“a traditional understanding of the city as an extrapolation of architectural models and metaphors is no longer viable given the prevalence of larger forces or flows. These include ruptures or breaks in architectonic logic of traditional urban form as compelled by ecological, infrastructural, or economic change.” – Charles Waldheim
Click here to read more about these twelve projects and how they are changing the way we understand and live in our cities.
Metcalfe Park is an urban park located on Sydney’s famous waterfront. Despite the spectacular views, the grassy park lacks any functional or recreational amenities. ASPECT studios conducted extensive research to find how people use the site currently and what additions to the park would best suit the neighborhood.
Click here to read more about how ASPECT studios created a park within a park.
Dutch designer Dan Roosegaarde and his team have transformed a wind farm in the Netherlands into a giant art installation by attaching green lasers to the turbines. Roosegaarde developed a software that would project the laser onto the text turbine and follow its rotation. This allows for the installation to evolve with wind conditions creating a zen like experience for visitors.
Click here to read more about how Roosegaarde and his team hope to share the beauty of clean energy.
Spanish duo creates 100 architectural illustrations over 100 days
According to Spanish architects Fabiola Muñoz and Carlos Leó, “it’s difficult to read a plan and section, but it’s not that difficult to see an illustration and feel curious about the architecture behind it”. Which surely rings true when they created the 100 architectural illustrations in 100 days series. The duo have highlighted architects and styles from all different eras and styles into 100 neatly framed squares that are an enjoyable and digestible visual experience.
Click here to read more about the series and hear more from the artists themselves.
The new corporate campus for the retailer Urban Outfitters transformed a decommissioned naval yard in Philadelphia into a new space for the city with artistic vengeance and ecological vigor. Maintaining the integrity of the original site, the design uses existing industrial elements to dictate the forms of the design. Suddenly former rail lines carrying cargo carry to and from ships now carries employees from their office to a cup of coffee.
Click here to read more about this poster child for industrial redevelopment.
Normally playgrounds are simple prefabricated structures that can be placed in any park. Although these structures are usually the cheaper option, Rainer Schmidt Landscape Architecture utilized modified land forms to create a more naturalistic park that evokes play with no structure needed.
The 20th century was not kind to downtown Los Angeles. While the city stretched out into suburbia, cities like Santa Monica, Beverly Hills, and Hollywood blossomed into cultural centers. Meanwhile the downtown “core” of the city rotted into vacant corporate mega towers.
Click here to read about how the opening of a new contemporary art museum downtown that is transforming the area into a new cultural hub for a new Los Angeles.
Car travel is a way of life in North America. Ever since the 1950’s development of our society has tended to focus on how easily things can be accessible by our vehicles. This industrial mindset tends to be detrimental to existing natural systems. Shelley Long, a graduate student at the University of Toronto, wanted to challenge this disconnect by incorporating national park typologies into existing infrastructure.
Click here to read about Shelley Long’s visionary project about turning a famous Canadian roadway into a series of curated experiences that blurs lines between city and national park.
Part of a 9km coastal walk from Sydney’s South Head to Maroubra, the Bondi to Bronte coast walk is a response to preserve the historic Waverley Cemetrey by redirecting the walk’s annual 700,000 visitors. Bypassing the cemetery, the walk takes visitors through a set of lookouts all connected by a light walkway along the cliff tops while capturing an outstanding view of the headlands, the sandstone outcrops and the grandeur of the Australian continent meeting the Pacific Ocean.
Click here to read more about how the project solved complex technical and structural conditions all while preserving the rich ecological communities on the exposed sandstone cliffs below.
Amongst the Southern California landscape, homeowners Shino and Ken Mori wanted a home that would translate Japanese Modern design into this suburban context. The design is striking and unique, while pairing opposing forms together. From the outside, it seems to have no windows, but once you enter into the courtyard, the home is almost entirely open.
Click here to read more about this contemporary Japanese home.
Mariahilferstrasse is a common shopping street in the Austrian capital city of Vienna. Dutch landscape and urban design office Bureau B+B together with the Viennese architects orso.pitro transformed this crowded street of pedestrians and vehicles into a metropolitan shopping boulevard fit for this thriving urban center.
Click here to read more about this new social center in the heart of Vienna.
This urban space in Solingen, Germany employs the concept of a continuous public open space; one that connects the Town Hall Square to the city’s vast network of urban parks and spaces. Located in front of the city’s municipal offices, the design aims to create a space that is welcoming and inviting to all its citizens in the industrial core.
Click here to read more about how this town uses its central district as a place for everyone to gather.