Kavel K | The Hague Netherlands | Carve

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‘Kavel K’ is situated on a triangular plot, boxed in by a railway track and a connecting road. It is a skating, sports- and youth facility which attracts a wide range of different user groups. The public space and the building are designed as a unity; the façade and the skate-cradle blend together.

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The long road to a new square | Cologne Germany | metrobox architekten

The long road to a new square | Cologne | metrobox architekten

Concept
The basic design concept was created by overlaying the images associated with the square, its use and its location. People flow through the built-up urban landscape, each like a water droplet in a river. The skaters have made this flow of people into a game. Quiet, long drawn-out stretches with large radiuses alternate with jumping at obstacles, like the flowing and spraying of water in a river. The location of the square on the Rhine places this image in an appropriate scenic context.

The implementation of this concept in reality is achieved by overlaying the area with a virtual grid which has uniform building areas at the cross-over points. The grid and building areas represent urban elements and are taken from the urban environment. However, to turn this stark grouping on a grid into a spontaneous arrangement that is optimal for this sport, the area had to be reorganised using a particular algorithm. This turned the building areas into structures of different sizes; they rise out of the landscape or sink into it to intersperse the space with green elements, meadows and trees. The basic structures are skate objects made from concrete and stand like stones covered by water in a river of flagstones. The ground combines with the skate objects using a template.
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Olympics reinvigorates Vancouver’s Granville Street

Granville Street, Vancouver 2010

Image by popejon2 via Flickr

During the Winter Olympics in Vancouver a newly updated Granville Street by PWL Partnership Landscape Architects has become a lively impromptu event space for buskers, street hockey, olympic pin sellers and more. The street has been closed to traffic for 30 years with only buses allowed back in the mid-1970′s. Retail groups have lobbied to have cars reintroduced to the space. However, the success of the space which is usually the domain of club-hopping group has caused planners and downtown businesses to rethink the future of the space post-Olympics.

Could this be the catalyst for a renaissance of pedestrian malls in cities?

Read more about Granville Street during the Olympics at the [SOURCE:Globe & Mail - Games reignite dream of a car-free Granville]

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Auckland’s Queens Wharf redevelopment stalled

Auckland‘s City council has rejected the latest plans for $100 million redevelopment of Queens Wharf which was scheduled to be the ‘party central’ for the Rugby World Cup to be held in 2011.

Back in November, WLA reported that the International Design Competition for Queen’s Wharf finished in controversy when no winner was awarded.

Now it seems that the new $97 million redevelopment plan have also been halted.

……that plan was rejected, and three other, cheaper plans for temporary structures also put on hold until a masterplan for the waterfront was developed, said Auckland City mayor John Banks. (New Zealand Herald)

Read more at the [SOURCE: New Zealand Herald - Mayors reject Queens Wharf funding plan]

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