Chutes and Tires | ATLAS Lab

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The importance of usable open space has been well documented at various times and at various places throughout the world. For centuries small parks and playgrounds have functioned as vital social networking tools and places of reprieve from the city and home. When networked, these parks have the capability to provide and enhance transferences of the social ethos, strengthening bonds and establishing new ones. These peer-to-peer relationships, while often ignored, are a necessity to communities of any scale and location. Research has shown small open spaces to not only provide the infrastructural benefits, but also health benefits of lowering blood pressure, decreasing fear and anger and contributing to the education of children.

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Urban Lounge | Saint-Etienne France | AWP


Our thinking about the design was based on the idea of the “urban lounge”. Having looked at a variety of living rooms, we have chosen to simplify the urban lounge to four basic elements.
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Liefsgade Square | Copenhagen Denmark | Preben Skaarup Landscape


The municipality of Copenhagen decided to establish 3 full automatic underground car parks, located in urban areas where parking on surface was insufficient. The goals were to establish more parking area together with more open space for people in high density living areas.
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Wuxi Taihu New City | Wuxi China | SOM with Tom Leader Studio

Wuxi Taihu New City | Wuxi China | SOM with Tom Leader Studio

Wuxi Taihu New City is an approximately 500-hectare master plan that reconnects the city with its waterfront and creates dense, walkable neighborhoods oriented around a central park. The master plan, by SOM in collaboration with Tom Leader Studio, involves an extensive open space network to improve quality of life in a rapidly urbanizing region. Taihu Basin, the region surrounding Wuxi, is home to over 50 million people and is one of the most developed regions of China. The Wuxi Taihu New City master plan represents a new model for compact urban development in China that enhances the existing landscape and creates value through parks and a new public waterfront.

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Hackesches Quartier | Berlin Germany | TOPOTEK1

Hackesches Quartier | Berlin Germany | TOPOTEK1

The urban structure – to release the Square – is in remembrance to the former church Garnisonskirche. The open space is divided into three different areas. In the extension of the Spandauer Straße a generous urban square forms the central element of the development and defines a representive entrance for the adjacent residents.

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