Recently WLA reported on the announcement of the finalists for the Queens Wharf design competition. We have just found out that the competition has been halted and no winner will be awarded as the competition organisers (various government authorities) were not impressed with the stage 2 entries submitted.
Comments left on news sites and blogs have expressed differing views. Some stating that this is an embarrassment to hold a competition and not award a winner, while others see that it is good that the project was quashed as it was being rushed to be ready for the Rugby World Cup in 2011. There is a general consensus however, that the budget was far too low ($47-50milllion NZD) to create a design worthy of the Auckland waterfront whilst pleasing all interests.
Voxy.co.nz quotes North Shore Mayor Andrew Williams as saying
“……they want the redevelopment to deliver on all these expectations for a miserable $47 million, which is like expecting a Sydney Opera House for the price of a temporary prefab.”
Was the design process flawed from the start? What’s your view?
“This is the world’s first significant tropical botanical garden to open in decades and the only garden in the U.S. with a superstar design team,” Holley commented. “They have created a world-class tropical paradise that is not
only a sensory delight but also a place for recreation, reflection and education for today and generations to come.” The cost for this phase of the Garden’s development is $36 million.
Today is also the opening of the Call for Pilot Projects to test various aspects of the Sustainable Sites Initiative Rating System using a cross-section of project types, sizes and geographic locations throughout the design, construction and maintenance stages. Feedback from the pilot projects will be used to revise the final rating system and inform the technical reference manual.
Projects outside the USA will be considered but additional documentation will be required in relation to regulations and systems. The Pilot Program does not have an application fee, however fees during the pilot project will range between$500 to $5000.
The number of design review panels has more than doubled in the last five years, so that now almost every local authority has access to high quality independent design advice. Over 80 panels are up and running across England.
A ceremonial groundbreaking will be held at Penn Park on Friday, November 6. The event tent will be located east of Levy Tennis Pavilion, at the west gate to the Penn Park site. Penn Park is a 24-acre site on the eastern edge of the campus, offering beautiful views of the Center City skyline located along the Schuylkill River between Walnut and South Street. The Park will expand Penn’s athletic and recreation facilities within a broader public open space. The primary facilities will include: multi-purpose artificial fields (one enclosed by a seasonal air structure), outdoor tennis courts, and associated program elements consisting of restrooms, spectator seating and parking. The landscape architect is Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates, Inc. It is expected to be completed by summer 2011.
WPA 2.0 SYMPOSIUM at The National Building Museum
401 F Street NW Washington, DC 20001 – Red Line Metro, Judiciary Square
November 16th – 10 AM to 6 PM
SCHEDULE of events:
Keynote: Ron Sims
Deputy Secretary, Department of Housing and Urban Development
Presentations by the six WPA 2.0 finalists
Keynote: Adolfo Carrion
Director, Office of Urban Affairs
Jury Discussion with
Stan Allen, Cecil Balmond, Elizabeth Diller,
Walter Hood, Thom Mayne, and Marilyn Taylor
Policymaker Panel with
Julia Anastasio, American Public Works Association (invited)
Casey Jones, GSA Design Excellence Program
Maurice Cox, NEA
David Burney, NYC Department of Design and Construction
Moderator: Bill Menking, Publisher, The Architect’s Newspaper
followed by the Announcement of WPA 2.0 and WPA 2.0 (SE) Winners
Full Day non-National Building Museum Members $100 lunch and reception included
Full Day National Building Museum Members $90 lunch and reception included
Full Day Student Registration $60 lunch and reception included
Half-Day Professional Registration $60 2:00 – 6:00pm reception included
WORLD LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT is not involved with this Event please contact WPA 2.0 organisers
Europe’s busiest diagonal crossing was unveiled today by London Mayor Boris Johnson following a £5million makeover which has seen Oxford Circus get the X factor.
For the first time ever shoppers will be able to cross the busy intersection diagonally in an ‘X’ as well as straight ahead – meaning the junction will be able to handle double the number of pedestrians and ease overcrowding.
Taking a lead from Tokyo’s famous Shibuya crossing, renowned for allowing large numbers to cross with ease, Oxford Circus, the gateway to London’s premier shopping destination, has had its barriers and street clutter ripped out and remodelled, giving the 200million shoppers and workers that visit annually around 70 per cent more freedom to move around.