Urban planning

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Project • By TSPAMasterplans

Campus Winnenden

CAMPUS WINNENDEN – PROPOSAL FOR INTERNATIONALE BAUAUSSTELLUNG 2027 (IBA’27). WINNENDEN URBAN NEIGHBOURHOOD Winnenden Urban Neighborhood is one of the IBA’27 locations. Winnenden municipal authorities and the International Building Exhibition 2027 StadtRegion Stuttgart (IBA’27) are looking for suggestions for a mixed-use neighborhood of the future. We embrace one of the driving questions from the Bauwelt Congress 2016 on the productive city: “What do architects and planners need to build to make the mixed city a reality – how do we achieve a city for living, dwelling, and working in which the functional separation of these areas is removed?” Image credits TSPA Our answer is an urban campus fo... 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 cba Christian Bauer & Associes ArchitectesApartments


The neighbourhood in which THE EPIC is located was originally characterised only by single-family homes. Today, the building is surrounded by an urban density of residential buildings. The scales of the existing houses and the new buildings collide. THE EPIC, although it provides 9 units of different sizes, contrasts with this problem in its villa-like appearance. With its articulated volumes and differentiated window openings, the building gives more the image of a family house rather than an apartment building. The refinement of the architecture is continued in the outer skin, from the detail of the window to the materiality of the brickwork. Again, the scale has been refined by the texture and colour of the thin tile. The resul... More

Project • By 3RW arkitekterCities

Mindemyren Masterplan

Mindemyren is a masterplan to suggest a future transformation of an area in central Bergen. The propoal focuses on the requirement of the plan to turn constraint into opportunity. It addresses challenges of noise, sun, pollution, low position in the valley, desire of maintaining large commercial facilities, to propose a holistic masterplan offering added-value and a new residential offer within the entire Minde masterplan. Whereas the current proposal is creating linear corridor where circulation infrastructure tends to disconnect the building locally, we decide to work toward a smaller urban grain with a higher degree of connection, scales and variety of open spaces. One of the main ambitions is to create an urban fabric that will be bec... More

Project • By SOUR StudioUrban Green Spaces

SOUR: Finalist Taksim Urban Design Competition

Urban CommonsThe importance of urban green in uniting people, place and memory. Urban Commons designed by SOUR has been shortlisted among 20 finalists to design Taksim Square and Gezi Park in Istanbul, in an international urban design competition held by Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality via Istanbul Planning Agency (IPA). Developed together with a diverse and multidisciplinary team, the proposal for Istanbul’s most important public space, focuses on revitalizing the neglected historic site, and envisions a square reunited with the people and the park through architectural interventions around Access, Action and Arts. ACCESSA public space that is inclusive of and equitable for all. A place that meets everyone’s needs and prio... More

Project • By BLVD InternationalCities

Manfuba Waterfront Park Design

The project is located in Nanbu county under the jurisdiction of Nanchong city which is known as “the second city of Chengdu and Chongqing” in Sichuan Province. Relying on the bank of Jialing River, the whole site is located in the periphery of Manfu new town in the southern county, which is the visual link between the new and old cities. Nanbu county is rich in tourism resources and has a profound history. With the help of the linkage of local urban landscape and cultural resources, the plan aims to create the characteristic tourism project and the authenticity and uniqueness of the project. Through the differential development with other cities in the upper and lower reaches of the Jialing River Basin, it forms the core engine... More

Project • By BLVD InternationalTowns

Taiping Ancient Town of Suzhou

Based on the cultural and creative industry as well as publishingindustry, with the core of characteristic culture and life culture,and supplemented by the comprehensive utilization of tourismresources, Taiping Ancient Town forms a characteristic styleblending rich living atmosphere, folk customs, tourism andindustry. It’s a town embracing characteristic industries and atthe same time provides the public with a characteristic town forleisure, entertainment and touring.Challenges set by similar areas around Taiping Ancient Town-There are many tourist towns around Suzhou, which will havea certain impact on the formation. This also requires TaipingAncient Town to be different from other ancient towns inplanning and positioning.Challenges... More

Project • By BLVD InternationalCities

Nanning Tus Park

Located in the Nanning Wuxiang New District, a “National New District”, Nanning Tus Park enjoys precious natural resources along the Yong River in Nanning. The project is positioned as “a new hi-tech city incorporating industrial development, the core area of industrial upgrading in Nanning, and the demonstration base of the innovative development of Guangxi facing the ASEAN”. The overall plan includes high-rises residence, western villas, loft apartments and independent office buildings. It covers functional zones such as the Science and Technology Museum, the Hi-Technology Park, the technological and smart community, the smart business and office area, innovative zone and leisure commercial streets. It is expected... More

Project • By PCA-STREAMMasterplans

Réenchanter les Champs-Élysées

PCA-STREAM has intensified its research into urban metabolism with a new study undertaken at the request of the Comité Champs-Élysées, an organization that brings together the boulevard’s main public and private stakeholders. A counterpoint to its historical narrative, the idea was to draw up a diagnosis of the Champs-Élysées and to provide prospects for 2030 which seek to connect its local context with the broader issues of our contemporary urban global condition. The future prospects of the avenue are not only relevant to Parisians as they aim to remedy falling out of love with it, but also to the future of our urban condition. With the support of a team of technical experts, researchers, renowne... More

Project • By Architecturestudio NOANCities


Architecturestudio NOAN has won the international open competition to design anew city district in Tampere Finland. Located on the southern edge of current citycentre, this old industrial and water treatment area will become a new part of the citycenter.Viinikanlahti will create a new neighbourhood in the city of Tampere with its ownshoreline city identity. At the same time, the area defines the new Southern edge ofthe city center and connects the shattered urban structure around it. The role as aconnector is significant for the area. It connects the southern recreational arboretumshoreline parks to the city center and stretches the housing and services of the citycenter towards south.The design is based on the three central elements of the... More

Project • By Dietrich | UntertrifallerShopping Centres

Eco Quarter Cartoucherie Wood'art

The mixed-use eco-district “Cartoucherie Wood’art” will be built on a former industrial site on the left bank of the Garonne with a total of 3,100 m² apartments, 6,000 m² of commercial space and public facilities for schools, sports and leisure. The nine-story hotel tower and the two residential complexes that we have planned are part of the award-winning project in the Adiv’bois national competition in France. 75% of the buildings is constructed in timber – an increasingly popular choice in France.The master plan divides the 13,000-m² area into two sections: The ten-story hotel tower enhances the bustling Place des Halles to the east; the two-story residential buildings lie on the quieter west s... More

Project • By Abscis ArchitectenResidential Landscape

Klein Rijsel

The building site, situated parallel to the railroad tracks of the Leuven train station, is in many ways remarkable. It’s located within walking distance to the station, which is undergoing large scale developments, but it also seamlessly connects to the smaller scale residential area of ‘Klein Rijsel’. The client’s ambition was to build a large amount of social housing as well as private homes, both with underground parking, surrounded by a collective garden accessible to the public. This wasn’t an easy task as the topography of the site, as well as the urban plan ‘BPA Westelijke Spoorweggeul’, imposed certain parameters and limitations to the site. Abscis Architecten en A2D architecture 2 design... More

Project • By LUCA CURCI ARCHITECTSResidential Landscape

THE LINK City-Forest

Architecture firm Luca Curci Architects presents THE LINK, a vertical city for 200,000 people. The project aims to rise above the challenge of population density by successfully combining vertical expansion with economic innovation. A self-sustainable city-forest, that will absorb CO2, produce oxygen for cleaner air and increase urban biodiversity. With interconnected communities’ programs. No suburbs. Less poverty oriented. With its 300 floors THE LINK will reach the maximum height of 1200 meters. The project combines sustainability with population density, and it aims to build up a zero-energy city-building. The city-forest is made of 4 main towers, connected one each other, equipped with green areas on each level, natural light an... More

Project • By Matern ArchitektenOffices

Rathauspassage · city passage

The Rathauspassage Paderborn is the result of an initiative by private builders. By converting the old company buildings of the F. Schöningh publishing house, a sequence of new urban spaces has been created, connecting Rosenstraße with Jühenplatz and Rathausplatz.The ground floor zones were completely redesigned for small-scale retail trade and enriched with gastronomic and cultural uses. The upper floors are reserved for offices, surgeries and apartments. The interventions of gutting, renovation and supplementary new buildings have created a lively mix with an unmistakable character. The passages, courtyards and alleys were designed in connection with the old network of paths in Paderborn's city centre. More

Project • By petrjanda/brainworkCoasts

The rebirth of the Prague’s riverfront

The first part of the long-awaited revitalization of the Prague riverfront area called Náplavka is coming to completion, making it one of the most attractive public embankments in Europe. In autumn 2019, nineteen vaults on the Rašín and Hořejší Embankments will be put into use. Six will feature the biggest elliptical pivoting windows in the world, connecting the inner spaces with the riverfront area in a unique way, through the diagonal rotation of the five-meter wide glazed “lenses”. The other spaces will have distinct steel sculptural entrances.The area has gradually grown in popularity thanks to the program activation that began in 2008. One of its initiators was architect Petr Janda, the author of the architectural concept. The alm... More