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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The 55-acre on-structure landscape design for Qianshan New City sits atop two levels of parking and employs an aggressive topographic response and rich park program to humanize the unrelenting architectural density of its sixty 30-story towers serving 15,000 people.This mixed-use development, currently under construction, is recognized as the largest single-phase project in China. The project is located in Zhuhai, which borders Macau and is across the South China Sea from Hong Kong.
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Canterbury Cathedral is England’s first Cathedral and Mother Church; it welcomes over a million visitors a year. The Canterbury Cathedral Landscape Design Competition is an exciting initiative, which seeks to find the best design team to re-imagine and reinvigorate the existing setting. It is a rare opportunity to bring fresh thinking and new ideas to the landscape of one of England’s most famous buildings.
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The new Cranbrook Junior School was designed with the ambition of creating a ‘school in a park’. Working closely with Tzannes Associates, ASPECT Studios developed the landscape design to provide flexible spaces that best meet teaching, learning and play requirements.
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In spite of the proximity to the water the city does not always make use of this quality. Fisktorget is a plaza facing the sea and has traditionally been the market place for selling fish. Once also market hall stood here for such purposes, although torn down in the 1960s. The plaza has since been left open and unarticulated, separating the city from its waters rather than taking use of it.
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