Beijiao Cultural Centre | Foshan China | Gravity Green

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In the age of the economic boom, the modernisation in China is speedily rushing out traditional cultures that once dominated civilization and assembled local identities. While the city transformation seems to be inevitable, it also becomes increasingly vital to preserve the collective memories in the age of globalization. The Beijiao Cultural Centre is an experiment that investigates and examines how regional architecture can bridge the emerging contemporary city with its cultural reminiscence.

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Stadswater | Rotterdam Netherlands | OKRA

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For a long time the historic canals in the urban landscape of Rotterdam were forgotten. Today water plays the prominent role, that once it had within the city and can be discovered by visitors once again. The transformation of Stadwater is in fact a reversion of the relationship between the city and its urban canals. Since medieval times the urban water was not orientated towards the water, resulting in back-sides of the buildings along the water and anonymous public realm along the water, such as parking spaces and delivery roads. The canal route was fragmented, all having their own name: Stokviswater, Haagse Veer, Delftse Vaart, Zijl, Steigersgracht, en de Leuvekolk.

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Smother’s Park | Owensboro USA | EDSA

Smother's Park | Owensboro USA | EDSA
Looking out on the redeveloped Owensboro Riverfront – residents, visitors and business owners now experience pedestrian busy blocks and a hub of new entertainment opportunities on what just 11 years ago was a blighted downtown district. This pocket city, where 96,656 people live, has invested in an array of development initiatives in health care, transportation, education, tourism and travel that focused on making the city and county more competitive in attracting residents and businesses through master planning efforts in the downtown core.
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Pirrama Park | Sydney Australia | ASPECT Studios

Pirrama Park | Sydney Australia | ASPECT Studios

Image Credit: Florian Groehn

The 1.8 hectares of waterfront that is Pirrama Park began with community action which successfully prevented the State Government’s sale of this public land to residential developers. When the City of Sydney Council purchased the former Water Police site, what was a previously alienated and fenced-off post-industrial concrete slab became in time a richly varied urban waterfront parkland for the people of Sydney.
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Water Hazard: Out On The Fringe | moss

Water Hazard: Out On The Fringe | moss
Water Hazard is an ongoing architectural research project by moss. They are studying water related issues to become better stewards of this most precious resource.
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