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Two Sasaki Projects Win 2021 PLAN Awards; Four Other Projects Shortlisted

Six Sasaki projects were honored by the international design magazine, THE PLAN, in their annual awards program. Among them, Luohu Public Realm Revitalization and Praderas New Community won PLAN Awards. The global projects range from campus architecture to public realm revitalization and dynamic office design.

Learn more about the honorees.

Luohu Public Realm Revitalization was a winner in the Public Space Category – Future. After 40 years of development, Shenzhen’s Luohu District – the initial gateway connecting Hong Kong and mainland China – is long due for revitalization. This project aims to systematically improve the public realm and urban structure of Luohu, aligning its urban regeneration efforts with its positioning as the commercial center of Shenzhen, China’s first special economic zone. Read more on THE PLAN.

Praderas New Community was a winner in the Urban Planning Category – Completed. Praderas strives to create a new paradigm in urban development in Chile and Latin America. While new communities in the region are typically single-use, gated and socially segregated, Praderas establishes a new model of integrated living. The larger natural setting of the site, combined with strategies around sustainable infrastructure, responds to air flow, sunlight and water conservation all support a healthy built environment. Read more on THE PLAN.

Akamai Technologies Global Headquarters was shortlisted in the Office & Business Category – Completed. Akamai Technologies’ new global headquarters uses dynamic connective design, strategic organization of program, and bold material palettes to challenge the preconceptions of what an office should be and deliver a workplace where ideation, creativity, and innovation thrive. Read more on THE PLAN.

The Lawrenceville School Gruss Center for Art and Design was shortlisted in the Education Category – Completed. The Gruss Center for Art and Design (GCAD) is a new 21st century student learning center and makerspace at The Lawrenceville School that bridges museum space and the school’s visual arts studios. The addition responds to this new campus typology with an enclosure of simple, neutral materials that allow for transparency and student engagement with the activities happening inside. This building represents a counterpoint to the brick tradition of the campus. It offers visibility and connection with all rooms, while still creating intimate spaces where all students and activities can feel a sense of belonging. Read more on THE PLAN.

Chengdu Jin Riverfront was shortlisted in the Urban Planning Category – Future. A new, 7.2 kilometer-long and 6 meters wide greenway that links the previously scattered historic destinations will provide an uninterrupted waterfront experience for pedestrians and cyclists. The greenway maneuvers through the tree bosques and offers a sense of discovery while minimizing the need to transplant existing large trees. Between the tree bosques and the river, the utilitarian and stark flood walls are re-envisioned in a pragmatic way to build a symbiotic relationship between the river and the riverfront parks. Read more on THE PLAN.

Lakeview Village Master Plan was shortlisted in the Urban Planning Category – Future. Lakeview is a transformation of a 177-acre brownfield site, formerly a coal-fired generating plant at the edge of Lake Ontario, into an integrated district that provides 20,000 people with housing and 9,000 people with jobs, retail and recreation in a compact, human-scaled community located close to rail transit. This will create a roadmap for regeneration, supporting the reduction of vehicle dependency and increase of local vibrancy. Read more on THE PLAN.

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