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Tuinstede in Amsterdam, the Netherlands by SNITKER/BORST/ARCHITECTS

Friday, May 11th, 2012


Tuinstede is the last of three new blocks that have been built in the Noordstrook, north of Delflandplein in the Amsterdam district New West. The urban design for the Noordstrook is made by Snitker/Borst Architects. In order to increase the density of the neighbourhood the existing modernist open strip building plan will be replaced by three urban closed blocks with large communal courtyards. One of the streets will remain without cars and will be arranged as a playground for children. The urban design will be executed in two phases. Recently the first phase was finished. In a second phase the U-shaped blocks will be completed to closed blocks. The three blocks are designed by Dick van Gameren, ANA and Snitker/Borst Architects, respectively.

Exterior View (Images Courtesy Roos Aldershoff)

  • Name of Project: Tuinstede
  • Location: Amsterdam, the Netherlands
  • Client urban design: Far West, Stadsdeel Nieuw-West
  • Client architectural design: De Principaal, Amvest
  • Design team urban design: Leen Borst, Mark Snitker, Maha Rahal, Louise Thompson, Mehrdad Mashaie, Sonja Stockmarr
  • Software used: Vectorworks


Launch Of Lua And Its Website in France

Friday, May 11th, 2012

Article source: Laboratoire D’urbanisme Agricole

After more than six years of research in the urban agriculture field, the Agricultural Urbanism Lab was created in 2012 by SOA Architectes, Le Sommer Environnement and the Bureau d’Etudes de Gally. Other experts working on various aspects of the same theme from different perspectives have joined them.

Launch of Lua - (c) SOA Architectes


Gwanggyo Power Center in South Korea by MVRDV Architects

Sunday, May 6th, 2012

Article source: MVRDV Architects

Since the beginning of the millennium local nodes with a high density concentration of mixed program are used in Korean town planning. These nodes consist of a mix of public, retail, culture, housing, offices and leisure generating life in new metropolitan areas and encouraging further developments around them: the Power Centre strategy. The Gwanggyo Power Centre will consist of 200,000m2 housing, 48,000m2 offices, 200,000m2 mix of culture, retail, leisure and education and 200,000m2 parking.

Birds eye

  • Architects: MVRDV Architects
  • Project: Gwanggyo Power Center
  • Location: Future new town of Gwanggyo, located 35km south of the Korean capital Seoul
  • Program: 200,000m2 housing, 48,000m2 offices, 200,000m2 mix of culture, retail, leisure and education and 200,000m2 parking
  • Date: 2007-2011 (initial planning)
  • Budget: Withheld
  • MVRDV: Winy Maas, Jacob van Rijs, Nathalie de Vries with Youngwook Joung, Wenchian Shi, Raymond van den Broek, Paul Kroese, Naiara Arregi, Wenhua Deng, Doris Strauch, Bas Kalmeijer, Simon Potier, Silke Volkert, Marta Pozo, Francesco Pasquale
  • Engineering: Arup
  • Local Architect: DA Group


Re-qualification and Redevelopment of the Beach and Seafront of Figueira da Foz and Buarcos in Portugal by atelier RUA

Friday, May 4th, 2012

Article source: atelier RUA

Ideas Competition for the Re-qualification and Redevelopment of the Beach and Seafront of Figueira da Foz and Buarcos – 2nd Prize

The 400 m walk to reach the waterfront of the “claridade” beach in Figueira da Foz, isolates the city and its inhabitants from the sea. The prominent shape of the coastline in Buarcos is the starting point of a linear gesture that stretches along the whole waterfront of Figueira da Foz, sewing together the existing promenade and the beach front, and ending at the tip of the northern pier.

Bird Eye View

  • Architect: atelier RUA
  • Name of Project: Re-qualification and Redevelopment of the Beach and Seafront of Figueira da Foz and Buarcos
  • Location: Figueira da Foz, Portugal


Centro de Acçao Social por Música in São Paulo, Brazil by Urban-Think Tank

Thursday, May 3rd, 2012

Article source: Urban-Think Tank

Despite its central urban location, the marginalized area of Grotão within Paraisópolis is effectively separated from the formal city. Within this isolated zone, increased erosion and dangerous mudslides have designated the site as one of many high-risk zones in the city – a primarily inaccessible void in the otherwise dense urban fabric.

Night View

  • Architect: Urban-Think Tank
  • Name of Project: Centro de Acçao Social por Música
  • Location: São Paulo, Brazil


Töölönlahden Block 2018 in Helsinki, Finland by ALA Architects

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012

Article source: ALA Architects


The charm of Töölönlahti street blocks is in its completing the immediate urban fabric without stealing all the attention. This urban row also shelters the park from discomfort and noise of nearby railroads, and stands as a principle spine to support existing buildings and future public developments. Block 2018 culminates the row, subsequently characterising the entire block.

Facade from train tracks

  • Architect: ALA Architects
  • Name of Project: Töölönlahden Block 2018
  • Location: Helsinki, Finland
  • Type: Competition, Purchase
  • Program: 3 200 m² Housing, 10 600 m² Offices
  • Team: Juho Grönholm, Antti Nousjoki, Janne Teräsvirta, Samuli Woolston with Harri Ahokas, Petra Grisova, Julius Kekoni, Pekka Tainio, Jyri Tartia, Yena Young, Yin Li


Biodiversity and the Creation of Mobile Natural Growth by Lijbers Architects

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012

Article source: Lijbers Architects

Context – Problem Definition
One way to look at the decline of natural biodiversity is from the perspective of complex human dynamics –i.e. the organized but fundamentally unpredictable behavior of human systems – and its consequences for the natural environment. We humans tend to expand, move, and reallocate ground at speeds unparalleled within the natural world. Our persistent and unpredictable need for space, land, and raw materials causes the original natural environment to diminish, along with its ecosystem of plants and animals. The highly dynamic reallocation and changing of the earth’s habitat by human action falls short in providing vulnerable species of plants and animals with sufficient time to recover. The continuous cycle of removing and reallocating natural space can, in the best case, maintain a certain amount of the “natural environment”, yet it can never maintain the same level of biodiversity that was originally present.


  • Architect: Lijbers Architects
  • Name of project: Biodiversity and the Creation of Mobile Natural Growth
  • Software used: arkey/ASD and autocad for the basic drawings. And photoshop and illustrator to finish the drawings.


Kokkola pedestrian centre in Finland by ALA

Thursday, April 26th, 2012

Article source: ALA

Kokkola wanted their currently car-inhabited center area to become obviously pedestrian (with as little effort as possible). We decided to start by placing a tree in the middle of the street. With time, while more trees are planted, the street (sufficient width dimension courtesy of Finnish traffic engineering standard) would turn more into a park, or a square.

Night View

  • NAME OF PROJECT: Kokkola pedestrian centre
  • LOCATION: Kokkola, Finland
  • TYPE: Commission 2006
  • STATUS: Under construction
  • PROGRAM: Outdoor Areas
  • CLIENT: City of Kokkola
  • TEAM: Juho Grönholm, Antti Nousjoki, Janne Teräsvirta, Samuli Woolston with Aleksi Niemeläinen
  • COLLABORATORS: JOLD/Julle Oksanen, Oliver Walther (lighting design), Aivo oy/Mikko Hynninen (sound design), Tensotech/Matti Orpana (tensile sturctures)


HYDRAMAX: Port Machines in San Francisco, California by Future Cities Lab

Sunday, April 22nd, 2012

Article source: Future Cities Lab

Exhibited at SFMOMA from 31 March to 29 July, 2012

Future Cities Lab’s HYDRAMAX Port Machines project proposes a radical rethinking of San Francisco’s urban waterfront post sea-level rise. The proposal renders the existing hard edges of the waterfront as new “soft systems” that would include aquatic parks, community gardens, wildlife refuges and aquaponic farms. A synthetic architecture is introduced that blurs the distinction between building, landscape, infrastructure and machine. Using thousands of sensors and motorized components, the massive urban scale robotic structure harvests rainwater and fog, while modulating air flow, solar exposure and intelligent building systems.

HYDRAMAX: Port Machines

  • Architect: Future Cities Lab
  • Name of project: HYDRAMAX: Port Machines
  • Location: San Francisco, California
  • Design: Jason Kelly Johnson & Nataly Gattegno
  • Project Manager: Ripon DeLeon; Project Interns: Gavin Johns, Cameron Eng
  • Collaborative Sponsor: MIGA Motor Company (Dr. Mark Gummin)
  • Video: Eddie Lee, Square Two Design
  • Model Materials: Cast and thermoformed acrylic, custom printed circuit boards, Arduino based microcontrollers, infrared sensors, shape memory alloy motors (Courtesy of Miga Motor Company)


La Tour Icône in Montreal, Canada by Stationnement Métropolitain / Beïque Legault Thuot

Saturday, April 21st, 2012

Article source: Stationnement Métropolitain / Beïque Legault Thuot

Montreal’s first smart condos breaknew ground. La tour Icône condos come with touch-screen technology, private-club amenities, green features and downtown’s most stunning views.

Urban living in downtown Montreal is about to get smarter. Metropolitan Parking Inc., the esteemed developer behind the city’s award-winning Le Crystal de la Montagne, 1445 Stanley St. luxury apartments and Loft Condominiums in Old Montréal, today announces developing the city’s fi rst smart affordable luxury condos.

Rendering (Images Courtesy Tour Icône)

  • Architect: Stationnement Métropolitain / Beïque Legault Thuot
  • Name of project: La Tour Icône
  • Location: Montreal, Canada
  • Credit / image : Tour Icône


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