MVRDV wins competition to transform abandoned highway section into Seoul Skygarden

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The Seoul Skygarden, MVRDV’s proposal for the 938 metre long former elevated highway next to Seoul’s Central Station, hopes to build on the city’s ambition to be greener, more attractive and more user-friendly so as to inspire a process of change for the entire neighborhood. The design populates the overpass with 254 species of trees, shrubs and flowers to create an arboretum of local species, a library of plants that can be enjoyed by Seoul’s public, and a nursery for the city’s other green spaces. Organised according to the Korean alphabet, this library makes legible the natural diversity of the city, allows citizens to take a selfie next to their favourite local plant while knowing its name. The new overpass will cut the 25 minute walk around the station to just 11 minutes, and will generate 1.83 times the cost of its renovation and maintenance in economic benefits, according to joint research by Seoul Institute and the Korea Planners Association.

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New St.Petersburg Pier design selected

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The Pier Park by Rogers Partners Architects+Urban Designers, ASD, Ken Smith has been selected by The Pier Selection Committee for the new St. Petersburg Pier. The selection and rankings of the finalists were completed last Thursday, 23 April. This ranking was based on several state mandated criteria, including: the design, public input, relevant experience, background and qualifications of the design teams and the technical review of the concepts.

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Park Fort Liezele | Antwerp Belgium | BUUR

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BUUR in cooperation with ARA, won the design competition for the landscape park ‘Fort Liezele’ in Puurs organized within the context of an ‘Open Oproep’.
The very high level of ambition required a wide frame to realize this particular project. The masterplan that has been elaborated for the entire area constitutes the new context or spatial support. It provides a complete vision of the landscape development of the village. For this reason, it must be considered as an all-inclusive project, covering all issues, from a future landscape vision to the development of the public domain at both concept and detail level.
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Richard Burck Associates wins Connect Kendall Square Design Competition

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The City of Cambridge is pleased to announce the selection of Somerville based Richard Burck Associates as the winner of the Connect Kendall Square Open Space Planning Competition. Richard Burck Associates was chosen by a six member jury after the culmination of a three stage process spanning eight months.

Four teams of finalists (Sitelab, Framework Cultural Placemaking, MVVA, and Richard Burck and Associates) were charged with developing an open space plan framework guided by a vision and planning and design goals identified through a robust public process spearheaded by the City and the Eastern Cambridge and Kendall Square Open Space (ECKOS) Study Committee.
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Winners announced for Power Street Loop ideas competition

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Winner: First Prize | “Habitat Filter” by Drysdale Myers and Dow: Matt Drysdale, Matt Myers, Tim Dow

In 2015, CityLink are undertaking a project to transform an unused site, known as the Power Street Loop. Since the Loop’s creation in 2000, there has been significant residential and commercial development in the area and it has emerged as the city’s arts and cultural heart.

Through its thoughtful transformation, the site will positively contribute to the surrounding cultural landscape of the area.

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ADEPT wins 1st Prize for ‘A Small Piece of City’ in Flensburg

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In the German city Flensburg, close to the Danish border, ADEPT is now publicly announced the 1st prize winner of a high-profile competition for a new city gate along Bahnhofstrasse – a central urban axis leading to the main station.

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Slant Open International Landscape Design Competition 2015

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SLANT International Landscape Design Competitionis has recenlty opened entries for it’s sixth competition and with a ‘Testing the Water’ theme. With this competition, ‘Testing The Water’ is to design a ‘virtual space’ which will have water as its central theme. As is usual with a SLANT Competition, the theme will be open to your interpretation, so how you choose to design with water, and how much or how little water you chose to include is entirely up to you.
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