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Green Architecture’s Urgent Quest For Cheaper, More Sustainable Energy

Over the years, an increasing number of disciplines have become interested in the concept of creating a sustainable environment. Green Architecture is one of these disciplines and its goal is to create green buildings. These ...

Idea Lab in Ciudad de México / by ARCO Arquitectura

Innovating, discovering, experiencing and acting are the main activities which will be held at i.d.e.a. Lab a new space for culture and creation designed by ARCO Arquitectura Contemporánea executed in Mexico City.

A'tolan House, Taiwan / by : Create+Think Design Studio

A’tolan is the word meaning, “a place with many rocks”, from the indigenous language of the natives on the east coast of Taiwan. It may also be interpreted as “piling of rocks”, “building wall with ...

BECYCLE Boutique Fitness Studio, Berlin / by Lien Tran

BECYCLE is the first Boutique Fitness Studio in Berlin, Europe’s clubbing capital, to offer “high energy” spinning classes with hi-tech bikes and a nightclub atmosphere featuring music from live DJs.

Izmir Transportation Hub / by Eray Carbajo

Eray Carbajo wins Honorable Mention award in National Competition for Izmir Transportation Integration Hub

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Revolution 4.0 / by Abdullah Ahmed N Al Dabbous

An Urban Empowerment of Cairo’s Street Children
The award-winning project is an extraction of Abdullah Al Dabbous’s Masters thesis at the Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL.

The project stresses the adaptability of Cairo’s unused urban spaces (e.g. spaces under motorway flyovers ) to meet the needs of street children and provide both learning and opportunities for advancement without uprooting them—in other words, by dealing with street children as positive economic assets rather than liabilities.
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Mecanoo wins Shenzhen North Station Urban Design competition

With a scheme of twelve staggering skyscrapers, an elevated pedestrian network and a beautiful green urban park, Mecanoo architecten has been named the winner of the urban design competition for the Shenzhen North Station business district. The 1,36 million square metres development encompasses offices, retail space, apartments and a hotel, integrated with Shenzhen North railway and metro station.

Mecanoo’s proposal aims to create a strong identity for the neighbourhood. The main buildings of the business district are set around a central urban park and vary in height between 278 and 428 metres. By situating the transportation nodes on the subterranean levels, the public park appears as an open green space, something the area currently lacks.

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New Outdoor Fitness is a Game Changer / by KOMPAN

KOMPAN’s Cross Systems brings real fitness to the outdoor public space and wins two design awards. The new outdoor fitness concept is based on the most popular activities and challenges all fitness levels.

Cross Systems changes the perception of outdoor fitness from simple and easy to scalable and challenging. Central to Cross Systems is scalable resistance, allowing everyone to train according to individual levels of fitness. The intensity can be determined by adjusting the body position to add more or less resistance or opting for a light/medium/heavy weight.
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MLA+ Felixx consortium wins the Bao’an Urban Design Competition in Shenzhen China

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MLA+ in collaboration with Felixx Landscape Architects & Planners and Chinese partners China Academy of Urban Planning and Design (CAUPD) and Shenzhen Municipal Design & Research Institute has won the first prize in the design competition for the regeneration of the area along the G107 highway in Bao’an district in Shenzhen. The other competing teams consisted of Nikken Sekkei, KCAP, OMA and ISA- Internationales Stadtbauatelier.
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Warsaw Chopin Airport City / by Arup

(C)Polish Airports

  • New 13.27ha city next to Warsaw Chopin Airport
  • The new city will be designed, constructed and operated in accordance with the principles of sustainable development

Arup has been appointed to develop a new 13.27ha city next to Warsaw Chopin Airport, one of the largest and most modern airports in Central Europe.

The new office and retail development will involve the construction of 17 A-class office buildings, including conference halls, offices and service complex comprising of four connected buildings. The design also includes car parks, food-courts, green areas with car and pedestrian access.
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The New City Of El-Menia, Constantine, Algeria / by Exp + Lemay

The New City Of El-Menia, Constantine, Algeria / by Exp + Lemay

After a global competition, the joint venture formed by exp, Canadian firm of multidisciplinary consultants, and lemay, one of the most important integrated design services firms in Canada, has made history in Quebec industry by winning an international competition launched by the Agence de gestion et de régulation foncière urbaine de la Wilaya de Constantine in Algeria. This competition aimed at the realisation of a major project in the city of Constantine, Algeria, of approximately $ 2.4 billion ($ 2.4B), including $1.57 billion ($1.57B) devoted to the residential sector.
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Masterplan of Downtown Lexington, Kentucky / by JDS and Diana Balmori

Masterplan of Downtown Lexington, Kentucky / by  JDS and  Diana Balmori

JDS teamed up with Diana Balmori for an invited competition to rethink Downtown Lexington, Kentucky. The project establishes, around the dayligthting of the Towns Branch Commons creek, a series of potential developments, among others the renovation of the Rupp Arena by Spacegroup and a proposal to turn its surrounding neighborhood into a hybrid of park and mix programs to boost its living qualities. See the details of proposal here.

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WAF 2012 Winner ‘FP Masterplanning’ : Heart of Doha scheme, Qatar / by a Team Led by AECOM

A team led by AECOM is the winner of the future projects masterplanning award for the Msheireb Heart of Doha project in Qatar. The judges praised the project as ‘a fine-grained masterplan stitched in to the existing fabric of Doha’. It was, they said, ‘a creative, modernist interpretation of traditional arabic urbanism’ and ‘a great prototype for Middle Eastern urbanism’.
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