McGregor Coxall Wins International Waterfront Design Honour Award for Ballast Point Park Sydney

Ballast-Point-Park-Sydney

Ballast-Point-Park-Sydney

Philip Coxall of McGregor Coxall and the project client, Di Talty of the Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority were presented the award in Baltimore.

McGregor Coxall a leading Australian Urban Design and Landscape Architecture studio from Sydney was awarded the highest honour for their 2.5 hectare Ballast Point Park project in Birchgrove on Sydney Harbour. Director Philip Coxall of McGregor Coxalland the project client, Di Talty of the Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority were presented the award in Baltimore.

The Annual International Waterfront Centre Award was announced in Baltimore USA on the 5th of November at the Urban Waterfronts International Conference on Waterfront Planning, Development and Culture.  Benchmark waterfront projects from around the world including England, China, Canada and the USA were recognized for excellence.

The winning Ballast Point Park project, completed in 2009 is located on the former contaminated Caltex lubricant production facility site on the Birchgrove Peninsula in Sydney’s inner western harbour suburb of Balmain. Owned by Caltex from the 1920’s until 2002, the site has a rich history from aboriginal occupation, the privately owned gentleman’s residence ’Menevia’ of the 1860’s, to a quarry for ship ballast and finally an industrial lube oil facility.

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Land News 18 Nov 2010

James Howard Kunstler: The World is Going to Get Rounder and Bigger Again

Chris Martenson of Business Insider interviews James Howard Kunstler about oil, food, neighborhoods, economy and energy. The best quote from the interview

It ought to be self-evident. I mean, compare Phoenix and Portland, Oregon. Phoenix is utterly toast in a few years. They can’t grow any food there without expensive and heroic irrigation. They have water problems. They’re slaves to their cars. They’re in a place where even the hamburger flippers need air-conditioning to survive. It’s quite hopeless there. Portland, on the other hand, has turned itself into one of the finest walkable cities in the USA……

Read the full article at [Business Insider]

Rust Belt Cities Demolish Homes as Foreclosures Blight Cleveland, Detroit [Bloomberg]
Cleveland’s population has been shrinking for 60 years as the city lost manufacturing jobs. Now, after more than 33,000 foreclosures since 2005, it’s demolishing hundreds of deserted, derelict homes.

Lane-storming: Cities drive new ideas about public space [Globe&Mail]
A line has been drawn in the battle over city streets. On a busy Manhattan morning this spring, a comedy troupe drew a chalk divide down the edge of Fifth Avenue, creating one lane for “tourists” and another for “New Yorkers.” It was just a joke, but the news quickly spread around the world and inspired copycat initiatives.

College unveils Landscape Master Plan [Miscellany News] to be officially revealed next week

According to Urbanski, Van Valkenburgh (MVVA) approaches each institution individually, looking for a custom fit. “We don’t have a formulaic approach,” he said, “and that’s a loaded statement.” This approach, he said, separates Van Valkenburgh from other similar companies.

Shops and cafes along state roads of Armenia to have single architectural style
uring the November 18 sitting, the Armenian government approved introduction of a catalogue for architectural designs of trade and service facilities located at territories adjacent to the state and international roads.

Surbana International Consultants win Skyrise Greenery Awards 2010 [World Architecture News]

Seattle’s live-work spaces: Commuting is such a breeze [Crosscut]

Green roofs and rooftop gardens [KYPost]

Santa Monica Palisades Garden Walk + Town Square

Palisades Walk + Town Square
The design for Palisades Garden Walk + Town Square has been shaped by an intense and collaborative community process and inspired by the California Arroyo Landscape.   The resultant design scheme, the “Arroyo Wash,” presents a park that will be the new heart of the city.  Fluid braided pathways appear to organically emerge from the entrance of City Hall extending outward and connecting neighborhoods with the Pier, the beach, and civic campus.  Linear rolling topography reinforces the softness of the circulatory system and creates a series of “bluffs” that host overlooks and framed views of the city.   Carved into the rolling topography are a series of “bays” that organize the site’s program and include space for small events and performances, an outdoor café, gardens, play spaces, and bike kiosks.

Palisades Walk + Town Square
Water elements within the park also originate in Town Square and, through a series of runnels, extend into the serpentine, flowing topography of Palisades Garden Walk with increasing turbulence that ultimately softens the sound of traffic along the Ocean Avenue, on the site’s westernmost edge.  An overhead lighting trellis also creates strong linkage between Town Square and Palisades Garden Walk and will be a feature element at the Corner of Ocean and Colorado Avenues.

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LAND News 17 Nov 2010

Planning for B.C.’s biggest city – [Surrey Leader]

MSU Study: Urban farming could be big boost to Detroit’s diet – [Michigan Radio]

What about “shapes of avoidance” on the landscape? – [SeattlePI]

Re-Detroit: Seeking the vision for a revitalized city – [Metrotimes.com]

Dublin shops to get deliveries by bicycle – [thejournal.ie]

Quadrangle Architects wins urban intensification award for Downtown Markham project [Daily Commercial News & Construction Record]

Greenville cyclists set ideas in motion on lane plan for city – [greenville online]

Britain’s streets to be lit by the power of the sun – even at night [Solar Power Portal]

Can a remodeled (Madison) Central Library attract public and accommodate homeless?

Designer says windfarm to have limited visibility – [The Press & Journal]

Landscape architect outlines upgrades for Lynn Common – [Itemlive.com]

Two BSU students named Rhodes Scholarship finalists – [The Star Press]

Breathing new life into MacCabe Park – [Illwarra Mercury]

Examiner Editorial: A roadmap to save America’s cities – [Washington Examiner]

Muskegon’s Ruddiman Creek to undergo second round of restoration work – [mlive.com]

Syracuse University spurring revitalisation through Urban Intervention

The Toshiko Mori designed Syracuse Center of Excellence recently opened with its ramped green roof and ecological architecture that may give it a Platinum LEED Rating. Stephen Zacks a reporter at Metropolis Magazine looks into the new building and the role of Mark Robbins and his “opportunistic urbanism” in revitalising the struggling rust belt city of Syracuse.

It’s all excellent as ecological architecture, but it would be perfectly ordinary as urbanism if it were an isolated project. What’s exceptional is the extent to which the building anchors a larger vision for the city and the neighborhood, as put forth by Robbins, who led the architect-selection process.

Read more at Urban Intervention – Stephen Zacks at Metropolis Magazine

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