Oak Grove Village | Malden & Melrose, MA, USA | Pressley Associates

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Oak Grove Village is located in the Boston suburbs of Malden and Melrose on 17.4 acres including 8.6 acres of green space, most of which is over parking structure.  . The phased 500 rental apartments are connected to the Oak Grove Orange Line T-Station by a new footbridge across a historic canal, whose banks were enhanced as part of the landscape vision. The planned unit development draws inspiration from historic New England towns.  Architecture and landscape architecture combine creating a sense of community.  Storefronts activate the street and dwelling units open out to accessible open space. Condensing building footprints, and placing much of the parking underground maximized the common green space.

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Shortlisted ideas for nuclear power station design have been unveiled

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Shortlisted Entry | Cumbria Water Park by Iteriad, Stephenson Halliday and Charles and Lily Jencks supported by Atkins Engineers

Earlier this year, in a World-first, NuGen invited designers from across the globe to come up with ideas for Europe’s largest nuclear power station.
The shortlisted schemes, for various buildings including a visitor centre and worker accommodation, are now available on the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) website: and on the Landscape Institute (LI)

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Reversing the fortunes of a London High Street | HASSELL

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The Croydon South End High Street regeneration was the first in a programme of projects being delivered by the London Borough of Croydon to renew and enhance key high streets in the area.

As one of the areas significantly impacted by the civic disorder in 2011, Croydon’s South End High Street was suffering from a vacancy rate almost double the nation’s average. Pedestrians gave way to busy traffic and the shop fronts, streetscapes and public spaces were in desperate need of repair.

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Senior City | Cortina d`Ampezzo, Italy | Alessandro Tessari, Matteo Bandiera, Gianluca Parcianello & Fausta Occhipinti

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The sense of identity of a place is its capability to develop through time without losing its own character and keeping its values, forms and traditions; the project of the new residence for senior citizens in Cortina comes from a deep reflection about particular state and place. On the one hand, the physical context of the proposal is a natural slope in the historic area of Chiave, in the North of Cortina, from where it is possible to glance towards a spectacular mountain landscape. On the other hand, the cultural and technological context formed on a basis of traditional constructional logic has modelled the aspect of Cortina throughout the centuries.

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Downtown Fenwick Revitalization | Fenwick, Canada | The Planning Partnership

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In 1790, a confluence of agricultural trade routes resulted in the settlement of Fenwick, Ontario. Not unlike other rural communities, Fenwick grew as it needed to, with infrastructure built as required; never a cohesive vision, and always catering to vehicular and commercial priority. This project celebrates the re-envisioning of this community with a town centre, accessed by a revitalized the main street, Canboro Road and activated by furnishings implying a sense of pride and newfound sense of place.

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City Hall Square | Viborg, Denmark | LIW planning

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Viborg’s central role in the history of Denmark is today reflected in the city’s historical core, which in its structure also appears as a classical medieval town. The new City Hall square is placed in a former barrack area on the edge of the historic centre, and the classic sense of the town square as the city’s central public space is thus blurred. The central question in this project is therefore how to create a contemporary, welcoming and relevant reinterpretation of the City Hall square in a new context.

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Ananas New Community | Manila, Philippines | Sasaki Associates

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In recent decades, the Philippines has witnessed consistent population and economic growth. Official statistics estimate the country will grow by 50 million people in the next 35 years, straining already congested and rapidly expanding metropolitan areas such as Manila. This growth comes at the expense of agricultural land, compromising the lifeline of existing communities and the food supply of future generations. Single-use gated communities are the norm, whose poor public realm and connectivity force residents to drive to their everyday needs. A complete disregard for natural systems has exacerbated issues surrounding flooding, regional water quality and supply.

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