New Cloudburst Collaboration
S+G, EnviDan and Colas have been awarded funding by Realdania to develop the second generation of our climate adaptation project “Vandvejen” (Waterways). The funding allows us to test new sustainable construction principles and material prototypes for our innovative urban rainwater management system. With this product we will help cities and land owners capture and retain rainwater locally, taking pressure off municipal drainage systems.
Bridge Over Busy Parkway
The first section of the new pedestrian and bicycle bridge designed by Ayers Saint Gross in collaboration with Schulze+Grassov is being installed over Forest Park Parkway in St. Louis. The 18-foot bridge will attract more than 600,000 users per year and help to connect the 68-hectare university campus with nearby university housing areas and leisure destinations. The project is part of a range to measures by Washington University in St. Louis to promote walking and cycling to campus.
Project Delivery in London
S+G have been appointed by contractor Volker Fitzpatrick to deliver the technical design and construction support for a fine-grain network of pedestrian-friendly squares, streets and lanes in London’s Design District on the Greenwich Peninsula. Our innovative shared co-working yards will shape the identity for four unique clusters of creative businesses operating out of 16 buildings designed by architects from England and Spain. Our open spaces will establish the bustling connective tissue of open spaces connecting the 1,800 creative workers and their visitors.
Princeton University Shortlist
Together with Behnisch Architekten of Boston we have been shortlisted to a major university project on the Princeton University Campus in New Jersey. The historic campus was established in 1756 and the university is rated as one of the best universities in the world today. The campus has been the home to 63 Nobel prize laureates.
Breaking Ground in the UK
The site hoarding to our Greenwich Peninsula project has gone up and construction has started on London's first purpose-built design district, complete by 2020. The site hoarding has already become a popular surface engaging the community where people stop, look, play and take photos. The artwork to the site hoarding and the adjacent street were installed to illustrations designed by HATO of London.
Greening Historic Courtyards
The sketch design for our three historic urban courtyards has gone through public consultation with local residents and is now awaiting approval from the city council. We look forward to working on the technical project and building three exemplary landscaped courtyards fit for increasing the quality of life for residents of dense urban blocks in the centre of Copenhagen.
The German coal mining company RAG has invited us to spend a day visiting one of the remaining active coal mines in Germany before they stop extracting coal by the end of 2018. The wonderful RAG team at Prosper-Haniel took us 1200m underground where we took a monorail train system right up to the face where coal is extracted. This was an unforgettable and intense experience during an emotional time for the German coal mining community that will cease all coal production by the end of 2018.
S+G Presents "The Waterway" at Realdania Event at BLOX
Klimaspring - When the rain animates the city.
Since 2013 and until the end of the campaign, Klimaspring has supported the development of seven new products and systems for climate adaptation in the city. The solutions, including the S+G project "The Waterway" all have in common that they provide a value other than 'just' to handle stormwater and cloudbursts. All solutions seek to fulfill several purposes, and "the Waterway" introduces added value to streetscapes via robust public space design.
Streets Matter Most!
Louise Grassov was invited to address the assembled Planning Department of the City of Aarhus: Our streets have enormous potential as a primary urban resource enabling people to lead a healthy, happy and active everyday life. However, today the urban street is a contested space that has to reconcile an ever-increasing number of demands. Transportation and an evolving culture of mobility recognize the need to accommodate people walking, bicycling, driving cars and using public transit. New global trends seek more and diversified urban nature to compliment traditional street trees; new storm water retention infrastructure will compliment conventional urban drainage systems. Can our streets accommodate all our needs?
Simulating Public Life
Smart Cities & Smart Buildings: Balancing People and Technology. Architect Mohammed Almahmood is appointed as a postdoctoral researcher working with Copenhagen University and S+G to employ state-of-the-art information technology to simulate public life in urban spaces. The research is carried out under a new programme funded by the Danish Innovation Fund and Realdania to further Denmark’s smart city knowledge base.
Bringing Light-Rail to DTU
Denmark’s Technical University has appointed S+G to advise on the integration of a new light-rail system including tracks, bridges and three stations serving the campus. The new network will be constructed from Ishøj til Lundtofte, connecting the 100-hectare DTU campus to the city of Lyngby and the existing transit station by 2024. The project is one of the measures taken to transform the campus into a multi-modal mobility environment with new opportunities to walk, bicycle and use public transit.
S+G Sidewalk Products
The urban sidewalk is a contested space. It hosts people in motion, people crossing, people waiting, and people lingering. Working in collaboration with Danish product designer Henning Solfeldt, S+G have developed a new family of innovative sidewalk paving and seating products. The “Holdepunkter” (Point of View) product series stems from the vision to create generic streetscape elements for all Danish cities looking to transform life on the sidewalk: new places for people to linger, new ways to strengthen urban nature and resilience, and smarter ways of securing public safety.
© Philippe Ruault
S+G design exemplar Copenhagen Courtyards
Schulze+Grassov has been appointed by the City of Copenhagen to design and refurbish three historic urban courtyards in the heart of Copenhagen. The municipality is looking to us to apply our 2017 project “Design Parameters for Copenhagen Courtyards” in three exemplar locations. The goal is to create innovative design solutions that will increase the quality of the communal spaces and lead to more people spending more time in open space. The design will also include state-of-the-art thinking on how active-rainwater-management in urban areas can help reduce pressures on municipal infrastructure systems and provide added-value through access to beautiful open spaces for residents in urban areas.
Read about our Parameters for Courtyards here
Re-humanising Public Urban Space
Monday, January 15th, S+G Urban Designer Mohammed Almahmood defended his PhD-thesis about public urban space in Riyadh. The thesis entitled “Re-humanising Public Urban Space” unfolds the influence of socio-cultural norms on the use, experience, and provision of the sidewalk in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Professor Mashary Al Naim from Imam Abdulrahman Bin Faisal University (IAU) in Saudi Arabia, Associate Professor Stefan van der Spek from TU Delft and Associate Professor Lise Herslund from the Department of Geosciences and Natural Resource Management (IGN) made up the assessment committee.
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Bring on the rain!
The Waterway has gotten off to a good start with plenty of rainwater throughout an exceptionally wet Danish summer. Local residents and professional observers praise the optimized accessibility for people with mobility problems and the aesthetic solution to dealing with rainwater management challenges. The Waterway project is supported by a grant from the Danish REALDANIA philanthropic fund to test a new way of handling large volumes of rainwater in urban areas. This project delivers added value through the provision of accessible high-quality public space inviting people to dwell and socialise in the street.
Zaryadye Park in Moscow open to the public
Zaryadye Park is the first new park to open in Moscow in 50 years! We contributed to the project with street designs to improve pedestrian access to the Moscow River and the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Kremlin and Red Square. The concept for the 13-hectare park was developed by Diller Scofidio and Renfro, Hargreaves Associates and Citymakers. Our Citymakers partners Peter Kudryavtsev and Andrej Grinev have been great patrons of the project from its inception all the way to helping the City of Moscow manage more than 35,000 visitors a day.
New research published in Anthos Magazine
S+G ethnologist Pil Kleinschmidt was recently published in Swiss landscape architecture magazine ANTHOS. Focusing on innovative approaches on “participation,” Kleinschmidt explains how S+G has used “big data” and “thick data” to help the City of Copenhagen connect the municipal administration with its citizens. The municipality used S+G’s work to inform the recently adopted vision, Co-Creating Copenhagen, which will guide the development of the capital of Denmark in the coming decade.
Design District on Greenwich Peninsula
New Design District on Greenwich Peninsula provides affordable workspace for creatives and a new cultural destination for London. We have designed the open spaces for London’s first purpose-built district designed for the creative industries. Our streets, lanes, a central square and four co-working yards will provide the connective tissue for a community of 1,800 creatives working out of 16 architect-designed buildings offering workspace at affordable rents.
Planning Better Mobility at DTU
We are thrilled to share that S+G has been selected - together with DTU Campus Facilities – to kickstart and coordinate the development of a new campus plan for Denmark’s Technical University in Lyngby. DTU’s 100 ha campus, home to a community of approximately 15.000 students, faculty and staff, is preparing for major transformations in the coming years by increasing density and implementing a new approach to mobility that will change the way people move around and spend their time on campus. In order to meet new requirements, DTU seeks to develop a campus plan that sets out a strategic mobility framework leading the DTU community towards the university's 200th anniversary in 2029.
The Parameters for Urban Courtyards has Landed
S+G has developed guidelines for urban courtyards
establishing a shared vocabulary and approach to maintaining a consistently high level of quality in urban courtyards throughout the city. The Parameters for Urban Courtyards in Copenhagen joins the Parameters for Public Spaces in the planning toolkit developed for the Municipality of Copenhagen. The guiding principle behind these manuals is to equip employees in the Copenhagen municipality with tools that ensure high quality in the development of Copenhagen's public spaces and courtyards. The parameters identify residents' wishes and municipal strategies that should be considered early in the development planning stage. Happy reading!
Modellquartier Integration - Glückauf Nachbarn
S+G have been selected to lead an inter-disciplinary team to draw up a plan for a new urban quarter in the Ruhrgebiet area of Germany. Working with the site containing the listed historic structures of the “Schachtanlage Friedrich-Heinrich” in Kamp-Lintfort we will find new answers to an old question: How can urban districts provide a blueprint for life that supports the integration of people with many different cultural backgrounds into one cohesive urban society?
New public space research published in the Journal of Urban Design
Mohammed Almahmood, Eric Scharnhorst, Trine Agervig Carstensen, Gertrud Jørgensen & Oliver Schulze (2017): Mapping the gendered city: investigating the sociocultural influence on the practice of walking and the meaning of walkscapes among young Saudi adults in Riyadh, Journal of Urban Design.
Mayor of London unveils Peninsula Place Project
We are pleased to announce our involvement in the Santiago Calatrava design for the £1-billion project of Peninsula Place near the River Thames on the Greenwich Peninsula. Schulze+Grassov have been appointed as public realm designers by developer Knight Dragon to develop public spaces serving 1.4m square foot development on top of the North Greenwich tube station.
Modern Hamlets as Alternative UK Growth Model
Working in collaboration with Maccreanor Lavington from Rotterdam we have developed concepts for a modern variant on the historic English urban settlement form of the hamlet in medieval surroundings. The client expressed a desire to preserve the rural landscape qualities found across a 300ha+ site primarily consisting of farmed land today. 40 minutes on the train North of London this development will offer an alternative to the commonplace British urban expansion model that consumes the landscape without allowing people to engage with it in a meaningful way. A share of the existing agricultural land use will be retained, whilst new eco-corridors with full public access to the iconic open landscape are established throughout the site.
Søndergade in Middelfart open to the public
In November we celebrated the official opening of Søndergade, a street designed by Schulze+Grassov in collaboration with EnviDan and Colas DK. This is the second project completion in a series of on-going street and climate adaptation projects where Schulze+Grassov are driving innovation in the design of urban streets and storm-water management systems in Denmark. Executed on behalf of Middelfart Municipality, this project is supported by grants from the Realdania Foundation under the Klimaspring climate adaptation programme.
Schulze+Grassov Pedestrian and Bicycle Bridge in the US
A new bridge designed by Ayers Saint Gross and Schulze+Grassov is part of Driving Discovery, an ambitious Arts & Sciences project, to transform teaching, research, faculty and facilities at Washington University in St. Louis. As part of an ambitious 10-year transformation plan our project will make new connections between different schools at the university and connect the existing campus with adjacent communities via a state-of-the-art bridge, designed to accommodate thousands of pedestrians and bicyclists every day.
Time-Lapse shows effect of new meeting places
In May 2016, seven new pop-up places were installed at The Technical University of Denmark (DTU). Schulze+Grassov were commissioned to lead the evaluation of the pop-up places on campus. The pop-ups are designed to encourage the use of outdoor spaces on campus to support the experience of DTU’s strong community of students, faculty and staff. We documented the transition of outdoor spaces when the Lunchbox Garden, the Pink Grandstand, the Hammock Woods and a ten meter wide blue bench were put up on campus. The result is three time-lapse videos that show the effect of the new meeting places.
New Ways for Water in Jutland
A street designed by Schulze+Grassov in collaboration with EnviDan and Colas DK has been completed on site and is now open to the public in the city of Låsby, Skanderborg. This is the first project completion in a series of ongoing construction projects where Schulze+Grassov are driving innovation in the design of urban streets and storm-water management systems in Denmark. Executed on behalf of Danish municipalities, this project is supported by grants from the Realdania Foundation under the Klimaspring climate adaptation programme.
The Best New Town in Europe?
Oliver Schulze is a member of the aspern Beirat; the design advisory board guiding the development of all building lots and public spaces in the 240ha new town Seestadt Aspern in the 22nd District of Vienna. In a sophisticated procurement and quality assurance process that is only found in a handful of major European city development projects this board is empowered to work hands on with developers and to advise the master developing agency on design proposals at key moments in the project delivery.
Photo: © DnD landschaftsplanung
Ambitious Vision for New Urban Centre in Malmö
The City of Malmö has selected Schulze+Grassov as one of three teams to draw up a development framework for the Dekanen district in the Triangeln Station area of Malmö city center. The site contains historic building fabric and sits on top of the recently completed City Tunnel rail link that connects Sweden to the Øresund Bridge and to Denmark beyond. Combining urban living with a resilient public realm framework we are shaping the long-term vision for an exemplar urban melting pot of people and places - where Malmö can connect to Europe.
New Ideas for Nørrebrogade in Copenhagen
The City of Copenhagen has commissioned Schulze+Grassov to lead the development of a new vision for one of the most iconic streets in our home city. Nørrebrogade is a high street serving the socially and ethnically most diverse urban community in Scandinavia and it also serves the whole city as an exemplar sustainable multi-modal urban corridor. Together with NORD Architects we will take stock on the current state of the street and develop a new vision for public realm interventions that will ensure that the street remains a place for all people into the future.
Leader on Innovative US Campus Mobility Survey
Working with more than 15,000 members of the Washington University in St. Louis community we are conducting an innovative study of mobility infrastructure and mobility needs. The first step in the mobility study is to understand how the community – students, faculty, and staff – move about and experience multiple campuses in St. Louis. The results of this study will inform future investments that support pedestrians, bicyclists, and other forms of mobility. At present this is the largest survey of its kind for a major research-led US university.
Grosvenor Appoints Schulze+Grassov
as Lead Landscape Architect in London
The development company of the Duke of Westminster has appointed KCA, Cottrell & Vermeulen, Schulze+Grassov and Allford Hall Monaghan Morris to bring forward designs for the former Peek Frean Biscuit Factory and former Lewisham and Southwark College sites, comprising 12 acres in the London Borough of Southwark. New homes for Bermondsey, a secondary school, shops, community facilities with Schulze+Grassov responsible for the design of all streets and public spaces.
Schulze+Grassov at RISING ARCHITECTURE WEEK 2015
Join our Rising conference session on patient capital and urban neighbourhoods at 2.15pm on 16th September. Katherine Rodgers of Grosvenor in London will be in conversation with Migge Hoffmann and Oliver Schulze discussing the role that custodian developers can play in developing great urban neighbourhoods. How can we create places where a rich and complex city life can emerge? Oliver Schulze will be presenting a development framework developed by Schulze+Grassov for Grosvenor in Bermondsey in London.
Masterplan For Olympic Sailing Competitions 2024
City of Kiel Presents Masterplan For Olympic Sailing Competitions 2024 by Behnisch Architekten and Schulze+Grassov to the German Press. Along with the Olympic applicant city of Hamburg the 1972 Olympic Centre Schilksee will be developed for the Olympic Sailing Competitions 2024 to become a comprehensively vital centre for maritime sports. Improvements to connectivity and better integration with the surrounding context will extend the offer of new attractions to local communities and visitors.
Prestigious Working Grant from Statens Kunstfond
The principal Danish state funded arts foundation has awarded Louise Grassov and Oliver Schulze a 285.000 Kroner working grant. The award recognizes artists and architects that have made exemplary contributions to their profession in order to support their continued artistic development. With construction projects on site in Denmark and the USA our young office will soon close the loop between innovative research into the complex life of streets and public spaces and realizing real places for a high quality everyday life. Streets matter most!