Re-purposing Sydney’s monorail

Repurposing Sydney's monorail? habitation

Recently, the NSW government announced that Sydney’s monorail infrastructure will be demolished only 24 years after it went into service. David Vago, Principal of habitation believes that this is a missed opportunity to retrofit the Monorail structure for a pedestrian focused open space similar to the High-Line in New York.

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West 8 + IROJE Wins Yongsan Park Competition

West 8 + IROJE Wins Yonsan Park Competition

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The Ministry of Land, Transport and Maritime Affairs of the Republic of Korea recently announced that West 8 + IROJE has won International Competition for Master Plan of Yongsan Park, Korea.
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ASPECT Studios with Choi Ropiha selected for Sydney’s Ultimo Pedestrian Network

ASPECT Studios with Choi Ropiha selected for Sydney's Ultimo Pedestrian Network

ASPECT Studios with Choi Ropiha Fighera have been chosen by Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority to design and deliver Sydney’s Ultimo Pedestrian Network (UPN). The linear elevated public space will be a highly anticipated and activated city space with many of Sydney’s key cultural and educational institutions located along its edges. The UPN project will provide improved pedestrian and cyclist access and circulation from the Railway Square bus and train interchange into the south-west corner of Darling Harbour.

The institutions which have a direct investment into the project include the Powerhouse Museum, The ABC, TAFE – Sydney Institute, the City of Sydney Council, and Infrastructure NSW and UTS with its new Gehry designed school of business on the doorstep of the UPN. The concept scheme is scheduled for consultation in June 2012 and the project set for completion at the end of 2013.

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Thu Thiem Master Plan | Ho Chi Minh City Vietnam | Sasaki Associates

Thu Thiem Master Plan | Ho Chi Minh City Vietnam | Sasaki Associates

The planning for Thu Thiem has occurred over a nine-year span, through a collaborative and detailed design process led by Sasaki and the Investment and Construction Authority (ICA) of Thu Thiem. This included extensive data collection from governing agencies and dozens of seminars and workshops in HCMC with individuals and stakeholders and culminating in Sasaki’s approved 1:2000 Thu Thiem Master Plan and Urban Design Guidelines in 2005.

In 2011, the ICA hired the Sasaki to update the 2005 plan and make strategic adjustments to land use, landscapes, and development program based on evolving requirements for both public lands and market and economic conditions. The year-long process included additional workshops and seminars to review and confirm all master plan and urban design guideline refinements.

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Australian cities need to be more social: Report

The ‘Social Cities’ report recently published by the Grattan Institute shows that whilst Australian cities have paid great attention to making cities more sustainable and productive they have neglected the ‘social’ aspect of cities and the need to create places for social interaction. Single households are on the rise in Australia creating more lonely and isolated Australians, the report outlines the need for design solutions to provide more places for social connection within communities. Social connections and interaction is beneficial to overall mental well-being.

“Social connection is becoming more widely recognised as an important goal in the design of streets and the architecture of  buildings….”

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