Civic Plaza | Image Credit: Michelle Litvin
Perkins+Will’s new Atlanta office presented the opportunity to transform an existing building in the heart of Midtown by both reusing the building’s worthy assets and correcting its signature faults. Recently certified LEED Platinum, with the highest score ever recorded in the Northern Hemisphere, the success of the project suggests that reuse and renovation is central to the concept of sustainability. While earning accolades for excellence in building design, one of the project’s most profound features is its renewed connection to the street. Like the building, the site design represents the humanistic values and sustainable aspirations of the firm through open, welcoming spaces and material and detail choices.
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Second Avenue | Rendering By Chris Floyd
Innovation Square is an urban redevelopment project that will transform twelve underutilized blocks in Midtown Gainesville into a mixed-use urban research neighborhood that advances the national and global profile of the city’s largest employer—the University of Florida with its medical center, Shands Hospital at UF —and the growing local biotech industry. The Visioning process for the District has set in place lasting partnerships between public and private stakeholders to ensure successful implementation.
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FED_SCRAPER re-envisions the Washington DC National Mall, where federal program is cleared from the mega-blocks to be situated within the mall-void. This allows mega blocks to be returned to a densely knitted interwoven fabric to take back these areas of the city. Federal program thus becomes contained within the National Mall, putting physical limits on the exacerbated growth of the Federal Government.
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Governors Island (Image Credit: Flickr User AJP79)
The 2012-2013 pavilion will be the third City of Dreams Pavilion Design Competition. The City of Dreams Pavilion will be a gathering place for people to meet, learn about the arts programs on the island, be able to enjoy a performance or lecture, and experience the interaction of art and the historic context of Governors Island. Our theme for the pavilion, the City of Dreams, points toward the future. If we imagine a future New York City where anything is possible, what would it look like? In our wildest and most optimistic dreams, what is the future of the city?
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We announced the Public Open Space At Cronton Colliery – Ideas Masterplan Competition back in January. The Land Trust’s international design competition attracted 50 entries from all over the world, including innovative projects designed by teams in South Korea, Japan and Italy. The finalists have been announced with HASSELL, Hawkins/Brown, Michael Lee Architects and Edward Architecture & Matthew Riley making the final cut.
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This weeks round-up of landscape news and views from around the web
Fresh Kills Park | Flickr User Kristine Paulus
Big City Conservation: New York City’s Hidden Biodiversity | Molly Marquand | Ecology.com
“Where every great city stands today, a natural ecosystem once thrived. London was built on a floodplain of the River Thames; New York was set up on great tracts of oak woodland; and Tokyo, the most populous metropolis in the world, once supported a lush and verdant subtropical forest.”
Vietnam memorial designer says the Earth has lessons to teach us | John Conti | Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
Lin perhaps summed up her work best herself when she quoted a prayer attributed to the Chinook Indians of the Northwest: “We call upon the Earth to teach us and show us the way.”
When Designing Space Moves Outside | Jane Parkins | Architecture Source
Due to its incredible benefits, both physical and mental, the connection between interior and exterior architecture has increased in popularity.
Urban areas need better planning | Elly Burhaini Faizal | Jakarta Post
Poor urban planning and over population have become the main challenges for city administrations in their efforts to minimize fatalities in times of disasters, officials and experts have said.
REWRITING A CITY IN NATURE | Diana Balmori | Urban Design Review
“Our understanding of nature has changed radically. Our ideas about urbanism must catch up. By rewriting the city (a semantic departure from “planning”), we will jar the public to this major scientific and philosophical shift in the interaction of nature and the city.”
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Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (MOCAD) have selected James Corner Field Operations and Rice+Lipka Architects (RLA/JCFO) to plan a building and site renovation that has been funded by a LINC/Ford Foundation Space for Change grant.
The goal of this process is to refurbish MOCAD’s facility and transform the site to activate the exterior by way of an outdoor space for Museum programming and improved visibility on the building’s Woodward frontage.
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