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OMA Wins Competition for Adaptable Masterplan of Milan's Disused Railway Sites

09:55 - 12 April, 2019
OMA Wins Competition for Adaptable Masterplan of Milan's Disused Railway Sites, © OMA & Laboratorio Permanente
© OMA & Laboratorio Permanente

OMA has won a masterplanning competition for the redevelopment of the Scalo Farini and San Cristoforo sites, two disused railway yards north and south of the periphery of Milan. Led by OMA’s Ippolito Pestellini Laparelli and Reinier de Graaf, and co-designed with Laboratorio Permanente, the “Agenti Climatici” scheme revolves around concepts of ecological filters and adaptable development. The OMA scheme triumphed over finalists including Baukuh, Arup, Grimshaw, and Kengo Kuma.

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

NAAU and Enlocus Set to Transform Australia's Jabiru Mining Town

13:00 - 22 January, 2019
NAAU and Enlocus Set to Transform Australia's Jabiru Mining Town, Jabiru Masterplan. Image Courtesy of NAAU and Enlocus
Jabiru Masterplan. Image Courtesy of NAAU and Enlocus

Australian practices NAAU and Enlocus have designed a plan to transform the mining town of Jabiru in Kakadu National Park into a tourism destination. The Gundjeihmi Aboriginal Corporation will receive $446 million in funding to support the project, setting out a vision for the future of the town following the scheduled closure of the nearby Ranger uranium mine in 2021. The plan includes new accommodation, education and health services, and a World Heritage Interpretation Center.

Jabiru Masterplan. Image Courtesy of NAAU and Enlocus Jabiru Masterplan. Image Courtesy of NAAU and Enlocus Jabiru Masterplan. Image Courtesy of NAAU and Enlocus Jabiru Masterplan. Image Courtesy of NAAU and Enlocus + 7

Anagram Designs an Urban Cultural Park for Greece

05:00 - 9 January, 2019
Anagram Designs an Urban Cultural Park for Greece, Urban Theater. Image Courtesy of Anagram Architecture & Urbanism
Urban Theater. Image Courtesy of Anagram Architecture & Urbanism

Rotterdam and Athens-based practice Anagram Architecture & Urbanism has designed an "Urban Theater" for the Ioannina Cultural Park National Competition in Greece. The proposal suggests an open and accessible public space that creates a new identity and captures the imaginary of the city. Connecting the city with the lake of Ioannina, the new public space presents a unified and flexible space for both everyday leisure time and large scale events to take place.

Urban Theater. Image Courtesy of Anagram Architecture & Urbanism Urban Theater. Image Courtesy of Anagram Architecture & Urbanism Urban Theater. Image Courtesy of Anagram Architecture & Urbanism Urban Theater. Image Courtesy of Anagram Architecture & Urbanism + 16

Saudi Arabia is Planning a Major Art Oasis in the Desert

11:00 - 28 December, 2018
Saudi Arabia is Planning a Major Art Oasis in the Desert, © Shutterstock
© Shutterstock

Saudi Arabia’s Crown prince Mohammed Bin Salman is reported to be in discussion with U.S auction house Sotheby’s regarding the creation of a major cultural center, to be situated in the country’s archaeologically-rich region of Al-Ula. As reported by Bloomberg, the center would sit in close proximity to the ancient UNESCO World Heritage city of Mada’in Salih, among elaborate 2000-year-old sandstone buildings.

The link with Sotheby’s centers on the company’s co-chairman Allan Schwartzman, who also sits on the advisory board of the Royal Commission for Al-Ula which aids the region’s development. Schwartzman is also the leader of Art Agency Partners, Sotheby’s art advisory firm, which has submitted its vision for the major arts and cultural complex.

MAD Architects' Nanjing Zendai Himalayas Center Nears Completion in China

11:00 - 19 December, 2018
MAD Architects' Nanjing Zendai Himalayas Center Nears Completion in China, © CreatAR Images via MAD Architects
© CreatAR Images via MAD Architects

MAD Architects have revealed new photographs of their Nanjing Zendai Himalayas Center, as work nears completion in China. The mixed-use development, totaling over 560,000 square meters of building area, will host commercial, hotel, office, and residential functions. The development “seeks to restore the spiritual harmony between humanity and nature” through integrating contemplative spaces that merge nature with the demands of modern living.

A series of low-rise buildings and footbridges allow the scheme to unfold onto the city, with curving, ascending corridors and elevated pathways weaving through commercial buildings. The routes are activated by public gardens and social spaces, to “create a spiritual and poetic retreat in the middle of the city. 

© CreatAR Images via MAD Architects © CreatAR Images via MAD Architects © CreatAR Images via MAD Architects © CreatAR Images via MAD Architects + 7

Henning Larsen Reimagines the Future of Swedish Suburbia

05:00 - 19 December, 2018
Henning Larsen Reimagines the Future of Swedish Suburbia, Tibble Masterplan. Image Courtesy of Henning Larsen
Tibble Masterplan. Image Courtesy of Henning Larsen

Danish practice Henning Larsen has created a new masterplan to reimagine the suburbs and town of Täby, Sweden. Hoping to address the desire for vibrant city life in suburbia, the 292,000 sq meter masterplan emphasizes sports, education, nature, culture and entrepreneurship. Transforming Täby from a suburb into a city, the project will focus on the town's cohesive sense of local identity, as well as its strong emphasis on education and the environment.

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.

© Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects © Hayes Davidson © Forbes Massie Studio © Hayes Davidson + 10

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.

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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.

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