Lowline Lab opens to the public

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In October 2015 the Lowline Lab (“The Lab”) opened to the public, acting as a proof of concept for the Lowline—an innovative underground park that will transport daylight into the depths of a historic trolley station.

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STUDENT PROJECT | Parque Chuviscar, A Metropolitan Riverfront Park | Alyssa Hassell, William Niendorff, Ningneng Xu

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Our proposal for this 24-kilometer, peri-urban stretch of the Chuviscar River recognizes the importance of agricultural systems that helped define Chihuahua. The current proposed plans for the site involve heavy development up to the river’s edge erasing existing agriculture, and proposed dams would permanently change the flow of the river.

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Flatiron Public Plaza Holiday Design Competition unveiled

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This week, the Flatiron / 23rd Street Partnership Business Improvement District (BID) and Van Alen Institute unveiled SOFTlab’s Nova, the winner of the Flatiron Public Plaza Holiday Design Competition that serves as the centerpiece of the Partnership’s annual holiday programming and a highly visible landmark in this thriving neighborhood of New York. The second annual competition of its kind, the initiative called for proposals from New York design firms for a temporary installation for the holidays at the heart of the Flatiron District.

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Pallet Terrace | Vicenza, Italy | Luisa Dal Brun

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The project aimed to convert a small terrace into a modern garden, built on the existing wooden deck floor, by taking inspiration from shapes and colors of the surrounding environment. We used pallets garnished with distinctive cotton cloth suitable for the outdoors; the same cloth could also be used to cover customer’s furniture, like sofa, chairs or pillows.

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Aylesbury Estates Regeneration | London, UK | HTA Design

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The redevelopment of south London’s vast Aylesbury Estate is being masterplanned by HTA Design LLP for Notting Hill Housing Group. Having led the successful bid, HTA is working as lead designer on the first phase with Hawkins Brown and Mae Architects.

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Winners announced for Bath Quays Bridge competition

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The winning design for the new pedestrian and cycle bridge is called ‘Between History and Modernity’ and was submitted by Paris-based engineering and architectural consultancy Marc Mimram, who led a team including UK-based engineering practice Webb Yates. The new Bath Quays Bridge will link the river from Green Park Road on the north side to the Newark Works buildings on the south. It will create an attractive physical link between the new business developments planned in those two locations.
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Putting play back on the city agenda with PLAY[ground]


HASSELL recently teamed up with not for profit organisation Archikidz and Sydney Living Museums, on a playful project to make kids seen and heard in the city. Together, the team created PLAY[ground] – a place that would inspire tomorrow’s thinkers and city makers to play, experiment and toy with ideas about the future shape of our cities.

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