Sydney’s newest master planned suburb

The Ponds is the newest 320 hectare development in Sydney master planned by CLOUSTON.  Touted as ‘A showcase for sustainable living’ with Community Facilities, Water Sustainable Urban Design, Open Spaces, Built form guidelines for housing that has features that is flexible and can accommodate young families, older residents and/or those with mobility impairment.

The landscape is an important part of development – Justine Kinch from Clouston Associates said: “The design intent was to maintain consistency across the entire parklands project with unique elements strategically placed to create a sense of place and assist with orientation.

Read more at Architecture & Design and Landcom

SÜDLICHE LOHMÜHLENINSEL, BERLIN | Rehwaldt Landschaftsarchitekten

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SÜDLICHE LOHMÜHLENINSEL is located in Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg, Berlin. The island is 600 meter long, 100 meter wide, and was sprung up with the booming of state canal and dam during 1845 and 1850. Tan workers improved manufacturing of leathers by using barks (tanning materials) as addictive, and SÜDLICHE LOHMÜHLENINSEL got its name from this. The island is next to a canal, which makes it part of the boarder between East and West Berlin; it is also part of the inner boarder of the sate when the country was split. After Germany was reunited, former boarder was reformed into a park, which improved the landscape quality of Kreuzberg for its lack of greening area.

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SUSTAIN: Vancouver – Sustainability key to growth of future cities

On April 9 the one day conference SUSTAIN: Vancouver was held at Vancouver Art Gallery

SUSTAIN: Vancouver explores this corner of the world as a model for a larger dialogue about how to shape our experience of the urban and consider meaningful ways of living together for the years to come. From farming to architecture, to new technology, to grassroots activism, this day of conversations looks at how creative and critical practices share varied understandings of the contemporary reality and anticipate different paradigms for the future.’

Speakers included academics and design professionals from North America. The conference was reported by the Chinese New Agency – Xinhua which gave some interesting excerpts from the conference including Kelty Miyoshi McKinnon, Principal of Phillips Farevaag Smallenberg (PFS)

“I think there needs to be a larger sustainable strategy in place for looking at kinds of cultural infrastructures, historical infrastructures of the city and how you can incorporate that into new development. I think it is possible to achieve density and maintain those crucial historical elements of the city,”

The Xinhua article gives a good overview but I hope that more appears in the media and on video sites.

Design Competition for President’s Park South

The National Capital Planning Commission (NCPC) will manage a design competition to improve the appearance of the security infrastructure used to control unauthorized vehicular use at President’s Park South. This notice is to solicit interest in participating in that competition.

The proposed design competition will identify alternatives to re-design the security elements while preserving the historic landscape within President’s Park South, which includes First Division Monument, Sherman Park, a portion of E Street, the Ellipse roadways, State Place, Hamilton Place, South Executive Avenue, West South Executive Avenue, and East South Executive Avenue.
NCPC is a federal agency with a mission that includes planning for federal activities in the greater Washington, DC area. The competition will be administered by the NCPC Interagency Security Task Force in cooperation with the United States Secret Service (USSS) and the National Park Service (NPS).
The competition’s goal is to generate creative and thoughtful design concepts that integrate durable, more aesthetic USSS security elements and improve the visitor experience in the President’s Park South area, which is located immediately adjacent to the White House and its grounds.
A selection committee will evaluate each expression of interest with respect to (1) professional qualifications; (2) experience with projects of comparable scale and significance; (3) capacity to accomplish the work; and (4) the ability to obtain a federal security clearance. The committee will identify a list of twelve (12) to fourteen (14) well-qualified firms, from which four firms will then be selected to proceed into the competition’s design phase.

 

The four finalists will be invited to Washington, DC for a full briefing prior to the competition’s design portion and will receive a $20,000 honorarium upon submission of their design. In return for accepting the honorarium, finalists agree to waive any proprietary rights or interest in their design concept, and ideas contained in their submission and agree to the incorporation of their design, concepts and ideas, in whole or in part, into a potential solution implemented for President Park South whether or not they are selected to undertake the project.

 

The finalists will present their designs in a public forum and to the NCPC Interagency Security Task Force – the selection committee for the competition. Following these presentations, the NCPC Interagency Security Task Force will rank the finalists. The winning firm may subsequently have the opportunity to enter into a contract with the National Park Service to refine and potentially execute their design. A formal federal and local review and approval process, including a NEPA Environmental Assessment, will be completed following the competition.

Tentative Schedule

April 18, 2011 Submission Deadline
May 4, 2011 Four finalists selected
May 10, 2011 Brief competitors & begin design
June 17, 2011 Competition designs submitted to NCPC
June 22, 2011 Public meeting to review proposals
June 29, 2011 Competition jury
July 7, 2011 Announce competition winner

 

To learn more about the competition, please read the following design submission requirements and program and design criteria. If you would like to participate in this competition please submit five (5) hardcopies and one digital version (ppt, pptx or pdf format) of the Architect & Engineers Qualifications Form (GSA form 330), a cover letter expressing your firm’s interest in and understanding of this project (no more than three pages), and your firm’s portfolio (focused on work relevant to this assignment). Please submit this (and only this) material by 5:00 pm, April 18, 2011 to:
National Capital Planning Commission
Attn: Office of Administration
401 9th Street, NW, Suite 500 North
Washington, DC 20004

 

Primary Point of Contact and Questions:

Barry S. Socks

Contracting Officer
Phone: 202-482-7209
Fax: 202-501-2550

Download more information and pdfs at NCPC

Source: FedBizOpps.gov

 

New Lighting Design for San Diego’s Coronado Bridge

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An international team led by London based artist Peter Fink (Form Associates) and lighting designer Mark Major (Speirs + Major) in association with Buro Happold in Los Angeles has been announced as the winner of the largest interactive green energy lighting project in North America. The San Diego-Coronado Bay Bridge, built in 1969 in the spectacular context of the bay, has become a symbol of the San Diego area – just as the Golden Gate and Bay Bridges are symbols for San Francisco. The San Diego Bridge is characterised by its graceful 2.5 mile long curved deck supported by over 30 towers reaching a height of 200 feet over the navigation channel. The shipping channels are spanned by the world’s longest continuous three-span box girder measuring 1,880 feet.

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