The Space Odyssey | Sundbyberg, Sweden | MANDAWORKS

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Commissioned by Sundbyberg’s Municipality, Mandaworks was asked to develop an urban design proposal for how Sundbyberg’s City Center could be transformed when the existing at-grade railway is buried underground. Currently a barrier in the city’s urban structure, the existing railway is also a key regional connection (5th busiest transport hub in Sweden) in the Stockholm metropolitan area, and a catalyst for urban life in one of the most rapidly growing municipalities in Sweden.  With the municipality exploring plans to bury the rail line starting in 2019 and dealing with an increased demand for housing and office space, Mandaworks was one of five multi-disciplinary teams commissioned to explore alternative proposals for the future train station area.
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STUDENT PROJECT | The Third Reserve | Singapore | Joseph Rosenberg, Daniel Lau, Lindsay Rule

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Optimizing Singapore’s Land Use
Singapore has a long and successful history of land optimization and intensification since its independence over a half century ago. To adjust for economic and population growth, the city-state continues to perform reclamation to ensure its industrial and commercial sector will flourish. Since Singapore’s first masterplan in 1958, each land use has been articulated and appropriated for specific usage with the exception of one: the island’s interior reserves. When seeing Singapore as a whole, large green swaths of land within the Western and Central regions of the island are dominantly used for passive open spaces, military facilities and storage. They are delineated from the urban fabric by major freeways, accessible only at discrete locations. These reserves have not been optimized to the same degree as the island’s developed land and remain underutilized. But what if Singapore could create a new reserve optimized to the same degree of the rest of island? A Third Reserve could address the future challenges facing the island with population growth and food security.

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USDA Launches “Plant a Window Box for Pollinators” Using New People’s Garden Initiative Website

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The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) urged Americans of all ages to “Plant a Window Box for Pollinators” by using a new, free online tool available at the redesigned People’s Garden Initiative website.

The new tool allows people to determine which plants will provide pollinator forage based on their zip code. Site visitors can then print out the list of plants to take to their local garden store and grown them in a window box. There is also a virtual window box game. Even a space as small as a window box can help pollinators by ensuring they don’t have to fly too far to find food. The interactive People’s Garden website also includes the popular live USDA “bee cam” which broadcasts honeybee activity on the roof of USDA’s headquarters building in Washington, D.C.

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Six Key Strategies for Vacant Land in the Future City

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Van Alen Institute and the New Orleans Redevelopment Authority (NORA) have released the key strategies developed through Future Ground, a competition to generate design and policy strategies for vacant land reuse.

Over the course of six months in 2015, the three winning multidisciplinary design teams – NOLEX, PaD, and STOSS – tackled fundamental questions not only about vacant land, but also about creating more equitable cities: How can we build unconventional partnerships to improve quality of life in underserved communities?
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Aitken Place Park – an intimate waterfront retreat for Torontonians

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Aitken Place Park is a 3,000m2 urban park currently being developed within the East Bayfront’s Bayside development – a formerly underutilized industrial area which is being transformed into an active and vibrant mixed use community as part of Waterfront Toronto’s ongoing revitalization efforts.
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The Tiger Glen Garden: A Garden with a Story to Tell

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The Tiger Glen Garden is a courtyard garden in the new wing of the Johnson Museum of Art. The design uses a minimalist palette of stone and moss to evoke an ancient Chinese parable known as the Three Laughers of the Tiger Glen. As such, the garden is not simply a restive place, the design of which is intended to be only pleasing and calming. It is a meaningful place. A garden that has a story to tell.

 

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STUDENT Project | Waterfront Regeneration of Maren | Carlos Dias

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The project was developed for the city of Södertälje in Sweden which is located in one bay of the lake Mälaren, in where it joins the Baltic Sea through a canal and incorporates the small lake Maren. Until the beginning of the 19th century, the lakes Mälaren and Maren did not have a connection between them and this way the city developed around these two waterfronts.
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