AWP selected for Malmo Quay

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Ten years after AWP was shortlisted for the final stage of the Architecture Foundation new building in London, Igloo-Carillon plc has selected the office for territorial reconfiguration* to deliver a design vision for a cycle hub building in Malmo Quay, Lower Ouseburn Valley, Newcastle upon-Tyne.

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Otter Street New Public Space | Melbourne Australia | City of Yarra

This little project is located at a subtly, fantastic site. You would walk straight past it. There was nothing really there. It is located at the corner of Smith Street and Otter Street in Collingwood. Smith Street has an original and colourful character. Despite the recent high house prices, it still attracts a wide mix of people from a wide range of cultural backgrounds. It is a dynamic street that evolves and changes. It becomes good, and bad and then good again, and somehow also stays the same. It is a much-loved and very well known street in inner Melbourne.
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‘Jaanila Country’ by KCAP with Felixx awarded with Habitat award for public space design


Jaanila Country, a masterplan by KCAP Architects & Planners has been awarded with the Habitat award for the best residential public space design in the Leningrad region (St. Petersburg), Russia. The public space of Jaanila Country has been developed in cooperation with landscape architects Felixx. It was chosen as first prize winner out of a selection of 13 nominated projects. The regional Habitat contest is hosted by the Leningrad Union of Building Organisations and has been held for the first time. It aims to honor new developments for their contribution to the public environment.


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This Week in Landscape | 14 September 2014

These Synthetic Landscapes Respond To Nature In Real Time To Protect Us-And The Planet | Adele Peters | Fast Co.
A landscape architect [Bradley Cantrell] imagines a world where levees react automatically to floods and tiny robots keep water clean from pollution.

LA River proposed as the city’s next great public space | Allison Engel | USC News
Bridges, overpasses and underused lots are seen as potential sites for permanent arts installations

Urban Plunge – open swimming in the heart of the city | Jane Withers | Ecologist
“With the growing trend for natural swimming in cities new opportunities are opening for architects and designers to create dramatic, inspiring, enjoyable new public spaces in urban waterways….”

Turkey’s natural, cultural heritage jeopardized by construction boom | SALİM AVCI | Sunday’s Zarman
“Experts have pointed out that if the forest north of İstanbul is destroyed, the city will no longer be able to breathe, and it will lose its water sources”

Sunk: City cuts swimming pool barge from waterfront design plan
“The city has decided to nix a floating barge with a swimming pool from plans for a vast new public space along Seattle’s downtown waterfront.”

Landscape architecture students get an Oneida Rail Trail wish-list | Bill Lucia |
“….about 20 landscape architecture students from SUNY ESF in Syracuse worked with groups of interested city residents to compile a “wish list” of what they would like to see in future developments of Rail Trail sections.”

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COMPETITION | Place by Design | SXSW Eco Public Space Design Competition

Place by Design, the SXSW Eco Public Space Design Competition, honors visionary design work that achieves a positive community impact through the creation or re-imagining of public spaces. The Q&A style application is open to four categories of projects: Conceptual, In Planning, Implemented and Student. The application addresses project and designer information, the designer’s intention and the social and environmental impact of the project.

Human connection with place is a key factor in the struggle for a sustainable world. Good design has the ability to reflect a community’s culture and values and compels people to engage with their everyday surroundings. Vibrant public spaces signify a vibrant community and will be maintained and conserved for years to come. Placemaking and related initiatives such as tactical urbanism and public interest design focus on strengthening our connection to place by making it more accessible, community-centered, aligned with nature and even playful. Place by Design will highlight projects that transform the way communities interact with place as a means of inspiring our attendees to improve their own places. View the winners and finalists of last year’s competition

Submissions end Tuesday, July 15th at 11:59 CST

All designers must be able to present a version of their design at SXSW Eco: October 6-8, 2014

More information at SXSW Eco

Kranj old city centre renewal | Kranj Slovenia | Luz, d.d.


The winning competition project proposed to reveal, highlight and subtly upgrade an array of unique elements of urban and natural heritage in the nowadays image of the city. The new design aimed to increase representativeness and to create a good basis for a comprehensive revitalisation of public space.

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Rees and Simcoe WaveDecks | Toronto Canada | West 8 + DTAH

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The Rees and Simcoe WaveDecks represent a true integration of structure, architecture and landscape combined to offer completely flexible public spaces that have been embraced by a broad cross section of the general public. Rees WaveDeck is a contemplative space which gracefully bows down to the lake. The deck is fully accessible, with no slopes steeper than 5%. The amphitheatre-like steps can be used as a passive sitting place, or as an active learning space and canoe launch for summer camps or the nearby sailing school and Disabled Sailing Association.

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