MIT selects urban design team for East Campus and Kendall Square

MIT  has selected a multidisciplinary urban design team to help advance plans for the redevelopment of Institute-owned property in East Campus and Kendall Square. The team will build upon the work of Elkus Manfredi Architects, which led to the adoption of new zoning regulations in the district, as well as the work of a faculty design group led by the School of Architecture and Planning (SA+P), which recently developed design typologies for the Institute’s property in the Kendall Square area.

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The East Campus urban design team will be led by Mack Scogin Merrill Elam Architects of Atlanta, in cooperation with Michael Van Valkenburgh Landscape Architects of Cambridge and New York. Ken Greenberg, a renowned urban planner from Toronto, will provide urban design guidance. The team also includes Vanasse Hangen Brustlin for transportation analysis, Atelier Ten for environmental design planning, and HR+A Advisors for strategic advisory services.

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International Idea for action | Kaohsiung Taiwan | Maxthreads Architectural Design and Planning

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Kaohsiung city is facing Industrial transformation more than ever, due to demographic changes in the wake of the international tourism, the waterfront becomes vital for changing Kaohsiung’s economics and the way of metro inhabitant.

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ReThink Athens | OKRA

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Earlier this year it is announced at the Onassis Cultural Centre in Athens that the OKRA team of OKRA in collaboration with Mixst urbanism and Wageningen University, had won the prestigious competition ReThink Athens, towards a new city centre. The team is supported by the Greek Architects of Studio 75 and Werner Sobek Green Technologies. The event took place in presence of the President of the Onassis Foundation, Mr. Anthony Papadimitriou, the Prime Minister of Greece, Mr. Antonis Samaras, the Mayor of Athens, Mr. Georgios Kaminis, and many high officials.

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Design Council calls for new strategy for good design in the built environment

Design Council has called for a new cross-government strategy and a commitment from all political parties to deliver and inspire public demand for high quality design in the built environment. Through the experience of its Cabe team and in consultation with its network of Built Environment Experts the Design Council has identified the following key recommendations to the Farrell Review of Architecture and the Built Environment to put to government:

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Dynamic vertical networks | Hong Kong China | JAPA architects

 

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“Since Hong Kong has a predominant verticality and a lack of buildable space, it could be interesting to reinterpret this verticality and propose this new type of vertical farming on the city’s outskirts”  Javier F. Ponce, Dyv-net Architect
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Ejby Campus | Glostrup Denmark | ACT

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Glostrup, Ejby Urban Pocket, was a parallel competition about the transformation of Ejby business area into an modern and live full urban pocket. The competition was part of the Realdania initiative “Future Suburbs”, which aims to create debate and visions for the future sustainable development of suburbs in Denmark.

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Harvard GSD announces winners of the 2013 Veronica Rudge Green Prize

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The Harvard Graduate School of Design (GSD) is pleased to announce the awarding of the 11th Veronica Rudge Green Prize in Urban Design to two projects, The Metro do Porto in Porto, Portugal, and the Northeastern Urban Integration Project in Medellín, Colombia, in a ceremony to be held on Tuesday, September 3, 2013, at 6:30 p.m. in Piper Auditorium at the GSD. Rahul Mehrotra, Professor and Chair of the Department of Urban Planning and Design, and Prize Jury Chair, will host a panel discussion including presentations by representatives (designers and administrators) of the two winning teams. The event will be followed by a reception and viewing of the exhibition Transformative Mobilities: Porto & Medellín, installed in the GSD’s Gund Hall gallery.


“If there are lessons to be drawn for urban design from Medellín and Porto, I think the broader lesson has to do with the disruption of the segregation of the disciplines in the design field. Historically we have understood that Landscape Architecture sits in one place, Architecture in another, and Urban Design and Planning [in another, with all three disciplines] in constant conflict about their territorial rights. One of the things that is revolutionary about the Medellín project is that distinguishing among the disciplines is no longer possible.” Michael Sorkin – Jury Member

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