The Museum of Science and Industry’s mission is to inspire the inventive genius in everyone by presenting a captivating and compelling experience that is real and educational. With over 2,000 exhibits in the museum’s main building, the institution is continuously adding new exhibits exploring different technologies. Along with Michele Kaufman, architect of pre-built environmentally friendly modular housing, Jacobs/Ryan Associates (JRA) designed a sustainable landscape for the new Smart Home exhibit at the Museum. According to the Museum’s website, “Toured by over 200,000 guests since its debut in May 2008 (through 2010), the Smart Home provides examples and ideas for sustainable living with contemporary style and in harmony with the environment. Whether you’re into gardening, gadgets or garages, it will reboot your thinking about your home and how to live greener.” The site and landscape elements tell Museum visitors a story of sustainability in practical applications of green technology.
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Odense City Museums and the City of Odense have launched a large-scale international ideas competition for innovative ideas for an overall concept that can combine the current facilities of the place in a single distinctive attraction. The little yellow corner house known as the birthplace of Hans Christian Andersen is one of the main attractions in the Danish city of Odense. The main focus of the presentations is currently on the life and character of the writer, but the museum does not fully respond to the great interest in the fairytales shared by the people who come from all over the world to see it.
Competition entries should take the vision for a Hans Christian Andersen House of Fairytales and a fairytale garden set out in the competition brief into account and should describe the museum presentation and communication aspects and the spatial and architectural framework of the House of Fairytales and the garden in a single concept.
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The Harvard Graduate School of Design (GSD) is pleased to announce the awarding of the 11th Veronica Rudge Green Prize in Urban Design to two projects, The Metro do Porto in Porto, Portugal, and the Northeastern Urban Integration Project in Medellín, Colombia, in a ceremony to be held on Tuesday, September 3, 2013, at 6:30 p.m. in Piper Auditorium at the GSD. Rahul Mehrotra, Professor and Chair of the Department of Urban Planning and Design, and Prize Jury Chair, will host a panel discussion including presentations by representatives (designers and administrators) of the two winning teams. The event will be followed by a reception and viewing of the exhibition Transformative Mobilities: Porto & Medellín, installed in the GSD’s Gund Hall gallery.
“If there are lessons to be drawn for urban design from Medellín and Porto, I think the broader lesson has to do with the disruption of the segregation of the disciplines in the design field. Historically we have understood that Landscape Architecture sits in one place, Architecture in another, and Urban Design and Planning [in another, with all three disciplines] in constant conflict about their territorial rights. One of the things that is revolutionary about the Medellín project is that distinguishing among the disciplines is no longer possible.” Michael Sorkin – Jury Member
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Emerging New York Architects (ENYA) is holding a launch party on 22 August for their 2014 Biennial Ideas Competition – QueensWay Connection: Elevating the Public Realm. The QueensWay is an abandoned elevated railway snaking through some of the most ethnically diverse neighborhoods in central and southern Queens. To successfully transform the QueensWay into a viable green space, the design must include a strong connection between the proposed elevated park and the adjacent urban fabric below.
The QueensWay Connection: Elevating the Public Realm ideas competition seeks proposals which envision this vertical connection as a community hub which extends the street activity up to the future park.
At the launch party, ENYA will be presenting the premise of the competition. Comments will also be made by Adrian Benepe, Senior Vice President of The Trust for Public Land and representatives of Friends of the QueensWay.
LAUNCH PARTY AUGUST 22, 6-8PM
The Center for Architecture, 536 LaGuardia Place NY, NY 10012
ENYA supports Friends of the Queensway and the Trust for Public Land in their efforts to transform the QueensWay into a park.
Back in June the Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force in collaboration with others launched Rebuild by Design to promote resilience for Sandy-affected regions. Rebuild by Design is a multi-stage regional design competition that will develop innovative projects to protect and enhance Sandy-affected communities.
Recently, the Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force announced that 10 teams have been selected for Stage 2 of the design competition. Over 140 potential teams from more than 15 countries submitted proposals, representing the top engineering, architecture, design, landscape architecture and planning firms as well as research institutes and universities worldwide. The ten Design Teams will participate in an intense eight-month process broken into two distinct stages: analysis and design.
The ten teams includes some well known design firms and academic institutions who have experience in design competitions and implementing urban design projects. Landscape Architecture firms are well represented with some larger and smalle firms represented. The 10 teams include:
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