Pre-Expo Milan inaugurates 17 thousand square metres at Portello; New York opens micro-plazas: a new architectural concept of the plaza is breaking down differences and going beyond fads and new technologies. The city square, plaza or piazza measures the democracy of a community, and is not just a passageway but a vital link holding together the urban and social fabric of the city.
Following construction of Cocheras underground station in Seville, Agencia de Obra Pública de la Junta de Andalucía appointed architects Costa-Fierros to come up with a masterplan for redevelopment of the whole area. With its ceramic, limestone and granite pavement, the new Music Park becomes a big plaza linking two residential neighbourhoods.
Inaugurated on June 25 2011, Cité de l’Océan et du Surf was built around the symbols of the sea and sports that make Biarritz the top tourist destination in Basque France. Competition winner Steven Holl uses the shape of the coastline as his starting point for creation of an underground museum, the roof of which becomes a plaza from which to admire the ocean.
The design by Olson Kundig Architects for Bellevue Botanical Garden includes important improvements to the park, a new visitor centre and renovation of a mid-twentieth century building by architect Paul Kirk.
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