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The architecture of the Olympics - Op-Ed - Domus

The resolutely top-down nature of the Olympics project is clear, but the soft planning of the adaptive stages of the scheme should enable the kind of rhizomatic, grassroots growth which will embed this new piece of city into London's vast and...
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A Green Revolution in Chicago

A Green Revolution in Chicago | Urban Life | Scoop.it

Several major projects are on Chicago's lakefront docket, aiming to complete the makeover that began nearly a decade ago and create an unbroken, 3-mile stretch of green jewels. Up first is a do-over for Navy Pier. Remade just a decade and a half ago for $225 million, the current version is widely seen as a pavement-heavy, retail-dominated tourist trap.

The new scheme, shaped by the pier's owners and Gensler design, envisions new green spaces, sculptures and pools to go along with a redesign of the shopping arcade and family pavilion. A design competition is underway. Several favorites – including Rem Koolhaas, Zaha Hadid and local architect and recent MacArthur “genius” winner Jeanne Gang – have already been eliminated.

The winning design is to be announced in mid-February, after a public viewing period of the finalists' proposals, starting February 2. The project, which is scheduled for completion for the pier's 100th anniversary, is budgeted around $200 million.


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Keiichi Matsuda: "A arquitetura da cidade é um híbrido de edifícios, paisagem, subjetividade e dados."

Matsuda constrói uma realidade aumentada esmagadoramente normal e cotidiana. A fusão física e virtual acontece através de visualizações da web semântica. O projeto Cell resume perfeitamente este novo espelho onipresente virtual da realidade aumentada.


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The Delirious City: A Survey

The Delirious City: A Survey | Urban Life | Scoop.it
Thirty-three years after Rem Koolhaas exulted in the imaginative intensity of Manhattan’s skyline, cities around the world are upping his ante.

Here, a dozen design experts from three continents, joined by New York architecture critic Justin Davidson and design editor Wendy Goodman, nominate their favorite recent (and imminent) urban inventions.


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