Cemeteries in North America almost exclusively all follow the same model – the Garden Cemetery of 1831 Mount Auburn, based on a concept of vast naturalized space. It is no longer 1831 and local and world issues have shifted along with our values and our cultural community. The traditional design has served its purpose in most major cities on the continent. It is pervasive and it is time to consider its effects and consequences on the city. Our modern communities are faced with new challenges unforeseen 200 years ago, such as increased multiculturalism, densification of urban cores rather than expansion of suburbs, environmental challenges, and a shift towards a more economically polarized society.
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A unique landscape responding to an innovative new residential building set within rural Northumberland. The brief was to develop a sustainable dwelling that sat within, and responded to, its surroundings. Architects Mawson Kerr proposed a pioneering barn conversion that uses innovative construction techniques and sustainable technologies alongside local materials to produce a simple, elegant new home.
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Fen River is the mother river of Taiyuan City. It runs from north to south through the city and fosters the history, culture and development of the region. The project site is located at the joining point of old town and new urban area with a total of 2.57km2 (50 Hectares) riverfront landscape area. The project connects existing community on the east with Changfeng Business District, a new civic and business center west of Fen River. Being built in the spring of 2013, Fen River Park is now a popular public space and a new landmark of Taiyuan City.
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The People’s Government of Bao’an District, Shenzhen and Urban Planning, Land and Resources Commission of Shenzhen Municipality have announced the shortlist for Conceptual Urban Design of Bao’an West Dynamic Coastal Zone Design Competition. The shortlist includes Chinese and International companies including consortiums. Over 70 applications were received from across the world and the applications were evaluated by 9 experts from Hong Kong, Shanghai, Xiamen, Guangzhou and Shenzhen.
The preliminary review meeting of the International Consultation on the Conceptual Urban Design of Bao’an West Dynamic Coastal Zone was held on May 12th, 2014. The election panel read the application documents and concept proposal, had discussions, carried out meticulous election and voted the following 8 finalists (including consortiums, in no particular order):
1. Aube Conception SARL d’Architecture France
2. The Urban Planning & Design Institute of Shenzhen (UPDIS) & HASSELL Design Consulting (Shanghai) Ltd & Shenzhen Graduate School, Harbin University of Technology
3. Shenzhen Lay-out Planning Consultants Ltd & KCAP International B.V.& Atelier Dreiseitl (BJ Branch)
4. Shenzhen General Institute of Architectural Design and Research Co., Ltd. & NAUTA Architecture & Research & Tenio Architecture And Engineering（Tianjin）Co.,Ltd.
5. The Architectural Design Research Institute of SCUT & Obermeyer Engineering Consulting (Beijing) Co.,Ltd.
6. China Academy of Urban Planning & Design (CAUPD) & SWA Group
7. ISA-Internationales Stadtbauatelier
8. Kuiper Compagnons
The organisers have issued an invitation to the shortlisted 8 firms. A Site Visit, question and answer sessions and also the release related consultation documents on May 22nd, 2014.
Rios Clementi Hale Studios’ environmentally friendly landscape design achieves GSA’s cost-saving sustainability goals in three interconnected ways: ecologically, economically, and culturally. In terms of ecology, the landscape design reintroduces native plants that require little supplemental irrigation, provides irrigation by collecting and re-using rainwater, filters stormwater runoff in on-site bioswales, decreases water usage by 85%, and replaces broad areas of unnecessary pavement with shade to help reduce heat island effect.
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