Grange Insurance Headquarters Landscape | Columbus USA | NBBJ

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The suburban corporate headquarters campus is a common development model found across the US and abroad; and for a number of good reasons. The large volume of building and parking required for the hundreds of executives and staff coupled with the economic and logistic benefits associated with greenfield sites located at the perimeter of a city, make it an easy decision to establish headquarters out of the city core.  When faced with the challenge expansion, the Grange Insurance Company considered this option but based on their commitment to the neighborhood, decided to keep their US headquarters in the city and invest their energies in the environment they have resided in for decades.

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Transform Detroit’s Midtown Viaducts

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Midtown Detroit, Inc. (MDI) in partnership with the New Economy Initiative (NEI) is seeking proposals to transform the undersides of two viaducts located in Midtown Detroit’s TechTown district with public art and light. MDI is pleased to announce that its Call for Entries is now open. However, there is one proviso – the call is open to all professional artists, architects, designers, design firms and/or teams consisting of these entities located in the following eight southeast Michigan counties:  Genesee, Lapeer, Livingston, Macomb, Oakland, St. Clair, Washtenaw and Wayne.

Accepted proposals will be funded up to $75,000 per viaduct. Applicants may provide proposals for either one or both viaducts. If applying for both viaducts, proposals may treat each viaduct as two separate installations or visually connect the two viaducts with a cohesive design.

 

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ENYA Announces the Winners of QueensWay Connection: Elevating the Public Realm Design Ideas Competition

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FIRST PRIZE | The Queensway Steps | Carrie Wilbert of Paris, France

The Emerging New York Architects (ENYA) committee of the AIA New York Chapter is pleased to announce the winners of its 2014 biennial design ideas competition, QueensWay Connection: Elevating the Public Realm. Entrants were challenged to design a vertical gateway for the elevated viaduct portion of a 3.5 mile stretch of abandoned railway in Central Queens, currently under study for conversion into an urban greenway by The Trust for Public Land, Friends of the Queensway, and their design consultants. Of the 120 submitted proposals from 28 countries, the jury selected the winners to represent the diverse array of ideas generated.

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The Broad unveils design for new public plaza by DS+R and Hood Design

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The Broad, Los Angeles’s newest contemporary art museum, recently unveiled designs for a new outdoor public plaza by architect Diller Scofidio + Renfro and Hood Design, landscaping that will feature 100-year-old olive trees as well as enhanced landscaping and improvements along Grand Avenue, adding another parcel of critical green space to the region and making downtown’s cultural corridor more pedestrian-friendly when the plaza opens later this year. In addition to the plaza next to the museum, The Broad also announced that its adjacent restaurant will be developed by leading Los Angeles restaurateur Bill Chait, with a unique vision to integrate dining with art and community.

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Power Strip / City Square | Las Vegas USA | UNLV Downtown Design Center

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This project is a speculative proposal meant to incite a civic examination of the use of space in downtown Las Vegas.  The city has a long and continuing history of private investment in development; yet little of this growth by developers or the city investment resulted in public spaces in the downtown.

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