Archive for the ‘ Mixed-Use ’ Category

The Winning Design for DC’s 11th Street Bridge Park

 

On Thursday morning, the design jury for the highly-anticipated DC park will announce that the winning proposal comes from the team of OLIN, OMA and Arup.Plans have been in the works for over a year to turn three concrete piers into one elevated park connecting Anacostia and Navy Yard. The goal of the project is to create a connecting design with an appeal similar to that of the Providence River Bridge park in Rhode Island, although many compare the planned park to the High Line in New York City.

via The Winning Design for DC’s 11th Street Bridge Park.

The 10 Tallest Buildings Under Construction in Europe

 

A study conducted by Emporis, the international provider of building data, has revealed that Moscow is set to retain its title as the skyscraper capital of Europe. Already home to 4 of Europe’s top 5 – including the Mercury City Tower, Europe’s current tallest at 338m – Moscow is also home to 6 of the 10 tallest European Buildings under construction. Three of these buildings will also surpass the height of the Mercury City Tower.

via The 10 Tallest Buildings Under Construction in Europe | ArchDaily.

MGM National Harbor – Video / Renderings

MGM Casino National Harbor

This is a beautiful project, well conceptualized for the topography of the site and location. The view of the structure from I-95 will be powerful and dramatic. What a great architectural addition to Prince Georges County!

 

MGM National Harbor offers a sophisticated architectural approach that addresses the local area’s significant geographical and cultural history. The design is influenced by the natural topography of the dynamic Maryland site, the iconic nature of nearby national monuments, and their interactions with residents and visitors in this vibrant travel corridor. The piercing verticality of the streamlined high-rise hotel rises from a resort pedestal and is precisely positioned to maximize sightlines to Washington, D.C. and the Maryland countryside.

via MGM National Harbor – Video / Renderings.

Walkability & Hyperdensity: 14 Concepts for Future Cities

The city of the future addresses problems like overpopulation, pollution and sprawl by building high-density vertical neighborhoods that are interconnected at all levels so residents can move freely from one place to another on foot. These 14 city concepts, some of which are already under construction, emphasize walkability, sometimes going so far as to ban cars altogether.

via Walkability & Hyperdensity: 14 Concepts for Future Cities | Urbanist.

Mayor Gray, D.C. United reach tentative deal on soccer stadium for Buzzard Point

Mayor Gray, D.C. United reach tentative deal on soccer stadium for Buzzard Point - The Washington Post

D.C. United executives and District officials have reached a preliminary $300 million deal to build a 20,000-seat stadium for the team on Buzzard Point in Southwest Washington.

The agreement, team and city leaders said, could end a decade-long search by the Major League Soccer franchise for a new venue that would allow it to leave RFK Stadium, where D.C. United has played since its founding in 1996 but where its investors say the team loses money every year.

via Mayor Gray, D.C. United reach tentative deal on soccer stadium for Buzzard Point – The Washington Post.

D.C. clearing the way for new movie theater near Nationals Park – Washington Business Journal

D.C. clearing the way for new movie theater near Nationals Park - Washington Business Journal

District officials have identified a site on the Anacostia River where they hope to move a Capitol Riverfront D.C. Water facility, clearing the way for a movie theater-anchored mixed-use development.The D.C. Water fleet and maintenance facility at First and N streets, at least a portion of it, may be moved on an interim basis to an nearby parcel controlled by Forest City Washington, developer of The Yards, before relocating to its final destination on a former Washington Gas parcel on the river.

via D.C. clearing the way for new movie theater near Nationals Park – Washington Business Journal.

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.