Freiham Nord | Munich Germany | WEST 8

Frieham Nord-West8
West 8 won the Freiham Nord Urban Design Competition back in September. Freiham Nord will be the last substantial development to take place in Munich and will accommodate about 10.000 inhabitants. In the Masterplan Freiham Nord has been divided into several project areas with different programming, each about 40 ha in size. The city of Munich organized a design competition for the first two project areas in which 24 offices participated.

West 8’s winning entry is about a friendly green neighbourhood. Our design allows the creation of a city for all generations intending to mix ages and achieve a diverse melange of inhabitants.

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Santa Monica Palisades Garden Walk & Town Square Update

Santa Monica Town Square

Revised Santa Monica Town Square design ©James Corner Field Operations

Last November we published the design concept for Santa Monica Palisades Garden Walk & Town Square  by James Corner Field Operations. Recently, we learnt that the design for the Town Square has since been updated to reflect the Landmarks Commission conditions to be granted a Certificate Of Appropriateness  “the retention, rehabilitation and/or relocation of certain existing historic character defining elements of the site, in addition to reconfiguring the site topography and grade, the installation of new landscaping and hardscape materials, a central water feature, new benches and seat walls, and lighting. Pursuant to Santa Monica Municipal Code, a Certificate of Appropriateness is required for any proposed alterations in whole or in part, of or to a Landmark or Landmark Parcel”.  The design is currently waiting for final approval from the City Council.
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ENTER \ \ SHIFT | Long Island | Gordana Marjanovic

ENTER \ \ SHIFT | Long Island | Gordana Marjanovic

INTERVENTION
The present state of the selected sites includes dominant traffic infrastructure (vast parking lots) and the railroad as a barrier. There is no public space and sparse green can be found. The problems that rise from here are: non-attractiveness of the space, decreased feeling of safety, and environmental problems, such as non-permeable soil and disturbed microclimate. Intervention in these areas encompasses reorganization of parking lots (moving underground), which leaves the ground free for people and for public spaces. This space is used for establishing green structures that improve the environmental condition, and provide people with necessary contact with nature and room for socialization. The areas of intervention are mainly large centers with a high number of commuters.

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Groundbreaking occurs for Phase One of Mill River Park | OLIN

Phase One of Mill River Park

Recently the groundbreaking occurred for Phase One of Mill River Park in Stamford, Connecticut. OLIN has developed the Mill River Park and Greenway Master Plan, a plan for a 28-acre park on both sides of Mill River, from Broad Street to Pulaski Street, which will serve as a new destination for Stamford residents and area employees. Phase One encompasses 12 acres of the 28-acre site and will feature new plantings, pathways and continuous riverfront trail, a lawn for recreation and public events, as well as a terrace for visitors to explore the river’s edge. Completion of Phase One is scheduled for Spring 2013.
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OKRA realizes architectonic intervention in Moscow at Sretenka Design Week

OKRA-Sretenka Design Week

At the opening of the Sretenka Design Week two objects, designed by OKRA are placed on a prominent spot on Tsvetnoy Bul’var in Moscow. The objects are designed as a demonstration model for interventions in public realm in Sretenka, one of Moscow’s oldest neighbourhoods. The objects are exemplary for the way interventions in public realm can take place, being a catalyst for development of spaces.
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