URA announces Singapore Rail Corridor RFP winners

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Lines of Life features eight distinctively-themed stretches along the 24 km-long Rail Corridor and 10 community nodes offering differentiated experiences (Photo credit: Nikken Sekkei)

The Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) announced recently the Rail Corridor Request for Proposal (RFP) awards, and launched an exhibition of the awarded proposals where the public can give feedback. URA also announced the proposed conservation of the two steel truss bridges along the Rail Corridor, and acknowledged the community’s contributions in achieving a key milestone for the Rail Corridor project.

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North Carolina Museum of Art breaks ground on a Museum Park

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The North Carolina Museum of Art (NCMA) in Raleigh broke ground recently on a Museum Park expansion project designed by Civitas. The NCMA’s 164-acre Museum Park is one of the largest art parks in the country, and the groundbreaking marks the start of a long-term phased expansion plan that will strengthen the relationship between interior and exterior spaces while fostering environmental sustainability. “Our design for the park expansion is intended to engage people in art beyond the galleries, promoting active connections with art and nature,” says Civitas. Founding Principal Mark Johnson.

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Willem Alexander Park | Utrecht, The Netherlands | Team DS

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The Willem Alexander Park, located at the foot of the Leidsche Rijn Centre in Utrecht is situated on top of the roof of the A2 tunnel. The park is part of the desired landscape corridor through Utrecht, formed by the Amsterdam Rhine Canal. The park is situated in between two anchors, the bridges crossing the canal. The neighbouring construction projects have been delayed. With the realisation of the ecological corridor in the North-South direction, the park adopts the existing A2 highway design theme: A2- migratory birds route.

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Urban Oasis | Gold Coast Public Art Commission

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We’re commissioning an artist, or artist led team, to design and deliver a major public artwork – an Urban Oasis in the heart of one of Australia’s bustling tourist cities. A design competition to choose the successful artist or artist led team is open now to local, national and international artists. The winning design will receive a $AUD330,000 commission.

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University of Pennsylvania students win the AECOM Urban SOS design competition

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os Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and AECOM CEO Michael S. Burke present awards Daniel Lau, Joseph Rosenberg and Lindsay Rule.

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and AECOM CEO Michael S. Burke present awards Daniel Lau, Joseph Rosenberg and Lindsay Rule, graduate design students at the University of Pennsylvania, have won AECOM’s sixth annual Urban SOS competition. Their entry, “The THIRD Reserve,” proposed to create an ambitious new urban landscape to enable the island city-state of Singapore to become self-sufficient in its food production.

The Urban SOS program fosters cross-disciplinary thinking in urban problem-solving and design education while helping to make a real difference for communities in need. The 2015 student competition was co-sponsored by AECOM, Van Alen Institute and 100 Resilient Cities – Pioneered by the Rockefeller Foundation (100RC). This year’s “All Systems Go” theme asked student teams to submit site-specific proposals that solved an urban food or water system challenge in one of the 100 Resilient Cities locations.
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Redesigning Refugee Camps

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At the start of 2013, the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) reported concern for 10.4 million refugees, while the total figure of refugees, asylum seekers, and internally displaced persons surpassed 50 million in June of 2014. This is the largest number of refugees in the world since the UNHCR was founded in response to people displaced from WWII and will likely increase as competition over resources in a changing climate, ideological conflicts, and population growth force people out of their homes.

After 5 years of conflict (7 years is the average lifespan of refugee camps), the number of refugees fleeing Syria alone has surpassed 4 million. The UN High Commissioner for Refugees, António Guterres, reports: “This is the biggest refugee population from a single conflict in a generation. It is a population that needs the support of the world but is instead living in dire conditions and sinking deeper into poverty.”

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C.F. Møller Landscape designs new park for London

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Springfield Park is a new public park on a former golf course area in southwest London, featuring climate resilience measures, sports facilities, pavilions and various garden rooms combining familiar London-features with new urban nature.

The 13 ha land is released as part of the transformation and expansion of the historic Springfield Hospital, which includes a masterplan for new residential uses and new public parkland on part of the former hospital grounds.
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