The landscape architecture and site planning for the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics, maximizes the existing Alpensia sports park in a compact, "light touch" design by SWA. Image courtesy SWA.
SWA is the international planner and landscape architect for the design-build team, led by Taeyoung, that created the facilities at the heart of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics. “The master planning was driven by the desire to use a ‘light touch’ while creating exciting, highest-quality competition venues,” said Marco Esposito, a principal who led SWA’s team. “To create attractive, high quality facilities while maintaining the natural beauty of this hilly forested site, the design team pursued a compact, walkable development pattern, minimal grading, and extensive reforestation and waterway restoration.”
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Fort Mason Center has announced the 20 firms invited for Phase 1 of the FORT MASON CENTER REVISITED design competition. In Phase 1 requires the firms to submit a Statement of Interest and the teams qualifications. Phase 2 will include three finalists selected to develop concepts for the Pier One(currently storage), the Public Realm and improving connections to the San Francisco Bay and Golden Gate National Recreation. The 20 invited firms with several landscape architecture firms selected for Phase 1 including: ! Melk, Conger Moss Guillard (CMG), Hood Design, James Corner Field Operations (JCFO), Sasaki Associates, SWA Group, West 8 New York.
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The Ministry of Land, Transport and Maritime Affairs of the Republic of Korea recently announced that West 8 + IROJE has won International Competition for Master Plan of Yongsan Park, Korea.
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Phillips Farevaag Smallenberg (PSF) design was recommended for Lansdowne Park after a winning the design competition held back in 2010 beating out Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates, SWA, West 8 and Williams, Asselin, Ackaoui & Associates. Phillips Farevaag Smallenberg have continued on with the design process over the last two years have been working as part of the team of other design professionals and City of Ottawa to integrate the new park design with other elements of the project. The ‘new Lansdowne’ project includes – a large new park(Lansdowne Park), a re-designed stadium and Civic Centre, and a village of boutique shops and stores, services and residences – into a single plan.
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SWA Group recently won an invited design competition for Suzhou Center, a 26.5-hectare site located in Suzhou’s still-developing Central Business District, with office, hotel, residential buildings, retail corridors, transit, roof gardens, canals and waterfront parks adjacent to historic Jinji Lake. The landmark Suzhou Center design, which is planned to break ground in April 2012, creates a signature city-center of urban offerings, greenspace and lakefront amenities along an approximately 2-km visual corridor reminiscent of the Washington Mall, Champs Elysees in Paris and other grand urban spines. A striking 88-story arched Gateway Tower, now under construction toward completion in late 2012, anchors the Suzhou Center development. Its arch shape encases the visual corridor connecting Old Town and the city’s other urban center, Suzhou Industrial Park (SIP) Central Business District.
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SWA Group has been named to provide detailed site planning and a Specific Plan for the 149-acre Solano360 mixed-use development that will transform the County Fairgrounds property at I-80 and Highway 37 into a year-round destination. The project will integrate a new County fairgrounds with entertainment, retail, hospitality, event- and meeting-space, offices and open space. Solano360 is a joint effort of Solano County, the City of Vallejo and the Solano County Fair Association.
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James Corner’s Field Operations has won the International Urban Design Competition for Qianhai area, within Nanshan District of Shenzhen, China. The design divides the 18.04 square kilometre(approx. 7 sq .miles) area into easily manageable districts with unique architectural typologies and functions. Field Operations won the competition due to intensive compact and diverse design that follows the principles of sustainability, and encircling the city’s most important one of the resources – water. The design is envisioned as a “coastal water-town” that focuses on eco-innovation whilst simultaneously creating a diverse waterfront urban environment which continues through the entire 18 square km area.
The area is to be the 2nd CBD/CAD in Shenzhen with Futian District being the 1st. Qianhai will play an important role in development of the Pearl River Delta. The new CBD will located along Metro Line 1 & 5 and the new high speed and inter-city railway lines and expressway links between Hong Kong, Shenzhen & Guangzhou. Also within Qianhai where 3.7 square kilometres will be developed by joint-venture between Shenzhen and Hong Kong governments as a Service Park similar to the Suzhou-Singapore Development in Suzhou. The new city is envisioned to be the next Sydney , Hong Kong and Vancouver.
2nd Prize was won by BLAU Architecture & Urbanism and 3rd prize went to OMA
BLAU Master Plan (2nd Prize)
OMA (3rd Prize)
Sixty-two companies worldwide had submitted designs to Shenzhen’s urban planning commission since it launched an international design competition Dec. 31. Eight finalists with two backups were chosen including:
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