Sowwah Island Central Park and Spanish Steps | Abu Dhabi UAE | MESA

Sowwah Island

The design concept for the Central Park is based on a contemporary expression of classic urban design principles and archetypes. The park design will be a celebration of the Sowwah Island vision, seamlessly combing the infrastructure and cultural context of the Abu Dhabi 2030 plan, with a contemporary aesthetic complementing the variety of modern buildings in the heart of the Central Business District. Sowwah Island Central Park is a single composition of diverse component parts derived from a layered system of physical and social determinants, tempered by human and cultural behavioral patterns. The influence of each layer is determined by its relative importance to shape the form of the park as well as influence the design philosophy and project approach. It is meant to be experienced and viewed from a variety of vantage points and to convey a meaningful experience to each one, holistically perceived as an artistic creation in itself.

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Finalists announced for Aberdeen’s City Garden international design competition

The announcement of the finalists of the International Design Competition for Aberdeen’s City Garden Project was revealed today. The six finalists have been selected to go on to the second stage of the competition after a unanimous vote by the jury panel. Over 55 submissions were received from across the world with many opting to partner with UK design firms.

The finalists are:
• Diller Scofidio and Renfro (New York) / Keppie Design (Glasgow) working in association with landscape architect Olin Studio.
• Foster + Partners (London) / Vladimir Djurovic Landscape Architecture (Beirut) working in association with cost and construction consultant Gardiner & Theobald
• Snøhetta (Oslo) / Gareth Hoskins Architects (Glasgow) working in association with engineering and multi-discipline company AECOM
• Gustafson Porter (London) / Niall McLaughlin Architects (London) working with urban analyst Space Syntax, engineer Arup and cost adviser Jackson Coles
• Mecanoo Architecten (Delft, Netherlands) / Cooper Cromar (Glasgow) working in association with landscape architect Ian White, engineer Buro Happold and cost adviser Davis Langdon (AECOM).
• West 8 urban design & landscape architecture (Rotterdam, Netherlands) / Archial Group (Aberdeen) working in association with engineer Arup and cost and construction consultant Turner & Townsend

The £140m City Garden Project will radically transform a strategic central location, raising the nineteenth-century Union Terrace Gardens and covering over the unattractive Denburn dual carriageway and railway line.

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Connecting Seattle to the Bay | Seattle USA | James Corner Field Operations

Waterfront Seattle-James Corner Field Operations

Aerial overview of conceptual ideas for the new Waterfront, looking North

We reported back in September 2010, James Corner Field Operations has been selected to design Waterfront Seattle by the Seattle Parks, DPD and SDOT after beating out Wallace Roberts and Todd, Michael Van Valkenburgh and Associates, and Gustafson Guthrie Nichol. Recently the first designs for the Waterfront Seattle have been unveiled which creates an unparalleled opportunity to reorientconnect Seattle with Elliott Bay, and reclaim our waterfront as a public space for the entire city.

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Orientation by Light, Maasstad Hospital | Rotterdam Netherlands Stijlgroep landscape and urban design

Orientation by Light-Maasstad Hospital-Stijlgroep

Seating Elements by Night

Getting lost in a huge building is not only a fear of most users, but happens quite regular. The new hospital of Rotterdam South is one of those huge developments with an enormous building mass. The design team came up with a unique concept for the five patios being located along the central internal corridor with a length of 500 meters. Sustainability means for designers to focus on the need of the users. With the concept of three different themes combined with special lighting elements the right answer in this context was given: The patios are as orientation point the central heart of the new development and meet the demands as part of the healing environment. Special lighting elements emphasize the identity of each patio.
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Race Street Pier | Philadelphia | Field Operations

Race Street Pier-Delaware-Field Operations

Delaware River Waterfront Corporation (DRWC ) along with Mayor Nutter recently opened the new Race Street Pier, the first new public space of its kind on the Central Delaware River Waterfront to be realized as part of DRWC’s ambitious new Master Plan for the Central Delaware River Waterfront.  The Pier was designed to create a strong physical experience that reconnects the City to the River, activates the water’s edge and establishes the pier as a distinctive new public park for the people of Philadelphia.  Formerly Municipal Pier 11, the pier was renamed as the Race Street Pier to further reinforce its relationship to the City and reinstate its historic name.  In 2009, DRWC Planning Committee awarded the contract for the Race Street project design to James Corner Field Operations. The development of a public space such as the Race Street Pier was an early action recommendation of the Civic Vision for the Central Delaware, an extensive public study conducted by Penn Praxis to re-envision Philadelphia’s Waterfront.

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