Littlehaven Promenade and Seawall | South Shields, UK | OOBE

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The Littlehaven promenade and seawall scheme has transformed a stretch of South Shields’ seafront in northeast England from a neglected length of coastline into a desirable visitor destination.  The project involved the demolition of a failing seawall, on-site reuse of excavated material in raising levels and landscaping of backing land areas, and construction of a 500m promenade and seawall along a new, landward and more sustainable, curved alignment.  High-quality concrete finishes, bespoke public art and breath-taking streetscape were used to ensure this striking scheme captured the public imagination and revitalised the seafront.

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BUUR create charming market square in Assenede

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The section of the regional road N436 passing through the center of Assenede has received a thorough facelift. The traffic livability is one of the major aspects of the project design. The rural character of the village is emphasized by the massive introduction of greenery. The project culminates in the realization of a new market square, an oasis of calm offering a high quality visitor experience.
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Morphis 莫爾菲斯 wins Kai Tak City International Design Competition

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On the 8th January, Mr Paul Chan, Secretary for Development for Hong Kong, announced that out of 90 entries, the competition attracted more than 90 entries from Hong Kong, the Mainland and overseas. The Jury Panel of the Competition found that most of the entries could accommodate both the overall setting of the river and the peripheral development while the winning entries made use of simple and innovative design ideas to optimise space for public activities. Morphis won the international design competition for Kai Tak River with their The ‘Living Roots’ design concept.

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Vascular Plant | Yonjun Jo, Eujin Julia Kim | Philadelphia, USA

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Vascular Plant is new type of water infrastructure combines a series of water purification processes into a single vertical, water-circulating column. This utilizes a natural water circulation system such as those found in natural forests and underground water systems that extend horizontally from mountain to river areas.

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NBBJ designs New East Coastal Area in Shantou China

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As a coastal city shaped by climate change, the “One Shantou: Now, Tomorrow and the Future” vision will guide the city of Shantou (located east of Hong Kong and southwest of Shanghai) through an unpredictable future. The scheme respects the extensive planning and land reclamation that had already been completed by local and regional authorities. In so doing, it avoids the common pitfall of design competitions that overlook local insight and previous investments. It also challenges the notion that competitive advantage requires a city to develop its prime real estate along coastal waterfronts.

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