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Portland Mall Revitalization in Portland, Oregon by ZGF Architects LLP

Thursday, February 2nd, 2012

Article source: ZGF Architects LLP

Already an icon of progressive planning, the revitalized Portland Mall is significant nationally as a new benchmark in urban design, place-making and transportation infrastructure. Extending the entire length of downtown Portland, it mixes multiple modes of transportation, stimulates adjacent development and re-establishes itself as one of Portland’s premier civic spaces.

Aerial View (Images Courtesy Bruce Forster / Eckert & Eckert)

  • Architect: ZGF Architects LLP
  • Name of Project: Portland Mall Revitalization
  • Location: Portland, Oregon
  • Owner: Tri-County Metropolitan Transportation District of Oregon (TriMet)
  • Photo Credit : Bruce Forster / Eckert & Eckert

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Reinventing the Crescent: Riverfront Development Plan in New Orleans, Louisiana by Eskew+Dumez+Ripple

Wednesday, February 1st, 2012

Article source: Eskew+Dumez+Ripple

New Orleans has long been dependent on its majestic river. The banks of the Mississippi River have served many purposes throughout the city’s history and are now poised to play a crucial new role. The city’s economy has suffered the slow loss of maritime activity due to port consolidation and sudden, comprehensive loss of civic stability due to Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

Aerial View (Images Courtesy Eskew+Dumez+Ripple)

  • Architect: Eskew+Dumez+Ripple
  • Name of Project: Reinventing the Crescent: Riverfront Development Plan
  • Location: New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Owner: The New Orleans Building Corporation
  • Photo Credit: © Eskew+Dumez+Ripple

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Sandridge Energy Commons in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma by Rogers Marvel Architects

Wednesday, February 1st, 2012

Article source: Rogers Marvel Architects

SandRidge Energy, a rapidly growing natural gas and oil company, relocated from the outskirts of Oklahoma City into an abandoned area of the downtown core. The master plan for this new headquarters spans multiple buildings, and multiple city blocks, where architecture and landscape architecture weave to balance company needs and civic engagement.

Rendering (Images Courtesy Dbox, Raddi Inc. and Rogers Marvel Architects)
  • Architect: Rogers Marvel Architects
  • Name of Project: Sandridge Energy Commons
  • Location: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • Owner: SandRidge Energy
  • Construction Management: Lingo Construction Services
  • Engineer: ARUP; Frankfurt Short Bruza Associates
  • Landscape Architect: Hoerr Schaudt
  • Lighting Design: Microclimate and Daylighting Studies; Renfro Design Group
  • Photo Credit: © Dbox, © Raddi Inc. and © Rogers Marvel Architects

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Europan 11 San Bartolome 1st Prize Geologia Rurbana

Friday, January 20th, 2012

Article source: CUAC Arquitectura

‘RURBAN’ GEOLOGY

In the island of Lanzarote two ways of volcanic landscape transformation converge:  the rhythm of the earth and the rhythm of human life. We can talk about coexistence and overlapping of changing processes that belong to different scales: the geological and the urban one. The agriculture has turned people into powerful agents of ‘displacement of material’, as powerful as the wind which they protect themselves from.

The project takes the idea of accumulation and overlapping of layers in the landscape construction. We take the reference of a geological section from a site adjacent to our sector for the development of the proposal, planning a ‘perforated basement’ and an architecture that has the ability of recognizing the strata in which it is inserted.

Section and group of images. Perspective of the exterior of the houses and references

  • Auther: Pulido+Piriz (CUAC Arquitectura)
  • Architects: Tomás García Píriz, Javier Castellano Pulido, Luis Miguel Ruiz Avilés, Serrano y Baquero Arquitectos, Juan Antonio Serrano García, Paloma Baquero Masats
  • Contributors: Cristóbal Adrián García Almeida, José Enrique Iniesta Molina, Alejandro Pedro López Fernández, Alejandro Carlos Galindo Durán, María de Lara Ruiz, Juan Bachs Rubio, Elena María Lucena Guerrero.

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Europan 11 Leeuwarden 1st Prize New Water Garden

Friday, January 20th, 2012

Article source: CUAC Arquitectura

LANDSCAPE, MEMORY, TRADITION and WATER for the FUTURE

NIEU WAter gaRDEN, a new landscape of water, meeting between urbanity and agriculture.

The proposal arises Niwu Water Garden by the ensounter of three main materials: water, city and farmland. In a scenic enclave of particular importance to the city of Leeuwarden an appropriate balance between these materials allows to think about a hybrid landscape which establishes a transition between rural and urban.

Thus become a new environment in which elements of the city (the traditional and the present) establish a proper dialogue with the existing agricultural plot and its associated infrastructure.

MAIN IMAGE- LEEUWARDEN COLLAGE

  • Auther: Pulido+Piriz (CUAC Arquitectura)
  • Architects: Tomás García Píriz, Javier Castellano Pulido, Luis Miguel Ruiz Avilés, Serrano y Baquero Arquitectos, Juan Antonio Serrano García, Paloma Baquero Masats
  • Contributors: Cristóbal Adrián García Almeida, José Enrique Iniesta Molina, Alejandro Pedro López Fernández, Alejandro Carlos Galindo Durán, María de Lara Ruiz, Juan Bachs Rubio, Elena María Lucena Guerrero.

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The Standard in Manhattan, New York City by Ennead Architects

Wednesday, January 18th, 2012

Article source: Ennead Architects

Located in Manhattan’s Hudson riverfront Meatpacking District, the hotel responds to its context through contrast: sculptural piers, whose forms clearly separate the building from the orthogonal street grid, raise the building fifty-seven feet off the street, and allow the horizontally-scaled industrial landscape to pass beneath it and natural light to penetrate to the street.

Images Courtesy ©Jeff Goldberg/Esto

  • Architect: Ennead Architects
  • Name of Project: The Standard
  • Location: Manhattan, New York City
  • Owner: André Balazs Properties
  • Acoustical: Cerami & Associates
  • Engineer: DeSimone; Edwards & Zuck; H.A. Bader; Langan Engineering & Environmental Services
  • Façade: R.A. Heintges
  • Interior Design: André Balazs Properties; Shawn Hausman; Roman and Williams
  • Photo Credit: ©Alex MacLean/Landslides Aerial Photography, ©Jeff Goldberg/Esto and ©Aislinn Weidele/Ennead Architects

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Europan 11 in Toulouse, France by RNDM Architecture

Thursday, January 12th, 2012

Article source: RNDM Architecture

The project is set up as a new urban landscape that draws on elements of identity that constitute the urban tissue of old Toulouse.  From a regular frame which allows us to organize the new district in a rational and rigorous way, while answering the diverse needs of density, scale, hierarchical organization of flows, contribution of light, we incorporate a fragmentation inspired by the plan of the old town which allows us to generate diverse urban events, perspectives, places…

Terrasse View

  • Architects: RNDM Architecture
  • Project: Europan 11
  • Location: Toulouse, France
  • Competition: EUROPAN 11, prize-winner
  • Team: RNDM Architecture (Estelle Bourreau, Aurélie Fabre, Jb Coltier)

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Hasselt Court Of Justice in Belgium by J. MAYER H. Architects (designed using ArchiCAD, Rhino, and Maya)

Thursday, December 8th, 2011

Article source: J. MAYER H. Architects

The Court of Justice is one of two iconic projects within the new urban development around the main rail station. The logistics and siting of a courthouse with multiple security barriers of security results in a massing composed of three interconnected volumes. References include the old industrial steel structures that formerly occupied and defined the site, their organic Belgian Art Nouveau forms constituting part of the cultural heritage of Hasselt. There are also echoes of a tree, which, in addition to being is the Hasselt town emblem, as well as also harks back to the historicpre-medieval European tradition  of holding a special “place of speaking justice” underneath a large tree in the center of a dwelling.

Image Courtesy Filip Dujardin

  • Architects: J. MAYER H. Architects
  • Project: Hasselt Court Of Justice
  • Location: Monseigneur Broekxplein, 3500 Hasselt
  • Client: Stationsomgeving NV Hasselt, Hasselt, Belgium
  • Function: Courthouse including  Offices
  • Site area: 3640 qm
  • Building area: 3200 qm
  • Total floor area: 21600 qm
  • Stories: 13
  • Software used: ArchiCad, Rhino, Maya

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Accra Twin Towers in Ghana by Frederico Valsassina Arquitectos

Thursday, December 8th, 2011

Article source: Frederico Valsassina Arquitectos

The present proposal occupies a central position in relation to urban design of the city of Accra. It has place in a regular small sized plot, located on Liberia Road, near to the British Council.

The scale of the urban mesh on which it is inserted, stands from the density of the suburban construction that surrounds this central area of the city, underlining a privileged treatment of the spaces. In this sense, as a major action, with an ambitious program, it was understood that the planned object should take advantage of all these constraints in order to be able to assume an emblematic role in the urban and architectonic context of the city.

Accra Twin Towers

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Equatorial Guinea’s Future Capital City in Equatorial-Guinea by IDF – Ideias do Futuro

Tuesday, December 6th, 2011

Article source: IDF – Ideias do Futuro

Located on the Wele-Nzas, the new capital city will be built in order to fulfill the President’s dream. The new capital city will be the attraction for an estimated 160.000 inhabitants and will extend for 8.150 Hectares. The concept is characterized by modernity and respect by the country’s cultural roots, optimizing its identity and the richness of the ecosystem where it belongs. Sustainability is also a privileged feature in every strand.

Cathedral

  • Architects: IDF – Ideias do Futuro
  • Project: Equatorial Guinea’s Future Capital City
  • Location: Equatorial-Guinea
  • Year: 2010
  • Intervention Area: 8.150 Hectares
  • Coordination: Arch. Miguel Correia, IDF – Ideias do Futuro
  • Urban Planning Team: Arch. Urbanista Mafalda Matos, Arch. Urbanista Mariana Fernandes, Arch. Urbanista Susana Mello
  • Architecture Team: Arch. Diogo Mello, Arch. Pedro Gonçalves, Arch. Susana Guerreiro, Arch. Teresa Lancastre, Arch. Vítor Santos
  • Landscape Architecture Team : Arch. Paisagista Ana Prata, Arch. Paisagista Sara Távora
  • Images and Movie: Arqui 300

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