City College of New York and Rutgers win Parks for the People Competition

City College of New York and Rutgers win Parks for the People Competition
City College of New York and Rutgers, were honored with Awards of Excellence for their entries Van Alen Institute: Projects in Public Architecture and the U.S. National ParkService are pleased to announce the winners of Parks for the People: A Student Competition to Reimagine America’s National Parks. Eight student and faculty teams were honored at the competition award ceremony, reception, and exhibition opening on September 19 in Washington, D.C. at the AIA Legacy Foundation’s Octagon Museum.

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Averbode Abbey Square | Scherpenheuvel-Zichem Belgium | OMGEVING

Averbode Abbey Square | Scherpenheuvel-Zichem Belgium | OMGEVING

Reflections on the Past and the Present in the Courtyard of Averbode Abbey 

In the summer of 2012 the recently rejuvenated courtyard of Averbode Abbey has opened its doors inviting everyone to enjoy its centuries-old architecture and Baroque church standing at its heart. These impressive buildings are literally reflected in the grand water mirror calmly sitting at the centre of the square. The large film of water, which is only a few centimetres deep, not only provides an alternative view of the surrounding buildings, but also welcomes the visitor to rest beside it on a nearby bench and enjoy its tranquil character or even walk in it during those rare hot Belgian days. Averbode Abbey’s historical role is thus recreated in its own courtyard by bringing together people of all ages from around the region.

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Imagining the Lowline exhibit opens

Imagining the Lowline exhibit opens
Last Saturday the “Imagining the Lowline” exhibit opened to the public as part of the “Experiments in Motion” initiative commissioned by Audi of America and in partnership with the Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation (GSAPP), nine student visions will be presented along with a 45-foot-long suspended model of Manhattan’s subway grid that contextualizes the Lowline within the city’s huge inventory of underground spaces.

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Neptune Park | Saratoga Springs USA | J-U-B Engineers

Neptune Park | Saratoga Springs USA | J-U-B Engineers

When the City of Saratoga Springs, Utah, planned to build a new park, they knew they wanted it to be more than just a collection of fields and swing sets—they wanted to create a “destination.” The newly-opened Neptune Park is just that. The park is a community gathering place and includes a playground, soccer field, two large pavilions, a restroom and maintenance building, a civic courtyard, a basketball court, pedestrian lighting, parking, and an event stage. Among the park’s many beautiful amenities is the innovative playground featuring the park’s namesake, a 30-foot tall climbing structure called the Neptun XXL—the first of its kind in the Western Hemisphere.

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Skolkovo Innovation Centre | Moscow Russia | AECOM

Skolkovo Innovation Centre | Moscow Russia | AECOM

The Skolkovo Innovation Center, also known as the Russian Silicon Valley, is a key Russian development project: a 460 hectare technology business area planned at Skolkovo, near Moscow, Russia. The strategic goal of the Skolkovo Innovation Centre is to concentrate international intellectual capital, thereby stimulating the development of break-through projects and technologies. The landscape by AECOM is designed to at once reflect and encourage innovation, providing places to refresh and inspire the minds of the people living and working within Skolkovo.
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