Beyond the Crisis: Towards a New Urban Paradigm – Archinect : Features

Archinect reports

“This article by Laura Burkhalter and Manuel Castells explores the urban dimension of the current economic crisis, describes the failure of the city forms developed in the 20th century, and outlines a series of alternative proposals on transportation, housing, public space, and urban planning………..”

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London Olympic Village Unveiled

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The Athletes’ Village, which lies adjacent to the Olympic Park and Stratford City sites, will accommodate athletes during the Olympic and Paralympic Games and will leave the legacy of thousands of new homes after 2012. ODA Chairman John Armitt said: ‘Providing a world-class Village will play a crucial role in helping athletes deliver record-breaking performances in 2012 but we are also focussing on creating Gold-medal-standard housing in legacy. SOURCE: London 2012 outlines plans for ‘Gold medal standard’ Athletes’ Village – London 2012

£30m revamp for Redcar seafront

FOLLOWING an international design competition, one of the region’s most ambitious seafront regeneration plans was unveiled today (3 July) which will transform Redcar seafront and create the first-ever 80ft ‘vertical pier’ on this stretch of coast.

A total of £30m is planned to be invested in the seafront defences and to create a unique and vibrant promenade which will attract visitors with a network of beautifully designed public spaces incorporating water cascades, sunshine traps, performance space and sheltered seating from which to view the towns distinctive seascape.

The winning design team led by Harrogate-based landscape architects Smeeden Foreman working in collaboration with Seven Architecture, Arup and Davis Langdon, aims to bring characteristics of the beach up onto the promenade, using textures, colours, shapes and sights from the seafront in seating, paving and the ribbons of a wave canopy stretching along the coastline.

Text and Image SOURCE: Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council

Designers who see more than an empty lot – SFgate.com

SFGate.com reports

The empty lot at Harrison and Fremont streets is nothing much to look at, a football-field-long slope of dirt and weeds that greets drivers exiting the Bay Bridge into San Francisco.

But a quartet of local designers see something else: a site that could become a sculpted realm of green folds spiked by artistic birdhouses – an evolving semi-natural terrain up to the moment when the 41-story tower slated for the site someday is ready to begin construction.

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Daniel Libeskind’s 17 words of architectural inspiration – TED.com

TED.com reports

Daniel Libeskind builds on very big ideas. Here, he shares 17 words that underlie his vision for architecture — raw, risky, emotional, radical — and that offer inspiration for any bold creative pursuit.

SOURCE: TED.com

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