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Design Your Summer! UC Berkeley's College of Environmental Design is Now Accepting Applications

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Today's designers have inherited unprecedented global challenges, a legacy which will require radically new ways of fashioning the buildings, places, and landscapes that harbor our diverse ways of life. The College of Environmental Design offers several introductory and advanced programs for those interested in confronting these challenges in the fields of architecture, landscape architecture and environmental planning, urban design, and sustainable city planning. Please visit UC Berkeley's Summer Programs website to view images of student work and learn more about the CED Summer experience.

Playful Urban Design Intervention by Lateral Office and CS Design Takes Over New York City's Garment District

Lateral Office, the Canadian experimental design practice that operates at the intersection of architecture, landscape, and urbanism, in partnership with CS Design, installed 12 seesaws in New York City's Garment District. The urban intervention will stay on display until the 31st of January 2020.

© Alexandre Ayer © Alexandre Ayer © Alexandre Ayer © Alexandre Ayer + 13

BIG Designs Toyota Woven City, the World’s First Urban Incubator

BIG unveiled its latest intervention, the Toyota Woven City, the company's first venture in Japan. Nestled at the foothills of Mt. Fuji, the project, in collaboration with Toyota Motor Corporation, is the world’s first urban incubator pushing forward the development and progress of mobility.

Courtesy of BIG - Bjarke Ingels Group Courtesy of BIG - Bjarke Ingels Group Courtesy of BIG - Bjarke Ingels Group Courtesy of BIG - Bjarke Ingels Group + 20

Urban Design Tool Streetmix Assists Users in Designing Hypothetical Streets

Used in Mexico City and in Reno, Nevada, Streetmix allows users to experiment and participate in the design of their streets. This bottom-up approach is a participatory tool that can include everyone in the decision making, without particular technical knowledge.

Courtesy of Streetmix Workshop in Colombia. Image © Claudio Olivares Medina Workshop in Colombia. Image © Claudio Olivares Medina Workshop in Colombia. Image © Claudio Olivares Medina + 9

UN-Habitat Promotes Inclusive Planning and Gender Equitable Cities Using Technology

The Un-habitat or the United Nations agency for human settlements and sustainable urban development, whose primary focus is to deal with the challenges of rapid urbanization, has been developing innovative approaches in the urban design field, in order to encourage the active participation especially of children, women and underprivileged individuals.

Cinema Box - Designing a platform for film exhibition

A room of audience erupts into a fit of giggles as a comical tramp with a short mustache, wearing a suit and tall hat slips on a banana peel. The couple embrace as the man makes her stand on the railing of the ship, grabs her arms and extends them out. "I'm flying" she says, as people swoon in unison over their romantic harmony and impending tragedy.

Cinema is one of the biggest cultural activities in the world. An art form with biggest influence, budget and widespread connectivity. Inducing emotions and crafting perspective, as it grows to be a visual medium

Urban Design Challenge 2020: Student Ideas Competition for Canada’s Capital

The NCC’s Urban Design Challenge 2020: Student Ideas Competition for Canada’s Capital is now on.

Urban Design Challenge 2020 is a competition that invites students from across the country to come up with design concepts for important sites in Canada’s Capital Region. The competition is organized by the National Capital Commission (NCC), the federal Crown corporation dedicated to ensuring that Canada’s Capital is a dynamic and inspiring source of pride for all Canadians, and building a legacy for generations to come.

The NCC is challenging students to propose innovative planning and design ideas for two important destinations in the Capital Region.
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Sasaki to Design Ho Chi Minh City Innovation District in Vietnam

Sasaki has been selected by the government of Ho Chi Minh City to conceive the innovation district in the eastern part of the city, in collaboration with enCity, an international planning practice based in Singapore and Vietnam.

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ShopSmart on Redchurch: Ideas Competition

ShopSmart on Redchurch is an ideas competition that will explore ways that placemaking and technology can bring character, activity, community and economic success to Redchurch Street in Shoreditch, London.

The brief invites new ways of thinking about the connection between retail technology and the public realm. Entry is free and we are open to submissions from students or professionals - we want creative thinkers from all industries, including architecture and urban design, landscaping, lighting, artists, tech etc.

The judging panel is chaired by Sir Peter Cook. Five shortlisted entries (individuals or teams) will received £1,000 and there is the potential for

Join 3rd International Placemaking Week in Chattanooga this October

The 3rd International Placemaking Week is an intimate, four-day-long global gathering of public space practitioners, researchers, and advocates that combines hands-on learning, public space activations, and innovative social events. Sign up before the regular registration rate ends on August 30!

Open, Two-phase International Urban Design Ideas Competition Berlin-Brandenburg 2070

Berlin as we know it – with its centres, residential quarters, and suburbs – marks its 100th anniversary in 2020. A reason to celebrate, but also a spur to think about the future development of the region. After years of stagnation, dynamism is returning to the Berlin-Brandenburg region: population growth, new flows of commuters and goods, new quarters and housing developments, a new rail map, a radically new airport arrangement, and a growing public transport system. Berlin is a metropolis, its integrated hinterland extending far beyond its administrative boundaries. What we need now is a broad public debate ranging from

Public Art Exhibition on the Streets of Quebec

The 6th edition of Passages Insolites or Unusual Passages, has kick-started from the 20th of June till the 14th of October 2019, in Québec city. The public exhibition is a 4km walkable art path in the historic Petit Champlain and Saint-Roch districts, showcasing 14 artworks produced by 40 local and international artists and architecture collectives.

Ogmios City Public Space / DO ARCHITECTS

© Norbert Tukaj © Norbert Tukaj © Norbert Tukaj © Norbert Tukaj + 12

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AERIAL FUTURES: Living Laboratories Symposium. Announcement & Open Call for Papers

The AERIAL FUTURES: Living Laboratories Symposium examines the confluence of urban elements within the airport landscape—transportation, commerce, public space and technological interfaces—and how Asian airports introduce alternatives for life in transit.

By 2035, it’s estimated that air travel in Asia will be greater than Europe and North America combined, with routes in Asia serving an extra 1.8 billion annual passengers. Increase in airport capacity challenges physical infrastructure as much as operations and passenger experience. A trillion dollars is earmarked for airport development in Asia alone in the next 10 years. Unprecedented growth requirements are difficult to meet and concrete alone is

IKEA Explores Future Urban Living for the Many

Some assembly required for this vision of future urban living. Known for simple, well-designed, flat-pack furniture, IKEA is proposing expanding their DIY-model to a much larger scale: entire city centers. Democratic Design Days is an annual event where IKEA introduces its upcoming brands and collaborations, this year featuring The Urban Village Project, a collaboration between SPACE10 and EFFEKT Architects. After two years of research, SPACE10 (IKEA’s global research and design lab) is releasing their vision to the public for a new way to design, build, and share our homes, neighborhoods, and cities.

Vertical Village Asia. Image Made by EFFEKT Architects for SPACE10 Shared Courtyard View. Image Made by EFFEKT Architects for SPACE10 A Sustainable Home View. Image Made by EFFEKT Architects for SPACE10 Grow, Share, Eat. Image Made by EFFEKT Architects for SPACE10 + 30

Di - Generic Cities: Tokyo | Shanghai | Los Angeles

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If skylines around the world are looking too much the same, is this because the new and important buildings are done by the big names (designers) from far away and not by the locals or the opposite is true? Not only skyscrapers but, museums, civic center, concert halls, bridges, libraries, opera houses all give cities part of their identity.