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50 Ideas for the New City

50 Ideas for the New City
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. In April 2011, we released a series of Idea Posters, pasted on fences, scaffolds and storefronts from Jamaica, Queens, to the Upper West Side of Manhattan, and many places in between. With this poster campaign, we wanted to turn the tactics of ubiquitous marketing — in which every bus, taxi or construction barrier is a canvas for advertising anything and everything — upside down by using a similar language to share examples of creativity and innovation in the urban realm. We want to spread these ideas to the whole city, online and off.

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. The architecture of the individual buildings experiments with a contemporary aesthetic attainable through digital means. Tools such as Maya, Rhino and Grasshopper were utilized during the design process. But considerations were also given to achieving a balance between buildability and creativity.

Proxima Mobile : applications et services gratuits sur mobile pour les citoyens Stade Bordeaux Atlantique by Herzog & de Meuron 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. The base of the arena will house VIP lounges, players-spaces and media rooms, surrounded by food stalls amongst the columns. A public square in front of the building will form part of the proposed landscape improvements by French landscape architect Michel Desvigne. The stadium will be completed by 2015 and will also host rugby matches. Herzog and de Meuron previously completed the National Stadium, Beijing for the 2008 Olympic Games - click here to see all our stories about Herzog & de Meuron. Dezeen also recently featured three stadiums for the World Aquatics Championships in Shanghai - see all our stories about design for sports here. The bowl

MIT's Free Urban Planning Software Will Help Build The Cities Of The Future | Fast Company Most of the world lives in cities. That number, now at about 3.3 billion people, will keep going up. During the next five years, urban populations are expected to soar well beyond half the world's total. Yet most of those urbanites are also likely to live in poorly, or at least haphazardly, designed cities. Avoiding that future just became a bit easier with the launch of the Urban Network Analysis, an open-source software released by MIT. It measures traits such as "reach, gravity, betweenness, closeness, and straightness," which, in laymen terms, express features such as the number of services, buildings, and resources within a certain walking distance, or the volume of traffic along sidewalks and streets. What this means is that city planners can look at their cities and see, for instance, that some neighborhoods are closer to jobs than others (the map at the top is the "reach" map for jobs in Cambridge, MA. The UNA toolbox can be downloaded here. [Image: MIT]

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 is planned to significantly increase capacity and establish a new regional air hub in the Gulf – the project’s strategic aims will be matched by a state-of-the-art terminal building, which will provide the highest levels of comfort for passengers and will set a new environmental benchmark for airport buildings. The terminal has a trefoil plan, comprising three symmetrical wings of departure gates. We are pleased to have this opportunity to reveal our designs.

Est-ce que la technologie désurbanise la ville Pour la sociologue et économiste américaine Saskia Sassen (Wikipédia), qui introduisait la 3e édition de la conférence Lift France qui se tenait la semaine dernière à Marseille, la ville est devenue un espace stratégique pour tout type d’applications technologiques, mais dans quelles mesures ces capacités technologiques déployées dans l’espace urbain urbanisent-elles véritablement la ville ? « A l’heure où tout le monde se demande comment utiliser la ville, diffuser ses services dans l’espace urbain, la question de savoir si les technologies urbanisent ou pas la ville me semble d’importance. » La ville doit pouvoir être hackée « La technologie donne des capacités technologiques qui vont au-delà de la technologie elle-même. Quand la haute finance utilise les technologies, elle ne le fait pas de la même manière que la société civile. La ville est un espace complexe, anarchique, rappelle la spécialiste du sujet. Il nous faut comprendre autrement « l’urbanitude ».

Centro Internacional de Convencions de Bogota awarded to Herreros Arquitectos in collaboration with Daniel Bermudez 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 An exhibition devoted to Herreros Architectos’ recent work is currently on display at the ROM for Kunst og Arkitektur Gallery in Oslo. More renderings of the winning design following the break.

Sofia’s New Metro Station is an Urban Tissue that Connects its Center / StudioATM Metro Station 20 designed by StudioATM is part of “Metro Line 1” which connects the center of Sofia with the International Airport.The new Metro Station and public plaza transforms a former local, non urbanized area into an invigorated center. “Metro Station 20” integrates infrastructure and civic space, synthesizing a diverse range of public, retail, commercial and transportation programs. Situated on the eastern part of the Bulgarian capital, between the Sofia International Airport and Tsarigradsko Shose Blvd., (symbolically the main “gate” of Sofia) the adjacent area would become an attractive point for commercial use and communication. With this desired approach and continuous use of innovative and contemporary thinking, “Metro Station 20,” shall serve as a key transportation segment for the people, connecting Druzhba residential quarter with the heart of the city. -> EVOLO SKYSCRAPERS 2 - Limited Edition Book

West Gate Office Building / Studio Kalamar 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. The panel facade system is supplemented by a white fixed shading element attached in four different directions, thus providing a dynamic facade effect.

SOM’s Design Chosen for Nanjing Waterfront Sustainable Redevelopment 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. Connecting the city to the river. Connecting the best of urban living to nature. Connecting under–utilized land to value creation that will increase growth, tourism and prosperity. The once neglected two kilometer waterfront area situated between the river levee and the old city wall of the historic Chinese city will be transformed by SOM’s dynamic winning design.

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 Quay to the City – temporary installation Timber wavedecks Queens Quay Boulevard Promenade, Boardwalk and Stormwater Tanks

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. Each façade spans 1.2 kilometers and extend from the dramatic 25-meter-high central space of the canopy.

Guzhen Center / Volkan Alkanoglu 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 is traditionally known for lighting design and the exhibition center will mainly be used to showcase manufacturers of this discipline. The large interior space is divided into a functional floor grid, while the roof playfully delineates towards a more dynamic organization. During the night, the roof illuminates into several color shades showcasing the tradition of Guzhen light industry.