100 Urban Trends: A Glossary of Ideas

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Today, the BMW Guggenheim Lab announced the publication of 100 Urban Trends: A Glossary of Ideas from the two BMW Guggenheim Labs held in New York and Mumbai. Complementing the Berlin Lab trends published in November 2012, the New York and Mumbai editions round out a series of glossaries showcasing the most talked-about urban trends from the Lab’s three global stops to date, and create a new resource for understanding the way people relate to and live in cities. All three glossaries, which have been written by Lab curator Maria Nicanor, curatorial assistants Amara Antilla and Stephanie Kwai, and the Lab’s resident writer, Christine McLaren, can be accessed online in a dynamic interactive feature designed by Collective Assembly at 100urbantrends.org The glossaries, designed by graphic designers Sulki & Min, are also available on the BMW Guggenheim Lab website.
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Public Realm Scheme Underway in Watford


Work has started on site for a public realm scheme to improve the upper section of The Parade in Watford Town Centre. Designed by BDP the project responds to feedback from local residents and businesses who want to see the town centre become more attractive, helping to bring shoppers, families and businesses to the area.
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TechTown District Plan | Detroit USA | Sasaki Associates


TechTown—an emerging knowledge district in Midtown Detroit—is currently characterized by surface parking, vacant properties, and inward-facing, siloed hubs of activity. The TechTown District Plan articulates an inspiring vision for the revitalization of the district. The plan accelerates innovation, promotes entrepreneurship, and builds community around the generation of ideas in a vibrant, mixed-use setting. Leveraging the potential of key institutional anchors within the district (Wayne State University, College for Creative Studies, and Henry Ford Health System), the plan creates an environment that fosters knowledge generation and innovation. The plan repurposes the historic building stock with uses that support innovation and create vibrancy, and also strengthens connections within Midtown Detroit and to surrounding neighborhoods.
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Masterplan for Bègles and Villenave d’Ornon | Bordeaux France | OMA


OMA has been commissioned to design a masterplan for a major new urban development south of Bordeaux (FR), based on the expansion of the local tram system. The project, led by OMA associate Clément Blanchet and commissioned by La Fabrique Métropolitaine de la Communauté Urbaine de Bordeaux, aims to regenerate the neighborhoods of Bègles and Villenave d’Ornon, forging new connections to Bordeaux’s central station.
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EuropaCity | Paris France | BIG


EuropaCity will offer on an unprecedented scale a mix of retail, culture and leisure around a defining theme: Europe, its diversity, its urban experiences and its cultures. The site has exceptional urban potentials: Locally as a main node on the Grand Paris Express Metro connecting key economic hubs around Paris, regionally as an entrance gate to the metropolitan area of Ile de France and internationally with its direct connection to the second largest airport in Europe. Additionally the site is occupied by a historic agricultural landscape marking the edge between city and open land and offers a panoramic view to the skyline of Paris.
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