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.
Continue reading The Space Odyssey | Sundbyberg, Sweden | MANDAWORKS
On Long Island’s eastern end, the Towns of Southampton and Riverhead, in Suffolk County, are planning for a new pedestrian bridge over the Peconic River. The bridge will serve as a connective public amenity with economic and visitor experience benefits for both municipalities. The walkable link between downtown Riverhead and the primary commercial corridor of NYS Route 24 in Riverside will provide extraordinary scenic views at its apex and will draw tourists to the region to visit the Riverhead/Riverside area. Additional foot traffic will spur economic activity on both sides of the river. The bridge promotes physical activity and environmental appreciation. The bridge will offer access from the Long Island Aquarium and other major downtown Riverhead businesses and institutions to Riverside through a natural trail setting along the Peconic River waterfront.
Continue reading Peconic Bridge | Long Island, USA | AECOM
The Seafront on Meyer residential development stands out in an area dominated by a diverse array of new high rise condominium developments of varying density and scale. The Seafront on Meyer, a premier high rise residence sits within as site that’s character is enhanced by the presence of mature trees that have been retained and form a striking and unique landscape setting, the trees visual scale provides a distinctiveness, richness, and environmental quality throughout the development.
Continue reading Seafront on Meyer | Singapore | ICN Design
B’nai Jeshurun Congregation is a synagogue that has been serving the Cleveland, Ohio area for almost 150 years. Located in Pepper Pike, Ohio, the synagogue is a large facility that holds several religious, educational and social events throughout the year. In 2013 the congregation asked landscape architecture firm Cawrse and Associates, Inc. to redesign the synagogue’s auto court and ceremonial courtyard. At that time, the auto court spanned the entire length of the building, which consisted of 40-year old crabapple trees, degraded concrete pavement and corroding concrete bollard lighting. These elements created an unwelcoming space that had not been used by the congregation in decades.
Continue reading B’nai Jeshurun Linden Courtyard | Pepper Pike, USA | Cawrse & Associates
The design vision for Morgan Court, Glenroy arose from the many conversations with the local community and stakeholders that became the cornerstone of the project. This in depth local engagement process, together with the careful consideration of the long term objectives within the Glenroy Activity Centre Structure plan, resulted in a design that seeks to activate this public space now and into the future. These informative conversations strengthened the project’s focus on changing perceptions about the value of Morgan Court; how can the community’s appreciation be strengthened through an integrated and vibrant approach to this retail area?
Continue reading Enlocus revitalises Morgan Court with an integrated and vibrant approach
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.
Continue reading STUDENT PROJECT | The Third Reserve | Singapore | Joseph Rosenberg, Daniel Lau, Lindsay Rule
April is World Landscape Architecture Month (#WLAM2016) and is a month long celebration of Landscape Architecture across the world through social media (twitter, instagram, facebook and more) by taking photos of landscape architecture with the “This is Landscape Architecture” card and adding the hashtag #WLAM2016.
Find out more about what is going on in your country through ASLA, Landscape Institute and CSLA. Also follow, retweet and share your fellow landscape architects posts with the hashtag #WLAM2016.
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