Henning Larsen to revitalize Brussels region with rooftop farming and co-housing

April 6, 2018 by  
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A post-industrial region in Brussels will find a new lease on life thanks to the vision of Henning Larsen Architects . The Dutch architecture firm, in collaboration with Architects A2RC , recently won a design competition to redevelop Brussels’ Key West development with a strong focus on livability. The masterplan will introduce new housing, community facilities, and stronger ties to the waterfront and urban farming. As part of a plan to redevelop its old industrial areas, the Government of Brussels launched the Canal Plan, the biggest urban development project in the Brussels region. The Key West development, headed by Henning Larsen Architects and Architects A2RC, aims to bring greater socio-economic cohesion to a challenged region, particularly Anderlecht, a municipality with a rough reputation. The masterplan will inject new life along the canal and add 46,000 square meters of housing in addition to 17,000 square meters of community spaces including public spaces, sports facilities, and urban farming initiatives. “We were inspired by the Government of Brussels’ ambitions to tap into the spirit of the old industrial area by introducing ‘second generation industries’ ? local production facilities such as e.g. microbreweries, a cookie factory, coffee roasting facilities. As architects involved in urban planning one of our most distinguished tasks is to create the physical framework for an area like Key West to regain economic growth and community cohesion,” says Partner at Henning Larsen, Jacob Kurek. Related: Natural light floods this solar-powered business school in Frankfurt In addition to an inviting mixed-use streetscape, Key West will enjoy a stronger relationship to the canals through new waterfront infrastructure that will use biotopes to improve water quality and rainwater collection to handle impervious runoff. Residences will be stacked atop first-floor retail and restaurants and will include co-housing options that offer large 8 to 9 bedroom apartments for shared living. Rooftop urban farms will be made visible from the street and the locally grown produce is tied into a scheme for a farmers market to be located in the south-facing town square. The Key West development is slated for completion by 2022. + Henning Larsen Architects Via ArchDaily Images via Henning Larsen Architects

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Toronto’s waterfront to undergo major futuristic redesign thanks to Google’s Sidewalk Labs

October 18, 2017 by  
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In collaboration with Sidewalk Labs, a start-up created by Google to “accelerate innovation in cities around the world,” the city of Toronto will embark on a futuristic redesign of its waterfront that will incorporate cutting edge technology and sleek modern design to build an urban gathering place for businesses, locals and visitors. Innovations on the Toronto waterfront may include free public Wi-Fi, automated trash systems, robust renewable energy sources, and self-driving cars . “This project will become a model for others not only in Canada, but around the world,” said Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. It is estimated that the innovations by Sidewalk Labs could reduce typical greenhouse gas emissions by two-thirds, save the average commuter an hour of travel time and put residents of the neighborhood, which has been dubbed “Quayside,” within a very short walking distance from green space. “Over time, “we believe Sidewalk Toronto can demonstrate to the world how to make living in cities cheaper, more convenient, healthier, greener, fairer, and even maybe more exciting,” said former New York City  deputy mayor and current Sidewalk Labs CEO Dan Doctoroff. Sidewalk Labs, acknowledging that “that great neighborhoods aren’t planned from the top down,” has announced a town hall meeting for November 1, 2017 in which citizens can discuss their ideas and concerns regarding the new project. Related: Trees to grow on the balconies of Penda’s timber high-rise in Toronto Founded in 2015 as a subsidiary of Alphabet, Google’s parent company, Sidewalk Labs has been deciding between several locations for a comprehensive feasibility study to test ideas and systems that could be applied in the design of the cities of the future. The announcement by Sidewalk Labs and Toronto follows several months of speculation about the company’s plans, which were rumored to include a “Google Island” city built from the ground up to Sidewalk Labs’ specifications. In its work to redesign Toronto’s waterfront, Sidewalk Labs will use tools like Flow, which the company conceived to identify problems in traffic flow or lack of transportation access. Via Inc. and The Verge Images via Depositphotos

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Petal-shaped stations and rapid transport pods are an elegant green mobility solution for Dubai

December 2, 2016 by  
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The Metrino rapid transport in  Dubai is a lightweight, sustainable mobility solution based on a system of state-of-the-art pods that would connect city destinations in a 6-mile radius. Brazilian architecture firm Fernandes Arquitetos Associados designed the project as an interactive system that integrates various means of transportation into a single, efficient network. Each pod – housed under an elegant petal-like station – holds four passengers and can provide everything from views of Dubai’s beautiful scenery to efficient transport between the water, parking areas and shopping destinations. Metrino would connect thousands of people across an area over 6 miles in radius, providing easy access to Dubai’s waterfront , subway, parking lots and Dubai Mall. Transparent and interactive , the pods would accommodate up to 4 passengers and transport them through a system of light guide beams. Related: Ortega Submersible’s electric submarine lets three divers jet through the seven seas Each pod has an interactive control panel that concentrates all the functions, destination, system map, information about the city and its sights, music, alerts and advertising. The beam system, supported at every 82 feet, lead to beautifully designed stations and distribution points sheltered under petal-shaped canopies . + Fernandes Arquitetos Associados

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Corals at Keppel Bay combine the best of luxury and sustainability

November 17, 2016 by  
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The project features buildings clad in glazed, white aluminum and glass panels , which create a rhythm accentuated by ribbons of balconies. It comprises 366 apartments that range from one-to-four bedrooms and penthouses, with sizes ranging from 538 square feet to 8,503 square feet. The residents will have exclusive access to Marina at Keppel Bay on Keppel Island which includes a clubhouse with members’ lounge, fine dining establishments and yacht charter services. Related: Daniel Libeskind’s ambitious design for The Kurdistan Museum in Iraq To help foster biodiversity, harvested “donor” coral fragments are grown in a nursery, after which they are transplanted to King’s Dock, near the residences. To further sustainability, reflecting pools run the length of each building. These pools serve to help cool the residences. The site also features a green roof, rainwater collection and solar panels. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bFwTiG9_XOI “Just like a coral reef , the composition of each cluster of buildings is unique—the common thread is spectacular bay views and expansive balconies throughout,” said Daniel Libeskind. “I sought to imbue the entire site with openness and greenery—the true core of this project is sustainable living,” he added. + Studio Libeskind

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Urban farming, food markets and parks replace banks and parking lots in this masterplan for Amsterdam

November 16, 2016 by  
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The project offers a solution to some of the issues plaguing the city center which is crowded with tourists, suffers from dense traffic and high rents. The innovative plan connects the northern district to the rest of the city and creates a circular path through the city, thus restoring Amsterdam’s historic connection to the water and opening up the waterfront . Related: This window transforms into a balcony right before your eyes A natural park would be introduced to areas along the road and canals, while a new food market would occupy the place of the current parking lot. Urban farming spaces would be housed in a former bank building, and various sports facilities would line the new ring and the waterfront. This ambitious plan envisions a future where the city would have air ships, interactive features, holograms, silent floating cars and delivery drones. + HofmanDujardin

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EDP Foundation’s elegant Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology opens in Lisbon

October 6, 2016 by  
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Photo by Hufton+Crow The facade of the structure was made of 15,000 three-dimensional, crackle-glazed ceramic tiles that reference Lisbon’s rich tradition of craft. Traditional building materials are translated into a more contemporary design, with the tiles capturing the changing light. Photo by Fernando Guerra Related: Amanda Levete’s gorgeous immersive petal-shaped MPavilion opens in Melbourne “The waterfront is so essential to the project that the design literally reflects it. The overhanging roof that creates welcome shade is used to bounce sunlight off the water and into the Main gallery, one of the four interconnected exhibition spaces ,” said Amanda Levete, principal of AL_A. The first phase of the kunsthalle opened to the public on October 5th, with a 12-hour program of events, performances and concerts. + AL_A Lead photo by Hufton+Crow

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Renowned prefab Makoko Floating School arrives in the Venetian lagoon

June 2, 2016 by  
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The three-story structure was conceived in collaboration with the Makoko waterfront community . Slightly adapted to the new site in Venice, the floating building showcases the potentials of easy prefabrication and rapid assembly. It is mobile and can be easily reassembled by communities living in regions affected by flooding . Related: Slovenia built a habitable structure with latticed wooden bookshelves The team assembled the structure for the Venice Biennale in only 10 days, using one ton of metal, 13.5 tons of wood, and 256 plastic barrels that keep the building afloat. Visitors of the Biennale will have the opportunity to experience the building practices of developing coastal communities by exploring the structure, which is also hosting an exhibition titled Waterfront Atlas. The project, part of the studio’s African Water Cities research project, was also shortlisted for the 2016 Aga Khan Award for Architecture. They are currently developing new designs that tackle the concept of improvised infrastructures and buildings. + Kunlé Adeyemi | NLÉ Via Dezeen Photos of Makoko Floating School in Venice by Luke Hayes

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Living on the Edge: entire cities carved into coastal cliffs

June 2, 2016 by  
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The competition brief called for transformative solutions that combine sustainability, performance, and  social interaction . The participants were encouraged to rethink residential design strategies. The winning project, “Living on the Edge”, proposes alternative sites for future urban communities. Related: Futuristic Vertical City Holds Plug-In Hexagonal Housing Units Existing cities expand by slowly encompassing surrounding areas of land. Global population density is becoming a major issue, which is why the designers of “Living on the Edge” looked at unexpected locations where future cities could form. Their analysis showed that cliffs account for around 20 percent of the surface of the planet. Taking this information as a starting point, they formulated a prototype solution as a large network of interconnected, modular living units carved into a steep cliff side. While this solution may be problematic for those suffering from acrophobia, most occupants can count on fantastic views. + d3 Housing Tomorrow

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OMA unveils designs to transform iconic RFK Stadium-Armory campus from pavement to sports park

April 8, 2016 by  
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Bates Masi Architects unveils their tiny day-lit Beach Hampton House

March 3, 2015 by  
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