Creative companies and TV channels moving to MediaCityUK will be inspired by its fresh new public spaces and waterside landscape, designed by Gillespies. MediaCityUK has been developed by The Peel Group and creates a globally significant digital media hub. It is one of the UK’s largest construction projects and has regenerated a former industrial dock site.
Paralleling the development of the buildings has been the construction of high quality external spaces designed to integrate the new architecture and create a fresh and creative public realm, with heart and human scale. The external spaces enhance the appeal and function of each building individually, and ground them collectively into a holistic visual language.
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BDP’s public realm scheme for Carlos Place and Mount Street in Mayfair, London was completed back in July. The project for Grosvenor is one of a number of schemes that seek to enhance the public realm of its central London estate.
BDP has upgraded the streetscape in terms of composition, surfacing materials and furniture elements. The grandeur of this area has been revived through improvements to the pedestrian experience, the removal of clutter and the putting in place of high quality surfacing materials, by strengthening the street’s relationship to its buildings and by making Carlos Place and Mount Street Gardens better places for people.
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FoRM Associates won second prize in the international open competition for best urban landscape design of the central area of Kiev within the framework of preparation for UEFA Football Championship Euro-2012 and for the future. The competition was promoted by the Kiev City State Administration to draw attention of professionals and general public to the poor state of urban landscape in the central part of the city. Igor Marko and Petra Havelska presented FoRM’s proposal to the international jury and general public during the CANactions Architecture Festival in the House of Architects in Kiev.
Continue reading Dnieper River Park | Kiev Ukraine | FoRM Associates
The variegated surface extends into the steel marsh, which collects and cleans stormwater from the site. ©Stoss Landscape Urbanism
Erie Street Plaza is a small urban plaza in the Historic Third Ward district of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The 13,000-square-foot plaza lies at the point where the Milwaukee River meets the Federal Channel as it empties into Lake Michigan. It is the final link in a series of public space activators along the Milwaukee Riverwalk, a three-mile pedestrian and bicycle corridor that connects downtown Milwaukee to the emerging and redeveloping Third Ward, Beerline Districts, and the lakefront beyond. At the beginning of the project’s design, the future of Erie Street Plaza – its users, its function, its programming, even its necessity – were undecided. The urban context was generally one of infrastructure and industry; the site lacked neighbors and potential users. The site itself was a surface parking lot, subject to harsh environmental conditions, including high winds off the lake. Who is it for? How will it be used? This uncertainty, this open-endedness, was at the core of its design.
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©Bob Train LRPS
Within the context of a larger historic estate, 17th Century manor house, and landscaped gardens that are often open to the public, the 5 Hectare meadow garden used an area where silt from the adjacent dredged lake had been dumped and spread. Outbuildings were demolished and sight lines adjusted so that the new vistas from the centre of the meadow segments aligned on other key landscape features, either distant or near. The spiral mound at the centre allows visitors to get an overview. Rings of cherry trees help reinforce the circular pathways around the meadows. A new lake edge path runs up to a giant igloo shaped steel arbour where willows are being trained to enclose the outer form.
Continue reading The Meadow Garden | Glouchester UK | Brodie McAllister
International Design Competition for the Sites of Jewish History in Lviv includes three separate competitions for three spaces in the city that have important connections to the life of Jewish community before the Second World War, and to its destruction during the Nazi occupation. Competitors are asked to submit ideas for each or all of three sites in the city. One of the sites was the Yanivsky Camp Memorial Site which was the site of the former Yanivsky concentration camp at the current Vynnytsya Street.
The design competition for Yanivsky Camp Memorial Site was won by Ming-Yu Ho (Taiwan), Ceanatha la Grange (USA) and Wei Huang (China). Their design intent was to clearly memorializing more than 100,000 lives lost at this location, the design provides flexibility for future users, who may want to contribute their own understanding of the Yanivsky Concentration Camp to events at the site. The history of the Yanivsky Concentration Camp Memorial is exposed in a respectful manner that encourages a deeper understanding of the atrocities committed during World War II. A light touch keeps many of the site’s elements intact, and reveals past history through the judicious addition of landscape features. These features, and the minimal changes to the overall site, make visible the crimes that took place here, and leave visitors with a sense of peace and hope for the future.
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Green dream lives on: A savvy breed of developers are breaking ground on sustainable communities in the Independent newspaper
There are about 10 communities around the country, loosely following principles known in the construction industry as New Urbanism……… No one is yet suggesting this new wave of sustainable communities will pass the test of time as Bath has – but they at least appear to be riding the downturn.
The article lists 8 projects in design planning stage along with the following built projects
Up and running
* Hockerton Housing Project, Nottinghamshire
* Greenwich Millennium Village (which involves Countryside Properties and Taylor Wimpey)
* BedZed, Hackbridge, east London