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The Red Line / BIG The Red Line / BIG The invited design contest calls for a strong architectural master plan, comprising residential, commercial and cultural programme, forming a new urban area around the existing Ratina sports stadium in one of the most rapidly developing regions in Finland. BIG is selected as a winner of the competition by Finnish developers Rakennustomisto Pohjola & YH-Länsi, among proposals from Swedish Wingårdhs, German Behnisch Partner and Finnish JKMM. BIG’s proposal, The Red Line, seeks to uncover the urban potential of the 50 000 m2 site located on the Ratinanniemi peninsula, which serves as an important link between Tampere City Centre and the nature area of Eteläpuisto Park.
Colorful Guizhou Brand, Research & Development Center / Huasen Architects Colorful Guizhou Brand, Research & Development Center (8) – ArchDaily
The Omnibus is all about ideas. From the beginning, Urban Omnibus has been a showcase of good ideas for the future of cities, conceived in the public interest and tried and tested in the five boroughs of New York. So, we have decided to surface some of the ideas that have appeared on Urban Omnibus over the past two years and broadcast them around the city. Urban Omnibus | 50 Ideas for the New City

Urban Omnibus | 50 Ideas for the New City


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Kuwait International Airport by Foster + Partners Foster + Partners have unveiled designs for an new international airport in Kuwait. Each terminal will have three symmetrical wings, with each facade spanning 1.2 kilometers. The airport will accommodate 13 million passengers a year, with the possibility to expand for 50 million passengers. See all our stories about Foster + Partners here and more airports here. Here's some more information from Foster + Partners: Designs unveiled for Kuwait International Airport Kuwait International Airport by Foster + Partners


Lake Sanyon Arts and Cultural Square Competition Proposal / Chi Wai Chan Lake Sanyon Arts and Cultural Square Competition Proposal / Chi Wai Chan As the winning entry for a competition to design an arts and cultural square at Lake Sanyon in Daqing, China, the project by Chi Wai Chan examines the relationships between the elements of the water, the sky and the earth. A waterfront promenade that ensues the formal attributes and fluidity of the water, a 1,394 m long canopy with LED display that transpires the form of the clouds and a ground condition of self-similar marine lifeform that establishes the view corridors to the lake; these three design elements serve as the organizing apparatus for the design of the square. More images and project description after the break.
Swiss architects Herzog & de Meuron have designed a stadium for Bordeaux that will host football matches for Euro 2016. A "forest" of slender white columns will support the rectangular white roof of the Stade Bordeaux Atlantique, which will shelter up to 43,000 spectators. Natural light will filter into the stadium through glazed louvres in the roof. Stade Bordeaux Atlantique by Herzog & de Meuron Stade Bordeaux Atlantique by Herzog & de Meuron
Herreros Arquitectos in collaboration with Daniel Bermudez, were recently awarded the design of the Centro Internacional de Convencions de Bogota. Beating some of the world’s most prestigious architects, Zaha Hadid, David Chipperfield, Rem Koolhaas, Diller & Scofidio, Snøhetta, and Dominique Perrault, the winning design is defined as an urban experience, in which its inhabitants and strangers will come together to share their common interest in knowledge, innovation and the strength of civil society. Aspiring to obtain the Gold-status LEED certificate the new 70,000 sqm Centro Internacional de Convencions de Bogota will be the maximum exponent of Colombia’s ability to apply state-of-the-art technology as well as of the country’s commitment to the environment Centro Internacional de Convencions de Bogota awarded to Herreros Arquitectos in collaboration with Daniel Bermudez Centro Internacional de Convencions de Bogota awarded to Herreros Arquitectos in collaboration with Daniel Bermudez
Located in Ljubljana, Slovenia on a corner site at the western entrance to the city, the composition of the West Gate office building, designed by Studio Kalamar, is defined by two office towers. The southern tower rises over the intersection, accentuating the direction towards the city with its sharp projecting corner while the lower northern wing serves as a background to the principal motive as its composition approaches the dynamic of railway traffic behind it. More images and architects’ description after the break. Both wings are oriented towards the west, accentuating the openness of city. Vertical cores are located on the eastern sides and provide the option of connection to the future extension of adjacent building. Office programs are organized in the two wings, one with 8, the other with 14 floors. West Gate Office Building / Studio Kalamar West Gate Office Building / Studio Kalamar
Modern urban living, commerce and tourism are a part of the new multi-district redevelopment plans for Nanjing’s Yangtze Redevelopment. Selected by Beijing based MCC Real Estate Company, SOM has imagined a scheme that will create a new area of neighborhoods, shopping districts and corporate skyscrapers embodying a new identity for Nanjing and a mixed-use cityscape for its people. SOM Director Douglas Voigt said, “The core concept of the SOM plan for Nanjing Xiaguan is making connections. SOM’s Design Chosen for Nanjing Waterfront Sustainable Redevelopment SOM’s Design Chosen for Nanjing Waterfront Sustainable Redevelopment
Toronto Central Waterfront / West 8 and DTAH Toronto Central Waterfront / West 8 and DTAH The Central Waterfront, 3.5 km of Lake Ontario shoreline immediately adjacent to the downtown business district, is one of Toronto’s most valuable assets. Yet, despite decades of planning and patchwork development projects, there is no coherent vision for linking the pieces into a greater whole – visually or physically. In this context, the fundamental objective of the project is to address this deficiency by creating a consistent and legible image for the Central Waterfront, in both architectural and functional terms. Landscape Architects: West 8 urban design & landscape architecture and DTAH Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada Collaborators: Schollen & Company, Diamond + Schmitt Architects, Arup, Halsall Associates, David Dennis Design, Mulvey + Banani Client: Waterfront Toronto Project Area: 3.5 km length Project Year: 2006–2011 Photographs: Courtesy of West 8
Kuwait International Airport / Foster + Partners Just a few days ago, Foster + Partners revealed their plans for the Kuwait International Airport, a project designed to attain a LEED Gold standing for the passenger terminal, marking the first in the world of its kind. Situated in a desert climate, the environmentally responsive building is sheltered from the sun’s harsh rays with an amazing roof canopy which offers a sense of fluidity and lightness to the terminal. ”Its design is rooted in a sense of place, responsive to the climate of one of the hottest inhabited environments on earth and inspired by local forms and materials,” explained the architects. More images and more about the airport after the break. The terminal’s trefoil plan of three symmetrical departure gate wings was generated by aviation forecasts and will allow the airport to accommodate 13 million passengers upon completion. Kuwait International Airport / Foster + Partners
Based on the integration of light and illumination effects, the Guzhen Center, designed by Volkan Alkanoglu, will be an outstanding exhibition space that functions for its occupants, inspires its visitors, and resonates with a global audience. With a commitment to innovation and technology, the project will feature an unparalleled design vision and become a significant addition to the city of Guzhen. More images and architects’ description after the break. Guzhen Center / Volkan Alkanoglu
Jeju is an island formed by volcanic activities and celebration of its distinctive geological features was one of the main objectives of the brief. The design started from answering the brief which explicitly requested that the scheme to symbolise the volcanic landscape of Jeju consists of caves and mounds. poly.m.ur viewed these two geological feature in terms of their morphological forma-tions – one as constructive space (volcanic mounds) and the other one as subtractive space (volcanic caves), and were repre-sented in the formation of the massing of our scheme. poly.m.ur also wanted the centre to be recognised as a ‘place’ rather than an ‘image’, a direct representation of volcanic forms, while its inspiration taken from the volcanic form is still recognisable. The roof of the scheme is formed by following the existing land-scape and gently lifting up some areas of the site forming terraced pathways and viewing decks. Jeju World Natural Heritage Center / poly.m.ur
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Taichung Convention Center / MAD Architects MAD Architects shared their recently completed design for the Taichung Convention Center with us. Conceived as “a continuous weave of architecture and landscape that blurs the boundary between architecture, public space and urban landscape, proposing a futuristic vision based on the East’s naturalistic philosophy,” the convention center is the first project in Taiwan commissioned by the Taichung city government. The project is meant to surpass the traditional metropolitan landmark to become something that pushes Taichung “into the arena of world class cultural cities…. through unique architectural concepts and proposing a new kind of architectural philosophy.” More about the convention center and more images after the break.
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