Building: "WSP and Farrells picked for Old Oak Common station project"

"Engineer WSP and architect Farrells have been appointed to design options for an overground station at Old Oak Common to connect to the planned interchange between HS2 and Crossrail.

"There is currently no plan in place to connect London’s overground network to HS2 and Crossrail at Old Oak Common.

"WSP and Farrells will work up three options for how to connect the overground network to the two major rail projects.

"Dave Darnell, project director at WSP, said the scheme was:
"hugely exciting, and that there was “the potential to create a major new regional transport hub."
"He said a new station at Old Oak Common connecting into HS2 and Crossrail would:
"take some of the demand off existing overloaded routes by providing links to HS2 from the west and south west without travelling into central London.

It is technically and environmentally challenging and we will be drawing on our considerable experience in the successful design of stations and railway engineering both here in the UK and abroad and on the masterplanning expertise of our project partners, Farrells."


"Mayor sets out plan for 22-mile ring-road tunnel under London" (Good grief)

Link to Evening Standard

"Plans to transform central London with a 22-mile-long underground ring road can be revealed today.

"Costing £30 billion to construct, it would remove tens of thousands of cars from the crowded streets above.

"The Inner Orbital Tunnel would be one of the most ambitious infrastructure schemes ever seen in the city, with subterranean dual carriageways linking key routes, from the A40 Westway to the A12 in the east, and the A1 route north to the A2 running south." 

Jeff Speck en Exploraciones para una Megalópolis 002: Ciudad Peatón from Laboratorio para la Ciudad on Vimeo. (Video in English!)

"La segunda edición de Exploraciones para una megalópolis, Ciudad Peatón, fue un espacio de diálogo y propuesta en torno a la recuperación de la escala humana, los espacios subutilizados, y el enfoque en el peatón –una de las prioridades del gobierno actual de la ciudad y una de las provocaciones a las que el Laboratorio dedicará especial atención este año.

"Jeff Speck es urbanista y arquitecto. A través de textos, conferencias y trabajo construido aboga internacionalmente por el crecimiento inteligente y el diseño sustentable. Como Director de Diseño del National Endowment for the Arts de EUA trabajó en un programa para erradicar la degradación urbana. También fue Director de Planeación en Duany Plater-Zybek and Co., agencia líder en Nuevo Urbanismo. Es coautor de Suburban Nation y de The Smart Growth Manual. Su más reciente libro se titula Walkable City, o Ciudad Caminable, y explora “cómo los centro urbanos pueden salvar Estados Unidos paso a paso."
Google Translate: "The second edition of Explorations for a Megalopolis, City Pedestrian, was a space for dialogue and proposal regarding the recovery of the human scale, underutilized spaces, and focus on the pedestrian-one of the priorities of the current city government and one of the provocations to which the Laboratory devote special attention this year.

Jeff Speck is a town planner and architect. Through texts, lectures, and built work internationally advocating for smart growth and sustainable design. As Director of Design at the National Endowment for the Arts U.S. worked in a program to eradicate urban blight. He was also Director of Planning at Duany Plater-Zybek and Co., a leader in New Urbanism agency. He is co-author of Suburban Nation and The Smart Growth Manual. His most recent book is titled Walkable City, or City walkable, and explores "how urban center can save the United States step by step."

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