4 International Civic-Minded Projects

Around the globe, civic-minded projects anticipate the day we can put social distancing behind us.

Youth Activity Center in Beijing by Moguang Studio. Photography by Xi Zhi.

Firm: Moguang Studio

Project: Youth Activity Center, Beijing

Standout: The former clothing-factory complex—12 buildings comprising 68,000 square feet—maintains its original two-courtyard layout, emphasi­zing the structures’ interrelationships with elevated metal walkways, corridors, and small transitional squares that link activity and accommodations zones into a three-dimensional, continuous landscape experience.

Chandler Boulevard Bridge Home Village in Los Angeles by Lehrer Architects. Photography courtesy of Lehrer Architects. 

Firm: Lehrer Architects

Project: Chandler Boulevard Bridge Home Village,
Los Angeles

Standout: In just 13 weeks, builders deployed 39 prefab shelters, each measuring 64 square feet, along an oddly shaped infill lot on the city’s Orange Line busway, converting land previously deemed unfit for development into a colorful, safe, and healthy temporary refuge en route to permanent housing for the city’s homeless.

Stanley A. Milner Library in Edmonton, Alberta by Teeple Architects. Photography by Andrew Latreille. 

Firm: Teeple Architects

Project: Stanley A. Milner
Library, Edmonton, Alberta

Standout: Visitors to the 230,000-square-foot main branch, built in 1967, were formerly greeted by dimly lit, low-ceilinged spaces that discouraged exploration, but now, since its renovation, experience a soaring atrium, abundant glazing, sightlines between reading and tech rooms, and a two-story interactive display that bring the facility into the 21st century.


Parque 02 in San José, Costa Rica by Taller Ken. Photography by Andres Garcia Lachner. 

Firm: Taller Ken

Project: Parque 02, San José, Costa Rica

Standout: Local and global
design students collaborated to transform a 1/2-acre of disused parkland into a cheery playground by installing grass-covered mounds planted with a forest of painted bamboo sticks, the latest in the annual design-build initiative by the firm, a Minority- and Women-Owned Business Enterprise based in New York, Guatemala, and Costa Rica.

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