St.Petersburg Pier Design Competition Finalists unveil designs

St.Petersburg Pier Design Competition Finalists

St. Petersburg has sponsored an international design competition for the redesign and replacement of its landmark Pier.  Finalists included  Bjarke Ingels Group, Michael Maltzan Architecture, and WEST 8 Urban Design and Landscape Architecture who submitted their designs on November 29 and are now displayed at the “Look, Think, Share” exhibit for public viewing and comment from December 6 to December 30.

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Brooklyn Bridge Park Pier 1 Hotel & Residential Proposals revealed

Brooklyn Bridge Park Pier 1 Hotel & Residential

Architect: FxFowle | Landscape Architect: West 8 | Developer: Dermot | Hotel: Hyatt

Recently the development proposals for the Pier 1 Hotel and Residential adjacent to the Brooklyn Bridge Park where presented to the public.  The plan to place development adjacent to Brooklyn Bridge Park is an interesting idea that has been used to great effect before in New York and other cities around the world.

Several developers including Dermot, Extell, RAL, SDS, Starwood Capital, Toll Brothers and Two trees submitted proposals that where presented to the public.  The project at Pier 1 is a mixed-use project, which includes hotel, residential and restaurant uses. The hotel portion of the site will accommodate between 170-225 rooms and the residential portion of the site will accommodate between 150-180 units. The site will also include parking facilities, park restrooms and park support facilities.

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‘Tiger and Turtle – Magic Mountain’ | Duisburg Germany | Heike Mutter and Ulrich Genth

Tiger and Turtle - Magic Mountain
Lately, the sleek curved shape of a rollercoaster highlights widely visible the highest peak of the park like designed Heinrich Hildebrand Höhe in the South of Duisburg. The dynamic sweeps and curves of the construction inscribe themselves like a signature into the scenery and soar till the height of 21 meters. From a distance the metallic glossy track creates the impression of speed and exceeding acceleration. Viewed from close up, the supposed lane turns out to be a stairway which, elaborately winding, follows the course of the rollercoaster. The visitor can climb the art work by foot. Although the course describes a closed loop, it is impossible to accomplish it as the looping emerges to be a physical barrier. On top, at the highest point of the sculpture – 45 meters above ground – the visitor is rewarded with an extraordinary view over the landscape of the Western Ruhr.

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Penn State and Kansas State rise up the Best American Landscape Architecture Schools lists

Best American Landscape Architecture Schools

Pennsylvania State University Arboretum (Flickr User:Cuizoo)

UPDATE | 2014 Design Intelligence rankings for Design Schools is now avaliable

Its that time of year again when Design Intelligence releases their list of Best American Architecture Schools for 2012 including the best landscape architecture schools. The list has changed from 2011 when we last reported on the list with Pennsylvania State University moving up the rankings in the Undergraduate degrees and Kansas State University rising up the best Graduate School list.

Design Intelligence asked numerous firms “In your firm’s hiring experience in the past five years, which schools are best preparing students for success in the profession?” and the Top 5 for Undergraduate and Graduate schools are:

Undergraduate
1 Louisiana State University
2 Pennsylvania State University
3 California Polytechnic State Univ., San Luis Obispo
3 Purdue University
3 Texas A&M University

Graduate
1 Harvard University
2 Louisiana State University
3 Kansas State University
4 Cornell University
4 University of Pennsylvania

Best American Landscape Architecture Schools

Kansas State University Campus (Flickr User: russfeld_2166)

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Flowerbed Hotel | Aalsmeer Netherlands | MVRDV

Flowerbed Hotel | Aalsmeer Netherlands | MVRDV

Flowerbed Hotel Aalsmeer: a series of flower crates stacked inside a green house ©MVRDV

MVRDV design of the Flowerbed Hotel in Aalsmeer, Netherlands isa 19.500m2 Hotel and conference centre devoted entirely to flowers will be located next to the future Bloomin’ Holland theme park and business centre. The Hotel with 280 rooms will include 2.100m2 flowerbeds and host tourists and business travellers.

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