Public Works Departments turning to AEC firms for landscape architecture

Recently Public Works published a survey or Top AEC (Architecture Engineering Construction) firms finding that for the first time since 2005 one-third of Public Works departments “are now turning to these same firms for landscape architecture park/design.”

We can interpreted this survey in many ways such as AEC firms have hired more landscape architects and therefore have the skilled staff to complete the work and are marketing their firm as multi-service or integrated design (hot topic at the moment). Another interpretation is that AEC firms needed more billable work in the current financial market to keep their current architecture, engineering & construction staff occupied and have been marketing wider services towards Public Works departments. I just hope that Public Works departments are making sure that the landscape architecture work is being undertaken is by qualified landscape architects and not engineers and architects.

With large unemployment in the landscape architecture industry in North America it would be a shame to see so many talented people to be left idle as Public Works departments contract Architects and Engineers to take on a service that they are not trained or qualified to fulfill. I don’t wish to be negative or hostile towards our allied professionals and I hope that this increase of Public Work departments use of AEC firms for landscape architecture means more jobs for landscape architects!

More Information on the Survey read Public Work – Multipurpose solutions are on the rise

Field Operations wins Qianhai Urban Design Competition

Field Operations Model

Field Operations Model

James Corner’s Field Operations has won the International Urban Design Competition for Qianhai area, within Nanshan District of Shenzhen, China. The design divides the 18.04 square kilometre(approx. 7 sq .miles) area into easily manageable districts with unique architectural typologies and functions. Field Operations won the competition due to intensive compact and diverse design that follows the principles of sustainability, and encircling the city’s most important one of the resources – water.  The design is envisioned as a “coastal water-town” that  focuses on eco-innovation whilst simultaneously creating a diverse waterfront urban environment which continues through the entire 18 square km area.

The area is to be the 2nd CBD/CAD in Shenzhen with Futian District being the 1st.  Qianhai will play an important role in development of the Pearl River Delta. The  new CBD will located along Metro Line 1 & 5 and the new high speed and inter-city railway lines and expressway links between Hong Kong, Shenzhen & Guangzhou. Also within Qianhai where 3.7 square kilometres will be developed by joint-venture between Shenzhen and Hong Kong governments as a  Service Park similar to the Suzhou-Singapore Development in Suzhou.  The new city is envisioned to be the next Sydney , Hong Kong and Vancouver.

2nd Prize was won by BLAU Architecture & Urbanism and 3rd prize went to OMA

BLAU Master Plan (2nd Prize)

BLAU Master Plan (2nd Prize)

OMA (3rd Prize) Qianhai

OMA (3rd Prize)

Sixty-two companies worldwide had submitted designs to Shenzhen’s urban planning commission since it launched an international design competition Dec. 31. Eight finalists with two backups were chosen including:

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NYC launches urbancanvas Design Competition

A design competition to improve construction sites across New York City.  The competition is seeking artists and design professionals to  develop creative artwork for construction fences, sidewalk sheds, supported scaffolds and cocoons in New York City.

This competition, created by the Department of Buildings and Department of Cultural Affairs and supported by The Rockefeller Foundation, is a unique opportunity for artists and designers across the United States to contribute to New York City’s urban landscape.

Registration Deadline is 5:00pm EST July 19, 2010

Submission Deadlines is 3:30pm EST on July 28, 2010

NOTE: Design competition is limited to residents of the United States of America.

For more information go to the urbancanvas competition website

DesignNYC – Exhibition [VIDEOS]

designNYC currently has an exhibition at Pratt Manhattan Gallery at 144 West 14th Street New York displaying the their progress and impact of their first 12 pilot projects. The exhibition is on from June 17 to July 31, 2010. The first 12 projects include pro-bono work by well known landscape architects Balmori Associates with Broadway MallJoel Sanders,,Domingo Gonzalez on Master plan for 100-block ecological corridor. Also Robin Key Landscape Architecture with Enterprise Community Partners/FBHC work on
Intergenerational garden at Serviam Gardens.

desigNYC’s mission is to improve live in NYC by connecting nonprofits, community groups and city agencies serving the public good with passionate, professional pro bono designers.

They have also posted 7 videos on a Vimeo Channel including

desigNYC: Broadway Mall + Sanders, Balmori and Gonzalez from ESI Design on Vimeo.

The Broadway Mall Association is collaborating with Balmori Associates (Landscape/Urban Design), Joel Sanders (Architecture), and Domingo Gonzalez Associates (Lighting Design) to transform the entire 100-block length of the Broadway Malls into a stunning ecological corridor that will bring beauty, public safety, and commercial visibility to thousands of New Yorkers.

desigNYC: Serviam Gardens from ESI Design on Vimeo.

Working with Enterprise Community Partners, Fordham Bedford Housing Corporation (FBHC) and OCV Architects, Robin Key Landscape Architecture (RKLA) is developing an intergenerational garden for seniors and high school students at the Serviam Gardens senior housing development in the Bronx. Built on the campus of Mt. St. Ursula, an all-girls Catholic high school, the grounds of Serviam Gardens will serve the building’s 240 senior residents with a series of outdoor spaces that feature sustainable water practices, accessibility, community gathering spaces and an urban farm.

Spotted via Core77 – design magazine & resource

Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum Announces Winners of National Design Awards

James Corner, Field Operations has been awarded the National Design Award in the area of Landscape Design and Kieran Timberlake wins the award for Architecture.

The finalists for the Landscape Design Award included Andrea Cochran Landscape Architecture, and Stoss Landscape Urbanism.

The Awards are given in various areas of Design including Landscape, Architecture, Communication, Interior, Fashion, Product Design, Interaction Design, Lifetime Achievement, Design Mind, Corporate and Institutional Achievement.

The 2010 National Design Award nominations were solicited from a committee of more than 2,500 designers, educators, journalists, cultural figures and corporate leaders from every state in the nation. Nominees must have at least seven years of experience in order to be nominated, and winners are selected based on the level of excellence, innovation and public impact of their body of work.

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