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6 Finalists Announced for ULI’s 2015 Urban Open Space Award

6 Finalists Announced for ULI’s 2015 Urban Open Space Award | green streets | Scoop.it

The Urban Land Institute (ULI) has selected six finalists for the 2015 Urban Open Space Award competition, which recognizes public spaces that benefit and revitalize their surrounding communities.

“The submissions from this year are representative of how quality urban open space has become more than just an amenity for cities,” said jury chair Michael Covarrubias. “The international diversity of the projects is reflective of how developers continually work to meet global demand by the public for the inclusion of healthy places in cities.”

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Lola Ripollés's curator insight, June 8, 1:59 PM

I love the bean in Milennium Park. Quality urban spaces are a must in our cities.

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OMA and BIG present rebuilding projects for Sandy-affected communities

OMA and BIG present rebuilding projects for Sandy-affected communities | green streets | Scoop.it

OMA, BIG and WXY have unveiled proposals to revitalise parts of America devastated by Hurricane Sandy and help protect them against future emergencies.

The Rebuild by Design competition asked ten teams of architects, landscape architects, engineers and urban designers to develop proposals for different sections of America's east coast, which was struck by the hurricane in October 2012.

The competition was initiated last year by US housing and urban development secretary Shaun Donovan. The winning projects will be announced later this year and will be implemented with funding from community grants.

View more concepts at the link.

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Sylvain Rotillon's curator insight, April 5, 2014 4:02 AM

After the disaster, an opportuniyt to evolve toward a more resilient city

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Utilizing the Public Square in a Multifaceted Way: the Winning Design for the 2013 “Changing the Face” Competition, Warsaw

Utilizing the Public Square in a Multifaceted Way: the Winning Design for the 2013 “Changing the Face” Competition, Warsaw | green streets | Scoop.it

Poland-based Gowinsiuta Studio has won “Changing the Face 2013 Rotunda Warsaw,” an annual design competition  in its 13th year, with the challenge to revamp the “sawtooth-topped Rotunda, a favorite landmark and meeting spot in central Warsaw.”

The studio’s proposal, entitled Modern Urban Oasis / Warsaw City Lounge, transforms the Rotunda into an integral part of a public square. 


According to the architects, “the public square is utilized in a multifaceted way – meeting the key needs of the people that are present there at any given time, depending on the purpose and duration of their visit to the Warsaw City Lounge. All zones are designed so as to form a coherent and efficiently-utilized space while remaining in mutually non-invasive relations."


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JessFlynn's curator insight, December 17, 2013 11:45 AM

Fascinating look at the city square evolved... would be great if more North American cities would do this....

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Architects propose radical new designs for New York's Penn Station

Architects propose radical new designs for New York's Penn Station | green streets | Scoop.it

A number of design firms have drawn up plans for new a Penn Station and Madison Square Garden as part of campaign to rebuild the complex. Renowned studios SHoP Architects, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM), Diller Scofidio + Renfro, and H3 were all asked to re-imagine the New York landmarks by the Municipal Art Society (MAS), a nonprofit that campaigns for, among other things, intelligent urban design and planning.


The most radical proposals came from Diller Sofidio + Renfro and SOM, who both submitted wildly complex designs. Their proposal, "Penn Station 3.0" aims to serve "commuters, office workers, fabricators, shoppers, foodies, culture seekers, and urban explorers," with a multi-level complex that's topped by a rooftop public garden. The concept separates out the fast-moving commuters, who are confined to the lowest level, and adds layers of stores, cafes, a spa, and even a theatre, in which people are able to move around at a more leisurely pace. The plan would also see Madison Square Garden relocate to sit alongside the Farley building on 8th Avenue.

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New Urban Ideas: 22 Cities Prepare to Pilot the Future

New Urban Ideas:  22 Cities Prepare to Pilot the Future | green streets | Scoop.it

22 cities have called for innovative solutions to solve urban challenges as part of the Citymart urban ideas competition. The aim is to identify & share solutions to challenges that cities face.


The 2012 competition attracted 1,519 entries from 70 countries. Now Aalborg, Barcelona, Boston, Christchurch, Eindhoven, Fukuoka DC, L’Hospitalet, Lagos, Lavasa, London, Maringa, Mexico City, Oulu, Paris, Rio de Janeiro, Rosario, San Francisco, Sant Cugat, Sheffield, Tacoma, Terrassa and York all hope to evoke a similar response.


The cities have presented challenges across a vast array of areas including mobility, economic development, social inclusion, health and well-being, urban management, lighting, energy, culture, future government and sustainable lifestyles...

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5 Architects Envision New Port of Kinmen

5 Architects Envision New Port of Kinmen | green streets | Scoop.it

The culmination of an international competition for Kinmen County has resulted in five schemes that use architecture as a means of elevating the county’s national identify as a maritime gateway. Responding to the need for expansion and the desire to establish the port as a tourism and recreation destination, the Kinmen Harbor Bureau challenged architects to a two-stage competition for an energy-smart, low-carbon, and possibly expandable port that could host a variety of passenger services.

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Creating An Urban Greenway as a Community Space: the winning ideas for AIANY's QueensWay Connection competition

Creating An Urban Greenway as a Community Space: the winning ideas for AIANY's QueensWay Connection competition | green streets | Scoop.it

Plans for building a new QueensWay are moving forward. The AIANY Emerging New York Architects (ENYA) Committee revealed the winners of QueensWay Connection: Elevating the Public Realm. The biennial competition brought in ideas from around the globe on how to transform an abandoned railway into an urban greenway as a community space for nearby neighborhoods in Queens, New York.


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Norm Miller's curator insight, February 23, 2014 2:28 PM

Connecting people and transport nodes easily is a great urban planning theme

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Designing For The Carpocalypse: 5 Ideas For A Pedestrian Freeway

Designing For The Carpocalypse: 5 Ideas For A Pedestrian Freeway | green streets | Scoop.it
Architects and students reimagine a San Francisco highway as a public space that reattaches a severed street grid.


One of the best places to see the San Francisco skyline is at the crest of Interstate 280. From a vehicle, it's a two-second vista, but designer Brian Vargo, for one, would like it prolonged. "What if that view could become a preserved—and celebrated—part of the city?" he writes. "Imagine giving that experience to a pedestrian rather than to a car."

Vargo envisions the last several blocks of 280 as a carless paradise for bicycle and foot traffic along the lines of New York's High Line. His proposal, the HighLink, is among the 5 winning entries of the Center for Architecture + Design and AIA San Francisco's 280 Freeway Competition

Launched in June, the contest invited architects and students to reimagine the highway site as a public space that reattaches a severed street grid. Find more information and entries at the article link.

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Reinventing the Payphone: Designs for NYC's Future Public Smartphones...

Reinventing the Payphone: Designs for NYC's Future Public Smartphones... | green streets | Scoop.it

When Mayor Bloomberg announced New York City’s Reinvent Payphones Design Challenge last winter, it was an opportunity to see how designers would reimagine these idle relics of last century’s infrastructure into something other than a shading device for smartphone-browsing in sunny weather.


From the looks of the finalists, which Bloomberg announced Tuesday, tomorrow’s payphone could have a lot of app-style features, from weather reports and wayfinding to voice and gesture control.


A handful of New York’s roughly 11,000 payphones already serve as wifi hotspots thanks to a pilot program launched by the city last summer, so the leap to hyperconnectivity isn’t as far-fetched as it may seem. A few years down the line, we could all be using a shiny new network of payphones to call taxis by voice command, charge our devices, check the weather for our urban farms, and, inevitably, look at ads.

The six finalists are chosen in five categories—creativity, connectivity, functionality, community impact, and visual design.


Visit the article link to view the proposals and learn more about what may be the payphone of the future...

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Flo @ddline2020 ✏ 's curator insight, March 10, 2013 5:26 AM

Nouveaux styles, nouvelles fonctions pour des cabines téléphoniques du futur 

kaja jacobs's curator insight, March 11, 2013 11:20 AM

looks so cool but people can do what you are doing not so cool