il Giardino Volante | Pistoia, Italy | Lapo Ruffi, with Angiola Mainolfi

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The project of Giardino Volante was born from the memory of natural landscapes in which we imagined to design a green network within the urban built environment, in an attempt to create a park for all in the city of Pistoia.

A garden in the heart of the city created to offer Pistoia and its people a precious place and radically renovated, to meet up and stroll in the green. A public park accessible to all, where children can play and live their adventures inspired by nature and art. A magical and extraordinary place, in which to be guided by the imagination. This is the Garden Volante, a work that we are happy to donate to the city and to all those who want to visit it.

Ivano Paci, President of the Foundation Cassa di Risparmio di Pistoia e Pescia
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STUDENT PROJECT | Lions Town, An Ecological Cemetery | Alyssa Hassell, Lauren Ko, William Niendorff

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For this project we designed a new type of urban cemetery on a parcel of land owned by The University of Texas at Austin–the site of the soon-to-be-decommissioned Lions Municipal Golf Course. Existing master plans leave scant green space in favor of dense urban fabric. Our design incorporates neighborhood and city planning into a reimagining of the long term value of the site socially, financially, and ecologically for UT and larger community. Several of our main challenges were: lack of urban cemetery space, hydrology, city densification, and loss of green and historical place. These helped us mold new opportunities for the site.
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Independence Beer Garden | Philadelphia, USA | Groundswell Design Group

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Philadelphia’s hottest open air restaurant, the Independence Beer Garden (IBG) is located in the heart of historic Philadelphia. Spearheaded by Groundswell Design Group and Philadelphia’s own restaurateur, Michael Schulson, IBG pushed the boundaries of urban revitalization. Groundswell’s ability to reinvigorate underutilized space is showcased with this 20,000 sq ft beer garden.

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Playground and green space in Berlin-Friedrichshain

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The urban quarters south of Frankfurter Allee are low-density areas with a high green rate („green islands“). Small squares or green spaces accentuate the district and become sites with high amenity values. The design concept aimed to strengthen these characteristics and to enhance a distinctive identity.

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Hapa Collaborative design a multi-use trail for Richmond’s former Interurban Tram corridor

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Richmond has repurposed its . Hapa led open houses in which residents mapped the site, told Interurban stories and shared their vision. The master plan that arose out of the engagement process led to detailed design for the multi-use trail.

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Die Welle | Koeln, Germany | karres+brands with van Dongen-Koschuch architects

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The new neighborhood is a place of encounter. The lodging is residence and center of life for about 1.400 inhabitants and offers through its creative openness both space to the residents, as well as to the surrounding residential areas and work places. City thrives on diversity and attractive medium-through exchanges and among themselves. And one can easily imagine that the green neighborhood offers the different user groups, such as families with children, singles, shared apartments much room for development, but also the employees, by for example Oerlicon and Inficon, a special place for lunch.
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Water Re-use and Visibility in the new city of Belval

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In the south of Luxembourg an industrial area, in earlier days used by the steel industry, was transformed into an attractive working and living environment. The project is near to the French border in the new city of Belval. 

On the south slope of the site, with a view on the French hills there will be a residential area with 500 houses called Belval Nord. The town planning concept follows the landscape and the building blocks are carefully fitted in, here the landscape creates the urban design.

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