The City of Kunshan has a unique history and its people have been responsible for establishing many of the cultural traditions for this region; Kun Opera, canal villages, hairy crab, the Double-headed Lotus flower and a long history of aquaculture production are all notable. As a gateway for the city’s westward expansion, Lotus Lake Park had to define and demonstrate the character of the future public realm in the west.
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UNISA’s brief to the design team was to reflect a new Africanism, a site of confluence of traditional wisdom transmitted to a younger generation. The Kgorong Centre was built as a gathering place for students and gateway to the rest of the campus. The centre is envisioned to become the soul, heart and spirit of the UNISA campus, while linking different levels on a steep slope through sweeping forms that relate intimately with the building architecture. The brief also called for the creation of a piazza space accessible to all. The challenge was to integrate the steep slope with the different levels of the building.
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URBAN CURRENT[S] is a conceptual framework for the development of the city of Medellin. A river, by definition, refers to movement. Only if we interpret the Medellin River area as a single geographic entity composed of natural elements (fauna and flora) and artificial (history, culture, mobility) do we understand that the opportunity presented by this call goes beyond the area defined for the contest. This is why we consider it important to think of the river territory beyond a simple design of public space. It is the opportunity to re-structure and establish a framework for the future development of Medellín.
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Working with DLANDSTUDIO, the firm WXY leads planning and feasibility study of a 3.5-mile greenway park on defunct rail lines, for cultural and recreational uses. WXY Architecture + Urban Design and DLANDSTUDIO Landscape Architecture & Architecture have been selected for the commission to lead a feasibility study and planning phase for the QueensWay, a conversion of a 3.5-mile section of abandoned railway tracks and structures into parks and recreational paths.
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The Southport Broadwater Parklands, with its spectacular Nerang River frontage and proximity to the Southport CBD, has long been a popular community gathering place on the Gold Coast. Realizing the potential for the parklands, the Gold Coast City Council applied for funding through the Q150 Legacy Infrastructure Program. Following the allocation of funding, which was matched by Council, AECOM was commissioned to develop the masterplan for the parklands and see the project through to the delivery of the first stage of construction.
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