This is a project for the transformation of an existing public space. The intervention enhances existing qualities and elements through its use and enables the place as an infrastructure for future lives.
Contextual consistency – on a Macro, Meso, Micro Level. The architects started with reviewing the overall urban context of the project (macro). Then, continued by gradually zooming in on the local circumstances of the site, examining the surrounding educational, commercial, and residential facilities in relation to potential accesses and connections in between the river and the bay area (meso). Finally, on the given design site, they also reassessed the existing building of the Metro terminal including its parking(micro). The first challenge is the 1,2 km long stretched building complex. With an overall height of about 15 m, a width of 70 m at the widest, and 50 m at the narrowest point, the original complex completely cut off nearby neighborhoods from accessing the bay, neither adding any aesthetic value nor serving a specific functional purpose.
Recently public space has regained its value, we have become aware of the importance of a common, equitable and dignified space where society can see itself reflected to share its experiences. The Secretariat of Agrarian, Territorial and Urban Development (SEDATU) has focused on the rehabilitation and activation of the Mexican public territory, and as part of this program, they invited us to design a series of spaces in the state of Nayarit, for the benefit of the victims of Hurricane Willa.
The project began with the community, from on-site workshops with the involvement of children and the network that surrounds them. The information gathered in the dynamics brought material to the Executive Project in 2019. In 2020, with the pandemic context, 25% of the planned amount for the construction was directed to hospitals, which led to a revision, for budget adequacy. The tactical urbanism and the co-construction led by Lazo and ARIES were actions that were linked to the First Childhood Project, based on Urban95 of Fbvl, which aims to improve the urban quality aimed at children of early childhood, a safe and playful city for children, is also good for all(os).
The Paradis Waterfront housing project is the first subarea to be developed within the master plan for Paradis South, drawn by Ghilardi+Hellsten Arkitekter and approved in 2016. Situated along the fjord, the project includes a public park continuously running along the coastline. The surrounding landscape features are of exceptional quality with vast views and extensive openness. Inside the housing development, spaces are green, protected, and intimate. This contrast is deliberately highlighted in both interior and exterior spaces.
Establishing Eleftheria Square as the city’s primary gathering space, Zaha Hadid Architects’ (ZHA) design creates new connections intended to unite a divided capital. Nicosia’s massive Venetian fortifications separate the old city from its modern districts, while the city’s ‘Green Line’ divides the capital into two disparate communities.
Bathing for everyone! One of the main goals of this project has been to create a public beach that simplifies bathing for as many people as possible, regardless of functional variation. The site should be easy to understand and feel safe and beautiful to visit.
In the southwest of France, facing the Pyrenees Mountain, the “Complexe de la République” built-in 1975 in Pau, had been declining for several years due to the dilapidation of its covered market, flanked by a squat office building in very poor condition. After an international competition, the Ameller Dubois’s studio project was chosen by proposing a global response, taking charge of all the ambitions raised by this operation, both in terms of image and use, architecture, and urban planning, dedicated to the Pau’s population. The project’s exceptional location has been rediscovered as a destination, attractive and seductive, to bring the district back to life.
Mannheim, a medium-sized city in southwestern Germany, is known for its grid-plan city layout, its baroque palace and its brutalist buildings – but also, and above all, for its ethnically and culturally diverse population. This diverse and colourful mix of people can be experienced, among other places, in Neckarstadt East and Neckarstadt West, two districts northwest of the city centre.
A New Era – A new take on Relaxation and Activation – In Japanese cities, urban development is dense and public facilities and amenities have evolved whereby multiple functions occupy the same land. This dense development also means that open spaces such as parks are treasured. Furthermore, in recent times public spaces are becoming commercial spaces and commercial spaces are becoming public spaces. This fusion of parks, commerce, and hotels has created a new synthesis of “relaxation” and “activity” that people have really come to desire. MIYASHITA PARK is a project that raises issues from both the public side and the commercial side about the ideal state of “public space” in this new era.