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Ecosistema Urbano wins West Palm Beach Design Competition!


Autor: Ecosistema Urbano

Client: West Palm Beach Community Redevelopment Agency  and Van Alen Institute
Date: 2016 / 2017
Status: First Prize – Ongoing

Ecosistema Urbano wins West Palm Beach Design Competition!

Program: urban design project reimagining downtown West Palm Beach as a dynamic, resilient waterfront city.
Scope: Urban reactivation strategy addressing to the waterfront, the Banyan building and alleyways in the framework of Shore to Core international competition.

Open Shore project considers West Palm Beach as a balanced and connected human ecosystem in which the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. Challenges are addressed and opportunities are developed in each of the specific proposals and, in the greater picture, the relation and integration between each new proposal and the existing city is carefully considered. This project imagines the future West Palm Beach as a dynamic and inclusive downtown where activities and spaces are closely interwoven, providing access to a new urban waterscape, enhancing the city’s connection to the lagoon and bringing infinite possibilities of urban culture, economic development and leisure. In this vision, the waterfront plays a key role as the most representative and attractive space, and the Banyan Hub becomes a forward-thinking epicenter for urban reactivation.

The new waterfront hosts a wide array of outdoor activities and public spaces that enhance the urban experience and multiply the possibilities of interaction with the water. The project takes into consideration the needs of youth and elders alike in order to make a positive impact on the city as a whole and create a healthier living environment for all residents and visitors. The ecological and resilient design proposed here allows people to enjoy a more comfortable environment all year round: by coordinating natural elements and bioclimatic devices, each space will be characterized by a specific microclimate matched to the activities that will take place there. This will also help reconnect people to nature and to the uniqueness of the Lake Worth Lagoon. This climatic comfort and range of activities will foster social interaction, making the downtown more active and appealing.



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