Presidio Trust shortlists 5 firms for New Presidio Parkland

The Presidio Trust, working with the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy and the National Park Service, has invited five renowned design firms to develop conceptual design and programming for 10 acres of new parkland that will be created in the Presidio atop a dramatic bluff with panoramic Golden Gate views. The design opportunity came about as the result of the demolition of the 75-year-old freeway leading to the Golden Gate Bridge, which is being replaced by the Presidio Parkway, a new at-grade tunnel-covered roadway that will connect the two most expansive public spaces in the Presidio: the historic Main Post and the bay front at Crissy Field.  The project also includes three acres of newly designed parklands adjacent to the Crissy Field Center, including facilities and grounds for youth programs offered by the Trust, Conservancy, and National Park Service.
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Quinta das Virtudes | Porto Portugal | Cláudio Folha and Filipe Silva

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The project “Quinta das Virtudes” was developed at an early stage by the following landscape architects: Cláudio Folha, Filipe Silva and Tiago Ortega in the context of the subject of Cultural Landscapes Project in the fourth year of Landscape Architecture course in the Faculty of Science of University of Porto in 2011.

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STUDENT PROJECT | Re-transforming Landscape at the Arroyo Seco Confluence | Hu Yingjun

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The Arroyo Seco Confluence is a complicated site in which freeways, rail infrastructure and the rivers are tightly intertwined. What’s more, the Confluence is a very important site with immense potential. The objectives of this study are to re-transform the Arroyo Seco from a channelized and single-functional channel to a multi-functional corridor of significant natural and cultural value, to provide safe access and create activities and recreation for people within the maze of pre-existing infrastructure, to regenerate for developing to bring new life and investment to nearby urban settlements.

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Al Fayah Park | Abu Dhabi UAE | Heatherwick Studio

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Can you make a park out of the desert? The studio was asked to re-conceive a major piece of public land in Abu Dhabi. Following the rapid pace of the city’s recent development there was a desire to provide a local park as a public space devoted to the well-being of the people of the city.

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Jigsaw | Bondi Junction Australia | Waverly Council & Archrival

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Jigsaw is a three-dimensional mural artwork executed by a non-profit organisation called Archrival who unites the creative community by applying strategic practice and new thinking about ways to reshape modes of architecture and the design practice. Waverley Council engaged Archrival to design, construct and install the public art piece as a means of injecting beauty at a human scale to the otherwise vehicle-dominated streetscape of Gray Street in Bondi Junction, Sydney. This was part of Council’s Bondi Junction Complete Streets Project, which aims to make the area a true destination that is inviting, functional and desirable; an exciting place to live, work, visit and enjoy.

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