360 + 5 proposes to amplify the visual and spatial experience with dynamic “reflections” strategically passed along the corridor thereby transforming a series of streets into a cohesive public realm.
Manhattan’s 42nd Street is a dense, vibrant transportation corridor furnished with a myriad of urban live/work/entertainment layers. While the corridor has many dynamic assets, the pedestrian experience is stark and limited both physically and visually. Pedestrian access is pushed to the fringes of the right-of-way (sidewalks) as most of the corridor is devoted to the automobile (cars, taxi, trucks, bus). There is a noticeable lack of quality public spaces within and adjacent to the corridor considering the huge volume of the pedestrian traffic. The ratio of building heights to the width of the street constrains light and air while limiting visibility.
Continue reading 360 + 5 | New York, USA | BNIM + Iowa State University Students
We announced the Back to the River design competition in May, and now Stage 1 is complete. The organisers received 19 high quality submissions from design firms from around the world. The London Community Foundation, the City of London and Upper Thames River Conservation Authority, have selected 5 teams to make full submissions in the second phase of the competition.
The firms selected to make complete proposals for the re-design and re-imagining of the downtown stretches of London’s magnificent Thames River are:
- Brook McIlroy, Toronto and Thunder Bay
- Civitas, Denver
- PWL Partnership, Vancouver
- Janet Rosenberg Studio, Toronto
- Stoss + Dillon, Boston and Toronto
The next phase of the competition will involve the preparation of a complete vision for the entire downtown riverfront, more detailed plans for the river edges around the Forks of the Thames and the SoHo District. Each shortlisted proponent will be awarded an honorarium of $40,000.
Final submissions will be received in mid-October, with the winning submission and firm will be announced in early November. The winning proponent will be awarded a design contract with the City of London of at least $200,000 to initiate a detailed design of the inaugural project at the Forks of the Thames.
For more information goto Back to the River
Back to the River, a paid design competition, is intended to revitalize a section of the Thames River corridor in London, Ontario, Canada by stimulating reinvestment and providing new opportunities for connection to the river. The competition is sponsored by the London Community Foundation, the City of London and the Upper Thames River Conservation Authority.
Through this two-stage design competition, the Sponsors seek a design vision for a 5km segment of the Thames River Corridor and detailed area plans for two focus areas with special city-building potential. At the most refined level of detail, the design submissions will identify implementable projects for each of the focus areas to enhance the environment, community quality of life, and economic development in London.
The Jury will, on the basis of submissions to the RFQ, select between three (3) and five (5) qualified Proponents to proceed to the RFP stage of the design competition. Each qualified Proponent who is invited to and submits a qualified response to the RFP will be awarded $40,000. The winning proposal will be awarded a design contract with the City of London of at least $200,000 to initiate detailed design of the inaugural project for The Forks, one of the focus areas described above.”
The first stage, an open RFQ released May 6th with responses due June 3rd. Short listed proponents will be invited to respond to an RFP later in the summer.
For more information, see www.backtotheriver.ca
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.
Continue reading MVRDV wins competition to transform abandoned highway section into Seoul Skygarden
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.
Continue reading Richard Burck Associates wins Connect Kendall Square Design Competition
The Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) recently launced a Request for Proposals for the Rail Corridor in Singapore. The URA is inviting architects and landscape architects to assemble a multi-disciplinary Design Team and provide consultancy services to develop a Concept Master Plan and Concept Proposals for the Rail Corridor Project in Singapore.
Continue reading Singapore URA launches RFP for Rail Corridor
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.
Continue reading Winners announced for Power Street Loop ideas competition