OMA & AREP finalists for Skolkovo – Russia’s Silicon Valley


Skolkovo Urban Design Concept by OMA

On January 20, the two finalist companies, AREP (France) and OMA (the Netherlands) made detailed presentations of their proposed urban development concepts and highlighted the key benefits of their respective projects.

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Salford Greengate public realm regeneration gets green light

Salford Greengate
Construction has started on the public realm element of the £450 million overhaul of Salford Greengate.

Landscape architects Grontmij, formerly known as Whitelaw Turkington has been appointed as lead designer, working with building contractor Carillion, to deliver an urban quarter on the 13 hectare brownfield site on behalf of Central Salford Urban Regeneration Company.
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WEST 8: Grand Opening Miami Beach SoundScape / Lincoln Park

West 8 - Miami

The WEST 8 designed Lincoln Park is a new meeting place in town. Centrally located in the Art District at the monumental terminus of lively Lincoln Road, the park has multiple functions. During the day the park is shaded by pergolas and palm trees. In the evening it is a cultural hotspot, one of the special attractions of the park being a video and sound installation – projecting concerts and video art on building’s 700m² wall, which serves as an outdoor screen for the park. The park is an urban garden that expresses the euphoria of Miami, and will be actively programmed for public and cultural events.

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HNTB & MVVA win ARC Wildlife Crossing Competition

Announced in Washington DC at the Transportation Research Board’s Annual Conference on January 23rd, 2011, the ARC jury of internationally-respected professionals with expertise in design, ecology, and engineering selected the team led by HNTB with Michael Van Valkenburgh & Associates (New York) as the winner of the ARC International Design Competition.

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Speck: Cars are a greater risk than crime to pedestrians

Jeff Speck of Speck Associates recently gave a presentation at the University Park Alliance as apart of the Urban Innovators Speakers series. Speck  stated that “Most American cities have been shaped around the automobile” and “Cars are a greater risk than crime” to pedestrians. He also spoke about the need to create thriving cities and that cities need to be designed for people.

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Adriaan Geuze: ‘Parks are like poetry and music’

Adriaan Geuze, founding partner of WEST 8 was recently interviewed in 60 seconds by Wall Street Journal. Adriaan talks about European and American landscapes and gives some interesting insights into his personal life and landscape architecture. The insight I like most in the interview is

Parks are like poetry and music. They basically have no reason to exist—that is also what is so special about them. They are places where you can dream about a non-realistic, non-time-related world.

Read more at the Wall Street Journal – On the Cutting Hedge: Design firm West 8 brings a modern sensibility to urban landscapes.

Hume: local food — it’s an urban design issue

Food Security, Urban Farms and Rooftop Agriculture are all topics that becoming more prevalent in people conversations about the landscape and urban design.  Gord Hume, an former councilor and author of Cultural Planning for Creative Communities recently gave a keynote speech where he stated

“Local government has to make the provisions for local food — it’s an urban design issue,”

Gord also went on to speak about Urban Food Terminals and Food as a tourism drawcard.

Read more at [Leamington Post]

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