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I’On, Charleston South Carolina by DPZ & Dover Kohl

I’On is a 243-acre infill project located east of Charleston, South Carolina, in the town of Mount Pleasant. The site is bordered by the marshy edge of the Hobcaw Creek to the north, residential subdivisions to the east and west, and the rural thoroughfare of Mathis Ferry Road to the south, which connects to the major commercial strip along US Highway 17. The center of the property features a wetland corridor along Molasses Creek, three manmade lakes, and a historic graveyard with a monument to local hero Jacob Bond I’On.

The Master Plan for I’On allocates four neighborhood centers, with the one closest to Mathis Ferry Road being the village center. This commercial hub for the community occurs along a mixed-use main street that partially winds around a central square, the northernmost center of which is located at the edge of Hobcaw Creek and includes a community dock, boat landing, and meeting hall. Sites for civic buildings such as churches and schools have been reserved throughout the plan at key focal points.

The three lakes are each developed in a manner that enhances their existing character. The smallest, named the Rookery, retains its natural state as a sanctuary for herons, egrets, and other wildlife. The largest, East Lake, is surrounded with porch houses nestled within the trees that currently border the shore. West Lake, which has the most angular shape, is the most urban of the three with rowhouses and pedestrian promenades built along its edge.

The homes and their materials are based on traditional Low Country architecture from the Charleston and Mount Pleasant regions. House types reinforce the street character, which gradually varies from neighborhood center to edge. Rowhouses and single houses are located in the more urban central areas, while a variety of porch houses are distributed throughout rural and marshfront edges.

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City Layouts: San Francisco | Luis Dilger

- Topography, architecture and traffic routes give every city a unique structure. These conditions create the typical and individual inner structure of a city. I didn’t only want to show these structures in the conventional way from above, but also including the exact three-dimensionality of topography and buildings - a real world visualisation. Google’s OpenStreetMap data enabled me to visualize the satellite-based information using DEM Earth in Cinema 4D. The results are some extraordinary views of large capitals and small towns. Series of gallery quality art prints for sale on Society6.

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Village of Providence, Huntsville, Alabama by DPZ

As a national leader in aeronautics, Huntsville experienced a great surge of growth in the second half of the twentieth century. However, that growth came in the form of suburban-style development, with housing subdivisions, office parks, and shopping centers — a model that is increasingly unable to deliver the quality of life desired by residents. As the first traditional neighborhood development to be built in the city in half a century, the Village of Providence seeks to reverse the trend of anonymous suburbia and bring back vibrant, pedestrian-friendly communities. 

The Village is ideally located just north of a large employment center (Cummings Research Park) and within an easy drive of downtown Huntsville. The 275-acre site is crossed by two attractive waterways, Indian Creek and Dry Creek, whose floodplains form a natural greenway through the plan. The plan takes advantage of other natural features, highlighting the dramatic bluff overlooking Indian Creek and terminating streets on the greenways. A mixed-use town center is located around a short stretch of Indian Creek Road, which forms the main street of the village. It is planned for approximately 80,000 sf of retail, 180,000 sf of commercial/office space, a hotel with a wellness center, a mid-size cinema, and a waterfront restaurant. One or two stories of apartments or offices are located above ground-floor shops. A full range of housing types is included in the plan, with the highest density types placed closest to the town center. Smaller, neighborhood-scaled centers are distributed throughout the plan so that all residents are within a 5-minute walk of a community gathering place as well as retail and entertainment opportunities. Last but not least, a new K-8 public school and an expanded church are prominently located in the master plan.

Basic Urban Math. Congestion Busting Copenhagen Style. 

Via @copenhagenize.

A real life enactment of the classic ‘waste of space’ urban planning poster from Münster in Germany from the 1990s.

(Additionally, I do like the symbolism of the 'critical mass’ of cyclists in multiple colours, shapes and styles almost swallowing up the pretty nondescript black car to the right of the picture….)

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Airport in Berlin becomes public space. For almost 100 years, the former Tempelhof Airport was excluded from the layout of the growing city of Berlin. Although it symbolised the connection of people and cities, the airport itself cut off the adjoining neighbourhoods of Neukölln, Kreuzberg and Tempelhof from each other. This has changed since the opening up of the airport grounds to the public in May 2010. The former airport building, the emerging park landscape and the building areas at the edges of the former airfield merge to form a giant public space. Current planning at the site focuses on social, cultural and economic diversity.  In order to be able to transform Tempelhofer Freiheit into a future-oriented component in Berlin’s inner city, it is necessary to pay need to a wide array of existing conditions, expectations and requirements in the overall urban community.