In 1933, the first modern steel reinforced concrete station in Taiwan – the Chia-yi Railway Station – was completed. There was no station square at that time. With the development of transport and the increasing needs of transit, a square gradually took shape after 1950, becoming the starting point of the space for the small town. Over the past 50 years, the square underwent several times of adjustments; inside of the square gets congested by various types of vehicles, becoming chaotic and lacking a sense of modern city.
CityLife is one of the largest urban regeneration projects in the recent history of Milan, based on an international competition won by a consortium that includes architects Zaha Hadid, Arata Isozaki and Daniel Libeskind as designers. After having participated with the team headed by Gustafson Porter for the site’s urban park, One Works was later asked to design the Piazza Tre Torri.
Having a similar position and function as Central Park in Manhattan, but unlike the modern box-like buildings that only create a separation between the park and the city, Chaoyang Park Plaza instead is an expansion of nature. It is an extension of the park into the city, naturalizing the CBD’s strong artificial skyline, borrowing scenery from a distant landscape – a classical approach to Chinese garden architecture, where nature and architecture blend into one another.
A table made from flexible concrete cloth, a garment that could allow humans to breathe underwater and tableware made from food waste are among 171 design projects that made the longlist for the inaugural Dezeen Awards. There were more than 3,500 entries for the first edition of our new awards programme, across architecture, interiors and design.
Amphibio, by Jun Kamei
The design studio behind the Fitbit has revealed its latest wearable product – a device that aims to prevent rape by increasing users’ awareness around consent. New Deal Design’s Buzz wearable is a sensor-enhanced bracelet that monitors a person’s capacity to consent, and shares that information with their date or friends. To design the product, the studio worked with specialist Jennifer Lang, a gynaecologist with a background in assisting victims of sexual assault, and her business partner Robert Kramer.
Mattress startup Casper has opened a space where New Yorkers can relax and refresh, and even sleep for a short while in tubular wooden pods. Located in Manhattan’s Soho neighbourhood, adjoining Casper’s main retail shop that opened earlier this year, The Dreamery was designed by the brand’s in-house team in collaboration with architecture firm Hollwich Kushner. It was created as a place for visitors to rest and freshen up, “bringing better sleep to more people and to more places,” according to the brand.