02 June 2020



Architects Mia Lehrer + Associates (MLA) with partners OMA and IDEO has been selected by the City of Los Angeles to design a new public park at First and Broadway in downtown. The development will be known as “FAB Park,” and will connect into the existing Grand Park and in turn convert the area into an important civic space. For solace from the hot California sun, the park will feature native oak and sycamore trees alongside an array of OMA-designed sculptural shade canopies. Under the canopies, shaded outdoor rooms will give park-goers a space for small group gatherings, food fairs, art installations, and other community events. It hopes to serve as a meeting point for civil servants, journalists, arts patrons and DTLA residents. The restaurant of the project would be a dynamic building that facilitates two distinct levels of service: quick and casual on the ground, refined and elegant above. Each level activates diverse experiences ranging from café to test kitchen to amphitheater seating. Adding to the park design will be user-experience elements by innovation firm IDEO and a curation of art by Marc Pally. Holistic sustainability and native planting strategies to strive for a “net-zero” have been applied by the designers.  The 1.96 acre site was purchased by the City Parks and Recreation Department as a part of the city’s “50 Parks Initiative”. It is scheduled to open in 2019.




Leeds by the end of this year will have a trendy new breeze to those in need of shopping therapy at the site, formerly known as the Harewood and Eastgate quarters and will total an impressive 42,000 sq m. Named the Victoria Gate Center, the £165 million project designed by London-based Acme Architects and developed by retail specialists Hammerson will provide the northern city with a variety of luxurious retail units, lounges, restaurants, cafes and leisure spaces, all contained within the elegantly designed two-street wide arcade. The team aims to achieve this through a series of initiatives, such as natural ventilation, integration of solar panels and by providing each of the centre’s tenants with a sustainability guide.Terracotta has been used in the plinths framing the storefronts on Eastgate and George Street, and the remainder of the centre’s shop fronts have been constructed from a glazed black ceramic and curved glass to harmonize with the surrounding area’s traditional Victorian aesthetic. An ornamental roof with feature lighting provides plenty of light to the upper level of the arcade, which houses the centre’s restaurants and leisure areas. Designed to pay homage to the surrounding area's heritage and Leeds’ 19th and 20th century historic arcades the building’s striking geometric façade was inspired from patterns found within Leeds’ rich textile history, while red clay bricks at the structure’s upper levels produce a playful three-dimensional effect.


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