STUDENT Project | The Urban Spine | Scott Edward Sidhom

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The Urban Spine is a proposal to address the issues of physical, visual and programmatic disconnection that are occurring in Sydney’s Woolloomooloo basin. The masterplan incorporates three key moves – restructuring Forbes Street to become a central spine and the introduction of two new precincts along the spine, ‘The Hinge’ and ‘The Heart’. These precincts integrate seven new activity zones that engage the local community and enhance its social, cultural and physical dynamics.

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STUDENT PROJECT | The Riparian Land-Shaping Machine | Eugenio Da Rin, Josine Lambert

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Mountain landscapes have been subjected to a relentless conflict between conservative-picturesque attitudes and economic exploitation approaches. The project proposes a strategy that understands the river as a water-sediment management machine that choreographs newly manufactured riparian landscapes in order to put forward a decision-making mechanism to face the conflicting perspectives with existing social formations.
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Wilderness and Exodus: the Production of a National Landscape

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Since the 1950’s, the weekend drive 1-3 hours away from cities is a democratic automobile-driven North American custom involving the ritualistic exodus of urban populations from metropolitan centres to sacred landscapes, to worship natural monuments and recreate. This phenomenon is integral to the role that landscape plays in shaping Canadian Identity.

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“URAYCAMUY ” | Rises and falls in Quechua, Bolivia


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The XII Latin American Social Architecture Student Workshop, Bolivia 2015, brings together students and architects of different nationalities that seeks to generate social interventions in the Valley of Cinti, municipality of Camargo. Its purpose, authentic and local identity

The intervention focused on the area known by the public as “EL TOBOGAN” located in the southwest of the city implemented with the aim of being a pedestrian area of transition between the city and the cemetery. A space that accumulates two functions: slide addressed to children as play area and a tour that alternates assets and liabilities organized by level to overcome the height difference that separates the city cemetery spaces.

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STUDENT PROJECT | Parque Chuviscar, A Metropolitan Riverfront Park | Alyssa Hassell, William Niendorff, Ningneng Xu

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Our proposal for this 24-kilometer, peri-urban stretch of the Chuviscar River recognizes the importance of agricultural systems that helped define Chihuahua. The current proposed plans for the site involve heavy development up to the river’s edge erasing existing agriculture, and proposed dams would permanently change the flow of the river.

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STUDENT PROJECT | Promenade Park: Digital Computations and Material Reinterpretations | Kamila Grigo

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While digital computation methods have increasingly been incorporated into the architectural and industrial design process, their use in landscape architecture and terrain modelling is relatively nascent. This project is an example of the potential application of computation-driven geometry to the design of physical landscapes, in this case enabling the redesign of an urban park in a historical district which eschews pastiche while retaining echoes of the past.

At a smaller scale, embedded in this project is a material reinterpretation at the interface and transition between hard and soft surfaces. The material reinterpretation is a subtle provocation of what defines modern materials, how these materials are configured and in what context, and how contemporary geometries can be created using materials that are normally thought of as traditional. Overall, the project offers new possibilities in terms of form, performance and social occupations of public urban space.

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Bosco Verticale/Vertical Forest | Milan Italy | Boeri Studio

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The Vertical Forest project aims to build high-density tower blocks with trees within the city. The first example of a Vertical Forest is currently under construction in Milan in Porta Nuova Isola area, part of a larger redevelopment project developed by Hines Italia with two towers which are 80 metres and 112 metres tall respectively, and which will be able to hold 480 big and medium size trees, 250 small size trees, 11.000 groundcover plants and 5.000 shrubs (the equivalent of a hectare of forest).

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