2012 In Review | August

August saw the plans for the 2012 London Olympics Legacy plans unveiled including North Park by erect architecture, South Park by James Corner Field Operations. We also published 2016 Olympics Masterplan and Diverse Networks by Openfabric.

2012 London Olympics Legacy | South Park | James Corner Field Operations

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31st Street Harbor | Chicago USA | AECOM

IMAGE CREDIT | Scott Stevenson, Westrec

The 31st Street Harbor, one of the largest harbors built in Chicago in the last 50 years, transforms an underused portion of Lake Michigan lakeshore into a new public amenity. Unlike traditional harbors that are typically commercial ventures, this project took the approach of integrating the 1,000-slip marina with a park, melding high-tech engineering with thoughtful place-making.
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Urban SOS: Frontiers Competition Shortlist

The shortlist for AECOM’s Urban SOS: Frontiers open ideas student competition has been announced. This years competition was seeking integrated design, planning, environmental restoration and engineering responses that address border, gateway and edge/fringe conditions in cities worldwide. Proposals had to address urban sites currently facing chronic liveability challenges that are largely the result of a city’s location on a physical, political, cultural or economic border. Proposals should be implementable.

The finalist teams have been selected after a series of internal judging sessions involving AECOM designers, planners and engineers around the world:
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A High Line for London competition shortlist announced

A High Line for London competition shortlist announced

Green Arteries | Bell Phillips Architects, Spacehub and AECOM | 1 of 20 shortlisted designs

A High Line for London design competition  launched by the Landscape Institute, Mayor of London and Garden Museum has announced the finalists shortlist of 20 designs selected from over 170 entries. Inspired by the success of New York’s High Line, an urban park which has transcended the commonly accepted role of an urban park, the competition has inspired a shortlist of ideas that range from massive city-wide strategies, like using the empty space on top of buses, trams and trains to create mobile gardens, to small-scale community projects, like miniature urban woodlands in London’s forgotten spaces. The winners will be announced at the Landscape Institute’s Green Infrastructure day.

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Skolkovo Innovation Centre | Moscow Russia | AECOM

Skolkovo Innovation Centre | Moscow Russia | AECOM

The Skolkovo Innovation Center, also known as the Russian Silicon Valley, is a key Russian development project: a 460 hectare technology business area planned at Skolkovo, near Moscow, Russia. The strategic goal of the Skolkovo Innovation Centre is to concentrate international intellectual capital, thereby stimulating the development of break-through projects and technologies. The landscape by AECOM is designed to at once reflect and encourage innovation, providing places to refresh and inspire the minds of the people living and working within Skolkovo.
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Olympics 2016 | Rio de Janeiro Brazil | AECOM

Rio 2016 Olympics from James Shaw on Vimeo.

With the 2012 Olympic summer games over in London the flag has been passed onto Rio de Janeiro for 2016 Olympics. AECOM won the  International Competition for the Urban Master Plan of the Rio 2016 Olympic Park las  August. Once again cities are incorporating planning for a ‘Games Mode’ and a ‘Legacy Mode’ where the area is slowly transformed over the proceeding years into new uses. Previous Olympic Parks have had varying rates of success transformed areas of cities including Sydney and Beijing(although there are still issues surrounding the main stadium), whereas Athens has fallen into disrepair and been hard hit by the financial crisis.

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Final National Mall Designs go on display

Final National Mall Designs go on display

Sylvan Theater | OLIN + Weiss/Manfredi

The Trust for the National Mall will exhibit the final design concepts of the  National Mall Design Competition from Monday, April 9 through Sunday, April 15. The concepts will be displayed  for public viewing and comment at the Smithsonian Castle and the National Museum of American History. The concepts, created by the country’s top designers, re-envision three prominent National Mall locations:  Constitution Gardens, Sylvan Theater on the Washington Monument Grounds and Union Square.

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