Contemporary China has seen swift and dramatic change in recent history. As a modern nation it struggles to redefine its culture, balancing ancient history with contemporary global values. In 2011, The City of Kunshan decided to form an education and outreach hub in the west end of the city. This involved relocating the historic Kunshan West High School, a premier high school in the city, in conjunction with the establishment of a satellite campus for Duke University.
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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, workers, students, and visitors a new kind of urban typology, bringing together smart urban design, green space, multiple shade structures, an interactive LED lighting show, public art—and a lesson in low carbon design.
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In the old abattoir of Rome- today the Museum of Contemporary Art- two public gardens dealing with botanical spontaneity. On the occasion of Enel contemporanea 2012, an international art event that takes place in Rome annually, 75m of evergreens, perennial herbs and impromptu flowers alternate in volume and density and translate the vitality and ecological memory of the old meat district of Testaccio.
Continue reading Landscape Testaccio | Rome Italy | Melania Bugiani
De Afsluitdijk is an iconic dam which represents the Dutch way of living with, and struggling against the water. From 1932 De Afsluitdijk protects the hinterland against flooding and made it possible to construct new polders. The nearly straight line of 32 kilometres long, 90 meters wide is located in the open sea.
Continue reading STUDENT PROJECT | The future of an adaptive ‘Afsluitdijk’ | De Afsluitdijk The Netherlands | Monique Sperling
New Jersey’s rapid urban development has shifted land use patterns from forestlands and agriculture to suburbs, diminishing the State’s vast river network and compromising the quality of its primary residential water source. This project demonstrates the redistribution of land use patterns with respect to hydrological systems, and utilizes the New Jersey Turnpike ROW as an opportunity to re-conceive and deploy binary relationships between built and hydrological systems as an urban and hydrological gradient.
Continue reading Dendritic Zoning | New Jersey Turnpike USA | ATLAS lab