Urban Design


CAAC, Córdoba by Paredes Pino

The Centro Abierto de Actividades Ciudadanas – Open centre of civic activities – that hosts public events, such as a twice-weekly market, has been transformed into a kind of architectural array of water lilies.


Michael Wolf and the Architecture of Density

German-born photographer Michael Wolf documents the extreme densities of Hong Kong. His series ‘Architecture of Density’ rarely contain images of people, instead letting the extreme scale of the buildings remain as the focus. The images are stunning, though I’m not quite sure how to react.


Seoul Removes Highway and Restores River Beneath

In 2003 the city of Seoul, South Korea removed the Cheonggyecheon Highway running through the city as part of an urban renewal project. This highway had covered the Cheonggyecheon River for decades and now a stream lies where the once busy expressway stood. The stream is lined with parks and urban gathering spaces and it has encouraged walking and taking pride in the environment.


Mall Transformed into a Mixed-Use Neighborhood

The redesign will be in line with many new urbanism projects. There will be shops, cafes and offices connected by walkways. Storefronts will be on the first floor and residential units will occupy the top floors. There will also be a mix of cottages, multi family homes, and condos in the neighborhood as to add variety. Parking will still be present but will be hidden behind the retrofitted mall, away from the storefronts.


Real life house from the movie ‘Up’

Pixar’s recent movie ‘Up’ is a story of an old man who refuses to give up his house to a monstrous development that is eating up all the homes in his neighborhood. It comes to a point that there is nothing left around him except for high-rise businesses. This notion is an exaggerated representation of how development companies find a way to buy up all the houses in a neighborhood.


Quotable Quote: Cultivating Bad Taste

The bleakness of post-War design is a symptom of the aesthetic having been run into the ground, obviously. So we’re taking Scott Brown, and the Fielle’s, advice: challenge your definition of good taste, and dare yourself to like what’s considered ugly. You’ll certainly be in a more interesting place than where you began. What’s a challenge for you? Do you think ugly is a term that should even enter the lexicon of architects? Is there a particular building you despise? Or is everything simply a matter of perspective?


New Heden: The City Made of Green Roofs

New Heden is a recent project that takes a vacant lot in Sweden and transforms it into a mixed-use, sustainable city. This project, by Kjellgren Kaminsky Architects, is in a way creating a city inside of a city. This underutilized site was once a paved parking lot and football fields but the redesign will have apartments, parks, and shops.