Culture and activity space | Hedehusene Denmark | LIW planning

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”…the country’s best example on how to use a parking space for physical activities and a meeting point, for those who’d rather watch…” LOA-fund, Oct. 2012
In Hedehusene, there should be room for urban life as well as for cars. Therefore, an existing parking lot was transformed to accommodate parking and at the same time be a safe and vibrant culture and recreation space.

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Mound plan | Overdiepse polder The Netherlands | Bosch Slabbers Landscape + Urban design

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Aerial View | image Credit – Rijkswaterstaat

The Overdiepse Polder, located on the south bank of the Bergsche Maas, is one of over 30 ‘Room for the River’ projects. In the polder preventative measures are being taken to enlarge the drainage capacity of the river during high water. So called ‘river widening’. This project is special because inhabitants and entrepreneurs in the polder came up with the solution early on: The Mound Plan.

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Archipelgo K | Kristinehamn Sweden | POOL

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“Archipelgo K” is a project made for the international competition Europan 12 on the theme of the Adaptable City, considering the adaptability as the quality of a space that can be easily modified in harmony with the changes to use. The location chosen is the town of Kristinehamn, facing the Lake Vänern – in a natural location of high environmental value – that is placed in between the most famous touristic cities in Sweden (Stockholm, Malmo, Goteborg).

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Tecnologico de Monterrey Urban Regeneration Plan | Monterrey Mexico | Sasaki

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All over the world, cities and major universities are collaborating to create new economies and regenerate society. Tecnológico de Monterrey is positioned to become a leader in stimulating national urban and economic regeneration—and prove the power of Latin American universities as engines of innovation and entrepreneurship. Tecnologico de Monterrey has set an objective to become one of the top 100 global universities, and the best university in Latin America. In response to this vision, Sasaki’s urban regeneration plan for Tecnológico de Monterrey establishes a framework for the long-term evolution of the campus and adjoining neighborhoods. The plan creates an environment in the university context that will attract significant research and development investment, while transforming the community into a lively, attractive, dynamic, and integrated district.

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Farrell Review makes recommendations for UK Architecture and the Built Environment

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The Farrell Review, a UK industry-wide review of architecture and the built environment, led by Sir Terry Farrell and commissioned by Culture Minister Ed Vaizey, was recently published. The findings have been compiled into a report with 60 recommendations with an emphasis on proactive rather than reactive planning system that needs to be revolutionise to include PLACE (Planning, Landscape, Architecture, Conservation and Engineering) reviews of existing places. The review also calls for urban rooms in towns and cities providing a forum for residents to understand and debate the past, present and future of the place.

The Farrell Review also calls for a reform in architectural training and for architecture and the built environment to be taught as early as possible in schools with alternative routes into architecture to be provide through apprenticeships. Other recommendations include an International Festival of Architecture  to be held annually in London to champion the Britain’s considerable strength in architecture, and its success as an export industry.

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