Access to public and social spaces is vital to community cohesion and our individual and collective wellbeing, yet in London such spaces are in short supply.

The Prime Minister of Japan has opened a new district in the heart of Tokyo designed by Heatherwick Studio. The project, known as Azabudai Hills, is the culmination of a 30-year regeneration process steered by Mori Building Co., Japan’s leading urban landscape developer.

Pop-up urbanism can amplify a neighbourhood’s brand – as long as the spirit is in keeping with an area’s authentic identity.

Emily Hillman, Associate Urban Designer at Pegasus Group, explores whether the latest – in a long line of – design guides is a beauty or a beast.

Alan Hall, Projects Director at regeneration specialist Genr8 Developments, discusses the benefits of an approach that focuses on the long-term legacy of a scheme.

Established by a decree of Marshall Józef Piłsudski in 1920, the Polish Army Museum has, for over a century, preserved a unique collection exceeding 300,000 exhibits. Until now, it lacked a dedicated headquarters to showcase its treasures. Today, after more than a century, the museum unveils its modern home, complete with a permanent exhibition and space for temporary exhibits and cultural events. The design of the new building is credited to WXCA Architectural Design Studio.

In the water, in front of the main entrance of Amsterdam Central Station, on the section of Prins Hendrikkade – a major street in the centre of the capital that served as a bus station until July 2018 – the largest bicycle parking garage in Amsterdam, with approximately 7000 bicycle parking spaces, has been realised. The design highlights its location below the water’s surface.

In the wake of its recent victories, securing both the RIBA National Award 2023 and the RIBA London Award 2023, FC&A showcases the Holborn House project by 6a architects. This remarkable community building houses an integrated public artwork created for the Holborn Community Association (HCA).

As part of the Waterfront Transformation Project, National Museums Liverpool is inviting members of the public to view preliminary plans of how the public space at Canning Dock will be transformed, which has been designed by Architect Asif Khan and Artist Theaster Gates.

Senior Architectural Systems, the UK’s largest privately owned aluminium fenestration solutions manufacturer, has delivered the glazing package for the new YMCA Community and Activity Village in Newark, Nottinghamshire.

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