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.

Designing Sustainable Cities

Arch Daily recently posted this fantastic video by Vandkunsten (in conjunction with Hausenberg) of Design Sustainable Cities such as Malmö, Sweden, Kløvermarken and Greve in Denmark.

masterplanning animation from Vandkunsten on Vimeo.

Thankfully spotted at the SOURCE: Arch Daily – Sustainable Cities.   Arch Daily is a great resource for Daily Architecture News.

Call for Proposals: Thanatopolis at I-Park

The I-Park Foundation (www.i-park.org), a not-for-profit international arts community in E. Haddam, CT (USA), is seeking proposals from the following disciplines that re-imagine our cultural and personal relationship to death, memory and memorialization:

Music/Sound Sculpture
Visual Arts/Environmental Sculpture
Theater/Choreography/Performance Art
Landscape/Garden Design
Architecture
Landscape Architecture

Those invited to execute their physical, performance or music/sound sculpture pieces for the Thanatopolis Exhibition in October 2010 will receive a creative fee of $2,000 plus a budget for travel, materials, incidental expenses.  ‘Paper projects’ will receive a creative fee of $700. No application fee.

Application  Deadline: July 5, 2010
Overview: http://www.i-park.org/Thanos.html
FAQ: http://www.i-park.org/Thanatopolis2010_FAQ.pdf
Specialized Call for Entries, Music/Sound Sculpture: http://www.i-park.org/MusicandSound.html
Questions: Agnes Miyuki, Thanatopolis@gmail.com

Michael Van Valkenburgh gives MVVA background at community meeting

Recently found this video of Michael Van Valkenburgh giving a background to MVVA and their initial approach to the North Grant Park at a community meeting. It is always interesting to see landscape architects presenting their company. The video does have a few edits and is not complete presentation but still worth a watch and will interesting to look back at in 10-20 years.

SOURCE: Youtube
Video: Lynn Becker

Opening Kai-park at Vathorst: WEST 8

The Kai Park at the Vinex-location Vathorst in Amersfoort was officially opened by mayor van Vliet–Kuiper on the 28th of May.

West 8 designed the two hectare park as a green oasis, inspired by the famous Japanese artist Ando Hiroshige. Hiroshige is famous for his etchings prints about the daily life, urban scenes, landscapes and nature of old Japan. The three park bridges have details, inspired by the bridges in his paintings.

SOURCE: WEST 8
IMAGE SOURCE: WEST 8

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