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Building Tirana’s GREEN Future: Tirana Northern Boulevard and River Project in Albania by Cino Zucchi Architetti

Friday, April 20th, 2012

Article source: Cino Zucchi Architetti

The center of Tirana is marked by a clear urban layout, but its recent growth filled up a large area around it without any order, structure, adequate services or meaningful public spaces.

In our proposal, the voids rather than the buildings become the catalysts of new urban regeneration, attracting public and private functions around a sequence of green spaces of high environmental quality. The extension of the boulevard into a lively green promenade progressively opens up to the beautiful landscape of the hills across the Tirana river.


  • Architect: Cino Zucchi Architetti
  • Name of Project: Building Tirana’s GREEN Future: Tirana Northern Boulevard and River Project
  • Location: Tirana, Albania
  • Type: International closed competition
  • Year: 2012
  • Architecture, Urban Design (team leader): Cino Zucchi Architetti


Flussbad in Berlin, Germany by realities:united

Wednesday, April 11th, 2012

Article source: realities:united

The goal of the Flussbad project is the permanent transformation of a 1.5-km stretch of river in Berlin’s historic center that has gone unused for more than 100 years.

The lower section of the course of the river, currently channeled as a canal, will be made into a space accessible to the public via two broad shoreline stairways at the Lustgarten and the Schlossplatz. The design alterations in this sensitive city-planning area, part of which belongs to the “Museum Island”, a UNESCO world cultural heritage site, are restricted to a minimum.

Perspective (Images Courtesy realities:united, studio for art and architecture)

  • Architect: realities:united
  • Name of Project: Flussbad
  • Location: Kupfergraben, Berlin, Germany
  • Type: Urban renewal and swimming-pool precinct, Berlin, Germany
  • Client: Kunst & Technik e.V.
  • All drawings/renderings: realities:united, studio for art and architecture


Carros in Nice, France by N+B Architects

Saturday, April 7th, 2012

Article source: N+B Architects

Parking’s presence of the urban space in front of the Forum Jacques Prevert in Carros, allows a better management of the car parks which blocked the environment of this part of the city center of Carros. We wished to set up the architectural and urban elements which give viability to this project of evacuation of the traffic, especially positioning the parking lot as entity registered in the landscape.

Image Courtesy Paul Kozlowski

  • Architects: N+B Architects
  • Project: Carros
  • Location: Nice, France
  • Architecte mandataire: Elodie NOURRIGAT et Jacques BRION, N+B Architectes
  • Architecte associé : Renaud FABRE
  • Client: Communauté de Communes des Côteaux d’Azur
  • Site Area: 4299 M2
  • Building Scale: R-2
  • Cost: 3 700 000 € TTC


LaVance Shade Screen in Scottsdale, Arizona by Benjamin Hall (designed with Rhino)

Thursday, March 29th, 2012

Article source: Benjamin Hall 

This projection came to life when Mr. Lavance and Benjamin Hall drank a few brew’s at a local pub. Lavance expressed his desire to shad his outdoor BBQ / kitchen. A few napkin sketches later and a real enthusiasm for raw materials that weather and age over time due to the brutal desert sun bearing upon. The high arcing paroblolic steel arcs crest to allow seating behind the counter on the east, while converging to the west to screen the Arizona summer sun.

LaVance Shade Screen

  • Architect/Designer: Benjamin Hall
  • Name of Project: LaVance Shade Screen
  • Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
  • Client: Michael Lavance
  • Construction: Benjamin Hall + Michael Lavance
  • Software used: Rhino


Gentilly by Emmanuel COMBAREL Dominique MARREC Architects

Sunday, March 25th, 2012

Article source: COMBAREL Dominique MARREC Architects

The project is primarily a proposal to articulate two territories, two urban landscapes separated by the influence of the device. This context of urban fringe releases a vast expanse where the vacuum is dominant, where the eye can see far. This work on the perception and interpretation of the landscape gives a facade gable major pivotal role. Whether from the device or from the streets of Gentilly, pine nuts are present, dominant in the interpretation of the building. The curvatures of the device and the notion of displacement generate a reading in perspective with always at least two fronts seen: the building will be seen from afar on the short sides, its angles. This unique landscape offers little end in front geometrical perception. We wanted to work on the expression of a complex volume to avoid any single side effect and literal as you can see the first door of Orleans, but instead propose a volume and a façade treatment that back and forth to unify the building over its entire periphery. So there is a unity of place generated for a project that must itself generate visual continuity, articulate landscapes, offering a calm picture, stretched taut between two territories.

Aerial View

  • Architects: ECDM Architect
  • Project: Gentilly
  • Program: Tertiaire
  • Owner: SODEARIF
  • Area: 5250 sq.m.
  • Cost: 10, 8 M €
  • Competition: 2011
  • Software used: Photoshop


Farum in Denmark by WE architecture

Friday, March 9th, 2012

Article source: WE architecture

Today suburbia is a typology that has been greatly criticized. We believe that suburbs have great potential in becoming qualified and generous spaces for the inhabitants.

This competition was initiated by Realdania in order to create debate and visions for “The Suburbs of the Future”. Farum is today a fragmented suburb located 20 km from the centre of Copenhagen. The competition area is divided by large roads into islands of eclectic architecture composed of buildings mainly from the 70s and the 80s.


  • Architect: WE architecture
  • Name of Project: Farum
  • Location: Farum, Denmark
  • Asssignment: Invited competition
  • Type: Urban Planning
  • Client: Realdania & Furesø Municipality
  • Size: 96 ha
  • Year: 2012
  • Team: Marc Jay, Julie Schmidt-Nielsen, Nora Fossum, Kristian Hindsberg, Casper Berntsen, Steffen Ommundsen , Mikkel Friberg, Tom Benjamin Hobbs, Justin Cua& Karen Shiue
  • Collaborators: JWH arkitekter, PrebenSkaaruplandskabsarkitekter, NIRAS, Gitte Marling
  • Software used: Rhino, 3d Studio Max and V-ray


The Great Pier (Chicago Navy Pier) in Illinois by !melk landscape architecture and urban design

Saturday, February 25th, 2012

Article source: !melk landscape architecture and urban design

Great Pier of the Great Lakes

Chicago is known for its penchant to “make no little plans” as Daniel Burnham memorably pronounced over a century ago.  And so today, Chicago’s most popular attraction, Navy Pier is revisiting Burnham’s legacy as it reimagines its potential as a world class cultural destination.  To help realize Navy Pier’s ambitious design goals, a team led by !melk, UrbanLab and HOK has proposed a series of dramatic ideas to reconceptualize Chicago’s preeminent exclamation point extending from the Great Lakes to the world.


Gateway plaza aerial view


Harlem Piers Farm in New York by ShortList_0 Design Group (designed using Autodesk Revit)

Thursday, February 23rd, 2012

Article source: ShortList_0 Design Group LLC

Sustainably repurposing urban piers.
Proposed for the decommissioned NYC Department of Sanitation Marine Transfer Station pier, this community center for Harlem and Nourishing NYC is both an urban farm and transportation hub.  Situated on the New York City’s Hudson River Greenway, Harlem Piers Farm, with outdoor gardens, an all-weather greenhouse and barn is a community farm and educational center. The cafe and pedestrian plaza offer a relaxing place to take in the view for or those arriving by foot, bicycle, small boat, water taxi or bus and is conveniently accessed from NY’s west side.  Harlem Piers Farm is a working example for the community of all encompassing sustainability –  growing food, collecting its own irrigation water, and generating its own electricity and hot water.

Southeast aerial Perspective

  • Architects: ShortList_0 Design Group LLC
  • Project: Harlem Piers Farm
  • Location: New York, USA
  • Designer: Bill Caplan, Managing Member, 2012
  • Project Name: Harlem Piers Farm – Harlem Edge/Cultivating Connections
  • Location: New York, New York, USA
  • Site Area: approximately 54,400sf (5,054sm)
  • Building Footprint: 29,250sf (2,717sm)
  • Software used: Revit


Plaza de “El Almendro” in Camas, Spain by abau

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012

Article source: abau

The square is located at the confluence of several streets with different slopes, which generates a surface with different levels. Originally organized by stairs, pavement is badly deteriorated and the vegetation has emerged spontaneously with the participation of some neighbors. The wooded’s surface roots have generated many problems of flatness on the pavement.   The project tries to respond to the needs of accessibility caused by the considerable heights differences.

Plaza de "El Almendro"

  • Architect: abau
  • Name of Project: Plaza de “El Almendro”
  • Location: Camas, Spain
  • Software used: AutoCAD and CYPE Ingenieros


V36K0809 in Leiden, The Netherlands by pasel kuenzel architects

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012

Article source: pasel kuenzel architects

On a former industrial site close to the historical heart of the renowned Dutch university city of Leiden, emerges one of the biggest urban developments of private-collective dwellings in the Netherlands. In their series of eleven town houses, Rotterdam based architects pasel.künzel architects present yet another exceptional residence. V36K08/09 is the front end of a terrace that is built on a collective parking garage. The residence comprises two separate dwellings for mother and son, including two spacious and hidden patios.

Exterior View (Images Courtesy Marcel van der Burg)

  • Architect: pasel kuenzel architects
  • Name of Project: V36K0809
  • Location: Leiden, The Netherlands
  • Type: Urban Diva
  • Photography: Marcel van der Burg


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