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Why Public Spaces are the Safest Investment for Secure Cities

08:00 - 2 December, 2018
Why Public Spaces are the Safest Investment for Secure Cities, © Rodrigo Tagle
© Rodrigo Tagle

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Architecture is powerful, and like nuclear energy, it all depends on how it is used. While it can create uninhabitable municipalities, it can also create safer cities that improve quality of life.

In various examples, urban design has provided a response to deteriorated or abandoned public spaces. It has shown that distribution and lighting are essential, but that it is also necessary to consider who will be using the space and how to make it an environment that generates community.

Call for Submissions: Request for Qualifications for Design of Thomas Paine Plaza

16:16 - 16 October, 2018
Call for Submissions: Request for Qualifications for Design of Thomas Paine Plaza, Thomas Paine Plaza
Thomas Paine Plaza

The City of Philadelphia’s Department of Public Property is requesting qualifications for the redesign of the Municipal Services Building’s Paine Plaza.

The City of Philadelphia is seeking a designer to give Thomas Paine Plaza a unique identity as a civic square for today’s Philadelphia.

The modernist Municipal Services Building and plaza were designed by Vincent Kling in 1961 as a symbol of a new government during a transformative era in urban planning, adjacent to City Hall on a site that had long been used as a public gathering space. Over the following fifty years, the plaza

Hefei Wantou & Vanke Paradise Art Wonderland - Phase1 / ASPECT Studios

22:00 - 20 April, 2018
Hefei Wantou & Vanke Paradise Art Wonderland - Phase1 / ASPECT Studios, © arch-exist
© arch-exist

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Perkins+Will is Creating a Whole New World for the Suzhou Science & Technology Museum

06:00 - 19 January, 2018
Courtesy of Perkins+Will
Courtesy of Perkins+Will

Perkins+Will is creating a whole new world 62 miles northwest of Shanghai for the Suzhou Science & Technology Museum. Inspired by shan sui, the Chinese phrase for "mountain-water,” the complex lies at the foot of Lion Mountain and adjacent to Shishan Lake. The 600,000 square foot museum will be the focal point of a new cultural neighborhood in Shishan Park.

Future Expansion's "Flatiron Reflections" to Transform Flatiron Public Plaza For The Winter

14:00 - 4 November, 2017
Courtesy of Van Alen Institute
Courtesy of Van Alen Institute

The fourth annual Flatiron Public Plaza Holiday Design Competition winner has been announced--Flatiron Reflection by Future Expansion. In June 2017 non-profit groups Flatiron/23rd Street Partnership and Van Alen Institute invited ten design and architecture firms to submit proposals. “The initiative has become a valuable platform for launching new practices, a visible celebration of inventive, temporary designs that enliven public space during a chillier season, and an opportunity to understand how these spaces impact our minds and bodies” states David van der Leer, Executive Director of Van Alen Institute.

Of the ten design and architecture firms invited to submit proposals, Future Expansion with their Flatiron Reflection won the competition. Other participating firms include Annie Barrett, The Principals, Kyle May, Hive Public Space, Schaum Shieh, FIRM a.d. and Practice.

Courtesy of Van Alen Institute Courtesy of Van Alen Institute Courtesy of Van Alen Institute Courtesy of Van Alen Institute + 18

Dmytro Aranchii Architects Constructs Interactive Park on Top of Shopping Center

16:00 - 13 August, 2017
Dmytro Aranchii Architects Constructs Interactive Park on Top of Shopping Center, Courtesy of Dmytro Aranchii Architects
Courtesy of Dmytro Aranchii Architects

Dmytro Aranchii Architects have started construction on a large interactive green roof in Kyiv, Ukraine. Called the Signature Garden, the 6000 square meter park sits on top of a shopping center and provides a space for visitors to dine, play, and enjoy both vegetation and water features.

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Community, History and Art Collide in Illuminating Michigan Pavilion

08:00 - 26 May, 2017
Community, History and Art Collide in Illuminating Michigan Pavilion , Courtesy of Mohamed Elgendy
Courtesy of Mohamed Elgendy

Cairo-based architect Mohamed Elgendy has won an international competition for the design of a new community pavilion in Roseville, Michigan. The Pavilion at Utica Junction competition, organized by the Roseville DDA, sought to attract proposals for a public pavilion on the site of an old tavern, creating a gathering space for residents and visitors to stage events, socialize, and play. The vision behind Elgendy’s winning scheme was for a dialogue between three elements – a plaza, a ramp, and an indoor pavilion.

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UIA 2017 Seoul World Architects Congress

22:29 - 12 April, 2017
UIA 2017 Seoul World Architects Congress, http://www.uia2017seoul.org
http://www.uia2017seoul.org

The UIA (International Union of Architects) world congresses are a premier forum for professionals and future leaders in the field of architecture to exchange the best and latest practices, visions and first-hand experience. The UIA 2017 Seoul, in particular, will promote various innovative architectural techniques and technologies among member sections and global citizens. In doing so, academic programs, exhibitions, competitions, student activities, and public outreach programs will simultaneously take place.

 

Architecture Initiative Transforms Derelict Brutalist Northampton Landmark into Mixed-Use Academy

08:00 - 5 February, 2017
Architecture Initiative Transforms Derelict Brutalist Northampton Landmark into Mixed-Use Academy, Proposed public plaza at night. Image Courtesy of Architecture Initiative
Proposed public plaza at night. Image Courtesy of Architecture Initiative

London-based firm Architecture Initiative has released updates of their mixed-use scheme set to transform a neglected brutalist building in Northampton, England. The Northampton International Academy, currently an abandoned Royal Mail sorting office, will be centered around educational, commercial, and community use. The scheme aims to address a need for school places in a manner which contributes to the economic regeneration of the local area.

Public plaza and facilities. Image Courtesy of Architecture Initiative Voids allow natural light deep into the building. Image Courtesy of Architecture Initiative Existing concrete structure is retained. Image Courtesy of Architecture Initiative Work began on site in September 2016. Image Courtesy of Architecture Initiative + 22

Competition Winning Stadium Design Promotes Inclusivity in Dunkirk, France

12:00 - 4 February, 2017
Competition Winning Stadium Design Promotes Inclusivity in Dunkirk, France, The stadium is located in the heart of Dunkirk. Image Courtesy of Viktor Fretyán
The stadium is located in the heart of Dunkirk. Image Courtesy of Viktor Fretyán

The SOCKEEL + OLGGA consortium have won a competition to design the new Tribut Stadium in Dunkirk, France. The historic stadium, in a prominent location on a canal bank in central Dunkirk, will be transformed into a 5,000 seat stadium seeking to maximize inclusiveness and accessibility.

Public plaza and entrance concourse. Image Courtesy of Viktor Fretyán Interior perspective with concourse in background. Image Courtesy of Viktor Fretyán Exploded axonometric . Image Courtesy of Viktor Fretyán Movement through the transparent lattice animates the streetfront. Image Courtesy of Viktor Fretyán + 11

Michael Maltzan Architecture Designs Dynamic Public Plaza for the Segerstrom Center for the Arts

08:00 - 3 September, 2015
Michael Maltzan Architecture Designs Dynamic Public Plaza for the Segerstrom Center for the Arts , Courtesy of The Segerstrom Center for the Arts
Courtesy of The Segerstrom Center for the Arts

Michael Maltzan Architecture has been selected to renovate the outdoor space at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Orange County, California to create the Julianne and George Argyros Plaza. In hopes of transforming the site into more of a “dynamic town square,” the new plaza design will be centered on a multipurpose outdoor stage, which will act as a “site for visitor engagement.”

James Corner Field Operations Amongst Frontrunners for Milwaukee's Lakefront Gateway Plaza

08:00 - 10 March, 2015
James Corner Field Operations Amongst Frontrunners for Milwaukee's Lakefront Gateway Plaza, Courtesy of City of Milwaukee Department of City Development
Courtesy of City of Milwaukee Department of City Development

The City of Milwaukee has announced the four finalists in a competition to redevelop the city's lakefront, naming OJB, James Corner Field Operations, multidisciplinary firm AECOM, and Wisconsin-based consulting firm GRAEF. Selected from 24 entrants, the shortlisted teams are competing for a chance to revitalize the Milwaukee lakefront as part of the Lakefront Gateway Project masterplan. Each firm must now submit specific proposals for the Plaza project in time for a June deadline, after which all proposals will be made available to the public and judged by a selection committee. Learn more about the project after the break.

Architects of Invention and Archiplan Propose "Origami Highline" for Santiago

01:00 - 6 February, 2015
Architects of Invention and Archiplan Propose "Origami Highline" for Santiago, Courtesy of Architects of Invention
Courtesy of Architects of Invention

Chilean architects Archiplan and international office Architects of Invention have unveiled their concept design for a new public plaza in Santiago. Prepared as a competition entry, the proposal is a tribute to the late Chilean architect Fernando Castillo Velasco, sited in front of his iconic Tajamar Towers.

Entitled "Origami Highline," the project draws inspiration from the ancient Japanese paper folding craft of origami and takes the form of a sculptural intervention in Balmaceda Park.

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