The National Creative Cluster | Beijing China | Sasaki Associates

The National Creative Cluster | Beijing China | Sasaki Associates
Since the beginning of the 21st century, Beijing has made huge strides to solidify its position as one of the world’s great cities.  It is a city that is modernizing rapidly— skyscrapers are rising out of fallow fields, a new transportation system is extending the reach of the city, and environmental initiatives are improving air and water quality. Fresh ideas are also emerging, while still embracing the rich traditions of the past. Near Songzhuang, a quiet village on the outskirts of Beijing, a unique opportunity exists to create a new urban district dedicated entirely to the cultivation of new ideas. The National Creative Cluster (NCC) is envisioned as the country’s preeminent knowledge hub, making the district a center for China’s innovative home-grown talent, and a destination for the world’s most creative thinkers. Sasaki’s master plan for NCC – selected in May 2012 for implementation – focuses on five structuring principles that underscore and support the overarching philosophy of the district: to bring industries with shared values and complementary skills and technologies together to help spark new ideas.

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Man-Built Islands Dongqian Lake | Ningbo China | HASSELL

Man-Built Islands Dongqian Lake | Ningbo China | HASSELL

Dongqian Lake, a water reservoir supplying the residents of Ningbo, requires regular dredging which results in a large quantity of by-product. The local authorities recognised an opportunity to use this by-product for the creation of a man-made island within the lake. The Ningbo Planning Bureau for Dongqian Lake Tourist and Holiday Resort invited a select group of consultants to provide conceptual proposals for the development of an island precinct. The HASSELL concept won the competition. A feasibility study was undertaken and the development of the proposal is now underway.

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Chinatown Upgrades | Sydney Australia | ASPECT Studios

The upgrades to Little Hay Street, Factory Street and Kimber Lane are stage one in the transformation of Chinatown’s Public Domain. The focus of the work is to uplift the public domain quality and strengthen the pedestrian connections, whilst improving lighting, furniture, and embracing the distinguishing character of each street or laneway by integrating site specific public artworks.
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Shortlist announced for Barangaroo Central Master Planning Team


Back in August we put the notice out for the International Search for Barangaroo Central Master Planning Team. After a review of all submissions the Authority’s Recommendation Panel has shortlisted 5 teams to deliver presentations and participate in interviews, prior to the final selection being made in December 2012.

Teams selected for further evaluation

  1. BIG – Bjarke Ingels Group (Danish firm with office in New York) and Hassell (Aust representation),
  2. Woods Bagot (Aust representation), Scape NYC (USA)
  3. UN Studio (Dutch), LAB architecture studio (Aust), NH Architecture (Aust), Imelk (USA)
  4. Sasaki Associates (USA), Diller Scofidio Renfro (USA); Jackson Teece (Aust)
  5. SOM – Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP  (USA) + Andersen Hunter Horne (Aust)

Infiltrated Cultural and Ecological Urbanism | Kaohsiung Taiwan | Maxthreads

Infiltrated Cultural and Ecological Urbanism | Kaohsiung Taiwan | Maxthreads

Kaohsiung existing city plan is an infrastructure led gridded planning. And the resulting cohesive network of road system and block green spaces. Kaohsiung port station. The railway site lies on the edge of the Kaohsiung city, alone the Wan shu mountain. Formed an invisible boundary.

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