DELVA Landscape Architects & Plusoffice Architects win Leiemeersen competition

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The Dutch-Belgian team DELVA Landscape Architects plusofficearchitects have been selected to produce the development plan that forms the basis for further development of the area around Heulebeek and Leiemeersen, an area that borders the edges of the city centre of Kuurne, Belgium.  Together with the municipality and the Leiedal community the designers are looking at the possible development of the 35 ha area.  The design will not only involve designers but also local residents and key stakeholders in the development of the vision through a number of workshops and participation events.

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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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ULI Announces Finalists For 2014 ULI Gerald D. Hines Student Urban Design Competition

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The Urban Land Institute (ULI) has released the short list of finalist teams in the twelfth annual ULI Gerald D. Hines Student Urban Design Competition. The four graduate-level student teams – representing Georgia Tech University, Harvard University, University of Maryland, and the University of Texas, Austin – will advance to the final round of competition in April. The competition is based on a hypothetical situation in which the site owners, working together as the Sulphur Dell Development Corporation, have asked for a proposal that transforms the historic Sulphur Dell neighborhood. The owner’s request is made with an understanding of the market and nonmarket factors at play in building healthy places and of the value proposition of building and operating in ways that promote health.
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IFLA announces winner of Trophy Competition

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IFLA is happy to announce the name of the winner of the Trophy Competition for the Sir Geoffrey Jellicoe Award. The Jury also wishes to give a round of virtual applause to all the entrants for their thoughtfulness and imagination.

Desirable practical qualities were that the trophy should be pleasing to handle, which included having a certain weight; hard to break; easy to clean and simple in massing. Mariano Filippini’s proposal had excellent qualities, simplicity, elegance and force which led to an unanimous vote from the jury. The members found it  very appealing, particularly the examples where the concrete base is inlaid with coloured glass fragments.  The dual wood box too is a delightful feature.

Mariano Filippini is an Industrial Design student at the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina and will be granted with €5.000 sponsored by the German nursery  Lorberg.

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Shanggang Waterfront City | Shanghai China | Tract and QITE

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The site of Shanggang Waterfront City is located in the northeast of Shanghai, with Bao Steel Group in the north and Songbao Area in the south. It is bounded by Raocheng highway in the west and Yangtze River in the east.

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