OLIN has designed the surrounding campus and healing gardens for the newly constructed hospital tower and research building of Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. Nationwide Children’s Hospital is one of America’s most prominent pediatric health care and research institutes, and has just completed the largest pediatric expansion project in U.S. history, adding 2.1 million square feet of clinical and research space. A dedication ceremony will take place on June 11, 2012. The new facility will open to the public on June 20, 2012, and is expected to welcome at least one million patient visits in its first year.
NYC Parks department is taking corporate sponsorship and partnerships to the next level – dog runs and basketball courts. Cities have raised funds through corporate sponsorship and naming rights of sports stadiums, entertainment arenas, events, parades, subway/train stations, bus shelters and minor sporting facilities. Parks departments are always under pressure as the establishment and maintenance of parks can be a large monetary burden on cities with little income from rental and/or membership fees. Many cities across the world have abandoned, closed parks and also reduced park maintenance to a minimum to save funds in the long running economic crisis.
The ReSpace Competition is an effort to raise awareness of reuse materials while showcasing creative and successful small space designs inspired by their use. Habitat for Humanity of Wake County, the Raleigh Chapter of Architecture for Humanity, and the American Institute of Architects North Carolina Triangle Section are pleased to announce the ReSpace Competition. This design contest is an effort to raise awareness of reusable materials while showcasing creative and successful small space designs inspired by reuse. The ReSpace Competition asks designers to approach the process of designing a small, transportable space with an emphasis on the material “ingredients” that will shape it.
Recently, New York City officials broke ground on Phase 1 of the new Governors Island Park, with over 30 acres including Liggett Terrace, a six acre plaza with seasonal plantings, seating, water features and public art; Hammock Grove, a ten acre space that is home to 2,000 new trees, play areas and hammocks; and the Play Lawn, 14 acres for play and relaxation that includes two turf ball fields sized for adult softball and Little League baseball. Also to be built will be welcome areas, a re-graded Parade Ground and key visitor amenities, including lighting, seating and signage throughout the Historic District.
Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM) was awarded the Master Plan commission for FPT City in Danang, Vietnam. SOM’s preliminary plan for a sustainable new high-tech community at the edge of the city has been applauded by local authorities, including the Head of Planning and the Peoples Committee of the City of Danang. SOM is now working closely with these authorities to finalise the project’s design and ensure its delivery. This is SOM’s second recent project ‘win’ in the country and follows the firm’s recent success of Green Tech City in Hanoi.