ra2nski Courtesy of Plankton Group + 9

Benoy Releases Images of New Waterfront Development in Wenzhou, China

12:00 - 21 June, 2018
Benoy Releases Images of New Waterfront Development in Wenzhou, China, Courtesy of Benoy
Courtesy of Benoy

Benoy has released images of their competition-winning design for a waterfront development in Wenzhou, China. INCITY MEGA will form part of the Central Green Axis masterplan, a dramatic landscaped district cutting through the urban fabric of Wenzhou.

The 2.6 million square foot (250,000 square meter) INCITY MEGA scheme will occupy two of the eight plots on the Central Green Axis, with a mixed-use program including retail, movie theaters, plazas, and gyms. The scheme is in response to a rapidly-growing consumer population in Wenzhou and will join the ranks of previous schemes in the region by Hammer Schmidt Lassen, UNStudio, and HENN.

Courtesy of Benoy Courtesy of Benoy Courtesy of Benoy Courtesy of Benoy + 8

New Design Unveiled of London's £1.1 Billion Olympicopolis, Including Projects by O'Donnell and Tuomey, Allies + Morrison and DS+R

14:00 - 6 June, 2018
UCL East. ImageImage © Stanton Williams
UCL East. ImageImage © Stanton Williams

The Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has unveiled a £1.1 billion vision for the East Bank project at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, creating a “new powerhouse of culture, education, innovation, and growth.”The project, alternatively dubbed “Olympicopolis” will contain a number of landmark schemes, including the V&A East by DS+R, and a cultural and education quarter by Allies and Morrison, O’Donnell + Tuomey, and Josep Camps/Olga Felip Arquitectura.

As part of the announcement, the Mayor unveiled new images of designs for Sadler’s Wells, London College of Fashion, and the V&A scheme in partnership with the Smithsonian Institution. He also announced that the BBC will create a new home for its world-renowned Symphony Orchestra & Chorus as part of the program. The will also see the building of 600 new homes across the site, 50% of which will be affordable.

Sadler's Well. Image via Mayor of London Marshgate. Image via Mayor of London V&A. Image via Mayor of London BBC Music building. Image via Mayor of London + 12

Zaha Hadid Architects Wins Competition for Russian Black Sea City Masterplan

09:31 - 6 June, 2018
Zaha Hadid Architects Wins Competition for Russian Black Sea City Masterplan, Courtesy of VA
Courtesy of VA

Zaha Hadid Architects has won an international competition for the Admiral Serebryakov Embankment masterplan in the city of Novorossiysk on Russia’s Black Sea coast. Connecting Russia with the Mediterranean, Atlantic Ocean, and Suez Canal, the industrial city is home to the nation’s largest shipping port, and the third busiest in Europe by turnover.

The ZHA masterplan, designed in collaboration with Russian studio Pride TPO, seeks to integrate new public space and amenities into the rich maritime history and traditions of Novorossiysk, achieved through careful consideration of building orientation, views, and landscape.

Courtesy of VA Courtesy of Zaha Hadid Architects Courtesy of VA Courtesy of VA + 6

Schmidt Hammer Lassen Reuse Historic Tower for Maritime Knowledge Hub in Liverpool

12:45 - 31 May, 2018
Courtesy of Schmidt Hammer Lassen
Courtesy of Schmidt Hammer Lassen

Schmidt Hammer Lassen has won an invited competition for the design of the Marine Knowledge Hub in Liverpool, United Kingdom. The 70,000-square-foot (6,400-square-meter) scheme, intended for marine engineering research, survival training, workspace, and events, seeks to elevate the status of both Liverpool and the United Kingdom in the maritime research industry.

The scheme forms part of the Wirral Waters regeneration project, a £4.5 billion masterplan, which represented the largest planning application ever submitted in the UK in 2009.

ADEPT and KARRES + BRANDS Wins Contest to Design One of Germany's Largest Masterplans

16:30 - 28 May, 2018
ADEPT and KARRES + BRANDS Wins Contest to Design One of Germany's Largest Masterplans, © ADEPT, KARRES+BRANDS
© ADEPT, KARRES+BRANDS

ADEPT and KARRES + BRANDS have won the international competition to design Oberbillwerder, a new masterplan district in the city of Hamburg. Offering around a million square meters of housing, business, shopping, public buildings, and recreational activities, the Oberbillwerder plan is the largest single development plan in Germany since Hafencity, which contains around 1.7 million square meters of new space (including the Hamburg Elbphilharmonie) and is also currently being completed in Hamburg.

© ADEPT, KARRES+BRANDS © ADEPT, KARRES+BRANDS © ADEPT, KARRES+BRANDS © ADEPT, KARRES+BRANDS + 5

Morphosis Releases Details of Competition-Winning Scheme for Unicorn Island Masterplan in China

12:00 - 15 May, 2018
Morphosis Releases Details of Competition-Winning Scheme for Unicorn Island Masterplan in China, via Morphosis
via Morphosis

Morphosis has released details of their competition-winning masterplan for Unicorn Island in Chengdu, China. One of four entrants to be successful, including the OMA scheme we covered yesterday, Morphosis were recognized for their “walkable park city interweaving business resources, green infrastructure, and lifestyle” to offer the optimum conditions for both large and small companies to thrive in the Chinese development zone.

As the Chinese economy transitions from a production-based system to one driven by services, the Unicorn island masterplan is an initiative commissioned by the Chengdu government to offer state-of-the-art resources and networks for both start-up firms and so-called “Unicorn” companies, those with a value of over one billion US dollars.

via Morphosis via Morphosis via Morphosis via Morphosis + 7

OMA Among Winners of Competition for Unicorn Island Masterplan in China

12:00 - 14 May, 2018
OMA Among Winners of Competition for Unicorn Island Masterplan in China, Courtesy of OMA
Courtesy of OMA

OMA has been announced as one of four firms to win an international competition for the design of Unicorn Island in Chengdu, an “innovative masterplan specifically designed for New Economy companies.”

As China moves from a production-orientated economy to a knowledge and service-based economy, the masterplan seeks to provide a variety of working and living conditions for both start-up firms and “Unicorn” companies, those with a value of over one billion US dollars. Along with OMA, the four winners also included Morphosis, who were recognized for their walkable scheme integrating business, green infrastructure, and lifestyle.

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A Studio Ghibli Theme Park is Coming to Japan in 2022

14:00 - 3 May, 2018
A Studio Ghibli Theme Park is Coming to Japan in 2022, The Big Ghibli Warehouse. Image Courtesy of Studio Ghibli / Aichi Prefecture
The Big Ghibli Warehouse. Image Courtesy of Studio Ghibli / Aichi Prefecture

A Studio Ghibli Theme Park is Coming to Japan in 2022. New images released by Studio Ghibli and Aichi Prefecture showcase the park themed around the Japanese animation film studio, best known for its anime feature films. Located on a 200-hectare area of land previously used to host the 2005 World’s Fair, the park seeks to “inherit the philosophy of the World Expo to the next generation,” with an emphasis placed on leisure, walking, and history.

Courtesy of Studio Ghibli / Aichi Prefecture Witch Valley. Image Courtesy of Studio Ghibli / Aichi Prefecture 19th century gatehouse themed around "Howl's Moving Castle". Image Courtesy of Studio Ghibli / Aichi Prefecture Princess Mononoke Village. Image Courtesy of Studio Ghibli / Aichi Prefecture + 5