Foster + Partners masterplans the new Indian state capital Amaravati

May 11, 2018 by  
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Foster + Partners has moved one step closer to bringing to life the new Indian state capital of Amaravati—a city that’s projected to be “one of the most sustainable in the world.” The city will form the new administrative capital of the South Indian state of Andhra Pradesh, which transferred its former capital of Hyderabad to the state of Telangana when state boundaries were redrawn in 2014. The acclaimed British architecture firm won an international competition to design the 83-square-mile city as well as key administrative buildings. Now in the design development phase, the Amaravati masterplan builds on Foster + Partners’ decades-long research on sustainable cities . The new city is located on the banks of the River Krishna and will be organized along a clearly defined green spine and a strong urban grid. The 550-hectare government complex will occupy the heart of the city and will feature two key buildings—the Legislature Assembly and High Court Complex—also designed by Foster + Partners. Related: Foster + Partners’ DJI HQ will be a “creative community in the sky” According to a project statement, the city will be designed to “the highest standards of sustainability, including the widespread use of solar energy.” At least 60-percent of the masterplan will be occupied by greenery or water in a pedestrian-friendly layout that encourages people to walk through the city. A comprehensive transportation plan will also include electric vehicles, water taxis, and dedicated cycling paths. A mixed-use quarter south of the riverbank will be organized around 13 urban plazas in a nod to the 13 state districts in Andhra Pradesh. + Foster + Partners Images via Foster + Partners

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Foster + Partners and Heatherwick Studio spruce up Shanghais waterfront

October 13, 2017 by  
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Shanghai’s most famous street, the Bund, is undergoing the “starchitect” treatment. Foster + Partners teamed up with Heatherwick Studio to design the Bund Financial Center as the “end point” to the city’s iconic waterfront. The 420,000-square-meter masterplan recently saw the completion of a pair of 180-meter-tall skyscrapers as well as an arts and culture center with a kinetic curtain-like facade. Shanghai is a city of contrasts. The Bund, renowned for its old colonial-era buildings along the waterfront , sits next to the city’s Old Town and looks out towards Pudong’s futuristic skyline of skyscrapers. The objective of the Bund Financial Center is to connect the old town with the new financial district, while staying sensitive to the scale of waterfront as well as the old and new surrounding architecture. “The opportunity to make something new in this prominent location that had formerly been the river gateway to Shanghai’s Old Town was extraordinary,” said Thomas Heatherwick , Founder of Heatherwick Studio. “With a project that would create 420,000 square metres of space, we felt a great duty to look for fresh ways to connect with China’s amazing built heritage and make a meaningful public place for thousands of people to work and come together.” Related: Drone video reveals progress on Heatherwick’s “tree-covered mountain” in Shanghai The Bund Financial Center is bookended in the south by two recently completed landmark towers. The arts and cultural center, which houses the Fosun Foundation and was completed earlier this summer, is located at the heart. Once complete, the mixed-use development will comprise office spaces, a boutique hotel, cultural center, retail, and restaurants. + Foster + Partners + Heatherwick Studio Images via Foster + Partners

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Inside Elon Musk’s newest plan to transform energy and transportation

July 25, 2016 by  
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Take a closer look inside the ‘Master Plan, Part Deux’ just revealed by the Tesla CEO and SolarCity chairman.

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Where impact investing meets sustainable development

July 25, 2016 by  
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The capacity of social impact investors to transform lives will depend on their ability to innovate.

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HAO’s Binhai Eco City Master Plan Provides Case Study for a Completely Green Development

October 15, 2014 by  
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Read the rest of HAO’s Binhai Eco City Master Plan Provides Case Study for a Completely Green Development Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “sustainable development” , AI , Binhai Eco City Masterplan , central business district , china , Chinese master plan , green architecture , green development , green master plan , HAO , Holm Architecture Office , master plan , mixed use plan , Tianjin , tramway , WAF

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Is Damien Hirst’s Plan for a Green UK Town Half Baked?

August 7, 2014 by  
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Controversial artist Damien Hirst has turned his focus from diamond skulls to green building, announcing plans to design an eco-friendly town near Ilfracombe north of Devon, England. Hirst’s Southern Extension includes plans for 750 sustainable and energy-efficient homes, and it’s envisioned as a model for other parts of the United Kingdom. The town also features a school, playground, offices, retail space, and a health center – and it will be powered largely by wind turbines and photovoltaic solar panels . Read the rest of Is Damien Hirst’s Plan for a Green UK Town Half Baked? Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Damien Hirst , devon , eco design , green design , Ilfracombe , master plan , sustainable design , sustainable town , urban planning

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Sasaki’s Master Plan for Minsk, Belarus Turns an Airport Site Into a Vibrant Cultural Hub

January 20, 2014 by  
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Founded on state-of-the-art ecological and urban strategies,  Sasaki ’s urban master plan celebrates the rare opportunity to transform an existing 320-hectare urban airport site into a dynamic, attractive, and sustainable new district for the city of Minsk, Belarus. The plan provides a 24/7 vibrant, diverse, and balanced mixed-use program that celebrates the unique airport heritage, while also re-integrating regional ecological, vehicular, and public transport networks. The design brings Belarusian landscape heritage, ecology, and contemporary green living together to create a compact urban district. Read the rest of Sasaki’s Master Plan for Minsk, Belarus Turns an Airport Site Into a Vibrant Cultural Hub Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: belarus architecture , green design , Minsk , sasaki , Urban design , urban master plan , urban planning , urban renewal        

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6 ways Apple’s new mothership will be ultra green

November 19, 2013 by  
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The iPhone maker's master plan features extensive green space, aggressive water conservation and one of the largest corporate solar arrays in the world.

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Famous Architects Unveil Amazing Energy-Generating Buildings for the 2017 Astana World Expo!

September 4, 2013 by  
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Chad Wright’s Sand Castle Suburb Symbolizes the Collapse of the American Dream

June 27, 2013 by  
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