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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Grand Musée du Monde Maya de Mérida | Merida Mexico | XYZ Cultural Technology

XYZ Cultural Technology created both the technical concept and the programming for the multimedia installation that brings to life the night-time sound-and-light show projected on the façade of the new Gran Museo del Mundo Maya in Merida, Mexico. “It’s an immense, dynamic visual and audio panorama that traces the history of the Maya community,” explains Jacques Larue, partner at XYZ, “entrenched in the birth of the world and bearing the seeds of the Yucatán’s modern identity.”
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Urban Air | Stephen Glassman

Urban Air | Stephen Glassman

Imagine being stuck in bumper-to-bumper traffic. The car’s not moving, you’re channel surfing, nothing but ads or news on the radio… Nothing but billboards with advertising — digital and print — on the skyline. But wait… What’s that up ahead? A billboard that looks like a small forest of living bamboo surrounded by a cloud of mist? That will be Urban Air, coming to a Los Angeles freeway near you if artist and creator Stephen Glassman has his way.
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Imagining the Lowline exhibit opens

Imagining the Lowline exhibit opens
Last Saturday the “Imagining the Lowline” exhibit opened to the public as part of the “Experiments in Motion” initiative commissioned by Audi of America and in partnership with the Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation (GSAPP), nine student visions will be presented along with a 45-foot-long suspended model of Manhattan’s subway grid that contextualizes the Lowline within the city’s huge inventory of underground spaces.

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In the Footsteps of the Giants | Åre Sweden | Ljusarkitektur

In the Footsteps of the Giants | Åre Sweden | Ljusarkitektur

Ljusarkitektur designed a new night-time lighting concept for a family-friendly 3.5-kilometre slope at the Swedish skiing resort of Åre. The project is called “In the Footsteps of the Giants,” and was developed with author Mathias Knave. It is based on old Nordic tales of giants and trolls.

In the Footsteps of the Giants | Åre Sweden | Ljusarkitektur
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FPT City | Danang Vietnam | SOM

FPT City | Danang Vietnam | SOM

Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM) was awarded the Master Plan commission for FPT City in Danang, Vietnam.  SOM’s preliminary plan for a sustainable new high-tech community at the edge of the city has been applauded by local authorities, including the Head of Planning and the Peoples Committee of the City of Danang.  SOM is now working closely with these authorities to finalise the project’s design and ensure its delivery.  This is SOM’s second recent project ‘win’ in the country and follows the firm’s recent success of Green Tech City in Hanoi.

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New York Launches NYC Urban Technology Innovation Center

NYC Urban Technology Innovation Center, an initiative to promote the development and commercialization of green building technologies in New York City.  It will connect academic institutions conducting underlying research, companies creating the associated products, and building owners who will use those technologies. Through the Center – a partnership of the New York City Economic Development Corporation, Columbia University, Polytechnic Institute of New York University, and the City University of New York (CUNY) – green building technology companies that need real-world test sites will be joined with building owners looking to benefit from the latest developments and willing to provide a test environment.

Read more at the NYC Press Release

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