Transforming Urban Transportation
Transforming Urban Transportation_Andrew Tang
As technology and the speed of transportation improves, the role of the stations and transportation hubs have become more complex, and the need to improve them create opportunities in the rethinking the typology of the station and its relationship with the city and the public realm. Lounges, retail, communication, branding of cities and even event spaces are programs that were less evident in the historic transportation hubs. Better efficiency to connect to other modes of transport is desired, and thus a need for better infrastructure is growing as the speed of our information age society increase. As projected population unfold and new transport network are proposed, the architecture of urban transportation is going through an evolution to upgrade its functionality while at the same time reestablish itself in the spirit of the 21st century. How the new architecture of urban transportation manifest itself is having effect in the transforming of the city’s image, urban connectivity and future development.
Public Spaces and Urban Scale Projects
Public Spaces and Urban Scale Projects_Heidi Saarinen
Public spaces and squares have become the connectors of people, services and other everyday essentials. Much is invested into surrounding location, design and amenities. Emphasis is placed on the experience and the different ways that these urban connectors have become social and cultural components in the public realm. Shopping malls and squares get updated, redesigned or rebuilt all together and new contenders spring up competing with the latest needs and services. With location important for access and adding to the existing landscape, new infrastructure will enable the continued connections not just to the squares and malls, but also between the existing city heritage through the new intersections.
Cities need public spaces and services that fulfill the demanding requirements of its residents and visitors. Essential is also the in-between activity that takes place in the city, the mall and the square. The walk between the school and the river, the journey to meet friends and the place to sit and wait in the mall whilst admiring the landscape beyond are all key factors. With less time and more demanding lifestyles, the architecture and design of new urban projects incorporate exciting and innovative details, providing us with stimulating retail and social experiences.
Japanese Urban Dwell
Traditional Modernity – Japanese Urban Dwell_Michele Stramezzi
Japanese is nowadays the only kind of Architecture which can still maintain a specific national defined spirit and character. Amongst different styles and languages of contemporary production we can always and easily read the originality of a Japanese Architecture. Minimalism is the main feature associated to Japanese style, but with a particular twist of originality and poetic lightness. A daring Architecture which seems to have found a way to be iconic and yet selfless. There is something within this way of understanding, approach and produce architecture which particularly matches the zeitgeist of our times. Beside the general appreciation Japanese Architecture earns amongst the public we had also the prestigious award of the Pritzker Prize assigned for the consecutive past two years to a Japanese Architect.
Beside the work of the Masters, there is a rich production from small scale and not yet famous Architectural offices. The scale of this production is that of the detached single family house.
Because Architecture is a synergy of designer attitude and client acceptance, the residential architecture can be considered as the most pure for representing the spirit of a place. Most of design solutions adopted by Japanese architects would probably not be accepted in other parts of the world.