Bertrams Park | Johannesburg | Newtown Landscape Architects

Bertrams Park-Newtown Landscape Architects

BERTRAMS PARK, a small but highly significant park, in the dilapidated area of Bertrams, services a diverse community, particularly Bertrams Primary School which has no play or sporting facilities. Town Planning issues and approvals, as well as attempts to purchase additional stands, all delayed construction on the site. This resulted in extreme time challenges for The Johannesburg Development Agency (JDA), the Design Team and the contractor. As a tight budget had been allocated for the implementation of the Park, materials and existing play equipment were recycled wherever possible.

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[re]stitch Tampa Ideas Competition

The University of South Florida, in conjunction with the National Endowment for the Arts invite designers to participate in an international urban design competition:

[re]stitch TAMPA welcomes entrants to envision a new interface between the city of Tampa, Florida and the Hillsborough River. Utilizing Landscape Urbanism as a lens, [re]stitch Tampa seeks to refocus the Hillsborough as a SOCIAL, ECONOMIC, and ECOLOGIC spine for Tampa.

Currently, Portions of Tampa’s River walk have been realized. Developments such as Curtis Hixon Park and the new Tampa History Center have provided new access to the Hillsborough. Similarly, the previous decade witnessed renewed interest in Downtown living. However, private ownership along the river and the implementation of misguided Urban Renewal strategies have led to an identity crisis for Downtown and the Hillsborough.

As the River walk is further developed, [re]stitch Tampa seeks design solutions that rekindle an intimate relationship between a city and its river. Beyond merely skirting or crossing the river, urban design schemes will treat infrastructure as a palimpsest fostering balance between built and natural environments. Issues of storm water management will transcend traditional methods of implementation to reveal productive landscapes promoting social and economic sustainability. Issues of ecology should transcend the river to promote green infrastructure throughout downtown and surrounding neighborhoods.

A distinguished jury of Urban Designers, Architects, Planners and artists will select winning entries. Jurors Include:
Charles Waldheim – Principal, Urban Agency; John E. Irving professor and chair of landscape architecture at Harvard University Graduate School of Design
Chris Reed – Principal, STOSS Landscape Urbanism; Adjunct Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture at Harvard University Graduate School of Design
Margaret Crawford – Professor of Architecture in the College of Environmental Design at the University of California, Berkley
Juhani Pallasma – Arkkitehtitoimisto Juhani Pallasmaa KY; Ruth & Norman Moore Visiting Professor at Washington University. Plym Professor at the University of Illinois
Chad Oppenheim – Principal of Oppenheim Architecture + Design, Miami, Florida. Professor at Florida International University

EXTENDED DEADLINE OF RESTITCH TAMPA TO Tuesday, March 20, 2012 by 5pm This will be a one-stage design ideas competition. Awards Ceremony to be held Friday April 13, 2012 in Tampa with comments from jurors. Go to the competition website regularly for more information

 

OKRA, Maxwan A+U, and Basler&Hofmann win Basel City Centre Design Competition

OKRA-REDISCOVER-BASEL-Design-Competition

The team of OKRA, Maxwan A+U, and Basler&Hofmann has won the competition for the concept design of the Basel city centre. The proposal provides an overall view on quality of public realm in the city centre for the next decades, and focuses on creating a green and vibrant landscape city, providing spaces that create a ‘shared space 2.0’. The plan provides tools for transformation of a large area in the city centre, expanding from the train station SBB and the railway station Badischer Bahnhof on the other side of the river Rhine. Even more than today, the Basel city centre will be a focal point for the entire tri-national, expanding over the German and French borders.

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fleur de Sel | Les Jardins de Métis | UrbanBs

fleur de Sel | Les Jardins de Métis

Fleur de sel began with the image of the first snowfall that announces the onset of winter. The fragile snow covering the ground provides a portrait that has the same horizontality and life as those of Québec painter Jean Paul Lemieux. Between the white quilt and the green bed, the tracks that are left (objects, footprints, fragrances and even sounds) are trapped and remain hidden for the entire winter until the snow melts. These temporary fossils, almost invisible to the eye, create a hidden garden. It is up to us to imagine what is underneath. Isn’t a secret garden a personal place?

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FLYING TO WONDERLAND | Market of Vlaardingen | Stijlgroep

Market of Vlaardingen - Stijlgroep landscape and urban design

The Market of Vlaardingen is the very most historic part of Vlaardingen (NL). Since the early beginnings this has been the space of the public, cultural life and it is still. Stijlgroep landscape and urban design had been commissioned for the redesign of this prominent square. The design phase has been completed in 2011 and the square is due to delivery in 2012.

The monumental trees, the existing brick walls around the church, the historic town hall and the Geuzenmonument (reminding of the first major resistance group in the Netherlands and the people who died in concentration camps) define the atmosphere of the Market.

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