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    Avon River Park Terraces + City Promenade - LandLAB

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    Avon River Park Terraces + City Promenade - LandLAB

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    Taif Master plan - Ministry of Housing

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    Apple Piazza Liberty - Foster + Partners

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    Vaughans Stream Corridor Wetlands + Bridge - LandLAB

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    Vaughans Stream Corridor Wetlands + Bridge - LandLAB

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Urbanisation: creating dynamic spaces

Emilia Nuzzaci
12 Aug 2019

Through comprehensive planning, these entries demonstrate how civilisation and sparse landscapes can be compatible, and work to create a multi-functional urban space.

The Taif Master plan - Ministry of Housing has been crafted along the Natural Rocky Park reserves, incorporating these natural features into the Open Space and Amenities network throughout the site. The program distribution has been significantly informed by the natural surroundings, as well as the major roads network compliant with MOMRA Regulation. The number of apartments and commercial areas have been developed, providing a sense of urbanisation, social interaction and tourism in an originally sparse area.

Apple Piazza Liberty – Foster + Partners highlights how something as simple as water feature can help celebrate the joys of city life. Apple Piazza Liberty is an ensemble of two fundamental elements; a stepped plaza and an interactive, multi sensory fountain. Located just off the Corso Vittorio Emanuele - one of the most popular pedestrian streets in Milan, visitors are drawn towards the piazza by the sight of the dramatic new fountain,which focuses on uniting the people of Milan, and the streets they walk on. 

The Vaughan's Stream Corridor Wetlands + Bridge – LandLAB is an infrastructural park that provides the signature landscape experiences for a site that encompasses a new town. The design stitches together the ecological restoration of an existing stream corridor with new stormwater and social infrastructure programs into a contemporary coastal parkland network. A fundamental principle underlying all decisions was to build a new urban environment that struck the right balance between an efficient use of land, whilst maintaining and enhancing the natural environment.

The design for the revitalisation of Christchurch's city centre, Avon River Park Terraces + City Promenade - LandLAB, transforms Oxford Terrace from a conventional street into a shared use zone, which prioritises pedestrian access, occupation and the integration of a new tram circuit. The project enhances access to the water and brings the spirit and ecology of the river (fluid) into a dialogue with the city (grid). The new promenade layers and thickens the edge of the city to catalyse new opportunities for access and occupation.

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