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Irwell River Park Manchester, UK

Landscape Institute highly commended award
Location: Greater Manchester, UK
Client: Manchester City Council, Salford RUC and Trafford Metropolitan Authority
Lead Designer: FoRM Associates ( partners in charge: Peter fink + Igor Marko )

irwell park_CENTRAL SALFORD_2009-03.pdf (2 MB)

Horticulture Week 6 September 2007 - Irwell.pdf (1 MB)

china_irwell park_low res.pdf (1 MB)

2012 Topos.pdf (2 MB)

Irwell River Park is a vision of a river and its corridor, which has been reclaimed by its surrounding communities; of a river transformed from a barrier into a meeting place; of a river moved from the periphery to the very heart of the cities' shared life and identity. The projected scope of change along the Irwell corridor over the next decade is huge and the three partner authorities recognize the vital importance to once again provide the unifying thread that links the multitude of disparate developments already built and anticipated along its banks.

The concept of the new linear park overcomes the effects of previous industrialization by transforming the river corridor from a major polluted severance into a premier public realm with Irwell River at its heart. Irwell River Park will transform the currently neglected river corridor into a powerful symbol of connectivity, synergy and unity for Greater Manchester. Its impact will be momentous for the North West region, delivering significant economic gains at a time when the economic climate is under stress, creating a solid foundation for future private and public sector investment.

The masterplan comprises of a continuous alphabet of pedestrian and cycling routes along the river, several major squares, three new pedestrian bridges, regeneration of heritage sites, ecological preservation of the river, new pocket parks and regeneration of large green areas in North Manchester. This new park, on a scale of urbanism rarely seen in the UK, will become the jewel in the crown of the new greater Manchester: Knowledge Capital, celebrating its unique heritage and creating one of the most vibrant, exciting and desirable waterfront destinations in Europe.

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Helsinki South Harbour masterplan

International Competition 2011

Client: City of Helsinki, City Planning Department
Team: FoRM Associates + Taller301 + Ramboll Helsinki

20/20 is a vision of a modern city that binds directly its history with its future. South Harbour is Helsinki’s exciting front door - a gateway where the community aspirations are located waiting to be discovered.
Grid (20x20) A new framework that integrates the historical city grid with the South Harbour, transforming it into a premier waterfront accessible to everyone living in and visiting Helsinki.
Genius loci (20/20) Arriving to Helsinki is unique – one of the few cities in the world, where passengers on large ferries arrive directly into the heart of the city.
Future (20/20) The masterplan vision links the narrative of the sea arrival with the experience of the harbour as part of 21st century creative, active and green Helsinki.
The masterplan placemaking is as much about connectivity and movement as it is about the static public spaces. The masterplan focuses on binding through urban landscape three areas:
Active Harbour: transforming and developing the Makasiini Terminal Into a major leisure and retail hub providing: Makasiini Terminal, leisure, retail and restaurants and new public realm green amenity space.
People’s Square: a key social and cultural space for people who live in the Helsinki Metropolitan Area as well as an international tourist destination. The new public realm will be a catalyst for the transformation of the former marine and industrial landscape into one that is of service to the community and not commercial infrastructure.
Creative Harbour: transforming and developing the East shore into a major culture industry hub supporting innovation, creativity and social enterprise. The concept envisages a container city being developed in sections as live and work units designed to produce an environment encouraging creative industries to adopt and develop this area. As opposed to the more urbanely structured surrounding city the Creative Harbour would be allowed to develop more loosely allowing for greater architectural and expressive identity.

Dniepr River Park

Second Prize International Competition 2011

Team: FoRM Associates (Partner in charge Igor Marko)

The Dnieper River Park is an idea that instantly creates something greater than the sum of the existing and often disconnected present realities. Dnieper River Park is an idea based on green and blue urbanism giving the citizens of Kiev the opportunity to start thinking about its river and adjoining land in a coherent and aspirational way. It’s a once a generation opportunity for Kiev to start to fix some of the things that are not working on the greater scale as well as to enable a sustainable transformation of the strategic relationships between the larger and smaller social, natural, civic and economic ecologies.
Driven by the demands of 21st century living and working our approach suggests a new mind-set, in which the transformation and reintegration with the Dnieper River is seen as a catalyst for change - as prototype for a new relationship, a smarter relationship. Fifteen years from now, people arriving into Kiev will see the city’s Dnieper River and its slopes not as an obstacle to be overcome, but as world class destinations to discover. Whilst initially meaning many different things to many different people, as repository of vast and historically accumulated human experience and endeavours – the Dnieper River Park as big idea will ultimately converge with the future of Kiev as the centre of community life and enterprise.
The delivery of the Dnieper River Park as a strong recognizable brand equaling other world famous riverfronts and parks will require radically different way of thinking than that which formed Kiev in the 19th and 20th century . Our approach to this challenge in the millennial shift from the 20th century based economies and their spatial/urban demands and in the age of limited public resources focuses empowering another important resource that all cities have in common – its people. We believe that the global magnetism of a successful Kiev will stem in the future not only from its infrastructure, but also from the energy it draws from those who live and work in it, and so sustain it.
Many of the necessary elements for the ambitious Dnieper River Park project are already in place, and others await only the community’s decision to pursue them.

Car Free London

International Competition Winner
Client: Architectural Foundation
Design team: Art2Architecture (Partner in charge Peter Fink and Igor Marko) + Arup + Peter Neal

RECONNECT / RE-UNITE proposal explores the potential for new re-ordering of the urban environment and the social opportunities arising from the creation of car free environ¬ments.
The reintroduction and rediscovery of new methods of spatial connection in London can be seen as a catalyst for broader public realm renaissance. The proposal unlocks the potential for a large car free infrastructure in a densely developed London without significantly affecting the current road network or economic ownership of land. 
The design proposes creating dedi¬cated cycle/pedestrian link from the East to West  along the river’s edge as a functional linear park and through a dual use of exist¬ing roads and bridges.

Paseo Bulnes

Santiago de Chile, Chile

International Open Competition 2012
Client: Housing and Urban Development Ministry of Chile
Team: BM + Igor Marko + Peter Fink

The masterplan for the Paseo Bulnes area of Santiago de Chile proposes sustainable urban development placed in a series of contrasting activity and respite clusters at walkable intervals to draw people into the heart of the project. The underlying design approach  focuses on both affordability and functionality as well as on creating a larger experiential narrative for residents and visitors.

Three Rivers Park Strategy

Pittsburgh, USA

International Competition Winner 2003
Client: Riverlife Task Force
Team: Art2Architecture (Partner in charge Peter Fink and Igor Marko) + DPA

pittsburgh_GAZETTE_2004-04-24_web res.pdf (4 MB)

pittsburgh_LANDSCAPE_2005-03_web res.pdf (13 MB)

pittsburgh_NY ARTS_2004.pdf (2 MB)

Art & Architecture Journal 2007 Spring - Pittsburgh 01.pdf (11 MB)

mondo_pittsburgh_2005.pdf (6 MB)

Pittsburgh, a city of many bridges is recognised as having one of the most spectacular night time settings in North America. The Three Rivers Park developed on the shorelines and the confluence of the three rivers: Monongahela, Allegheny and Ohio is destined to become the city's premier public realm and a focus for extensive investment. The design team has developed a comprehensive and visionary approach to lighting linking the night time appearance of the city to its urban, economic, cultural and social context. Within this framework lighting is seen as a major regeneration and place making tool reinventing the cities identity and its relationships with the rivers, firmly establishing them in their rightful place as centres of community life.