10 teams selected for Rebuild by Design competition

Back in June the Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force in collaboration with others launched  Rebuild by Design to promote resilience for Sandy-affected regions.   Rebuild by Design  is a multi-stage regional design competition that will develop innovative projects to protect and enhance Sandy-affected communities.

Recently, the Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force announced that 10 teams have been selected for Stage 2 of the design competition. Over 140 potential teams from more than 15 countries submitted proposals, representing the top engineering, architecture, design, landscape architecture and planning firms as well as research institutes and universities worldwide. The ten Design Teams will participate in an intense eight-month process broken into two distinct stages: analysis and design.

The ten teams includes some well known design firms and academic institutions who have experience in design competitions and implementing urban design projects. Landscape Architecture firms are well represented with some larger and smalle firms represented. The 10 teams include:

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Kunshan West High School Master Plan | Kunshan China | Integrated Planning and Design


Contemporary China has seen swift and dramatic change in recent history.  As a modern nation it struggles to redefine its culture, balancing ancient history with contemporary global values.  In 2011, The City of Kunshan decided to form an education and outreach hub in the west end of the city.  This involved relocating the historic Kunshan West High School, a premier high school in the city, in conjunction with the establishment of a satellite campus for Duke University.

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Civic Space Park | Phoenix USA | AECOM


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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Dendritic Zoning | New Jersey Turnpike USA | ATLAS lab

New Jersey’s rapid urban development has shifted land use patterns from forestlands and agriculture to suburbs, diminishing the State’s vast river network and compromising the quality of its primary residential water source. This project demonstrates the redistribution of land use patterns with respect to hydrological systems, and utilizes the New Jersey Turnpike ROW as an opportunity to re-conceive and deploy binary relationships between built and hydrological systems as an urban and hydrological gradient.
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Laurie Olin to receive National Medal of Arts from President Obama

President Obama will award the 2012 National Medal of Arts to Laurie Olin and 11 other recipients next week in the East Room of the White House. Olin, 74, has been a professor at University of Pennsylvania and chair of the landscape architecture program at Harvard, he later returned to Penn were he is still Practice Professor of Landscape Architecture.

Laurie Olin established the landscape architecture, urban design and planning firm bearing his name with studios in Philadelphia and Los Angeles. OLIN has won many awards for its numerous projects across the world from the 1980’s to most recently Central Delaware Riverfront Master Plan which won the AIA Honor Award for Regional and Urban Design and The Chicago Athenaeum International Architectural Award.

Laurie Olin is a Fellow of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) who this year won the 2013 Thomas Jefferson Foundation Medal in Architecture granted jointly by the Thomas Jefferson Foundation and the University of Virginia School of Architecture.

Laurie Olin will be awarded the 2012 National Medal of Arts for “….his contributions as a preeminent landscape architect. Renowned for his acute sense of harmony and balance between nature and design, Mr. Olin has dedicated his energy to shaping many iconic spaces around the world and to educating new leaders in his art.”

VIDEO CREDIT | Laurie Olin on Olmsted, Kiley & Halprin | TCLF

Urban Explorer Table 2 | Visualization for city planning

Urban Explorer Table 2 – Visualization for city planning and more – Introduction from Visualiseringscenter C on Vimeo.

Urban Explorer Table: A large multi touch surface where you can use simple and intuitive gestures to explore and evaluate various urban development projects . The graphics and interaction are fluid and fast, the gestures natural. The table becomes a tool for cities to discuss developments, city infrastructure, energy use and other data in a more visual format and easy to read representation that can be easily read by citizens.

Urban Explorer Table 2 was developed by Interactive Institute Swedish ICT together with the city planning office of Norrköping in Sweden in close collaboration with Visualisation Centre C, Hyresbostäder in Norrköping and City Planning Office of Gothenburg.  Data credits: City Planning Office Norrköping, Hyresbostäder in Norrköping, Linköping University, City Planning Office Gothenburg, Göteborg Energi and SAAB Vricon System.

SOURCE: Interactive Institute Swedish ICT

STUDENT PROJECT | Greenway | Budapest Hungary | Lilla Szabó

STUDENT PROJECT | Greenway | Budapest Hungary | Lilla Szabó
In line with international trends, value-based development contradictions form the urbanistic discussions in Hungary, especially concerning Budapest. Continuous expansion of urban areas and development of road systems are major challenges for the capital. Simultaneously, the increasing exhaustion and elimination of green areas embracing the city decreases their environmental potential.

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