Le Monolithe and Cour de Loges completed: West 8

Le Monolithe Cour de Louges WEST8

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Recently MVRDV and West 8 announced that ‘Le Monolithe’ in Lyon, France is complete. The contemporary urban block with five separate volumetric volumes designed by 5 different architects including MVRDV, Pierre Gautier, Manuelle Gautrand, ECDM and Erik van Egeraat. The public plaza – ‘Cour de Loges was designed by WEST 8.

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What to do with stalled construction sites?

Nathaniel Popper at the LA Times has answered the question with a summary of how cities, architects, publications, and other groups are addressing stalled projects in cities across the USA in the article Cities embrace temporary fixes for stalled construction projects.  Its a great read and file this article under great read & summary. To save you sometime I have linked in the list below the people and projects mentioned in the article.

Georgeen Theodore of Interboro Partners
Lentspace, Manhattan
Brad Lander – New York City Council Member
Holding Patterns, Design Competition, Seattle with 13 finalists
Highway 101 Urban Farm (aka Hayes Valley Farm) – San Francisco [SF Streets Blog]
Hayes Valley Farm – History
San Francisco Office of Economic and Workforce Development
Boston Redevelopment Authority
Jeffrey Holmes – Woods Bagot
‘Icebergs NYC’ – Woods Bagot
Squared Design Lab
Blaine Merker – Rebar [MLA Berkerley]

Mohsen Mostafavi Interview by ECOSISTEMA URBANO [VIDEO]

ECOSISTEMA URBANO based in Madrid has some interesting projects, blog, network and tv. Recently they posted a 5 minute interview with Mohsen Mostafavi – Dean of Harvard University Graduate School of Design. He speaks of responsibility from a discipline and ethical perspective.

[ecosistema urbano] is an innovative agency focused on the understanding of the city as a complex phenomenon, from a special point of view between architecture, urbanism, engineering and sociology. The team’s field of interest is defined by something they call ‘creative urban sustainability’, from where to react to the present situation of cities through innovation, creativity and particularly action.

Land News 11 Dec 2010 – Waldheim, Cities as brands, Bike Superhighways…

OPINION PIECE: Gadi Amit – ‘American Design Schools Are a Mess, and Produce Weak Graduates’ at Fastco design

EVENT: ‘Dominique Perrault: Urban Landscape’ show at the Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery until Dec 26

VIDEO: Playing in the Street – Smacking The Culture of Fear on the Nose posted by Copenhagenize

COMPETITION: Taichung Gateway Park International Design Competition

JOB: Qatar recently won the World Cup 2022 and needs to design and build the supporting infrastructure. So the call has gone out for Urban Designers. See the job listing for more information

IMAGE GALLERY: 10 Urban Spaces Around the World Reborn as Vibrant Green Parks (Slideshow) [treehugger]

CALL FOR PAPERS: Calls for Presentation Papers for ASLA 2011 Meeting Expo in November 2011 are due January 21

NEW BLOG: Land Perspectives by Alice Webb – owner of EarthDesign Landscape Architecture

BOOK : Topotek 1 Rosemarie Trockel  (AMAZON AFFILIATE LINK)

NEWS FROM THIS WEEK

Charles Waldheim appointed Gardner Museum Announces New Curator Of Landscape [wbur.org]

Dead Coal Mine Pits Grow New Trees Without Human Assistance [Inhabitat]

From the tallest tower to a vibrant urban park, the best architecture of 2010 [Chicago Tribune – Cityscapes blog by Blair Kamin]

Boston Redevelopment Authority pilot program eyes vacant lots for urban farmland [Dorchester Reporter]

Project Orange smokestacks to vanish from Syracuse skyline [syracuse.com]

Cookie-cutter cities don’t make good brands [Global Times]

Copenhagen to Build Bike Superhighway [Bicycling]

UNOPS and Arup partner to strengthen infrastructure capacity [ARUP]

Construction works tea house Leidsche Rijn Park have started [West 8]

James Corner Field Operations winner Cooper Hewitt 2010 National Design Award – Landscape Design [VIDEO]

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