New York governor Cuomo unveils revitalisation plan for Erie Canal

New York governor Andrew Cuomo and UK firm Buro Happold have revealed a masterplan to overhaul the state’s Erie Canal with public parks, residential areas and commercial hubs. The Reimagine the Canals Task Force Plan, unveiled this week at Cuomo’s annual State of the State address, is a $300 million (£230 million) proposal to revitalise the […]

Snøhetta gets go ahead for public garden at Phillip Johnson’s AT&T building

Snøhetta has been granted planning permission for an indoor garden at New York’s 550 Madison, which forms part of its overhaul of the postmodern tower. Snøhetta‘s proposal for the indoor public garden on the ground floor of the 37-storey office building was approved by the New York City Planning Commission this week. The garden is […]

BIG and WXY unveils “playful” transformation of Downtown Brooklyn

Architecture firms BIG and WXY have unveiled a masterplan for Downtown Brooklyn that aims to improve the area’s pedestrian experience with playful furniture, expanded sidewalks and improved crossings. Non-profit organisation Downtown Brooklyn Partnership commissioned BIG and WXY Architects to redevelop the 370-acre (149-hectare) Downtown Brooklyn public realm, an area of the Brooklyn borough that has […]

BIG and Toyota reveal city of the future at base of Mount Fuji in Japan

Danish architecture studio BIG is designing a “prototype city of the future” with wooden buildings and autonomous vehicles for Japanese car company Toyota near Mount Fuji in Japan. Named Woven City, the first phase of development on the site of a former car-factory will be home to 2,000 people who will test the vehicles, robotics and smart […]

Tom Blachford turns Melbourne into a nocturnal “cyperpunk metropolis”

Photographer Tom Blachford has used extended exposure times and lens rotation to create an upside-down “impossible dystopia” from Melbourne‘s nighttime skyline. Perching 55 storeys in the sky, Blachford took the photos from a carefully chosen rooftop in central Melbourne. The set of mind-bending inverted images were taken in situ, using camera tricks rather than post-processing […]

Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter creates Corten steel structures along Chemin des Carrières trail

A grand gateway and a hillside belvedere are among a series of structures that Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter has built in eastern France, to direct tourists towards a historic quarry. The Oslo-based studio, led by architect Reiulf Ramstad, created the landscape interventions along the Chemin des Carrières, an 11-kilometre trail through the rural villages and landscape […]

BIG and Field Operations design resilient waterfront park for Williamsburg

BIG and landscape architecture firm James Corner Field Operations have revealed plans for a mixed-used development on the waterfront in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, with a beach that could bolster the resiliency of the shoreline. Revealed today, the River Street Waterfront Master Plan was created by the duo for a plot on Williamsburg’s waterfront that was purchased […]

Concrete hills conceal bicycle racks in Copenhagen public plaza

Karen Blixens Plads in Copenhagen is an undulating plaza with sheltered parking for over 2,000 bicycles designed by Danish architecture firm COBE. The 20,000-square-metre public park is situated between the University of Copenhagen and Amager Common, an area of wetlands, fields and lakes just outside of the city. Named for noted 19th-century Danish author Karen Blixen, […]

Muf works with primary school pupils to build Golden Lane Estate playground

Architecture studio Muf has built an open-air playground, featuring a geometrical climbing structure and a stage for performances. Muf designed the area for residents and children to gather, play and perform on the Golden Lane Estate – a 1950s council housing complex in the City of London – to compensate for the space constraints that come with […]

Sidewalk Labs advances plans for Toronto smart city

Alphabet subsidiary Sidewalk Labs is moving forward with its ambition to create a smart neighbourhood in Toronto, after addressing a number of “critical issues” in its initial scheme. Sidewalk Labs and Waterfront Toronto, which enlisted the Alphabet subsidiary to oversee the development, released new details of the conditions for the scheme yesterday. The update follows […]

Greenery is often “sole legitimisation” for unsustainable buildings says Céline Baumann

Plants will be used to greenwash developments until landscape architecture is given a bigger role in urban planning says French landscape architect Céline Baumann. Baumann, whose work is one of 40 visions for the future of architecture currently on display at the Royal Academy of Arts in London, warned that plants on buildings are often […]

Junya Ishigami’s Japanese water garden wins €100,000 Obel Award

Art Biotop Water Garden, an artificial landscape by Junya Ishigami near the Nasu Mountains in Japan, has won the inaugural Obel Award. The new international prize of €100,000 (£86,000) – making it one of the world’s richest architecture prizes – is given by the Henrik Frode Obel Foundation to a project completed in the last […]

Stefano Boeri unveils Smart Forest City covered in 7.5 million plants for Mexico

Italian architect Stefano Boeri has unveiled plans to create a forested smart city in Cancun, Mexico, that is designed to be a “pioneer” of more eco-efficient developments. Smart Forest City Cancun is intended to be built on a 557 hectare site near the Mexican city. According to the architect it will contain 7.5 million plants, […]

Stefano Boeri designs elevated walkway to be built under Renzo Piano Genoa bridge

Stefano Boeri has unveiled the design of a circular elevated walkway that will be built below Renzo Piano’s replacement for the collapsed Morandi Bridge in Genoa, Italy. Developed by his eponymous studio Stefano Boeri Architetti, working with Metrogramma and Inside Outside, the walkway forms part of the Polcevera Park and The Red Circle masterplan, which has been designed to […]

Think tank to research terraforming earth founded by Moscow’s Strelka Institute

The Strelka Institute for Media, Architecture and Design in Moscow has launched a postgraduate course to research how the earth could be terraformed to reverse the impacts of climate change. Called The Terraforming, the interdisciplinary think tank will research ways in which the earth could be dramatically transformed in the future to return it to a […]

Indonesia’s new capital will be located on Borneo

As congested and low-lying Jakarta sinks rapidly, Indonesia‘s government has revealed that the new capital city will be built on the island of Borneo. President Joko Widodo announced that the administrative functions of Jakarta would move to the area of East Kalimantan, reported Bloomberg. The new capital will be located between North Penajam Paser and Kutai […]

Heatherwick Studio reveals designs for “gigantic planted pergola” in Tokyo

Construction has begun on the Toranomon-Azabudai district in central Tokyo, where Japan’s tallest skyscraper will sit alongside buildings and a landscaped pergola designed by Heatherwick Studio. Heatherwick Studio designed the public realm and numerous low-rise blocks for the development within the Minato ward of Tokyo based on the idea of creating a giant plant-filled pergola. “As […]

Zaha Hadid Architects carves out sculptural flood protection barrier in Hamburg

Zaha Hadid Architects has completed the sculptural Niederhafen River Promenade in Hamburg, Germany, as part of the city’s upgrade of its flood prevention system. Positioned along the 625-metre-long stretch between St Pauli Landungsbrücken and Baumwall, the Niederhafen River Promenade replaces one of the city’s existing, but dilapidating, flood barriers built in 1964. While providing vital […]

SKNYPL designs inflatable rooftop garden for busy Seoul street

New Korean Garden is an “Instagrammable” meeting and events space proposed for a rooftop in Seoul, South Korea, which is made from turquoise, pebble-like inflatables. Designed by Moscow studio SKNYPL, it is envisaged as a contemporary interpretation of a traditional Korean garden, within which simplicity and nature are typically key, and rock arrangements are considered […]

LAVA and Aspect Studios to add Central Park to Ho Chi Minh City

Elevated walkways and sunken gardens with sculptural energy-harvesting “trees” will define LAVA and Aspect Studios’ Central Park masterplan in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Due to begin construction in 2020, the scheme by LAVA and Aspect Studios is the winning design of an international competition that invited architects to transform the existing September 23 Park […]

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