Sasaki’s master plan for Minsk City celebrates the rare opportunity to transform an existing 320-hectare urban airport site into a dynamic, attractive, and sustainable new district for the city of Minsk, Belarus. The master plan provides a 24/7 vibrant, diverse, and balanced mixed-use program that celebrates the unique airport heritage, while also re-integrating regional ecological, vehicular, and public transport networks. The master plan brings Belarusian landscape heritage, ecology, and contemporary sustainable living together to create a compact urban district in the urban context of Minsk.
Continue reading Minsk Forest City | Minsk Belarus | Sasaki Associates
Suspended Senses is a hanging garden created for multisensory enjoyment. Based on vegetation, local crafts and traditional vernacular use of natural resources, it presents a garden with an ecological conscience that awakens feelings of well-being.
Continue reading Suspended Sense | Ponte de Lima Portugal | Esther Rodríguez Ramos & Carlos Sánchez Patón
URBAN CURRENT[S] is a conceptual framework for the development of the city of Medellin. A river, by definition, refers to movement. Only if we interpret the Medellin River area as a single geographic entity composed of natural elements (fauna and flora) and artificial (history, culture, mobility) do we understand that the opportunity presented by this call goes beyond the area defined for the contest. This is why we consider it important to think of the river territory beyond a simple design of public space. It is the opportunity to re-structure and establish a framework for the future development of Medellín.
Continue reading URBAN CURRENT[S] | Medellin Colombia | Land+Civilization Compositions, Taller 301 & openfabric
The team involved in designing the Chicago Lakeside Development is utilizing computational modeling for the massive 600-acre, urban development planned for the South Side of Chicago, along Lake Michigan.
Image Courtesy of Chicago Lakeside Development/McCaffery Interests
LakeSim is a collaboration between University of Chicago, Argonne National Laboratory, the Computation Institute, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill and McCaffery to develop a prototype computational framework for Chicago Lakeside development. Planning for Chicago Lakeside will necessitate augmenting traditional tools with data and scientific computation, allowing developers to model the complex interplay between energy, waste and water infrastructures.
Continue reading LakeSim prototype connects urban planning with scientific models for large-scale development
The team Witteveen+Bos, OKRA and ZJA has won the integral design tender for the Jaarbeursplein Utrecht and the underground parking. The vision of the winning team focusses on the realisation of the perfect parking, with a comfortable, lively, and socially safe city square on top of it, in which transfer and accommodation are designed in a recognizable and inviting way.
Continue reading Jaarbeursplein | Utrecht Netherlands | Witteveen+Bos, OKRA and ZJA
1-9 Regent Street is a recently completed new student housing development in the highly urbanised Sydney suburb of Chippendale. ASPECT Studios‘ brief included the design, development application and documentation of the courtyard, which is intended as a place for students to relax, gather and study.
Continue reading Regent Street New Student Housing | Sydney Australia | ASPECT Studios
In July we had the opportunity to publish the Dead Sea Development Zone Master Plan in Amman, Jordan by Sasaki Associates, Hunts Point Landing in the Bronx USA by Mathews Nielsen Landscape Architects (which later opened in October) and the interesting installation by Arteologie by Atelier 37.2 in Auvergne France
Dead Sea Development Zone Master Plan in Amman, Jordan
Continue reading 2012 In Review | July