Urban design

An overview of projects, products and exclusive articles about urban design

Project • By CCHERural

Dedale

The Dedale range of precast concrete slabs is characterised by its partially grooved hexagonal shape. Once assembled, and depending on the chosen orientation, Dedale offers you the possibility to compose a multitude of designs. For example, these patterns allow you to define distinct zones in the same space. CCHE Highly resistant and made of natural stone, Dedale will liven up your spaces throughout the day thanks to the play of light and shadow that results from its unique design, conceived by CCHE Design, a design and architecture office and produced by Godelmann. CCHE More

Project • By Cloud-floorUrban Green Spaces

Dense City: An Urban Re-Typology

"Dense-city: An Urban Re-typology" presents an urban strategy that repurposes the role of traffic intersections, which are ubiquitous physical infrastructures in every city. On a global scale, the ratio between traffic intersections and the rest of the urban spaces is a stark reminder of how much our cities value the convenience of motor vehicles over the utility of pedestrians. To solve this problem, our urban planners have continued to add multilayers of pedestrian walkways as means to move the mass from one place to another. Undeniably, we have left the priority given to the cars unchallenged. We have wasted almost every corner in the city for nothing else, but traffic and its congestion. Caption But we see more potential for these... More

Project • By Beyer Blinder Belle Architects & PlannersOffices

Colony Square

Renewal of Colony Square, Atlanta's original mixed-use development, pulls retail and dining closer to the street with new contemporary additions, repurposes underperforming spaces, and invites the public into the previously insular site. Two new office buildings, a food hall, and theatre will reestablish the site as "Atlanta's living room." Located in the heart of Midtown Atlanta, Colony Square is poised to become a cultural and entertainment destination within a burgeoning commercial, residential, and arts district. A central challenge is to soften the hard edges and seemingly impenetrable buildings that make circulation through the complex difficult. Our approach is to dissolve the barriers between Colony Square and the adjacent communit... More

Project • By Beyer Blinder Belle Architects & PlannersRestaurants

Capitol Crossing

BBB led the restoration and expansion of Holy Rosary Catholic Church, as well as the restoration and relocation of the historic Adas Israel Synagogue. The projects were coordinated with and integral aspects to the construction of Capitol Crossing, Property Group Partners’ transformative 2.2 million SF mixed-use development comprised of five new buildings in downtown Washington. Caption   Capitol Crossing closes a three-block-long gash in the city’s urban core created by the construction of I-395 in 1969. Built on a 7-acre highway-spanning platform, the development has re-opened a major east-west corridor, reconnected downtown pedestrian destinations, and helped to restore Pierre L’Enfant’s 1791 master pla... More

Project • By Beyer Blinder Belle Architects & PlannersOffices

Essex Crossing Mixed-Use Development Project

The Essex Crossing Mixed-Use Development is a new vision for the former Seward Park Urban Renewal Area, a site where the existing community was displaced as a result of the urban renewal plans of the 1960s, which was left undeveloped and contested for decades. This underutilized area will become the heart of the community, repairing a historic gash in the fabric of the neighborhood and showcasing the community’s vision for integrating mixed-use development, affordable housing, local employment, open space, and pedestrian activity.   Caption To shape an urban design vision for the 6-acre redevelopment, BBB facilitated a community-driven process on behalf of Community Board 3 and the New York City Economic Development Corpora... More

Project • By ODA ArchitectureMasterplans

Beyond the Street

A new concept by ODA envisions a new typography of inner courtyards that break up a typical NYC block and expands the public realm ODA’s new concept for urban renewal in New York City blends existing infrastructure with a proposed new zoning regulation that would maximize the public realm and increase green spaces in our city. Coronavirus has only heightened the need and demand for a greener urban existence. Our new video, Beyond the Street proposes breaking open existing city blocks, creating interior courtyards and pathways that will over time, through a mix of adaptive reuse, new development and landscape design, create a more walkable experience filled with culture, leisure, affordable retail and community spaces.  Captio... More

Project • By Natureza UrbanaParks/Gardens

Fonte do Bispo Requalification

The architectural firm Natureza Urbana has just completed an extensive urbanrevitalization at the historic center of São Luís – Maranhão, focused on qualifyingpublic spaces, improving the interlocution with the existing heritage and boosting thelocal micro-entrepreneurs market. The projects were part of a program created to revitalize the historic city center of thestate capital of Maranhão, financed by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB).The firm led 3 important renovations: one at ‘Praça da Misericórdia’ (Mercy Square),other at ‘Praça da Saudade’ (Saudade Square) and another at Fonte do Bispo(Bishop's Fountain), an area around a bus station on Vitorino F... More

Project • By Natureza UrbanaParks/Gardens

Praça da Saudade requalification

The architectural firm Natureza Urbana has just completed an extensive urbanrevitalization at the historic center of São Luís – Maranhão, focused on qualifyingpublic spaces, improving the interlocution with the existing heritage and boosting thelocal micro-entrepreneurs market. The projects were part of a program created to revitalize the historic city center of thestate capital of Maranhão, financed by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB).The firm led 3 important renovations: one at ‘Praça da Misericórdia’ (Mercy Square),other at ‘Praça da Saudade’ (Saudade Square) and another at Fonte do Bispo(Bishop's Fountain), an area around a bus station on Vitorino F... More

Project • By KettalHotels

INNSIDE Palma Bosque Hotel

The Innside Palma Bosque is an urban design hotel located a few minutes from the seafront of Palma de Mallorca. More

Project • By Pantic ArchitectsMasterplans

Harare New City

On the foothills of Mounthampden the position of the New Parliament Building of Zimbabwe was proposed. Surrounding it would be the Harare New City More

Project • By Meyer & Associates Architects, Urban DesignersStreets

Kuyasa Public Transport Interchange

This project deals with two responses. One Architectural, the other through Urban Design. These are intertwined to form a cohesive union. THE URBAN DESIGN CONTEXTThe project originated from an urban design study conducted by MEYER+VORSTER (now Meyer & Associates Architects & Urban Designers) to highlight the importance of the new Kuyasa Station as part of a future urban node in Khayelitsha. The City of Cape Town commissioned the same set of consultants to design a new transport interchange at this station to facilitate intermodal transfers. This facility was not only considered the focus, but also had to act as catalyst for future intensive urban development around the station. In an area where dire poverty is prevalent and the qu... More

Project • By DADAMasterplans

Godrej Riverhills

RIVERHILL PUNE departs from typical privatized insular typology and instead proposes a bold new highly public open space system for the city – The RiverWalk. The design emerged from a fundamental vision to not generate a framework that was complicit in private retailing and waterfront experiences; as they structure an urban language of separation. Instead this nearly half-KM long public promenade has been carved out from primarily land that was allocated to private parcels. The RiverWalk acts as an urban landscape-device meaningfully connects the site with the Riverfront and the foothills onto the South. The pedestrian-first landscape elements of the Riverwalk and Riverfront act as the binding glue for the new development. A ribbon l... More

Project • By Woldon ArchitectsHousing

Adam and Eve Mews

Constrained on three sides and working within a small footprint on a tight site, the design brief concentrated on maximizing floor area and natural light. The redesign was approached in a three dimensional manner, reconsidering floor levels and their relationship to the street façade and connecting spaces. The house now occupies four floors and a roof terrace. Careful room organisation and material choices, such as limed oak flooring and glass handrails, have given the mews house a new sense of space and lightness. Planning Gain and Party Wall AwardsA successful planning strategy was employed that provided significant additional floor space and a fully accessible roof terrace. Additional accommodation was created within a basement... More

Project • By RISCO ArchitectsCoasts

Passeio Ribeirinho do Seixal

The project area is a strip of land along the river and the riverside road in Seixal, the city that is the seat of this municipality on the south bank of the River Tagus, opposite Lisbon. The zone is framed by the river and by the historic town centre, a group of buildings with symbolic and morphological characteristics that grant it unique heritage and cultural value.The variation in the organic design of the front, which was built over the years, defines approaches to and departures from the bank. This geometry of the old city’s growth has allowed the construction of a trajectory with distinct physical moments and characteristics, different ways of coming into contact with the water and different frames for the interior  of the... More

NewsNews • 20 Aug 2020

New office building in Antwerp takes the form of an urban bridge

In Antwerp, the new 146_Province Headquarters by XDGA (Xaveer De Geyter Architects) is a new build replacing a former complex of modernist volumes that could not adapt to current sustainability standards. A compact sculptural volume with defined triangular openings, the building is conceived as a bridge-like structure over a glazed central pavilion.   Credit: XDGA - Matthias Van Rossen The centre of the main building features one large steel truss spanning from one core to the other. Two more trusses are integrated in the concrete side walls, their triangulation defining the form of the window openings. CaptionCredit: XDGA - Matthias Van Rossen The window forms, used across the building are sized and positioned to balance d... More