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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Henning Larsen Architects has been selected to design the European Spallation Source research centre. In a large international design contest, two winners were chosen: the concept by the Henning Larsen consortium, and the concept by the BIG/HOK consortium. In the end, HLA was selected to develop the final design.The ESS is Europe’s largest science current project. It will be the world-leading research facility for materials research and life science with neutrons.
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The ‘Flevo’ polder with its major city Almere is located in the middle of Netherlands. The ‘Oostvaarderplassen’ in the north of this polder is a protected nature area with different kind of animals like red deers, foxes and wild horses. There is a demand for an ecological corridor between the ‘Oostvaarderplassen’ and the ecological reserve of ‘De Veluwe’ located in southern direction of the Netherlands. As a result, animals will have the opportunity to migrate and exchange area. So the extension of Almere city which needs 10.000 new houses and an ecological corridor are combined in the same area.
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Scene Sensor | James Murray, Shota Vashakmadze
The organisers of LAGI, an ideas competition to design a site-specific public artwork at Freshkills Park have announced the winners of the 2012 LAGI design competition. The winner is Scene-Sensor // Crossing Social and Ecological Flows – a series of Piezoelectric Generators (Thin Film and Embedded Wire) that can generate upto 5,500 MWh designed by James Murray and Shota Vashakmadze from Atlanta, USA.
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