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Microsoft begins demolishing buildings in Redmond campus remodel

Microsoft on Tuesday said that it's begun demolishing buildings as part of a revamp of its headquarters in Redmond, Wash.

Amazon, Apple and other technology companies have been expanding geographically. Microsoft, which ceded the title of most valuable public company to Amazon earlier this week, is taking a different route, seeking to make the most of the property it already owns.

All four of the X-shaped buildings Microsoft erected to handle its relocation to Redmond from nearby Bellevue in February 1986 are being torn down, although Lake Bill, named for Microsoft cofounder and former CEO Bill Gates, will remain. Altogether, Microsoft is tearing down a dozen buildings in the refresh. When the project is done in 2022, there will be 18 new buildings, along with open space, a "fitness loop" and a boardwalk.

In recent months employees and interested outsiders have been able to explore a virtual version of the redesigned campus in recent months in "Minecraft." That hasn't stopped some people from reminiscing about the structures that are going away.

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Official Microsoft Blog

Microsoft Redmond Campus Refresh - Investing To Grow Right Here At Home

At a time when space is at a premium and many companies are looking for room to grow, we recognize that our 500-acre campus in Redmond, Washington, is a unique asset. Neighboring a vibrant urban core, suburban towns, lakes, mountains and miles of forest, it’s one of Microsoft’s crown jewels. And as we continue to grow and look to create the best workplace in the tech sector, Microsoft will invest right here in Redmond, our home for more than 30 years.

Next fall, we will break ground on a multi-year campus refresh project that will include 17* new buildings, 6.7 million square feet of renovated workspace, $150 million in transportation infrastructure improvements, public spaces, sports fields and green space. Today Microsoft has 125 buildings in the Puget Sound region. When this project is complete, our main campus will be comprised of 131 buildings — including the equivalent of 180 football fields of new and renovated space — of modern workspace for the 47,000 employees who work here every day, plus room to expand operations and add up to 8,000 more people.


ConsumersNext: A Business Park Reimagined

The Consumers Road Business Park is the largest employment area outside of downtown Toronto.

While city planners poured their hearts into creating a more livable community they didn’t stop at the realm of civil engineering. Another recommended initiative in the plan was the formation of a local business association or Business Improvement Area (BIA). This would help create a more connected business community. 

A new Business Association for the Consumers Road Business Park is being led by Edwin Chan and Joe Guzzi of Dillon Consulting who are the Chairs of the Steering Committee.

An artist’s rendering of a publicly accessible, restaurant and retail uses at Consumers Road Main and Victoria Park Ave. (City of Toronto, DTHA) A major benefit of the project is having more retails space for people to enjoy. Workers currently don’t have much variety when it comes to restaurants and cafes. Although some new restaurants have started opening up with the arrival of two new flagship car dealerships. The access to shopping and other services is even more limited so the retail space will be a big improvement.

An artist’s rendering of a publicly accessible, restaurant and retail uses at Consumers Road Main and Victoria Park Ave. (City of Toronto, DTHA) A major benefit of the project is having more retails space for people to enjoy. Workers currently don’t have much variety when it comes to restaurants and cafes. Although some new restaurants have started opening up with the arrival of two new flagship car dealerships. The access to shopping and other services is even more limited so the retail space will be a big improvement.


89.3 KPCC

New LA River plan would leverage public land to increase housing, green space

Multinational construction firm AECOM on Wednesday rolled out a revitalization plan for hundreds of acres of land alongside the downtown section of the Los Angeles River. 

The company says it did the research at no charge and with no formal client because it wants to guide the development of under-used, sometimes polluted industrial land along the river and improve the quality of life for current and future residents.

AECOM, a multinational construction and engineering company, released its plan for remaking hundreds of acres of land alongside the Los Angeles River through downtown. The view is from the Piggyback Yard, a 120-acre active rail yard the company would like remake with cleaner trains and a smaller footprint leaving green space for the public AECOM

AECOM, a multinational construction and engineering company, released its plan for remaking hundreds of acres of land alongside the Los Angeles River through downtown. The view is from the Piggyback Yard, a 120-acre active rail yard the company would like remake with cleaner trains and a smaller footprint leaving green space for the public AECOM


Curbed Los Angeles

Will the LA River through Downtown ever look like this?

Splashy new renderings show what a greened-up LA River—surrounded by parks, jacaranda trees, restored marshlands, and new high-rises and mixed-use development—might look like decades from now.

The renderings were released this week by AECOM, a giant Los Angeles based engineering, engineering, design, and consulting firm, and they zero in a four-mile stretch of the river from about the southern edge of the Arts District to just north of Dodger Stadium.

The illustrations are packaged with recommendations for how public agencies, such as the city, county, and Metro, could partner with nonprofits and businesses to raise money to implement the changes.

The illustrations are packaged with recommendations for how public agencies, such as the city, county, and Metro, could partner with nonprofits and businesses to raise money to implement the changes.


Los Angeles Business Journal

Aecom Presents Plan for Redeveloping L.A. River Downtown

The presentation came at the end of a year-long process that involved discussions with the city of Los Angeles and Metro, which owns the riverfront properties, according to Aecom executives. They said redevelopment efforts in the area would take place over decades and would involve public and private partnerships.

While the company does not have clients involved in riverfront development, officials said it aimed to be a “thought leader” when development takes place in the future. Aecom hopes to compete for related projects when they arise, said Nancy Michali, an associate vice president for Aecom.

Citing the roughly 8 million square feet of entitled development area surrounding the river and developable parcels, she said, “Put those together and you have incredible opportunities to locate much needed housing and jobs in an area where it’s welcomed and has minimal impacts on existing communities.”

Citing the roughly 8 million square feet of entitled development area surrounding the river and developable parcels, she said, “Put those together and you have incredible opportunities to locate much needed housing and jobs in an area where it’s welcomed and has minimal impacts on existing communities.”


Hong Kong Planning Department

Urban Design Study for the Wan Chai North and North Point Harbourfront Area

The Wan Chai North and North Point harbourfront is a valuable stretch of reclaimed land centrally located in the Victoria Harbour, presenting a unique opportunity to ‘re-connect’ people to the waterfront. The reclamation and construction works are set for gradual completion from 2017 onwards. To get prepared for realizing an attractive, connected, vibrant and sustainable new harbourfront for public enjoyment, the Planning Department commissioned the “Urban Design Study for the Wan Chai North and North Point Harbourfront Areas” (the Study) in January 2015, to guide the detailed planning and design for this area.

Taking into account public views, we have refined the Urban Design Framework, formulated the Harbourfront Enhancement Proposals and prepared the Master Layout Plan for the Stage 2 Public Engagement.


uia - International Union of Architects

International competition for Horse Park in Yeongcheon, Korea

"Lets Run Park Yeongcheon," a theme park about horses and racetrack, will be developed on a 1,474,883-m2 site and is intended to become a local attraction that will benefit the local economy. It will improve the overall image of horse racing and contribute to the horse industry, in addition to becoming exemplary model for theme park development.

The jury of seven members, three Koreans and 4 international design professionals, met from 24 to 25 February 2016 in Yeongcheon. Swiss Architect Stefan Rotzier and Australian architect and UIA Council Member Peter Mould presented the UIA.

Honourable Mention 2: Nomadic Adventure World | SIX RACE   AECOM Asia Company Limited (Hong Kong); Yooshin Engineering Corporation (Republic of Korea); JUNGLIM ARCHITECTURE (Republic of Korea); Hanul Choongjung (Republic of Korea)

Honourable Mention 2: Nomadic Adventure World | SIX RACE

AECOM Asia Company Limited (Hong Kong); Yooshin Engineering Corporation (Republic of Korea); JUNGLIM ARCHITECTURE (Republic of Korea); Hanul Choongjung (Republic of Korea)


World Architecture Community

Yeongcheon Horse Park In Korea Winners Announced

"Lets Run Park Yeongcheon," a theme park about horses and racetrack, will be developed on a 1,474,883-m2 site and is intended to become a local attraction that will benefit the local economy. It will improve the overall image of horse racing and contribute to the horse industry, in addition to becoming exemplary model for theme park development.

The jury of seven members, three Koreans and 4 international design professionals, met from 24 to 25 February 2016 in Yeongcheon. Swiss Architect Stefan Rotzler represented the UIA. Australian architect and UIA Council Member, Peter Mould, acted alongside a legal representative as an official witness to the jury proceedings. 

The jury awarded three prizes and eight honourable mentions for projects that successfully integrated the themes of horses and nature with the local history and culture.

Honourable Mention 2: Nomadic Adventure World | SIX RACE   AECOM Asia Company Limited (Hong Kong); Yooshin Engineering Corporation (Republic of Korea); JUNGLIM ARCHITECTURE (Republic of Korea); Hanul Choongjung (Republic of Korea)

Honourable Mention 2: Nomadic Adventure World | SIX RACE

AECOM Asia Company Limited (Hong Kong); Yooshin Engineering Corporation (Republic of Korea); JUNGLIM ARCHITECTURE (Republic of Korea); Hanul Choongjung (Republic of Korea)


University of Hong Kong Masters Publication

Factory towns of South China: An Illustrated Guidebook

"Factory Towns of South China, edited by Stefan Al, contributes a visual and cross-disciplinary approach to understanding the rapid urbanization and industrialization of South China."
- The China Journal

"In Factory Towns of South China, editor Stefan Al provides an in-depth guide to the changed and changing landscape of the PRD, adding all-important detail to what many experience only through media sound bites."
- Architectural Record

"This imaginative guide examines the nuts and bolts behind an astonishing economic story"
- Time Out Hong Kong

“Factory Towns of South China shows us both an academic perspective and an emotional one with harsh stories and pictures about the life as a Chinese factory worker — what they eat and wear, but also how they are dealing with daily suicides and strikes. A one-of-a-kind must-read.”
- The Pop Up City

Editor: Stefan Al Hong Kong University Press, 2012

Editor: Stefan Al
Hong Kong University Press, 2012