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.

IMAGE CREDIT: ASPECT Studios

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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Kallang River Bishan Park | Singapore | Atelier Dreiseitl

Kallang River Bishan Park | Singapore | Atelier Dreiseitl

We reported on Singapore’s plan for Bishan Park back in late 2009 (‘Kallang River to reappear in Bishan Park‘) and the plan has now come to fruition with Singapore’s Prime Minister recently opening the park to the public. The design was undertaken by Atelier Dreiseitl

Mr Herbert Dreiseitl, Founder and Partner from Atelier Dreiseitl stated back in 2009.

“As a strong new impulse for the future, an infrastructure that can be appreciated and accessed by citizens which at the same time respects the environment in a sustainable manner also brings about a subtle change in behaviour and thinking and it is through this change that we can begin to create places which are vibrant, healthy and full of socio-cultural liveliness. Bishan Park has already the beginnings of this, and bringing the river and water element back to the people, will further enhance the place.”

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