VernissageTV met with the Topotek 1 principals Martin Rein-Cano and Lorenz Dexler. Martin Rein-Cano in this excerpt from a longer interview gives a great synopsis of Topotek 1’s approach and the tradition of landscape architecture as an art tradition.
Topotek 1 are not the typical landscape architects. Topotek 1′s mission is to expand the possibilities of landscape architecture. On the occasion of the inauguration of their latest projects and their work on the competition for the redesign of the Flughafen Tempelhof site. In this interview at the offices of Topotek 1 in Berlin, Martin Rein-Cano and Lorenz Dexler talk about the beginnings of their career, how they met, their specific approach to lanscape architecture, their inspiration, how they select and develop projects, the stages of the design process in general, and their project Theresienhöhe railway cover in Munich, which they developed together with the German artist Rosemarie Trockel.
The finalists to design the San Francisco Veteran Memorial were announced yesterday at an event at Memorial Court. The memorial was planned in the 1920’s but was never installed in 1936 when the Memorial Court between the War Memorial Opera House and Veterans Building was completed.
Hundreds of artists from across the USA answered the call to design a memorial last summer. The list was narrowed down to three artist teams and according to the Daily Journal the finalists are:
Lee Norman is teaming up with Scott Slaney and Ricardo Supiciche of SWA Group.
Larry Kirkland and J. Douglass Macy. Kirkland who have collaborated in the past.
Susan Narduli with landscape architect Andrea Cochran
The three design team finalists will submit their proposal to the Veterans Memorial Committee in spring of 2011 with the final artist to be announced in May 2011. With the formal dedication in November 2013.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York announced yesterday that it had selected OLIN to lead a comprehensive, multi-year effort to redesign and rebuild the four-block-long outdoor plaza that fronts its landmark Fifth Avenue façade. The project will feature as one of its centerpiece elements the design and installation of all-new fountains outside the museum building.
The selection of OLIN comes after a search process that involved a review of more than 30 leading landscape and building architects from around the world. The international search was conducted by a special committee of the Museum’s Board of Trustees chaired by Daniel Brodsky, who is also Vice Chairman of the Trustee Buildings Committee.
OLIN will lead a comprehensive project to re-conceive the entire plaza space, including its fountains and accompanying plantings, all of which were installed in their present form four decades ago in 1970. The uses of the plaza have changed over the years—vehicles, for example, are no longer allowed to drive around the fountains—suggesting the need for a new design program. The existing fountains, long dormant, were recently rehabilitated and currently function, but the repairs did not address long-term issues and are only temporary.
The project will require considerable advance planning, design work, and formal approvals from community and citywide agencies. At this early stage in the design process, the Museum has not yet developed a construction schedule but, pending all approvals, hopes that construction will take around two years and be completed by 2015.
Prime Minister Lee at the opening of Senkang Floating Wetland
Over the weekend in Singapore the Senkang Floating Wetland – the largest man-made floating wetland in Singapore was opened to the public by Prime Minister Lee. Developed as part of PUB’s Active, Beautiful, Clean Waters programme, the wetland sitting on the Punggol Reservoir is roughly the size of half a football field.
The wetland links the Anchorvale Community Club to the Sengkang Riverside Park via a bridge on one side, and a boardwalk skimming the water surface on the other, so residents can now enjoy facilities on both banks of the Punggol Reservoir, as well as on the Sengkang Floating Wetland and its boardwalk overlooking the reservoir.
“The wetland is home to about 18 plant species that have been carefully chosen for both their cleansing and aesthetic properties. These plants absorb nutrients and pollutants through their roots. This helps to ensure that the water in this reservoir, an important source of our water supply, stays clean the natural way,” said Mr Tan Nguan Sen, PUB’s Catchment and Waterways Director.
Prime Minister Lee at the opening of Senkang Floating Wetland
Turenscape has won the World’s Best Landscape award at the World Architecture Festival Awards (WAF Awards) 2010 for Shanghai Houtan Park – a park on the banks of the Huangpu River within the 2010 World Expo park.
The judges selected Shanghai Houtan Park as unanimous winner, among a very high-quality group of projects, for its masterful use of design strategies to transform the polluted waterfront of the Huangpu River into a living system.
Recently the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board and Minneapolis Parks Foundation, with Creative Partners, University of Minnesota College of Design and Walker Art Center announced the finalists for the Minneapolis Riverfront Design Competition.
Fifty-five design teams responded to the RFQ, and the 13-member jury noted that the quality was exceptionally high. Says Bill Morrish, MR|DC jury member, and Dean of the School of Constructed Environments and Associate Dean, Parsons The New School of Design in New York City, “The four teams we short-listed comprise innovative and inspirational people who will work very hard to create great concepts for the Minneapolis riverfront.”
Each team will produce 21st-century parks designs for 220 acres of parkland and the surrounding neighborhoods along both sides of the 5.4-mile stretch of the Mississippi River from the Stone Arch Bridge in the historic downtown Mill District to the city’s northern limits. The winning design will be a comprehensive, integrated vision for the Upper Riverfront that establishes parks as the engine for economic development, transforms the river into a connector rather than a barrier between east and west banks, and refocuses Minneapolis toward what is one of the three great rivers of the world.
Set just east of the fabled intersection of Hollywood and Vine, the Rios Clementi Hale Studios-designed Hollywood/Vine Metro portal and public plaza is a dynamic addition to one of the world’s most famous stretches of urban streetscape. The subway stop’s golden entry canopy and surrounding common areas merge into the ground plane of Hollywood Boulevard, serving as a pedestrian threshold and grand “front door” for the elegant W Hollywood Hotel and residences—which rise up just behind—and a gracious arrival point for Metro Red Line riders.