SWA Group design Mixed Use Fairgrounds in California

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SWA Group has been named to provide detailed site planning and a Specific Plan for the 149-acre Solano360 mixed-use development that will transform the County Fairgrounds property at I-80 and Highway 37 into a year-round destination. The project will integrate a new County fairgrounds with entertainment, retail, hospitality, event- and meeting-space, offices and open space. Solano360 is a joint effort of Solano County, the City of Vallejo and the Solano County Fair Association.
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bimbaum + flowerflash by xarchitekten + henning grahn

bimbaum by xarchitekten + henning grahn

bimbaum ©xarchitekten + henning grahn

The city of vienna is working on a general concept for urban development goals, to be reached by 2020. Within this context an open competition was launched, aimed at finding and developing ‘urban oases’. The winning projects are the ‘bimbaum’ and the ‘flowerflash’ by xarchitekten + henning grahn. The projects offer new strategies for temporary and flexible plantation in addition to conventional greening. they activate urban sites which are not adequate for permanent vegetation.

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FijnPlein (Fair Square) – Beijum Oost | MD Landschapsarchitecten

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MIX Option - FijnPlein | © MD Landschapsarchitecten

A few years ago, the shopping centre in Beijum Oost was completely renovated. One of the most important interventions was the creation of a square. However, this square is experienced as being extremely empty, stony and unpleasant. For this reason, the City Council reserved a budget to make the square a more agreeable place to be.

Commissioned by the Council, Platform Gras (Architecture Institute Groningen), in conjunction with the residents of the area, organized an event called ‘architect for a day’. On that day, MD Landschapsarchitecten and pvanb architecten encouraged and enabled residents to draw their wishes and ideas for the square.

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West 8 wins Constitutional Court design competition

West 8 - Constitutional Court, Germany

The Paul Baumgartner-designed Constitutional Court in Karlsruhe is being restored. The campus of the court complex is to be revitalized and situated adjacent to the botanical garden and is part of the Schlossgarten.

West 8’s winning competition entry features a grassland with stylized concrete tracks which make a patterned landscape in which the buildings float. The design is characterized by its modesty, and by the strategic integration of the monumental buildings with their broader context.

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Woodland Discovery Playground at Shelby Farms Park | James Corner Field Operations

Field Operations - Woodland Discovery Playground at Shelby Farms Park
Field Operations - Woodland Discovery Playground at Shelby Farms Park

The Woodland Discovery Playground was designed by Shelby Farm Park Conservatory’s Master Plan design firm, James Corner Field Operations (JCFO), and the design process was anything but ordinary. To create the next great 21st century play landscape, SFPC and JCFO went straight to experts—local kids. The site for the Woodland Discovery Playground is situated on an existing twenty-year-old play area and edged by woodland that has been overtaken by Chinese Privet. The design of the playground capitalizes on its location with a woodland restoration project and significant new native plantings that enmesh the play space with its surroundings.

Within its wooded context, outdoor play at Shelby Farms Park will promote discovery, provoke challenges, embrace delight, encourage creativity, build relationships, and cultivate healthy children’s development. The new Woodland Discovery Playground will shape an environment that allows for change, transformation, and growth; that reflects theories about how children learn, develop, and play; and that meaningfully engages with the entire Memphis community.

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