Via Regina public garden | Brienno Italy | Lorenzo Noè Studio di Architettura

Via Regina public garden

View from the lake ©Marco Introini

Brienno still has the dimension of a lakeside village(Lake Como). Unlike many other settlements, the territory has not been impacted by uncontrolled growth, and has managed to conserve a strong identity.

The site lies to the north of the historical center, downhill from the church and the cemetery, where a stone wall with three arches contains an embankment of about six meters in height over the average level of the water of the lake. The wall cannot be modified, nor can it bear ulterior loads. To permit use of the escarpment a structure has been built over the lake, resting on recessed columns with individual foundations and micropiles for support below.

The project is composed of a few elements: the stone staircase, the wooden deck and the landing stage. The surface of the plaza is slightly sloped toward the north, amplifying its sense of space and transforming it into a small stage that commands new views of the historical center and the opposite shore.

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Cronocaos | OMA’s exhibition on preservation in New York

Cronocaos

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Cronocaos, OMA’s exhibition on the increasingly urgent topic of preservation in architecture and urbanism, opens today at the New Museum in New York. First shown at the 2010 Venice Architecture Biennale, Cronocaos examines the growing “empire” of preservation and its consequences for the way we build, demolish, and remember.

Around 12 percent of the planet now falls under various regimes of natural and cultural preservation. “Through our respect for the past, heritage is becoming more and more the dominant metaphor for our lives today – a situation we call Cronocaos,” OMA founding partner Rem Koolhaas says. “We are trying to find what the future of our memory will look like.”

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Student Project: Q|Santa in San Isidro del General, Costa Rica by Alejandro Nuñez Lopez

Q|Santa by Alejandro Nuñez Lopez

Q | Santa consists of an integral project that seeks to generate a vision of a city that doesn’t deny its context or itself, where its systems and functions are integrated and overlapped, trying to find the most appropriate way to combine the urban artificial systems with the natural systems, through the generation of relationships of dependency that have been tested in other latitudes, where both systems benefit and become optimized.

It’s based on the thought that the city is written, erased and rewritten by itself continuously according to its changing context, new demands, and its new operating systems.

The increments of the urban complexity are dictated by the increase in the amount of information that each city stores, the cultural hybridization, the evolution of knowledge, the demand for new activities and programs, and the awareness of resource management. The innate human need to enhance and form new relationships, new connections, has been the determining factor in the process of shaping a new perspective of the outside, of a dynamic and contemporary city, but above all, human.

This project is developed under the theory of the topological behavior of the contemporary city: the new cities, complex, flexible, dynamic, fluid, in constant change; and the various relationships of dependency and interaction generated among its many layers and systems. It pays special attention to the relationships between natural and artificial urban systems; pathological problem that is present in basically every city in the countries of Latin America, and the implementation of these theories in the case of the Quebradas River’s waterfront, within the city limits of San Isidro del General, Perez Zeledon.

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Kai Tak Cruise Terminal in Hong Kong | Foster+Partners

Kai Tak Cruise Terminal Foster+Partners

A foundation stone laying ceremony, attended by the Chief Executive of HKSAR, senior government officials and representatives of the architects Foster + Partners and Dragages team, has been held recently to mark the start of construction of the new Kai Tak Cruise Terminal in Hong Kong. Reinventing the site of the former Kai Tak airport as one of the world’s foremost cruise terminals, the project will create a sustainable new gateway to the city and a major entertainment destination for residents.
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TOPOTEK1 part of winning team for Waste-to-Energy Plant design competition

Amagerforbrændingen-New-Waste-To-Energy-Plant

Recently TOPOTEK1 was part of the winning team for Amagerforbraending Waste-to-Energy Plant international design competition.  The winning submission stated that the site directly north of the main entrance to the Amagerforbrændingen (Copenhagen) should be used for recreational purposes in the future. The team propose to create topography as a natural continuation of the artificial mountain meadows on the roof. If the roof is the glacier – the park is the green meadow in the valley. The landscape has been modeled in a way so it offers informal sport activities in summer as in winter. The materials are simple and robust to make sure the costs for construction and maintenance is kept reasonable.

The design team included BIG, realities:united AKT, TOPOTEK1 & Man Made Land, Glessner Group. The building is 95,000s square metres and the Landscape is 90,000 square metres.

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