Rebuild by Design Competition winners announced

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Hoboken Waterfront | ©OMA  | one of six winning proposals in the Rebuild By Design Competition

Rebuild by Design was a design competition to create innovative community- and policy-based solutions to protect U.S. cities that are most vulnerable to increasingly intense weather events and future uncertainties.  Back in April, 10 Finalists were unveiled and the teams developed their proposals in partnership with local stakeholder coalitions and feedback from participants. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Shaun Donovan announced recently that six design proposals have been selected as winners of HUD’s Rebuild by Design competition.

The six teams with winning proposals are:

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Bullitt Center | Seattle USA | Berger Partnership

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The visionary Bullitt Foundation commissioned the world’s first mid-rise commercial building to meet the Living Building Challenge. The Bullitt Center now serves as a model for building and exhibiting innovative and ecologically sensitive design and green infrastructure. As landscape architects, we served to integrate the landscape with the building’s wastewater and stormwater systems, and crafted visual and educational connections to the public and building occupants. Each planting area is a functional landscape revealing the natural processes at work. A landmark project, the Bullitt Center redefines the way landscape can serve to support and replace conventional building systems and inspire users.

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Shawm House | Coldtown UK | OOBE Ltd

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A unique landscape responding to an innovative new residential building set within rural Northumberland. The brief was to develop a sustainable dwelling that sat within, and responded to, its surroundings. Architects Mawson Kerr proposed a pioneering barn conversion that uses innovative construction techniques and sustainable technologies alongside local materials to produce a simple, elegant new home.
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Fen River Waterfront Landscape Design by AECOM

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Fen River is the mother river of Taiyuan City. It runs from north to south through the city and fosters the history, culture and development of the region. The project site is located at the joining point of old town and new urban area with a total of 2.57km2 (50 Hec­tares) riverfront landscape area. The project connects existing community on the east with Changfeng Business District, a new civic and business center west of Fen River. Being built in the spring of 2013, Fen River Park is now a popular public space and a new landmark of Taiyuan City.

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Pete V. Domenici U.S. Courthouse Sustainable Landscape Retrofit | Albuquerque USA | Rios Clementi Hale Studios

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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.

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Arroyo Seco Confluence | Los Angeles USA | Hu Yingjun

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The Arroyo Seco Confluence is a complicated site in which freeways, rail infrastructure and the rivers are tightly intertwined. What’s more, the Confluence is a very important site with immense potential. The objectives of this study are to re-transform the Arroyo Seco from a channelized and single-functional channel to a multi-functional corridor of significant natural and cultural value, to provide safe access and create activities and recreation for people within the maze of pre-existing infrastructure, to regenerate for developing to bring new life and investment to nearby urban settlements.

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INTERVIEW | The Immersery by HASSELL

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Last week we published the design concept for the The Immersery which has now opened to the public as the centrepiece of the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival. The Immersery is a cloud-like structure suspended above a floating bar and open-kitchen restaurant on the banks of Melbourne’s Yarra River designed by international design practice HASSELL, from a concept dreamt up by the team at Melbourne Food and Wine Festival. WLA interviewed HASSELL by email about the design and various aspects of the design process.

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