AECOM Urban SOS: All Systems Go Competition winners announced

The Winning Submission Plan (Courtesy AECOM and Van Alen Institute)

The Winning Submission Plan. (Courtesy AECOM and Van Alen Institute)

Three graduate design students at the University of Pennsylvania—Daniel Lau, Joseph Rosenberg, and Lindsay Rule—have claimed the top spot in AECOM’s sixth annual Urban SOS competition. Their project, called The THIRD Reserve, is an urban landscape concept that would, in theory, allow Singapore’s food production system to become self-sufficient. The team takes home $7,500 in prize money and has access to up to $25,000 to support the project.

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Philadelphia’s Bergmann Associates reveal plans for Grays Ferry Triangle pedestrian plaza on South Street

Proposed design for Grays Ferry Plaza (Courtesy Bergmann Associates)

Proposed design for Grays Ferry Plaza. (Courtesy Bergmann Associates)

Philadelphia’s South of South Neighborhood Association (SOSNA) Grays Ferry Avenue Triangles Committee is making moves on a new plaza at 23rd Street at South Street. This plaza follows the well-trod path of its predecessors, touting amenities like seating and trees, as well as building South Philly’s neighborhood identity and civic pride.

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Along the Gowanus Canal, dlandstudio’s Sponge Park will soon be ready to soak up polluted water

Rendering of Gowanus Canal Sponge Park (Courtesy dlandstudio)

Rendering of Gowanus Canal Sponge Park (Courtesy dlandstudio)

You won’t be able to drink from it anytime soon, but the fetid, toxic shores of the Gowanus Canal will soon be graced with a new park that filters stormwater as it enters the canal. Designed by Brooklyn’s dlandstudio in partnership with the Gowanus Canal Conservancy, the Gowanus Canal Sponge Park will be an 18,000 square foot public space on city-owned land, where Second Street meets the canal.

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Seattle Park Proposal to Cap I-5 Unveiled

The C.A.P. park path. (Patano Studio Architecture)

The C.A.P. park path. (Patano Studio Architecture)

Take note. The Seattle waterfront plan is getting a lot of competition. Last month, we saw an opposing proposal to the James Corner Field Operations plan rejected by city council and put on the ballot for next summer. The project—Initiative 123—calls for reinforcing a portion of the Alaska Way Viaduct that runs north-south along the western edge of Seattle as well as building a new section. These two pieces would create a mile-long, High Line–style park.

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Pier into the future: Tribeca’s Pier 26 to get an OLIN landscape and a Rafael Viñoly–designed science center

Pier 26 (Courtesy Hudson River Park Trust)

Pier 26 (Courtesy Hudson River Park Trust)

Citibank announced on Friday that it will donate $10 million t0 the Hudson River Park Trust (HRPT) for the renovation of Tribeca’s Pier 26. For Citi, it’s a sweet quid pro quo: the river pier is adjacent to Citi’s soon-to-be global headquarters at 388–390 Greenwich Street. Philadelphia-based OLIN will lead the park’s design team. Rafael Viñoly will work pro bono to design a research and science education center for the site.

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It’s hard to believe these before and after streetscape transformations are the same places

Ferenciek tere, Budapest, Hungary

Ferenciek tere, Budapest, Hungary. (Courtesy Urb-i)

The United States is currently 4th in the world in terms of vehicle ownership (measured by vehicles per capita)—a statistic that is reflected in contemporary cities’ car-dominated infrastructure. Urbanism website Urb-i however, is intent on changing that, giving cities back to the people. To show that change is possible, the group compiled before and after photos of dozens of amazing street transformations from across the globe.

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Archtober Building of the Day 8> The NYCHA Red Hook West Urban Farm

(Courtesy Center for Architecture)

(Courtesy Center for Architecture)

The NYCHA Red Hook West Urban Farm
6 Wolcott Street, Brooklyn

thread collective

A gaggle of green-thumbed Archtober enthusiasts joined thread collective’s Elliott Maltby and Gita Nandan to learn about the NYCHA Red Hook West Urban Farm. Situated in Brooklyn, the one acre plot has served as a model for other farms being developed on New York Housing Authority properties, including at Howard Houses in Brownsville and in Coney Island.

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Aim High, Get Low: New “Lowline” linear park eyed in the Bronx

View of the proposed lowline from Rae Street (Google Maps)

View of the proposed lowline from Rae Street (Google Maps)

Call it High Line fever: since the first leg of James Corner and Diller Scofidio + Renfro’s High Line debuted in 2009, High Line–like projects have popped up all over the city and across the country. Now, not ten miles from the original, the Bronx may be slated for its very own rail-to-park conversion.

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HOK takes a walk on the wild side in upstate New York

(Wild Walk / Flickr)

(Wild Walk / Flickr)

Fancy a walk up in the trees? Upstate New York now has its own “High Line” of sorts at the Wild Center in Adirondack Park, part of the Tupper Lake area.

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The Center for Active Design asks: How do you promote civic engagement through design?

Awards, City Terrain, East, News, Urbanism
Monday, October 5, 2015
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(From left: courtesy Emily Young; Torben Eskerod, Bjarke Ingels Group; NYC DOT)

(From left: courtesy Emily Young; Torben Eskerod, Bjarke Ingels Group; NYC DOT)

With help from a $1.8 million Knight Foundation grant, the Center for Active Design (CAD) today announced the release of “Design Guidelines for Robust Engagement,” a guide that will promote design strategies cities can use to build civic engagement.

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The Metamorphosis: Marc Fornes breaks ground on a parametric amphitheater in Maryland

(Courtesy Marc Fornes/Theverymany)

(Courtesy Marc Fornes/Theverymany)

On September 12, New York–based practice Marc Fornes/Theverymany broke ground on its largest project to date, the Chrysalis Amphitheater project. The parametric structure’s fluid form is intended to define a public space and live performance venue for outdoor gigs and shows.

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Archtober Building of the Day 1> Collaborative Research Center, Rockefeller University

Architecture, City Terrain, East
Thursday, October 1, 2015
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(Courtesy Julia Cohen)

Archtober Building of the Day #01
Collaborative Research Center, Rockefeller University
1230 York Avenue, Manhattan
Mitchell | Giurgola Architects

We’re off! Our first Building of the Day in our fifth year is a showplace for understanding the architect as problem solver and the collaborative nature of the profession. The tour was led by Paul Broches, partner at Mitchell | Giurgola, and Jillian Sheedy, senior associate. Carol Loewenson, AIANY 2016 President-elect, joined in as well. Broches told our group of enthusiasts that each of the scientists was individually interviewed to determine the specific requirements for their laboratories. What a challenge to find general solutions to their complex problems—very nicely done—and it received a citation from AIA New York State in 2013.

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