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Urbanism that Forgot the Urban: John Portman's Legacy in Detroit

09:30 - 12 September, 2018
Urbanism that Forgot the Urban: John Portman's Legacy in Detroit, John Portman's Renaissance Centre in Detroit. Image via Wikimedia
John Portman's Renaissance Centre in Detroit. Image via Wikimedia

This article was originally published on Common Edge as "Will Detroit ever Fully Recover from John Portman's Renaissance Center?"

Last week I wrote about the anti-urban legacy of architect and developer John Portman. I think it’s worth going into a bit more detail about these projects, since we seem to have learned so little from their failures.

Let’s start with Detroit. The Renaissance Center was one of his largest and most celebrated projects. But this sprawling complex of seven-interconnected skyscrapers poses some difficult questions for urban planners today: can downtown Detroit ever fully recover from this mammoth and ill considered development? And, more importantly, why haven’t other cities learned from its clear and stark lessons?

From China to Colombia, 5 Cities That Made Their Streets Safer With Urban Design

06:00 - 8 September, 2018
From China to Colombia, 5 Cities That Made Their Streets Safer With Urban Design, Joel Carlos Borges Street, in São Paulo, was transformed overnight to improve road safety, including enlarging the pedestrian area.
Joel Carlos Borges Street, in São Paulo, was transformed overnight to improve road safety, including enlarging the pedestrian area.

In 2015, the world community pledged to decrease half the number of deaths and grave injuries caused by traffic accidents by 2020. However, more than 3,200 deaths caused by collisions occur every day, and with the growing number of vehicles, that number can triple by 2030. 

Florian Marquet Proposes Modular Living Spaces with Full Autonomous Mobility

16:00 - 21 August, 2018
Florian Marquet Proposes Modular Living Spaces with Full Autonomous Mobility, the org. Image Courtesy of Florian Marquet
the org. Image Courtesy of Florian Marquet

Florian Marquet, an architect based in Shanghai, recently released a proposal to rethink urban life through autonomous mobile living spaces. Dubbed 'the org’, his project aims to reconsider the housing market's status quo and provide a more balanced model for urban living across ages. The modular system would respond to user needs with a range of programs, from green farming and kitchen units to flexible work areas and sleeping quarters. Made for easy fabrication, the units could be ordered instantly via an app.

the org. Image Courtesy of Florian Marquet the org. Image Courtesy of Florian Marquet the org. Image Courtesy of Florian Marquet the org. Image Courtesy of Florian Marquet + 10

Urban Design and Research of Nantou Old Town + Architectural Design of UABB Venue / URBANUS

22:00 - 18 August, 2018
Factory Zone Vego Plaza. Image © Chao Zhang
Factory Zone Vego Plaza. Image © Chao Zhang

UABB Birdview. Image © Chao Zhang Baode Square B3 Surrounding Street. Image © Chao Zhang Factory Zone Vego Plaza. Image © Qingshan Wu Factory Zone After Renovation. Image © Chao Zhang + 51

  • Architects

  • Location

    Nantou Old Town, Shenzhen, Guangdong, China
  • Urban Design Stage - Lead Architect

    Yan Meng
  • Urban Design Stage - Project Manager

    Yilin Lin
  • Urban Design Stage - Design Team

    Congyi Li, Kan Liu, Xuejuan Zhang, Wendy Wu | Yanfeng Wang | (Internship) Lin Tian, Na Zheng, Yifan Wang, Siying Han
  • Site Area

    282,637 ㎡
  • Floor Area

    34,070 ㎡
  • Landscape Area

    65,788 ㎡
  • Façade Renovation Area

    25,700 ㎡
  • Client

    Nanshan District Government, Shenzhen Design Union
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

How the Parc de la Villette Kickstarted a New Era for Urban Design

09:30 - 10 August, 2018
How the Parc de la Villette Kickstarted a New Era for Urban Design,  © <a href='https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/5/50/LaVillette100911.jpg'> Creative Commons User Jean-Marie Hullot</a> licensed under <a href=’https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/deed.en/'>CC BY 3.0</a>
© Creative Commons User Jean-Marie Hullot licensed under CC BY 3.0

 © <a href='https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/6/6f/Do_pedalar_e_da_ciência.jpg'> Creative Commons User Alix Ferreira</a> licensed under <a href=’https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0/'>CC BY-SA 4.0</a>  © <a href='https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/f/f6/Parc_de_La_Villette_%40_Paris_%2828926264776%29.jpg'> Creative Commons User Guilhem Vellut</a> licensed under <a href=’https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/'>CC BY 2.0</a>  © <a href='https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/d/d2/Folie_N8_%40_La_Villette_%40_Paris_%2833893431256%29.jpg'> Creative Commons User Guilhem Vellut</a> licensed under <a href=’https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/'>CC BY 2.0</a>  © <a href='https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/b/b4/Canal_%40_La_Villette_%40_Paris_%2833091237904%29.jpg'> Creative Commons User Guilhem Vellut</a> licensed under <a href=’https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/'>CC BY 2.0</a> + 11

What does the Parisian park look like? For many, the answer to that question comes in the form of a painting: Georges Seurat’s A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte, in which the well-dressed bourgeoisie leisurely enjoy a natural oasis on a verdant island within their industrializing city.

Mind the Gap: Minimizing Data Loss Between GIS and BIM

09:30 - 6 August, 2018
Mind the Gap: Minimizing Data Loss Between GIS and BIM, via Wikimedia. ImageDom Luis Bridge / Porto, Portugal
via Wikimedia. ImageDom Luis Bridge / Porto, Portugal

An unfortunate fact of the AEC (architecture, engineering, and construction) industry is that, between every stage of the process—from planning and design to construction and operations—critical data is lost.

The reality is, when you move data between phases of, say, the usable lifecycle of a bridge, you end up shuttling that data back and forth between software systems that recognize only their own data sets. The minute you translate that data, you reduce its richness and value. When a project stakeholder needs data from an earlier phase of the process, planners, designers, and engineers often have to manually re-create that information, resulting in unnecessary rework. 

Transforming the Parking Garages of Today Into the Housing of Tomorrow

14:00 - 5 August, 2018
Transforming the Parking Garages of Today Into the Housing of Tomorrow, © Gensler via LA Times
© Gensler via LA Times

Are you in the market for a new home? If so, you may want to consider looking at a former parking garage, because they just might be the next place where developers are looking to build. In the United States alone, there are more than 500 million parking spots for 326 million citizens, covering approximately 2,500 square miles of land. Despite the push for a "car-free" future, more of these structures keep springing up across the country. If cities are building parking garages to support the need for the cars of today, how might we rethink their design so they can outfit the autonomous vehicle ambitions of tomorrow? 

Call for Ideas: Urban Meal Mine, London

18:20 - 24 July, 2018
Call for Ideas: Urban Meal Mine, London, How will you bring farms to the city?
How will you bring farms to the city?

1. Abstract:
Food is one of the most fundamental elements of human existence. Looking back, the way we produce, store and consume food has evolved greatly. Humans have thrived because our ancestors learnt how to gather, produce and consume food, all with their bare hands. And mankind has sustained due to these crucial elements of knowledge passed through generations. With industrialization came mass production, and with mass production came an influx of consumers - who started paying instead. Skills and crafts related to agriculture and food production are now mostly obsolete in the urbane environment. Mass consumerism through supermarkets and even

Open Call: Conscious Cities Anthology 2018: Official Publication of the 2018 Conscious Cities Festival

18:04 - 24 July, 2018
Open Call: Conscious Cities Anthology 2018: Official Publication of the 2018 Conscious Cities Festival, Credit: Conscious Cities.
Credit: Conscious Cities.

In anticipation of the 2018 Conscious Cities Festival this October, we are delighted to announce an open call for submissions to its official publication - showcasing the diverse and impactful thinking by Conscious Cities practitioners.

For this issue, we are soliciting submissions related to the Conscious Cities manifesto from both festival participants and the general public. Festival participants have the freedom to submit any piece of work, regardless of what they plan to present. Casting this wide net will not only further demonstrate the vital and diverse work being done within the Conscious Cities movement, but also serve as a way

What if it's All a Front? Zacharie Gaudrillot-Roy Reimagines Buildings as Isolated Facades

09:30 - 8 July, 2018
© Zacharie Gaudrillot-Roy
© Zacharie Gaudrillot-Roy

In his ongoing photo-series "Façades," French photographer Zacharie Gaudrillot-Roy a series of images in which he removes the mass and depth of buildings, and leaves behind the mere fragments of exterior skin. The photos, which resemble deserted Hollywood sets, illustrate roadways, towns, apartment complexes, and other environments without giving away the ideas of anything beyond the superficial image of the facade—leaving much to the imagination.

© Zacharie Gaudrillot-Roy © Zacharie Gaudrillot-Roy © Zacharie Gaudrillot-Roy © Zacharie Gaudrillot-Roy + 11

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

Call for Submissions: Six Sites Another Landscape, Design Workshop on Contemporary Landscape 2018

18:00 - 19 June, 2018
Call for Submissions: Six Sites Another Landscape, Design Workshop on Contemporary Landscape 2018, Six Sites Another Landscape Call Poster 2018
Six Sites Another Landscape Call Poster 2018

The Chinese Culture University, Taiwan, in collaboration with the municipality of Maccagno con Pino e Veddasca, Italy, is offering to a limited number of architecture and landscape architecture students the opportunity to take part in a seven-day design workshop in Maccagno, organized by the Landscape architecture department, College of Environmental Design, the Chinese Culture University as part of the CCU summer 2018 workshops program. This workshop is the third and last installment of the collaboration between CCU and the municipality of Maccagno con Pino e Veddasca, that began with the August 2016 workshop and repeated with the August 2017 workshop, involving more than 50 students.

Bring the Big Apple Into Your Home with the 3-D New York City Carpet

08:00 - 29 May, 2018
Bring the Big Apple Into Your Home with the 3-D New York City Carpet, Courtesy of Shift Perspective
Courtesy of Shift Perspective

Have you ever dreamed of crossing from Midtown Manhattan to Brooklyn in just a few leisurely steps? These lofty ambitions are made possible on the New York City Carpet from South African studio Shift Perspective. Not literally though, unfortunately.

Courtesy of Shift Perspective Courtesy of Shift Perspective Courtesy of Shift Perspective Courtesy of Shift Perspective + 11

Austrian Pavilion at 2018 Venice Biennale to Focus on the Importance of "Free Space" in Urban Spaces

06:00 - 9 May, 2018
Austrian Pavilion at 2018 Venice Biennale to Focus on the Importance of "Free Space" in Urban Spaces, © Nico Saieh
© Nico Saieh

As part of our 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale coverage we present the proposal for the Austrian Pavilion. Below, the participants describe their contribution in their own words.

Cities are largely defined by their public spaces. It is here that a range of user expectations come together. The aim of urban design is to find a balance, to act with an eye to the future and cities are largely defined by their public spaces. It is here that a range of user expectations come together. The aim of urban design is to find a balance, to act with an eye to the future and to increase the attention given to public space. Public space is social space. And this is precisely why design is so important. In terms of architectural language, the quality of public space is defined by the balance between space and place, by convincing materials and by major urban design signals as much as by spontaneous and informal gestures. And, always, by high aesthetic aspirations.

Hamonic + Masson Architects Awarded Project in Imagine Angers Competition

16:00 - 28 April, 2018
Hamonic + Masson Architects Awarded Project in Imagine Angers Competition, Courtesy of Luxigon
Courtesy of Luxigon

France-based Hamonic + Masson Architects has been selected as one of the winners for the Imagine Angers Competition, which asked teams to propose innovative designs to be built on one of six different sites in the town of Angers, France. The winning teams were announced by the mayor of Angers at MIPIM, a real estate conference, held in Cannes. Other participating architects include Manuelle Gautrand, Steven Holl, Duncan Lewis, XTU, Sou FUJIMOTO and OXO architects.

Woods Bagot Rethinks Higher Education for the University of Melbourne

08:00 - 18 April, 2018
Woods Bagot Rethinks Higher Education for the University of Melbourne, Courtesy of Woods Bagot
Courtesy of Woods Bagot

In partnership with Lendlease and the University of Melboure, Woods Bagot designed an architectural reflection of the university itself. Named the Carlton Connect Initiative, this masterplan will be a mixed-use precinct where not only university students and staff, but also international business professionals, researchers, and start-ups can come participate in idea exchange. In order to attract the best and brightest for the university, Woods Bagot is pursuing the highest standard of cutting-edge, sustainable design.

Dust to Dust: Redesigning Urban Life in Healthy Soils

04:00 - 3 April, 2018
Dust to Dust: Redesigning Urban Life in Healthy Soils

How can the future design and configuration of cities promote greater sustainability in the conditions of urban life? Dust to Dust: Redesigning Urban Life in Healthy Soils is an urban design ideas competition, supporting the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

We invite ideas for urban designs, planning approaches, and concrete interventions that could be implemented in real-life situations. Successful designs will be exhibited to inform and inspire more sustainable future urban design and development, accounting for a close relationship between urban life and soil ecosystem services.

Dust to Dust will operate as a charrette, held at the Prince’s Foundation, London on 16-18

Vincent Callebaut Architectures Wins Public Vote for Millennial Vertical Forest Competition

12:00 - 31 March, 2018
Vincent Callebaut Architectures Wins Public Vote for Millennial Vertical Forest Competition, Courtesy of Vincent Callebaut Architectures
Courtesy of Vincent Callebaut Architectures

For the "Imagine Angers" international design competition, Vincent Callebaut Architectures worked in collaboration with Bouygues Immobilier group to submit a proposal for the French city at the intersection of social and technological innovation, with a focus on ecology and hospitality. Named Arboricole, meaning “tree” and “cultivation,” this live-work-play environment gives back as much to the environment as it does its users. Although WY-TO prevailed in the competition, the Callebaut scheme succeeded in winning the public vote.

Courtesy of Vincent Callebaut Architectures Courtesy of Vincent Callebaut Architectures Courtesy of Vincent Callebaut Architectures Courtesy of Vincent Callebaut Architectures + 26