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    Guangzhou Shipyard Master Plan - SPARK

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    Guangzhou Shipyard Master Plan - SPARK

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    Bao’an Central District Park - Laguarda.Low Architects

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    The Unilever Precinct Plan and East Harbour Master Plan - City of Toronto / First Gulf

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    Re-Live Downtown Pine Bluff - University of Arkansas Community Design Center

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    Re-Live Downtown Pine Bluff - University of Arkansas Community Design Center

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Urban designs giving communities a new lease of life

Emilia Nuzzaci
12 Aug 2019

By providing investment opportunities and bringing local areas to life, these entries all strive for economic growth through innovative urban designs.

Bao’an Central District Park - Laguarda.Low Architects, Qianhai Bay, Shenzhen, is a 43-hectare urban community, with a goal of activating a 1.2 kilometre stretch of waterfront into a growing cultural district. By integrating nature, culture, and commerce into a single cohesive environment, Bao’an Central District Park strives to plant the seeds for a commercially viable program. Conveniently accessed by public transportation, Bao’an will be an important public destination and catalyst for further economic development in the district.

For every American downtown undergoing gentrification, ten are shrinking, Re-Live Downtown Pine Bluff - University of Arkansas Community Design Center is a revitalization plan for America’s second-fastest shrinking city. With the aim of stimulating a phase of re-investment through new start-up neighbourhoods, The Framework Plan targets public-sector led development in a designated core to stimulate subsequent market investment within Pine Bluff. Through investment and a ‘housing-first’ policy, this project aims to improve the quality of the economy as well as life for its residents. 

The Unilever Precinct Plan and East Harbour Master Plan - City of Toronto / First Gulf works to establish a regionally significant  growth in employment within its citizens; one that is supported by a planned generational investment in infrastructure. Designed as an office and commercial precinct, the master plan is not based on elaborate geometries or pattern-making that looks visually interesting from 1,000 feet in the air. This plan is noteworthy, however, for how it introduces to the City of Toronto a new contemporary commercial precinct which is fully integrated within the city and is inspired by its industrial heritage landscape.

The masterplan of Guangzhou Shipyard Master Plan - SPARK; a 56-hectare site in the Liwan District of Guangzhou, involves transforming it into a dynamic and vibrant mixed-use waterfront destination. The design scheme is founded on the pragmatic principles of good connectivity, density and quality public spaces supported by a rich palette of activities. These will transform Guangzhou Shipyard into a destination for commerce, entertainment and contemporary living.

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