The use of the word “hof” within an English translation refers to a courtyard, farmyard, halo, quad or even corona. Historically the roots of this word traditionally translated as “temple”, none the less each describes a state of enclosure and sanctuary. McGregor Coxalls proposal for conversion of the Tempelhof Airfield in Berlin, Germany strategically integrates this poetic understanding with the sites existing built form, history, infrastructure and broader urban context.
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Dubai has been chosen as the site of the 2020 World Expo. HOK led the design team that developed the master plan for the Expo, which is expected to draw more than 25 million visitors from October 2020 through April 2021. Dubai’s selection – themed “Connecting Minds, Creating the Future” – was announced Nov. 27 by representatives of the 168 Bureau of International Expositions (BIE) member nations. Selected over three cities in Brazil, Russia and Turkey, Dubai will become the first Middle Eastern city to host the event in its 150-year history.
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The ULI Gerald D. Hines Student Urban Design Competition—now in its 12th year—is an urban design and development challenge for graduate students. The Hines Competition challenges multidisciplinary student teams to devise a comprehensive development program for a real, large-scale site. Teams of five students representing at least three disciplines have two weeks to develop solutions that include drawings, site plans, tables, and market-feasible financial data.
This is an ideas competition; there is no expectation that any of the submitted schemes will be applied to the site. The winning team will receive $50,000 and the finalist teams $10,000 each.
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The Kai Tak Fantasy (KTF) International Ideas Competition on Urban Planning and Design organised by the Energizing Kowloon East Office (EKEO) of the Development Bureau was launched on November 28. KTF comprises three major elements, namely the Kai Tak Runway Tip in the Kai Tak Development, the Kwun Tong Ferry Pier Action Area, and the water body in between, which involve a total area of about 90 hectares. Speaking at the launch ceremony today, the Secretary for Development, Mr Paul Chan, said that KTF not only has the potential to be developed into a world class tourism and entertainment hub, but could also inspire arts, culture and creativity in the region.
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Austin has seen dramatic growth and change within its central core. Urban developing stresses continue to press against the network of preserved parkland and water systems. Compounding this, city parks are experiencing over-popularity on decreased operating and maintenance budgets, creating crisis situations for parkland. Sand Beach Park addresses these issues and re-imagines a new benchmark for sustainable planning, design, operations and funding of urban parks.
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