Smiljan Radić works on fire station and playground for Chilean civic hub

Architects Smiljan Radić, Eduardo Castillo and Danilo Lazcano teamed up on this community hub in San Pedro de La Paz, Chile, featuring a bright red fire station, raised black walkway and a playground. Radić, Castillo and Lazcano won a contest to design the 15,050-square-metre masterplan for the Boca Sur neighbourhood. The competition titled I Love my Suburb called for a

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OMA and Morphosis unveil competing designs for island of unicorn startups in Chengdu

OMA and Morphosis have unveiled their visions for Unicorn Island, a new technology hub proposed for Chinese city Chengdu, which are competing against two other yet-to-be-revealed designs. Four architects were named as winners in the Unicorn Island competition: OMA, Morphosis, Foster + Partners, and Arata Isozaki & Associates and Jun Aoki & Associates. But it is unclear

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Foster + Partners to masterplan new sustainable city in India

Foster + Partners is masterplanning the new state capital of Andhra Pradesh in India, which will centre on a governmental building with a needle-like roof. Set on the banks of River Krishna, the new city of Amaravati will cover 217 square kilometres and is set to be one of the most sustainable cities in the world, according

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Eight buildings proposed for BIG’s EuropaCity development near Paris

Here’s a look at eight of the buildings that will make up the BIG-masterplanned EuropaCity district, set to be built on the outskirts of Paris. UNStudio, Atelier COS and Hérault Arnod Architectes are among the European firms that have been selected to design buildings for the sprawling new leisure district, which is planned for an 80-hectare site near Charles de

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Paris garden skyscraper by SOM will be “one of the most sustainable buildings in Europe”

Skidmore Owings and Merrill has proposed a 180-metre skyscraper in Paris that is designed to be zero-energy, and accessible via a garden bridge leading from the River Seine. The international architecture firm is part of the team that launched a masterplan for the Charenton-Bercy project at property event MIPIM in Cannes this week. Led by urban

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Haptic and Nordic to build “sustainable city of the future” at Oslo airport

Haptic Architects and Nordic Office of Architecture have released plans for a city next to Oslo Airport that is to be completely powered by self-produced energy and served by driverless electric vehicles.  The practices are masterplanning Oslo Airport City (OAC) for a 370-hectare site beside the airport – which was recently extended by Nordic Office of

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Sou Fujimoto designs tower with wavy canopies and verdant balconies for new development in Nice

A tower with undulating, tree-covered canopies by Japanese architect Sou Fujimoto forms part of this competition-winning €275 masterplan for a new neighbourhood in Nice, France. French firm Lambert Lénack led a team that includes architects Sou Fujimoto, Cino Zucchi, Chartier Dalix, Laisné Roussel, Anouk Matecki and Roland Carta, and landscape architect Alain Faragou, to win the competition to design the

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Herzog & de Meuron unveils plans for trio of residential towers in Basel

Swiss practice Herzog & de Meuron has won a competition to design a new masterplan for Basel’s Nordspitze area, including three residential skyscrapers. The masterplan by Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Mueron’s Basel-based firm will transform a commercial area of the city into a new urban quarter, with high-density residential blocks and two new parks. Three slim, cylindrical towers are planned

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Smart city planned for former US Navy airfield near Boston

Architecture firms Elkus Manfredi and Sasaki have unveiled a masterplan to transform a parcel of land south of Boston into a smart city, the latest in a string to be announced for North America. Boston-based Elkus Manfredi Architects and Sasaki Associates have masterplanned an entire new city for a site located 12 miles south of

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Allies and Morrison challenges “identikit urbanism” with masterplan for new city in Oman

British firm Allies and Morrison has designed a new city for Middle Eastern country Oman, which will transform a desert valley into a 624-hectare urban centre over the next 30 years. Allies and Morrison wants to challenge “identikit urbanism” with its masterplan for Madinat Al Irfan. The aim is to create “a place that feels as if it has always

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Masterplan unveiled for Downtown Houston in wake of Hurricane Harvey

Houston has launched a 20-year plan to overhaul its Downtown business district, after the Texas city’s urban design was heavily criticised following catastrophic flooding caused by Hurricane Harvey. The Plan Downtown: Converging Culture, Lifestyle & Commerce report outlines the city’s intentions to update the urban planning of Downtown Houston over the next two decades. The document

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David Chipperfield to masterplan overhaul of Minneapolis Institute of Art

British architect David Chipperfield has been selected to reconfigure a major art museum in Minnesota, which includes a 1970s extension designed by modernist Japanese architect Kenzo Tange. The Minneapolis Institute of Art, also known by the nickname Mia, has enlisted Chipperfield to reconfigure its campus in the Midwestern city’s Whittier neighbourhood. The overhaul is intended to make room

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Zaha Hadid Architects wins Tallinn port contest

Zaha Hadid Architects has designed a masterplan for Tallinn’s port, boasting a new cruise ship terminal as well as office and housing districts intended to spark regeneration around the waterfront of the Estonian capital.  London office Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA) saw off competition for the Masterplan 2030 contest from two other finalists – Alejandro Zaera Polo’s practice Alejandro Zaera-Polo Maider Llaguno Architecture and the

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New designs unveiled for Norwegian government headquarters following 2011 terrorist attack

The part of Oslo’s government quarter damaged during the 2011 terrorist bombing will be replaced by one of two proposals – one by a team including Haptic and Nordic, and another by a team featuring A-Lab and LPO Architects. Statsbygg, the Norwegian Directorate of Public Construction and Property, organised a competition calling for proposals to redevelop the Regjeringskvartalet, an area containing several ministry buildings,

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SOM designs “new skyline” for port area of Sri Lanka’s largest city

SOM has won a competition to design a new district for Sri Lankan city Colombo, with a design featuring numerous skyscrapers, a marina, canals and a park, influenced by the country’s tropical climate. The finance and marina district masterplan was designed by SOM for CHEC Port City Colombo, which is looking to transform 269 hectares of reclaimed land beside Colombo’s

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Facebook appoints OMA to masterplan new residential village next to its Gehry-designed campus

Facebook has announced that architecture firm OMA will masterplan a new village for the area adjacent to its Frank Gehry-designed campus in Menlo Park, California. The social media giant enlisted OMA’s New York office to redevelop the former Menlo Science & Technology Park, a 56-acre property that the social media giant acquired last year, located south of its headquarters.

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Borders are “primitive” limits says designer of US-Mexico binational city

London Design Biennale 2016: architect Fernando Romero has unveiled plans for a binational city spanning the US-Mexico border, amid Donald Trump’s calls for a wall to be built between the two countries (+ slideshow). Romero’s Border City presents a utopian vision for a city with dual nationality, where people and goods could move more freely across the US-Mexico More

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BIG’s plan for Smithsonian campus in Washington DC sparks opposition

Nearly 1,400 people have signed a petition in opposition to Bjarke Ingels Group’s proposal to demolish a portion of the Smithsonian Institution campus in Washington DC. A concerned citizen started an online petition on 5 April 2016 in an effort to halt or at least modify the plans regarding the Smithsonian’s Enid A Haupt Garden, More

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SHoP and West 8 masterplan extends Philadelphia skyline across the Schuykill River

New York studio SHoP Architects and Dutch landscape firm West 8 have designed a new city quarter for Philadelphia that would extend the skyline beyond its traditional boundary, the Schuykill River (+ slideshow). Working in coordination with the City of Philadelphia, Drexel University, and Brandywine Realty Trust, SHoP and West 8 have drawn up a 14-acre (six hectares) masterplan More

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COBE wins contest to redevelop Copenhagen’s Christiansholm island

COBE has unveiled its masterplan for Christiansholm, an artificial island in Copenhagen harbour formerly occupied by the Danish press (+ slideshow). Copenhagen-based COBE saw off competition from architects including OMA, MVRDV, Henning Larsen Architects and CF Møller to win the contract, which it has developed with Dutch landscape studio Inside Outside, and engineers Via Trak and Transsolar. The 29,000-square-metre landmass in More

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PLP’s Nexus tower aims to offer alternative to standard skyscraper design

London-based PLP Architecture has revealed a masterplan for a project in China that includes a concept for a supertall tower composed of three rotated, interlocking volumes. Proposed for a site in Shenzhen, PLP’s proposal features two towers, a performing arts complex, and a series of connecting structures and bridges that will accommodate retail and entertainment More

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MVRDV to transform 600 hectares of historic city in Normandy

Rotterdam firm MVRDV has revealed plans to overhaul 600 hectares of the French city where William the Conqueror built his castle, creating housing, offices and numerous leisure attractions (+ slideshow). MVRDV is already two years into its La Grande Mosaïque project, which aims to remodel a huge chunk of Caen, the capital of northern France’s Lower Normandy region. The firm plans to tackle More

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Conran and Partners completes huge development on Tokyo’s Tama River

Terence Conran’s architecture firm has completed its redevelopment of Tokyo’s Futako-Tamagawa area, the city’s largest building project of the last decade. London-based Conran and Partners has spent 11 years working on the regeneration of the 20-hectare site on the north bank of the Tama River. It has created 400,000 square metres of homes, shops, offices and leisure facilities. Futako-Tamagawa […]

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BIG unveils design for urban neighbourhood on site of former Pittsburgh hockey arena

Danish architecture studio BIG has revealed its masterplan for Pittsburgh’s Lower Hill District, featuring sloped-roof buildings and an extensive network of pathways (+ slideshow). BIG, the studio founded by Bjarke Ingels, is leading a team commissioned to design the 28 acre (11 hectare) masterplan for the sloping site near the city’s downtown area. The site formerly housed the Civic Arena – […]

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Frank Gehry revealed as designer of masterplan for LA River

Architect Frank Gehry is designing a masterplan for the revitalisation of the Los Angeles River, a barren canal-like waterway that weaves through the California city. The 86-year-old architect, who lives in LA, was commissioned by the Los Angeles River Revitalization Corporation (LA River Corp), a nonprofit entity created by the city in 2009 to improve the river […]

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SHoP Architects and West 8 design new tech district for Miami

SHoP Architects has teamed up with West 8 to design a four-block development, aimed specifically at attracting technology businesses and turning Miami into “Florida’s Silicon Valley” (+ slideshow). Located in Miami’s Park West neighbourhood, the 10-acre (four hectare) development has been proposed by developer Michael Simkins and will include 3,850,000 square feet (358,000 square metres) […]

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Houston’s Museum of Fine Arts unveils campus redesign by Steven Holl

News: Steven Holl has been appointed to rework the campus of Houston’s Museum of Fine Arts and will add new buildings to offer a “complementary contrast” to structures by Mies van der Rohe and Rafael Moneo. New York-based Steven Holl plans to relegate all of the existing car parking underground, creating a pedestrian-friendly campus with two buildings […]
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