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ODA Designs Mixed-Use District to Revitalize the Astoria Neighborhood, in New York City

Designed by ODA, Innovation QNS is a neighborhood-focused initiative, in Western Queens, that generates two acres of open space, community health & wellness facilities, hundreds of affordable apartments, and thousands of jobs. Located on a site currently occupied by large surface parking lots, underutilized buildings, and vacant spaces, the imagined master plan will help jumpstart Astoria’s economy and revitalize Steinway Street in New York.

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KCAP’s Dynamic Masterplan for Heidelberg, Germany Moves Forward

The PHVision Masterplan for Heidelberg in Germany has been approved by the City Council. Located on the site of the Patrick-Henry-Village (PHV) in Heidelberg, the 100-hectare development, designed by KCAP can now move forward, transforming the former military area into a new quarter, establishing the knowledge city of the future.

Seoul Compact City International Design Competition - Designing Multi-Level Complex on the Bukbu Expressway

Seoul Housing & Communities Corporation is announcing the design competition for 『Seoul Compact City
International Design Competition』 to reconnect the disconnected areas and the development and revitalize through the multi-level complex on the Bukbu expressway.
1. Competition Overview
○ Competition Title : Seoul Compact City International Design Competition-Design Multi-Level Complex on the Bukbu Expressway
○ Type of Competition : two(2) phases competition
(Phase 1 : Submission of project proposal, Phase 2 : Submission of Design works)
○ Location : Sinnae-dong 122-3, Jungnang-gu, Seoul, Korea
○ Site Area : Preliminary Master Plan (Sinnae IC area) Approx 1,440,000m2, Architectural Design (Sinnae4 public housing district) 74,675 m2
○ Design Fee :

Boston Startup Spaceus Brings Pop-Up Energy to Vacant Storefronts

As retail moves evermore online, vacant storefronts have become ubiquitous sights in American cities and towns. Often located in formerly prime downtown real estate, the darkened windows have a knock-on effect, sapping urban vibrancy and sometimes falling into disrepair. Discourse surrounding the predicament of dead malls and traditional retail space is ongoing, but a one-size fits-all solution clearly isn't the answer here.

Calligraphy workshop at 11 First Street. Photo by Mustafa Hameed.. Image © SpaceusStorefront performance. Photo by Ellen Shakespear.. Image © SpaceusHarvard Square storefront workspace. Photo by Stephanie Lee.. Image © SpaceusZine-making marathon at Harvard Square storefront. Photo by Carlen Deskin.. Image © Spaceus+ 10

New Plans to Revitalize Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter

Home to the historic engineering firm, AE Harris, for over 50 years, Birmingham’s treasured Jewellery Quarter is being revamped on account of modernized manufacturing methods adopted by the company.

Joint venture partners Galliard Homes and Apsley House Capital are working alongside Glenn Howells Architects to transform the site into a residential-led, mixed-use hub for the quarter.

Three Key Elements Needed to Revitalize Public Spaces and Promote Urban Life

The importance of public spaces in urban life is an issue that has been apparent since ancient Greece and is still with us today. Opportunities to meet and exchange ideas in these spaces are able to influence how the inhabitants participate in the development of their city, and occur in greater instances when public spaces are accessible to everyone.

However, in modern societies, the strategic role of these spaces has been limited. According to The City Fix, a blog on sustainable urban planning, one of the main reasons for this is the overabundance of automobiles. In fact, according to one study by the Brazilian Institute for Energy and the Environment, 70% of public spaces in urban centers are taken up by roadways and other spaces for cars, while car owners make up only around 20 to 40 percent of the city’s population.

How can public spaces be recovered to promote urban life? We discuss three important factors below.