In 1865, Sir Joseph Bazalgette’s London sewage system was opened. 150 years later the sewers are at the limits of their capacity. In 2012, 57 combined sewer overflows discharged 39 million tonnes of sewage into the River Thames. Over the next 10 years Thames Water is planning major improvements to | Read More
Envisioned as an urban grove, this central gathering space represents the convergence of community in this diverse, mixed income, residential development. The design accommodates a complex program, layering the varied multi-cultural and intergenerational uses with a number of meaningful gathering and recreational spaces for the residents. Tai Chi, chess, children’s | Read More
Mildura is located in far North‐Western Victoria and is one of Victoria’s fastest growing municipalities, despite being the most isolated regional city. Mildura is considered the ‘sponge city’ of the region and is the main service area for a vast part of Victoria’s regional community, representing a particularly socially complex | Read More
Not known for public space, Phoenix, Arizona is often cited as an example of American suburban sprawl. But a new story of successful urbanism has emerged from this desert cityscape with the opening of Civic Space Park. This public space sits on a 2.7-acre site in downtown Phoenix, offering residents, | Read More
Helsinkiʼs South Harbour has the potential to become a world-class urban waterfront, cited alongside Copenhagen, Barcelona, Rio, Sydney and Hong Kong as among the most spectacular waterside public realms in the world.
OMA’s design for a new bridge across the river Garonne in Bordeaux has been selected as one of two final competing projects by the city authorities. OMA’s stripped-down design for the Pont Jean-Jacques Bosc attempts to rethink the civic function and symbolism of a 21st century bridge.
Compendium for the Civic Economy is 25 case studies that show that small and big ideas can change the community and spread wider than we imagine. The book presents each case studies in 6 pages with summary, story, impact, key lessons and conclusion. This format allows the reader to quickly | Read More
At its economic and political height during the mid-20th century, Cleveland, Ohio had a population of nearly 1 million people and was building and investing in infrastructure and civic projects for projected growth that would double this population before the turn of the century. Instead, the industrial economy quickly evaporated | Read More
Work has started on site for a public realm scheme to improve the upper section of The Parade in Watford Town Centre. Designed by BDP the project responds to feedback from local residents and businesses who want to see the town centre become more attractive, helping to bring shoppers, families | Read More
The redevelopment of the Bernardine Monastery Complex is based on the need to cultivate the district’s contemporary identity and needs while engaging with the site’s unique heritage. The system of open spaces and streets that encompass the complex need to reveal the multiple layers of both historic and contemporary events | Read More