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Norman Foster On Designing Apple’s $5 Billion “Spaceship” Campus | Co.Design | business + design

Norman Foster On Designing Apple’s  Billion

Apple is building an amazing new campus with Norman Foster that is estimated to cost $5 billion–a billion dollars more than the new World Trade Center complex. That is due to an Apple-like attention to detail: 3.7 miles of curved glass will wrap around the building, concrete ceilings will be carefully cast then lifted into place, museum-grade stone-infused flooring will replace standard concrete, and most infamously, gaps between surfaces promise not to exceed 1/32 of an inch (vs. the U.S. build standard of 1/8 of an inch).


via Norman Foster On Designing Apple’s $5 Billion “Spaceship” Campus | Co.Design | business + design.

The McMillan redevelopment plan in DC

There are miles to go before ground is broken, but plans for the redevelopment of the McMillan Sand Filtration Site took a significant step forward Thursday when plans won the provisional approval of the District’s Historic Preservation Review Board.

The site, at North Capitol Street and Michigan Avenue NW, functioned as a water-filtration plant until the 1980s and has been eyed for redevelopment almost since the day it closed. The most recent effort has been underway since 2006, when a city commission selected a group of developers known as Vision McMillan Partners to begin exploring redevelopment options. Under its current arrangement with the city, VMP is now embarking on the process of preparing the land for development in exchange for the first right to purchase the land once that “entitlement” process is complete.

Without Architects, Smart Cities Just Aren’t Smart | ArchDaily

Arguably the biggest buzzword in urbanism right now is the ‘Smart City’. The idea, although certainly inclusive of eco-friendly practices, has even replaced “sustainability” as the major intent of cities planning for positive future development. Smart City thinking has been used successfully in countries as diverse as Brazil, the US, the UAE, South Korea, and Scotland (Glasgow just won a £24million grant to pioneer new schemes throughout the city).

But what exactly are Smart Cities? What benefit do they bring us? And, more importantly, how can we best implement them to secure our future?

The answer, in my opinion, lies in the hands of architects.

via Without Architects, Smart Cities Just Aren’t Smart | ArchDaily.

A Park Will Sit Atop Large SF Bay Mass Transit Hub | EarthTechling

This appears to be an outstanding multi-modal project that has definitely set the bar high for major metropolitan cities planning similar projects for the future. Hopefully they will take their cue from some of the ideas and strategies employed in the design and development of this project.

We’ve looked at drawings of a lot of splashy futuristic structures, but here’s one that’s actually underway as a grand public space in an American city: San Francisco’s Transbay Transit Center, a transit hub for eleven different public transit modes.

Aside from the undulating glossy facades, the most striking feature is the roof, a green public park with native-plant gardens, footpaths, cafes, an amphitheater, playgrounds, and a fountain running most of the structure’s 4-block length. That sits on top of four levels of transit access.

via A Park Will Sit Atop Large SF Bay Mass Transit Hub | EarthTechling.

Residents Will Move Into DC’s First Passive House In January

Empowerhouse, DC’s first passive house, celebrated its completion today and will be welcoming its first residents in January.

The home was originally constructed on The National Mall by a team of students from Parsons The New School for Design, The New School for Public Engagement, and Stevens Institute of Technology during the Department of Energy’s 2011 Solar Decathalon. After the event ended, the home was moved to 4609 Gault Place NE (map) in Deanwood, where it was completed as a two-family home.

via Residents Will Move Into DC’s First Passive House In January.

D.C. seeks development team for $400M Barry Farm overhaul

 

D.C. seeks development team for 0M Barry Farm overhaul - Washington Business Journal

Hopefully we will hear more about other city agencies that will be engaged in the planning, programming and overall community development of this vastly important New Communities Initiative!

The D.C. Housing Authority has launched its search for a master planning and development team that will oversee the $400 million transformation of the Barry Farm neighborhood in Southeast.

Barry Farm, a New Communities project, includes 1.13 million square feet of developable area on 26 acres generally bounded by Firth Sterling Avenue, Suitland Parkway, Wade Road and the St. Elizabeths west campus. Within the boundaries currently are 432 units of low-income housing (in townhouses and apartments) all owned by DCHA, plus seven vacant lots owned by the District government.

via D.C. seeks development team for $400M Barry Farm overhaul – Washington Business Journal.

SHANGHAI | Shanghai Tower | 632m | 2073ft | 121 fl | U/C – SkyscraperCity

SHANGHAI | Shanghai Tower | 632m | 2073ft | 121 fl | U/C - SkyscraperCity

Gensler Design 632m Shanghai Super Tower

Published on 18-08-2008 by Skyscrapernews.com

Gensler Architects has won an international competition to build what will be one of the tallest buildings in the world on Shanghai’s Pudong Peninsula, the main cluster of skyscrapers in the city.

Called the Shanghai Center, the dimensions of the building according to the planning documents are massive. The steel structure will rise to 632m wrapped around a 565.6 metre tall central concrete core. In total it will have 127 stories, a gross internal area of 558,806 square metres with interior space will be given over to offices, a luxury hotel and retail.

The scheme sits on a mere 30,370 square metres, plot Z32 which has long been expected to feature the tallest building in the entire cluster of buildings. Once finished, the Shanghai Centre will line up with the Jin Mao Building and Shanghai World Finance Centre to create a nascent row of supertall towers.

The design is tiered into 8 levels above ground with floor-plates, approximately the shape of triangles, creating the base of each tier that in front has an outer glass façade wrapped around it rather like a burito that gently tapers in and out creating a subtle zoomorphic appearance.

Recessed deeply from the external façade are the main floors, creating an area in between that containing huge atriums. These will have their space used to turn it into a bioclimatic tower, complete with trees as much as ten metres tall that can help naturally regulate the cooling of the building between its double skin.

The scheme is topped by a viewing platform and observation areas that will have a huge hollow space on the inside of it open to the elements paying homage to the void located near the top of the Shanghai World Finance Centre.

Work by the development consortium founded to build the scheme, the Shanghai Center Ltd , is to start to December 2008 with completion in 2014. Once finished it will be China’s tallest building.

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via SHANGHAI | Shanghai Tower | 632m | 2073ft | 121 fl | U/C – SkyscraperCity.