Zollhallen Plaza is new counterpart for the historic customs hall which was restored in 2009. The plaza is a fine example of water sensitive urban design, as it is disconnected from the sewer system. Beautiful planters provide infiltration points, and subsurface gravel trenches with innovative in-built filter medium reduce the hydraulic overload on the sewer system.
As we enter December and start to look back at landscape architecture projects of 2012, there is one project that stands out – The Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. A park that involved numerous landscape architecture firms and allied professionals. The Landscape Institute recently published a short video – The Olympic Park: a Landscape Legacy produced by Room60. The video shows the transformational power of landscape and how various landscape architects can join together as a team.
Grand Park’s landscape architecture and architecture by Rios Clementi Hale Studios creates a distinctive, interconnected, and inviting space. The design is inspired by the diversity of the people of the region, both explicitly and implicitly, in the variety of its lawns, terraces, plazas, and gardens. Although Grand Park is a significant marker of the county, it is not meant to be a static monument, but rather act as the “front- and backyards” for the community. Continue reading Grand Park | Los Angeles USA | Rios Clementi Hale Studios
ASPECT Studios with Choi Ropiha Fighera have been chosen by Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority to design and deliver Sydney’s Ultimo Pedestrian Network (UPN). The linear elevated public space will be a highly anticipated and activated city space with many of Sydney’s key cultural and educational institutions located along its edges. The UPN project will provide improved pedestrian and cyclist access and circulation from the Railway Square bus and train interchange into the south-west corner of Darling Harbour. Continue reading Ultimo Pedestrian Network | Sydney Australia | ASPECT Studios
The previously isolated Kievit district has developed into an international entrance area for the city due to the new TGV station. After earlier realization of the first phase with mainly high-rise offices, the city of Antwerp made an urban plan for the second phase containing a mix of homes, offices and public facilities, and with more space to create a green public domain. For the design of the public space of the Kievit phase 2 area, five design teams were selected to provide a vision and sketch design. Continue reading Kievit in Green | Antwerp Belgium | BUUR and Hosper with ARA
The shortlist for AECOM’s Urban SOS: Frontiers open ideas student competition has been announced. This years competition was seeking integrated design, planning, environmental restoration and engineering responses that address border, gateway and edge/fringe conditions in cities worldwide. Proposals had to address urban sites currently facing chronic liveability challenges that are largely the result of a city’s location on a physical, political, cultural or economic border. Proposals should be implementable.
OLIN, has led the design and construction of Canal Park in Washington, D.C. The park opened to the public on November 16, 2012. One of the first parks built as part of the District’s Anacostia Waterfront Initiative, Canal Park has been designed as a vibrant social gathering place and an economic catalyst for the surrounding neighborhood. The park is also a model of sustainable design, serving as a pilot project for the Sustainable Sites Initiative (SITES™) and a candidate for LEED® Gold certification. Continue reading Washington Canal Park | Washington D.C. USA | OLIN