In today's world we face artificial things much more often than natural. Daily life of our 21st century modern society has become "artificial". Almost every element that makes our contemporary world contains evidence of human presence and willingness to adjust, adapt, subordinate and organize. With the...
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Star Cluster designed by Petro Sottomayor in Lisbon, Portugal © FG + SG
The Lisbon City Hall decided to spend less in the city Christmas lights this year but make the same this a unique moment.Together with MUDE – Museum of Design and Fashion - invited 25 artists, architects and designers to create light sculptures to mark Christmas in Lisbon, and from...
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PIC Pavilion designed by Cadaval & Solà-Morales at Robert Palace, Barcelona, Spain © Sandra Pereznieto
As part of the celebrations of the 25th anniversary of the International Prize of Catalonia, the PIC Pavilion was conceived as a visual catalog of the various stakeholders involved in its long history. The original request, due to reasons of schedule and budget, was to design an exhibition at...
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Jardin de mi Hospi 'La Paz' designed by A-cero in collaboration with Juegaterapia at Hospital Universitario Materno Infantil La Paz in Madrid, Spain
'El jardín de mi Hospi' is one of the most special projects carried out by the study in close collaboration with the NGO Juegaterapia. This charity project has been ​​possible thanks to the collaboration of several companies and donations from organizations and thousands of anonymous people. Studio A-cero has...
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Keelung Port designed by Guallart Architects and Maria Diaz in Keelung City, Taiwan
Keelung Port (海洋廣場 'Ocean Plaza') designed by Guallart Architects and Maria Diaz in collaboration with local firm J.M.Lin The Observer Design Group. Keelung is the port of Taipei, the capital of the island country of Taiwan. Located 30 km to the north of the capital, it...
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Lisbon Falls Installation at Fonte Luminosa designed by Marcelo Dantas in Lisbon, Portugal
The structure at Lisbon Falls designed by Marcelo Dantas is presented as an idea of trespassing or transition to another reality. For the rediscovery of a known place, now experienced in a more complete way, covering all the senses of our body, in an experience that is meant to...
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Promenada designed by ENOTA in Velenje, Slovenia © Miran Kambič
The Velenje Promenada designed by ENOTA is an important city space and a vital city thoroughfare. It is one of the central axes of the center of Velenje, a young town designed in the 1950s, based on the Modernist ideal of the garden city; as such, it is unique...
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Digital Break designed by Mathieu Lehanneur in Paris, France © Felipe Ribon
JCDecaux and Mathieu Lehanneur won the call for projects by the Mairie de Paris devoted to intelligent furniture with Escale Numérique or 'Digital Break', a connected haven of peace available to everyone. Set up on the Rond Point des Champs-Elysées, Escale Numérique is a revival of the underground fiber...
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Joseph-Venne Plaza designed by NIPpaysage in Montreal, Canada
Joseph-Venne is new public plaza designed by NIPpaysage - located on Ontario Street, Montreal - as part of the major revitalization project of the Sainte-Marie neighborhood. The plaza acts as the forecourt for a CSDM building (Centre Gedeon-Ouimet) and establishes a connection with the adjacent JTI-MacDonald Corp building. ...
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Giant Lampshades by Lightemotion Create Spectacular Urban Lighting in Quebec City, Canada © Patrick Mevel
Giant Lampshades Create Spectacular Urban Lighting in Quebec City. Currently on Cartier Avenue, 34 giant backlit lampshades, decorated with selected works by Alfred Pellan and Fernand Leduc from the Musée National des Beaux-Arts du Québec, are hanging over the street. The installation is an original concept by Lightemotion, the...
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C-mine Square designed by HOSPER in Genk, Belgium - photographer Pieter Kers
Space for the Spectacular! The C-mine square is situated on the grounds of a former coaling mine and is the central open area of the new cultural heart of Genk. The former mine buildings around the square have been renovated and were transformed into buildings with...
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Bird's Eye View / Grand Canal Square designed by Martha Schwartz Partners in Dublin, Ireland © MSP
Ideas for any project at Martha Schwartz Partners begin with a look into the history of the area. Free form ideas are generated around the table and then narrowed down to 4 or 5 concepts. Inspiration for Grand Canal Square came from the existing landscape and the theater by...
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The Canadian Firefighters Memorial designed by PLANT Architect Inc. in Ottawa, Canada © Steven Evans
The Canadian Firefighters Memorial is located at the site of the capital's devastating fire of 1900. This urban-planning memorial ensemble was collaboratively designed by PLANT Architect Inc. and Canadian visual artist and novelist Douglas Coupland. The team won the national competition hosted by the Canadian Fallen Firefighters Foundation (CFFF)...
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Ricard Viñes Square designed by Enric Miralles - Benedetta Tagliabue (EMBT) in Lleida, Spain © Elena Valles
The large green open spaces that surround the Seu Vella Cathedral and dominate the whole city are the most beautiful public areas in Lleida, and are what we chose as our reference point. The designs for the new Ricard Viñes Square must possess some of this beauty. The focus...
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MoCA Minimal Relaxation Installation designed by Synthesis Design and Architecture + USC AAC Students in Shanghai, China
For MoCA Shanghai's exhibition MoCA Mock-ups: The Architecture of Spatial Art, USC American Academy of China (AAC) Summer Studio 2012 spent six weeks designing, fabricating and constructing 'Minimal Relaxation', a parametric canopy and undulating, LED-lit landscape that creates prime skyline viewing locations on the museum's rooftop terrace. The challenge...
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Memorial Bridge designed by Studio 3LHD in Rijeka, Croatia © 3LHD
The Memorial Bridge designed by Studio 3LHD is a spatial intervention and an urban public object, a construction with tactile properties and a symbolic object. It is a pedestrian bridge that embodies the utilitarian function and a memory of the Croatian War of Independence veterans, a place of memory...
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Fengming Mountain Park design by Martha Schwartz Partners in Chongqing, China © Terrence Zhang
Fengming Mountain Park designed by Martha Schwartz Partners is set on a 16,000 m2 site, located in the growing Shapingba District of Chongqing, China. The site extends south to the old housing quarter, north to the Huayu City Project, west to Shangqiao Road and east to Fengxi Road, which...
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Fish Market Square / Fisketorget Plaza designed by Thorbjörn Andersson & Sweco Architects in Karlskorna, Sweden
Karlskrona is an old town, located in southern Sweden and founded by King Carolus XI in the 17th century. It sits on islands and is surrounded by a rich archipelago. This was also once the reason to place this naval city here. Karlskrona literally means 'Crown of Carolus' and...
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Kalvebrod Waves 'Kalvebod Brygge' designed by JDS + KLAR in Copenhagen, Denmark  © SB/Shapedscape
Kalvebod Brygge designed by JDS + KLAR is situated opposite the well established Copenhagen summer hang out, Islands Brygge. Kalvebod Brygge has the potential to be Islands Brygge more urban counterpart but has, until now, been synonymous with a desolated office address devoid of life and public activities. ...
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Solberg Tower and Rest Area designed by Saunders Arkitektur in Sarpsborg, Norway © Bent Rene Synnevaag
Sarpsborg is a green, flat and calm piece of South Norway and a traditional stopover for travelers on the route to and from Sweden. In 2004, the Norwegian Highway Department together with the Regional Government approached Saunders for a new project in the area; uniquely however, without having predetermined...
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Vanke Center designed by Martha Schwartz Partners in Shenzhen, China
Vanke Center 'the horizontal skyscraper', a mixed use building in Shenzhen by the largest real estate developer in China is as long as the Empire State Building is tall. It includes apartments, offices and a hotel, with a conference center, spa and car park below ground level. ...
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Hyllie Plaza designed by Landscape Architect Thorbjörn Andersson and Sweco Architects in Malmo, Sweden
No tree is more characteristic of Scania, Sweden's southernmost province, than the beech — and no other species bears such a strong association with its home region. The horizontal branch structure that supports its canopy, paired with the equally horizontal orientation of its leaves, produces a quality that is...
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Reconstruction of the Square in Frýdlant designed by Vladimir Balda and Atak Architekti in Czech Republic
The main idea behind the design of the reconstructed square in Frýdlant was to create an open, unobstructed public space – a square that allows residents and visitors to enjoy all types of activities. The use of three types of paving tiles, two types of stone...
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Beiqijia Technology Business District designed by Martha Schwartz Partners in Beijing, China
The project designed by Martha Schwartz Partners is located in Changping district, Beijing, and belongs to the Beijing Technology Business District and is the first phase of the overall master plan development. The landscape site area is approximately 60,000 sqm. The site is a mixed use development, including residential,...
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Maria Theresien Straße designed by AllesWirdGut in Innsbruck, Austria
After five years' planning and construction, the car-free zone of Maria-Theresien-Straße designed by AllesWirdGut in Innsbruck, Austria is now completed and was opened to the public with a street party on Saturday, August 6, 2011. Converted into a pedestrian zone, the northern section of the street...
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LUX City Square designed by AllesWirdGut in Esch-sur-Alzette, Luxembourg
The closed-down steelworks Belval Ouest in Esch-sur-Alzette, Luxembourg are to be converted into a new city extension. The 'steel court', a former working yard with train-viaducts crossing it for delivering ore and coke is going to be one of its main public squares. The elongated square...
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Angela Nikoletti Square designed by Roland Baldi Architects in Bolzano, Italy © Oskar Da Riz
Angela Nikoletti is a new public square designed by Roland Baldi Architekt. The square gives access to the different structures of the district center and the adjacent urban park. It also acts as a meeting ground for the residents and offers people a space for outdoor events. ...
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Darling Quarter: water play elements including water jets
Darling Quarter designed by ASPECT Studios in Sydney’s Darling Harbour is one of Australia’s most visited destinations. Commissioned for a government body, this major 1.5 hectare place-making project for Sydney includes new public parks, two 6-star commercial buildings with a new...
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Swing Time 'adult playground' designed by Höweler + Yoon Architecture
Swing Time is a highly anticipated interactive lighting-enabled swing-set from award-winning architects Eric Höweler and J. Meejin Yoon of Höweler + Yoon Architecture. Based in Boston, Höweler + Yoon Architecture was commissioned to create a piece that interacts with the larger public and reflects the playful nature and purpose...
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Erie Street Plaza designed by Stoss in Milwaukee, WI, United States
Milwaukee's new waterfront plaza is the result of an international design competition won by Stoss. The proposal is for a flexible social space that can accommodate large gatherings and day-to-day activities, built on sustainable design principles. It is one of a series of public space activators along the Milwaukee...
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