A visionary plan
Dominion Bridge is a visionary plan that transforms an abandoned industrial complex into a vibrant mixed-use eco-district. Open space, connectivity, and the site’s genius loci are given precedence, creating a welcoming environment that supports accessible, convivial urban living at a human scale. The proposal reflects new thinking about cities and anticipates LEED ND status. Its immense scale and complexity necessitated an integrated design process that brought together multiple professionals whose global solution is innovative, functional and artful.
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The Croydon South End High Street regeneration was the first in a programme of projects being delivered by the London Borough of Croydon to renew and enhance key high streets in the area.
As one of the areas significantly impacted by the civic disorder in 2011, Croydon’s South End High Street was suffering from a vacancy rate almost double the nation’s average. Pedestrians gave way to busy traffic and the shop fronts, streetscapes and public spaces were in desperate need of repair.
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In recent decades, the Philippines has witnessed consistent population and economic growth. Official statistics estimate the country will grow by 50 million people in the next 35 years, straining already congested and rapidly expanding metropolitan areas such as Manila. This growth comes at the expense of agricultural land, compromising the lifeline of existing communities and the food supply of future generations. Single-use gated communities are the norm, whose poor public realm and connectivity force residents to drive to their everyday needs. A complete disregard for natural systems has exacerbated issues surrounding flooding, regional water quality and supply.
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MVRDV partnered with Traumhaus, a housing producer which focuses on low-cost high-quality homes based on standardised elements, to design 27.000m2 of housing, gardens and public spaces. The scheme is situated in Funari, one of five districts in a major re-development of the Benjamin Franklin barracks in Mannheim. The new village is a catalogue of dwelling and garden typologies, a huge set of variations on Traumhaus’ original design, each designed to support a different type of household and demographic. The collaboration combines tradition with extravaganza, experience with experimentation, quality with quantity, sharing the ideal of variety and social access with innovation and realisation. Through encouraging a range of different inhabitants to live in the area MVRDV hopes to transform the modern idea of village life with segregated households, into a rich diverse community where individuality and quality of life are paramount.
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The project “Working with Nature” proposes an architectonically robust overall approach to the area surrounding Vestre Fjordpark in Aalborg West which gathers public recreational facilities and accessibility in a new type of space in Aalborg. Urbanity and landscape are synthesized in a site-specific, coastal city space that operates with Danish coastal landscape typologies: the lagoon, the salt marsh, the tongue, and the forest are “Working with Nature”.
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Encounter: the Street-Garden designed as a platform for coincidental or initiated interpersonal encounters, group gatherings and mixing of different communities for formal or spontaneous activities.
Be’er-Sheva, the second largest city in Israel by area and the major city of the country’s southern metropolis, is unofficially titled “The capital of the Negev”. The Negev is the geographical region that belongs to the Global Deserts Belt (GDB), hence characterized by an arid climate.
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The winning proposal from Harvard University – “The Midtown Beat”
A team representing Harvard University has taken top honors in the 2016 Urban Land Institute (ULI) Hines Student Competition with its winning master plan proposal to transform a Midtown Atlanta site in a thriving, sustainable, mixed-use, walkable, and transit-accessible neighborhood. The Harvard team ousted another team from Harvard University, one from the Georgia Institute of Technology, and one from the University of Miami.
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