Washington Square Plaza | San Francisco | estudioOCA

Washington Square Plaza | San Francisco | estudioOCA

Seating ribbon and public lawn at the metro entrance.

This study for the treatment of the future subway extension to North Beach takes into consideration the historic value of the neighborhood and existing park, and attempts to create an improved pedestrian experience while minimizing the impact on the community. The proposed plaza replaces a small, inaccessible landscaped area and a short section of Powell Street, creating a unified pedestrian plaza containing the primary subway entrance, public seating, a public lawn, and outdoor dining areas for the existing restaurants. Views down Powell Street to the bay are maintained.

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2016 Olympic Park Master Plan | Brazil | AECOM

2016 Olympic Park Master Plan | Brazil | AECOM

AECOM won the International Competition for the Urban Master Plan of the Rio 2016 Olympic Park in August . Coordinated by the Municipal Olympic Company, the competition was held in partnership with the Institute of Architects of Brazil (IAB) and will go down in history as the first international architecture contest in Brazil.

The competition brought together 60 works from offices in 18 countries. With seven members, the jury consisted of representatives from Rio City Hall, the International Union of Architects, the Institute of Architects of Brazil, Rio 2016 and the Federal Government.

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Shortlist for London Olympic Park Legacy Design Competitions announced

More than 100 teams from across Europe, Asia and North America submitted expressions of interest to create two new distinctive areas that will bring together a vibrant mix of
cultural events, beautiful spaces and recreational uses for the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

The centrepiece will be a major public space that will welcome crowds to the south park. Sitting between the Aquatics Centre, the Stadium, the ArcelorMittal Orbit and the 2012
Gardens, this urban landscape will have a South Bank feel with plans for a visitor centre, water features, imaginative play facilities and host a range of diverse festivals and
performances.

The second area will be set within the stunning green river valley in the north park and has potential to include one of London’s most inspiring playgrounds and a visitor centre with a
café and seating terrace, along with indoor multi-purpose space for community-use.

For the shortlist for both parks…..

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Williamsburg Waterfront Performance Venue | HM White

Williamsburg Waterfront Performance Venue | HM White

As an entry to an international ideas competition, HM White proposes to develop seven-acres of former industrial land on New York City’s East River as both a dynamic public park organized for waterfront recreation and a unique cultural venue choreographed for theatrical expression and experience—“Performance Park”.

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Railroad Park | Birmingham Alabama | Tom Leader Studio

Railroad Park-Birmingham Alabama-Tom Leader Studio

Aerial image of the park with phase II amphitheater by Kennedy Violich Architecture

Tom Leader Studio(TLS) spent five years working extensively with a public / private partnership to build this downtown central park and master plan the rail corridor. TLS managed a large team of consultants including multiple architects, local landscape architect, and engineers. Abandoned rail lines are a constant theme in all of our work today. This project celebrates the active participation of 11 tracks of well-loved trains that slowly lumber through this downtown on a viaduct. The park site is a former warehouse and brick-making site and much of the park is formed with materials recovered from historic uses. The park is four blocks long by one block wide and was historically, the lowest point in town. The scheme draws on this ample water in creating a large reservoir for irrigation which also discharges through a stream and series of ponds as a summer fountain. Needed floodwater storage is created by excavating for this water system, using the spoils to create a series of knolls along the rail viaduct. The “Rail Trail”, located atop this little mountain range is a series of on-grade and bridge connections which allow train-spotting up close, views over downtown and of the frequent large music events and parties within the park. The park contains performance venues of varying scales from small to extra large such as the annual “Crawfish Boil” attracting 30,000 music fans. Noisy or quiet, day or night, the park is only completed by the industrial ballet of freight cars slowly rolling in both directions.

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