James Corner Field Operations selected for Seattle Waterfront

James Corner Field Operations has been selected by the Seattle Parks, DPD and SDOT, who went through a highly rigorous process to identify the winning firm.  The project attracted international attention with 30 firms submitting their qualifications for the work and the selection involved careful review of qualifications, extensive interviews with four short-listed teams and a public presentation to a group of 1,300 interested members of the public.

The four shortlisted finalists for the project included

  • Wallace Roberts and Todd
  • james corner field operations
  • Michael Van Valkenburgh and Associates
  • Gustafson Guthrie Nichol

James Corner Field Operations were selected for its innovative thinking, context based design and effective public engagement, and will prove a valuable asset to the City in the hundred-year decision of designing a new waterfront.

The process is expected to take 8 years with conceptual design with the team and city planning many public forums leading to a conceptual design in 2012, followed by a final design in 2015 and construction by 2018.

The 2 hours of presentations from the final four finalists and their PPT files are available at SDOT

SOURCE: SDOT -

News tip thanks to @svrdesign via twitter

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MVVA wins Gateway Arch Competition

MVVA TEAM Site Plan

MVVA TEAM Site Plan

The multi-disciplinary team lead by Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates have been selected over the other 4 teams to proceed to the planning stage of the competition. The jury chose the MVVA Team over four others competing to enliven the area around the Gateway Arch and connect it to downtown St. Louis, the Mississippi River and the Illinois bank. Based in New York, MVVA’s portfolio includes the redesign of Pennsylvania Avenue at the White House, the design of Brooklyn Bridge Park and many other prominent projects.

The MVVA Team’s design concept narrative describes their vision for the redesigned park as a “centerpiece of civic culture, an engine of regional economic growth, a showcase for sustainable ecological restoration and a celebration of the national significance of this historic place.”

MVVA TEAM - Historic Landscape Pond

MVVA TEAM – Historic Landscape Pond

The sponsoring group, the MVVA Team and others will host intensive reviews and workshops this fall to analyze the design concept and conduct a more detailed design exploration. At a minimum, the study will focus on the review of the technical advisory group, the impact on related downtown park properties and the Illinois side of the river, traffic and transportation and federal compliance issues.

For the next stage the MVVA tean will work over a 90-day period, in partnership with the sponsors, the City of St. Louis, the National Park Service and others to further define program requirements; begin developing a design that takes into account the feasibility and practicality of proposed solutions; create a construction budget and fundraising plan; and define the delivery expectations from now until 2015.  The sponsors also will study issues relating to cost and construction, traffic, financial resources and federal compliance.

The project will be constructed by Oct. 28, 2015, the 50th anniversary of the completion of the Arch.

For those of you in St.Louis the leaders of the MVVA team will be introduced, along with details on the next stages of the process, at 10:00 a.m., Friday, Sept. 24, 2010, at the Old Courthouse in downtown St. Louis.

SOURCE: The City+The Arch+The River 2015 International Design Competition

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Parking Day 2010

Parking Day occurred last Friday with participation from variety of groups, schools, companies and groups across the world. Landscape architecture firms and schools did their part to try and make a difference in their cities. We thought it would be good to summarise some of the activities so you can get ready for 2011 Parking Day. Some where green with plants and others where green by using recycled materials.

Studio Architecture and SWA Group – San Francisco

Baltimore Brew – Floura Teeter Landscape Architects, created a parking site on Franklin Street

ABC News – 10 SUNY ESF spots across Syracuse

The Newshouse – SUNY-ESF landscape architecture students join more than 20 other Syracuse residents in the PARK(ing) Day initiative.

Cornell Daily Sun – Landscape Architecture Students Educate Public About Urban Green Spaces

East Valley Tribune – Arizona State University created miniature parks in the metered parking spaces that line downtown Tempe’s main drag.
University of Minnesota – Landscape Architecture students participate in PARK(ing) Day

If you have any links or videos of Parking Day by landscape architecture firms, schools, or groups email damian@worldlandscapearchitect.com

Calls for 2011 Landscape Conference Papers & Award Nominations

Recently there have been calls for papers for 2011 events and awards below is a summary.

Call for Nominations for 2011 IFLA Sir Geoffrey Jellicoe Award
This award is the highest honour that the International Federation of Landscape Architects can bestow upon a landscape architect. The Award recognises a living landscape architect whose lifetime achievements and contributions have had a unique and lasting impact on the welfare of society and the environment and on the promotion of the profession of landscape architecture. The award is bestowed annually on an academic, public or private practitioner whose work and achievements are respected internationally.
Winners include Peter Walker and Prof. Bernard Lassus.
Nominations should be submitted by 10 November 2010.
For further details on how to nominate go to IFLA Online

Calls for Papers for IFLA 2011 World Congress
Scales of  Nature – Zurich, Switzerland 27-29 June 2011
A call for paper abstracts has been issued for papers that address the congress theme and topics. More information can be found at IFLA 2011 Registration for the Congress has also opened with limited number of attendees – they currently have an early bird offer of 488 Swiss Francs (CHF) ($485USD) – you can register at IFLA 2011.

Call for Papers for AILA 2011 National Conference
Transform – Brisbane Australia  11-13 August 2011
Australian Institute of Landscape Architects National Conference which is held every two years is being held in Brisbane in August 2011 with the conference theme of Tranform and is currently calling for papers that relate to the conference theme and session topics. Abstracts are due on 1 November 2010. For further details to the AILA 2011 National Conference Call for Papers

Walter Hood: Fast Company ‘Masters of Design 2010′

Walter Hood has been featured in Fast Company’s ‘Masters of Design 2010′.  A special issue relating to design – Walter Hood was featured as the ‘daring Californian landscape architect, is transforming dreary public places into pillars of  the community’. The feature also includes Bjarke Ingles (BIG) and Patricia Urquiola.

The feature is an interesting profile of Hood and his education and career so far with quotes from luminaries such as Charles Waldheim, chair of Harvard’s department of landscape architecture. “He was finding value and producing meaning in places that seemingly had none.” and also from Hood himself

Hood is more direct, and his explanation of what he is doing summarizes his life’s work well. “People were asking me the other day, ‘So when is the Green Print gonna start being implemented?’ ” he says, flashing a grin. “The beauty of this project is it’s already there. We just have to dust off the bookshelf and put the stuff back.”

Read more at the [SOURCE: Fast Company - Masters of Design 2010 - Walter Hood 'This Land is your land']

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