April 25, 2018

Oman Botanic Garden designs have been revealed

Oman

Covering over 420 hectares, the Oman Botanic Garden will be one of the largest in the world. Arup, Grimshaw and Haley Sharpe Design (hsd) have together delivered the engineering, landscaping, architecture and interpretive designs for the largest botanic garden in the Arabian Peninsula. With guidance from His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said Al Said, the garden will celebrate and conserve the country’s botanic diversity, to be enjoyed by the people of Oman for generations to come. Two biomes which mimic the natural temperature and humidity of the unique external environments will house a significant array of native fauna and flora,…

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Dutch firm plots new Northern Quarter aparthotel

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Manchester could be getting a new aparthotel geared towards creative professionals who want a longer stay in the city. Dutch firm Zoku, the company behind the CitizenM hotel brand, chose the Northern Quarter as the location for its first ever UK operation. Manchester-based 5plus Architects designed plans for a site on Back Turner Street, running from Shudehill to High Street. If approved, the scheme will create 122 self-contained lofts and, on its ground floor, hotel amenities such as a bar, hot food area, shop and work spaces. The two former warehouse buildings remain on the chosen site, but neither structure…

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American Society of Landscape Architects releases VR video of Klyde Warren Park

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The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) recently released a new virtual reality (VR) video of Klyde Warren Park in Dallas, Texas, which the society says bridges a highway and reunites a part of Dallas. Intended to entice viewers into taking a vivid journey through this park built over the highway, ASLA says the video is narrated by landscape architect James Burnett, FASLA, president of OJB Landscape Architect, who designed the park. ASLA says the video demonstrates the latest VR technology, was created using GoPro Odyssey on Google Jump and takes viewers into the heart of the park to explore…

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Google to create neighbourhood featuring designs to make the weather ‘feel nicer’

Google

Google is set to build a “new kind” of high-tech neighbourhood that will be unlike anywhere else in the world. The company has revealed radical plans for the town, which will be called Quayside. It will feature flexible buildings that can be completely reconfigured at speed, and Google will even attempt to “mitigate” the weather, to encourage people to spend more time outside. It’s an astonishing vision, which Google hopes to turn into “a blueprint for the 21st-century urban neighbourhood”. Quayside will be built on Toronto’s Eastern Waterfront, with the project being undertaken by Google subsidiary Sidewalk Labs and the…

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Broadway Malyan win award for mixed use project in China

Broadway Malyan

Hefei ID Mall is one of the winners of the MIPIM Asia Award 2017 for Best Mixed Use Development. Designed by Broadway Malyan, the scheme includes a 70,000sqm shopping mall on five levels, 15,000sqm supermarket and 45,000sqm office tower incorporating cinema, food court and rooftop restaurant. The 150m office tower has achieved a “Green Star” rating and has an impressive 70% area efficiency. The office space has been designed at Grade A standard to attract high-end occupiers. The scheme will now progress to the final round, where it is up against Lotte World Tower and Mall in Seoul, South Korea and…

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Adelaide Contemporary International Design Competition launches

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New art destination will combine gallery with public sculpture park and showcase South Australia’s exceptional collection of international and Australian, including Aboriginal, art Two-stage competition seeks outstanding design team for new Adelaide landmark Prominent site on Adelaide’s celebrated North Terrace boulevard is adjacent to the historic Adelaide Botanic Garden and close to the Art Gallery of South Australia Adelaide Contemporary’s world-first Gallery of Time will draw from the State’s collection to place Aboriginal art and culture in conversation with work from European and Asian cultures Competition is open to international and Australian architects – with a requirement for international practices…

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Integrated transport and development strategy changing the shape of Dar es Salaam

transport

Broadway Malyan has completed the first stage of a major commission to help create strategic guidelines for a new transport network in East Africa’s fastest growing city. The practice’s masterplanning team is leading an international advisory team in preparing the strategic framework for Dar es Salaam’s proposed 137 km Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) network corridor. The practice was appointed in December 2016 for the 18 month commission by the Tanzanian Government’s President’s Office Regional Administration and Local Government (PO-RALG) for the project, which is sponsored by The World Bank and Nordic Development Fund. The first phase of the project –…

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Danish firm Schulze+Grassov chosen for London’s first design district

London

SelgasCano, 6a Architects and David Kohn Architects are among the eight architecture studios creating buildings for a purpose-built design district at the heart of the new Greenwich Peninsula development in London.  The new one-hectare design district will provide a permanent base for over 1,800 of London’s creatives across a range of affordable architect-designed workspaces at the centre of the riverside site. The design district set within the Greenwich Peninsula scheme, which is being overseen by developer Knight Dragon, will be anchored by 16 buildings. Eight architecture firms including 6a Architects, Mole, Architecture 00, Barrozi Veiga, SelgasCano; Assemblage, Adam Khan Architects and David Kohn Architects will design the buildings, while landscape architects Schulze+Grassov will create…

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Supertrees feature in global expo about urban nature

Supertree

Grant Associates’ designs for the Supertree Grove of Singapore’s internationally acclaimed Gardens by the Bay are to feature at the Expo for Design, Innovation & Technology (EDIT) in Toronto, Canada. The Supertrees will appear in ‘The Green and the Gray’, an interactive exhibition curated by international design studio Carlo Ratti Associati that runs from 28 September to 8 October 2017. Part of the wider EDIT Expo, the exhibition investigates the evolving relationship between nature and cities. Grant Associates’ founder Andrew Grant will also present a talk about the Supertree Grove at the event on 2 October 2017 to tie in…

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Masterplan creates a digital future for Thailand

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Proposals for a new 100-hectare digital park have been launched, heralding a major step forward in Thailand’s digital aspirations. Digital Park Thailand, located in the Sri Racha district of the Chonburi Province, was unveiled at The Digital Thailand Big Bang Conference 2017. The site will be aimed predominately at digital and technology industries and it is anticipated that over 58,000 people will live and work there. The new district will be developed over the next 10 to 15 years and is within the EEC SEZ, a special economic zone. As well as promoting digital industries, there will be a range…

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