Rios Clementi Hale Studios’ environmentally friendly landscape design achieves GSA’s cost-saving sustainability goals in three interconnected ways: ecologically, economically, and culturally. In terms of ecology, the landscape design reintroduces native plants that require little supplemental irrigation, provides irrigation by collecting and re-using rainwater, filters stormwater runoff in on-site bioswales, decreases water usage by 85%, and replaces broad areas of unnecessary pavement with shade to help reduce heat island effect.
Continue reading Pete V. Domenici U.S. Courthouse Sustainable Landscape Retrofit | Albuquerque USA | Rios Clementi Hale Studios
Mandaworks and Hosper Sweden have been awarded ﬁrst prize in the open international urban design competition in Trenčín, Slovakia. On May 19th, 2014 the results were announced. Mandaworks and Hosper were selected from 59 entrants to receive ﬁrst prize and awarded € 30,000. The competition was organized by the City of Trenčín with support from the Swiss-Slovak Cooperation Programme and ﬁnanced by contributions from the Swiss Confederation and co-ﬁnanced from the state budget of the Slovak Republic.
Continue reading Mandaworks & Hosper win International Urban Design Competition in Trenčín Slovakia
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The esplanade youth plaza is situated in the heart of the Fremantle City. Embodying principles of social sustainability, the facility offers opportunities for all participants. It is a central community hub for events, competitions and social opportunities.
Continue reading The Esplanade Youth Plaza | Fremantle Australia | Convic
The Presidio Trust, working with the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy and the National Park Service, has invited five renowned design firms to develop conceptual design and programming for 10 acres of new parkland that will be created in the Presidio atop a dramatic bluff with panoramic Golden Gate views. The design opportunity came about as the result of the demolition of the 75-year-old freeway leading to the Golden Gate Bridge, which is being replaced by the Presidio Parkway, a new at-grade tunnel-covered roadway that will connect the two most expansive public spaces in the Presidio: the historic Main Post and the bay front at Crissy Field. The project also includes three acres of newly designed parklands adjacent to the Crissy Field Center, including facilities and grounds for youth programs offered by the Trust, Conservancy, and National Park Service.
Continue reading Presidio Trust shortlists 5 firms for New Presidio Parkland
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The Bulcock Beach foreshore is a spectacular piece of the Queensland coast. A natural outlook across the sparkling waters of the Pumicestone Passage, the foreshore has views from the northern tip of Bribie Island National Park and further west to the Glasshouse Mountains. In 2007 PLACE Design Group was first commissioned by the Sunshine Coast Council to undertake master plan review, design development, stakeholder consultation and to prepare detailed tender documentation for the Bulcock Beach Esplanade Redevelopment. In 2013 this redevelopment was completed and the foreshore area not only preserved but reinvigorated.
Continue reading Bulcock Beach Esplanade Redevelopment | Caloundra Australia | PLACE Design Group
”…the country’s best example on how to use a parking space for physical activities and a meeting point, for those who’d rather watch…” LOA-fund, Oct. 2012
In Hedehusene, there should be room for urban life as well as for cars. Therefore, an existing parking lot was transformed to accommodate parking and at the same time be a safe and vibrant culture and recreation space.
Continue reading Culture and activity space | Hedehusene Denmark | LIW planning
The project developed a design idea for an elevated bike infrastructure in Genoa’s east Valley, known as Val Bisagno. The valley has been named after the seasonal stream that rushes through it, nowadays the area is one of Genoa’s busiest urban periphery, with 130.000 inhabitants and two major issues:
1) The recurring floods of the seasonal stream.
2) The lack of sustainable mobility plans.
Continue reading STUDENT PROJECT | Genoa Green Infrastructure | Alessandro Vino