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Technology and Urban Development

Technology and Urban Development

(Issue of a magazine 4/2017, page 10)

The lack of natural resources in Japan has since led to energy conserving activities. As a result, Japan has developed into a leading market for eco-technologies. Today, superior energy savings are achieved in the area of infrastructure and building construction. Nikken Sekkei, having pioneered some of the world’s most innovative resource conservation methodologies and building technologies, is broadening the approach towards a more comprehensive enhancement of “quality of life”. This is the topic of the Chapter “Technology and Urban Development” of the book “Nikken Sekkei Urbanism”.

Will the Tails of Comets Drown in a Green River?

Will the Tails of Comets Drown in a Green River?

(Issue of a magazine 4/2017, page 20)

’Great railroad lines cut furrows through the landscape/city as if they were comets trailing tails of dust/stars.‘ In 1987 John Hejduk described Milan with this phrase giving us the concise and synthetic explanation of the importance of infrastructure for Milan’s urbanity and the strength of its imprint. Around 1.300.000 sqm of the territory of the municipality of Milan are occupied by 7 rail yards that are or going to be soon disused. How to return these territories to the city? Ways to solve this problem were proposed during the workshop “Scali Milano”.

New City – on the Site of Freight Yards

New City – on the Site of Freight Yards

(Issue of a magazine 4/2017, page 26)

Cino Zucchi Architetti, MAD Architects, Mecanoo, Miralles Tagliabue EMBT and Stefano Boeri Architetti are among five architecture studios to unveil proposals to completely transform unused railways across Milan, creating high-density housing and swaths of greenery. The ideas for the regeneration project – called Scali Milano – were presented at last year’s Milan design week. The five proposals emerged from a workshop held in December 2016, which invited architects to reimagine the brownfield sites of Scalo Farini, Porta Genova, Porta Romana, Lambrate, Greco, Rogoredo and San Cristoforo as public parks, social housing and hubs for sustainable modes of transport.

Angle of View on “Dance Geometry”

Angle of View on “Dance Geometry”

(Issue of a magazine 4/2017, page 30)

Angle Lake Station is a new form of social infrastructure. With ample space for people to live, work, and play, the new Angle Lake Transit Station and Plaza is an Envision certified sustainable mixed-use facility consisting of a 1-acre connecting plaza and community event spaces, a drop-off area for light rail users, retail space with dedicated bike storage and parking and a 35,000 square-foot parcel for future transit-oriented development. It also includes a parking structure for 1,150 cars designed to accommodate conversion to new future uses.

Antwerp ZOO: Even Closer to Nature

Antwerp ZOO: Even Closer to Nature

(Issue of a magazine 4/2017, page 40)

Studio Farris Architects redesigns part of the Antwerp Zoo, one of the oldest animal parks in the world. By focusing on the relationship between visitors and animals it creates a unique spatial narrative that leads from the city into wilderness.

Museum as a Model of Sustainable Design

Museum as a Model of Sustainable Design

(Issue of a magazine 4/2017, page 46)

In previous issues of the Green Buildings Magazine we wrote about the Rules of Resilient Design, developed in the form of an online guide by the American Society of Landscape Architects, ASLA. These recommendations should help people to protect themselves from natural disasters and other unexpected climatic events. Flooding is the most frequently occurring natural disaster globally. Flooding displaced more than 32.4 million people in 2012, and from 1975 to 2000 flooding claimed 170,000 lives globally.

New Urban Landscapes

New Urban Landscapes

(Issue of a magazine 3/2017, page 12)

Japan is blessed with stunning landscapes and four distinctive and beautiful seasons. Japanese traditional gardens bring natural landscapes into the hearts of cities. This is the cultural environment that Nikken Sekkei as a design firm has evolved within, giving us a unique approach to landscape design for urban areas. Quality open spaces are meant to reconnect citizens with their contextual natural environment and fellow man. This is discussed in the chapter “New Urban Landscapes” of the book “Nikken Sekkei Urbanism.”

Zaryadye: Outward Glance

Zaryadye: Outward Glance

(Issue of a magazine 3/2017, page 20)

The Zaryadye Park that was opened on 9th of September 2017 during the celebration of 870th Moscow’s anniversary has already become a noticeable event, regardless of its rates, the practice shows that in most cases they are positive. Just in one month, the park was visited by more than a million people, and there are all reasons to suggest that the originally planned amount of annual visitors will be exceeded. In this case, there will be a need for creating a strategy for the public spaces’ development in the center of the city in order to optimize the distribution of such an amount of visitors.

Seoullo 7017 – Road for People

Seoullo 7017 – Road for People

(Issue of a magazine 3/2017, page 32)

In May 2017 in the heart of Seoul, the capital of South Korea, appeared a green pedestrian area – linear park Seoullo 7017, or “Skygarden”. Seoullo, the Korean name for Skygarden translates to ‘towards Seoul’ and ‘Seoul Street’, while 7017 marks the overpass’ construction year of 1970, and its new function in 2017 as a public walkway or “road for people.”

Glocal West Gate: Preserve the DNA of the Place

Glocal West Gate: Preserve the DNA of the Place

(Issue of a magazine 3/2017, page 38)

Occupied by a local wet street market, the West Gate has been losing over time the cultural relevance and significance that had on the past. Competition by invitation organized by the local Government of Jiading, in which their aim was to renovate the traditional West Gate in downtown Jiading. The new proposal of 100architects was intended not only to bring back the relevance of this cultural heritage, but also reactivate the area by the injection of commercial activity.