STUDENT PROJECT | Urban Design for Aveiro City | Alexandre Parente

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The urban design was based on the idea of people to walk and rest on large footpaths with safe and comfortably and also to car and loading and unloading vehicles have enough space for parking. It was also took in consideration the need for public space for local inhabitants and for people passing by, providing squares and  ‘pocket’ gardens. These green spaces contribute to join local commuters and at the same time to ensure climatic comfort and boost on biodiversity in urban landscape. The shops and services needed for inhabitants daily routine are located in the two central avenues where the bus stops, bike lanes and roads and parking lots are located.

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The Lakehouse | Austin USA | Design Workshop

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The Lakehouse celebrates the city’s cultural and industrial heritage and redefines what it means to feel like you’re at home on the Lake. Inspired by the sinuous pattern of the Colorado River, the iconic lake edge weaves through the Lakehouse, creating a sustainable community destination where Austinites can relax, unwind, and stay connected.

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Beijiao Cultural Centre | Foshan China | Gravity Green

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In the age of the economic boom, the modernisation in China is speedily rushing out traditional cultures that once dominated civilization and assembled local identities. While the city transformation seems to be inevitable, it also becomes increasingly vital to preserve the collective memories in the age of globalization. The Beijiao Cultural Centre is an experiment that investigates and examines how regional architecture can bridge the emerging contemporary city with its cultural reminiscence.

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West 8 & ACLA selected for West Kowloon Cultural District Park

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The West Kowloon Cultural District Authority recently announced that a design team led by Dennis Lau & Ng Chun Man Architects & Engineers (Hong Kong) Ltd, supported by landscape architects, West 8 (Netherlands) and ACLA (Hong Kong), has been chosen to design and manage the development of the Park in the West Kowloon Cultural District (Hong Kong), scheduled to open in stages starting from 2015.

The Park will provide a major green open space in the heart of the city and a waterfront promenade which wraps the entire headland, offering spectacular views over Victoria Harbour.

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Nicollet Mall | Minneapolis USA | James Corner Field Operations

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James Corner Field Operations won the commission to redesign Nicollet Mall, a beloved but aging pedestrian and transit corridor in downtown Minneapolis. Today, Nicollet Mall is in dire need of a physical retrofit and upgrade. It is also part of a larger vision to ensure the growing vitality of downtown Minneapolis and is an important component for Minneapolis to maintain a competitive edge as a place that attracts investment and a place that people want to live, work and play.

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