Foster + Partners, UNStudio, Morphosis among 10 firms competing to design manmade eco-island

August 11, 2016 by  
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A Chinese airline has launched a design competition for a very special (and ambitious) eco-island located in Haikou Bay, Hainan. Ten top architectural firms from different countries are vying for the chance to design the master plan and buildings for the South Sea Pearl Eco-Island , which is envisioned as a tourist destination with hotels and residences, attractions, and space for two cruise ships to dock. China Building Center is organizing the international design competition for Hainan Airlines Group, and it has tapped Vicente Guallart, former chief architect of Barcelona and director of Guallart Architects , to develop a strategic vision for the 250-hectare artificial island. The island, which has already been created, could be the first of many off China’s coast, as studies are underway to evaluate the region for other potential man made islands. The primary function of South Sea Pearl Eco-Island will be tourist-oriented , and other islands located in the province of Hainan may follow suit. The main island, population nine million, was declared as an independent province in 1988 specifically to enhance tourism in the region. Related: 6 amazing eco-island resorts that combine luxury and sustainable innovation Ten architectural firms will submit proposals in the competition: Foster + Partners (UK), Morphosis Architects (US), Office of Architecture in Barcelona Carlos Ferrater Partnership (Spain), Diller Scofidio + Renfro (US), IROJE Architects & Planners (South Korea), UNStudio (The Netherlands), KuiperCompagnons (The Netherlands), The Jerde Partnership Inc. (US), CCDI (China), and Boston International Design Group, LLC (China). The organizers will select a winner at the end of this month, and construction is expected to begin in 2017 and take ten years to complete. Via ArchDaily Images via GAO Wenzhonglow and Guallart Architects

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Detroit nonprofit seeks crowdfunding for new East Side community garden

August 11, 2016 by  
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Community gardens have been popping up all over Detroit in recent years, as local residents work cooperatively to reinvigorate their struggling city. A new project planned for the city’s east side will take the trend a step further. In a partnership between a local nonprofit, two state government agencies, and the community at large, a nearly abandoned plot will be transformed into a community herb and vegetable garden with an adjacent building for community events and classes. True to form, the project can’t take off without healthy community support, and a crowdfunding campaign is underway to raise half of the money needed to build the much-needed resource. Wolverine Human Services is the nonprofit organizing the project for the Jefferson-Mack neighborhood of east Detroit, near its addiction recovery facility Wolverine Center and the John S. Vitale Community Center. The East Side Community Garden and Farmers Market’s crowdfunding campaign , launched on Patronicity on July 25, aims to raise $50,000. If that goal is met, two state agencies (Michigan Economic Development Corporation and Michigan State Housing Development Authority) will double the funds through their Public Spaces, Community Places grant match program for a total project budget of $100,000. In a neighborhood on the brink of blight, the project seeks to add a community garden and training facility where residents can tend crops, learn about sustainability and farming, and build strong relationships with their neighbors. Related: Detroit’s largest urban farm to grow 60 acres of fresh produce The garden will include a series of 4-foot by 8-foot raised beds, with paved pathways that meet ADA Accessibility regulations so that all Detroit residents will be welcome and able to participate in growing their own herbs and vegetables. The site will also be home to a mixed-use building, which will host farmers’ markets, retail events, a classroom, and act as storage for agricultural equipment. Wolverine promises the center will be a safe place for residents to work and learn, with abundant lighting and security. Crowdfunding will continue until September 22, 2016. At the time of this report, the campaign has raised more than half of its $50,000 goal. + Support Detroit’s East Side Community Garden and Farmers Market Via Crain’s Images via Wolverine Human Services

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Foster + Partners debuts Apple store in China to usher in the Chinese New Year

February 18, 2015 by  
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UK Airports Commission Rejects Foster + Partners’ Thames Estuary Airport

September 3, 2014 by  
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The U.K.’s Airports Commission just rejected Foster + Partners ‘ plans for a new international airport in England’s Thames Estuary. The proposal was designed to alleviate air traffic from Heathrow Airport – which is Europe’s biggest air hub and is currently operating at full capacity. Foster + Partners’ plan was strongly supported by London’s mayor Boris Johnson , who labeled the Commission “myopic” and “irrelevant” in his fury at the decision. The decision leaves only expansion plans for Gatwick and Heathrow airports as alternative options . Read the rest of UK Airports Commission Rejects Foster + Partners’ Thames Estuary Airport Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: air pollution , airport capacity , airports , England , estuarine development , Foster + Partners , Foster and Partners , Gatwick Airport , heathrow airport , international air travel , London , Mayor Boris Johnson , noise pollution , Thames Hub Airport , united kingdom

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Great Glass House Holds Mediterranean Treasures at the National Botanic Garden of Wales

August 25, 2014 by  
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Foster + Partners’ Garden-Filled Bow Skyscraper Opens in Calgary

June 6, 2013 by  
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Foster + Partners Unveil Plans for 3D-Printed Moon Base!

January 31, 2013 by  
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Old Coal Mine Complex in Poland to Be Reconfigured into a Science and Art Center

January 31, 2013 by  
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As of 2011, Poland consumes 77 million tons of coal per year, which makes it the second-largest coal consumer in the European Union and the 10 th largest in the world. But since the late 1980s, coal production took a steep decline in Poland, as several large mining operations were shuttered. Warsaw-based design firm, Nizio Design International , has come up with a creative solution for the abandoned Stara Kopalnia coal mine in Walbrzych, Poland. The firm will reimagine this cluster of lost buildings into an engaging public space, breathing new life into this economically depressed community. Read the rest of Old Coal Mine Complex in Poland to Be Reconfigured into a Science and Art Center Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: adaptive reuse , amphitheatre , coal mine , design studio , gallery , Museum , Nizio Design International , Poland , Stara Kopalnia , Walbrzych

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Foster + Partners Unveil Plans for New Ourense High-Speed Rail Station in Spain

December 23, 2011 by  
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Foster + Partners’ Opens Its Energy Efficient McLaren Production Centre Which is Partially Submerged in a Green Hill

November 17, 2011 by  
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