Walter Hood: Fast Company ‘Masters of Design 2010′

Walter Hood has been featured in Fast Company’s ‘Masters of Design 2010′.  A special issue relating to design – Walter Hood was featured as the ‘daring Californian landscape architect, is transforming dreary public places into pillars of  the community’. The feature also includes Bjarke Ingles (BIG) and Patricia Urquiola.

The feature is an interesting profile of Hood and his education and career so far with quotes from luminaries such as Charles Waldheim, chair of Harvard’s department of landscape architecture. “He was finding value and producing meaning in places that seemingly had none.” and also from Hood himself

Hood is more direct, and his explanation of what he is doing summarizes his life’s work well. “People were asking me the other day, ‘So when is the Green Print gonna start being implemented?’ ” he says, flashing a grin. “The beauty of this project is it’s already there. We just have to dust off the bookshelf and put the stuff back.”

Read more at the [SOURCE: Fast Company - Masters of Design 2010 - Walter Hood 'This Land is your land']

Vail Wildlife Crossing Infrastructure Design Competition finalists announced

Recently the finalists for the ARC International Wildlife Crossing Infrastructure Design Competition were selected to continue into Phase 2 of the competition to develop conceptual designs and 3-D models for a wildlife overpass at West Vail Pass along Interstate Highway 70 near Vail, Colorado. The designs are intended to usher in a new generation of wildlife crossing infrastructure using new methods, new materials, and new thinking to reduce structural costs and increase adaptability and ecological function. The five finalist teams are:

  • Balmori Associates (New York) with StudioMDA, Knippers Helbig Inc., David Skelly, CITA, Bluegreen, John A. Martin & Associates, and David Langdon.
  • The Olin Studio (Philadelphia) with Explorations Architecture (Paris), Buro Haphold (London) and Applied Ecological Services.
  • Janet Rosenberg & Associates (Toronto) with Blackwell Bowick Partnership, Dougan & Associates, and Ecokare International.
  • Michael Van Valkenburgh & Associates with HNTB Engineering with Applied Ecological Services, Inc.
  • Zwarts & Jantsma Architects (Amsterdam) with OKRA Landscape Architects, IV-infra and Planecologie

SOURCE: [ARC Competition]

Parklandschaft Tempelhof shortlist

Spiegel recently reported that Berlin city officials announced the shortlist for Parklandschaft Tempelhof – the historic airport site that will be transformed into a new city park and also the site for hosting the 2017 IGA.

The competition has 6 finalists who will share the €100,000 prize and will negotiate with the government for next stages of design. The finalists teams include

  • BASE, Paris
  • bbzl böhm benfer zahiri landschaften städtebau, Berlin
  • Capatti Staubach, Berlin
  • GROSS.MAX, Edinburgh
  • Rehwaldt Architekten Landschaft, Dresden
  • Topotek 1, Berlin

BASE, Paris

Base Paris

Base Paris

Continue reading Parklandschaft Tempelhof shortlist

Seattle’s Central Waterfront Project Finalists Announced

Last week the City of Seattle announced the shortlist of finalists for the role of lead designer. The four shortlisted teams are led by the following firms:

- Gustafson Guthrie Nichol

– James Corner Field Operations

– Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates

– Wallace Roberts & Todd

The shortlist was established through careful consideration of Statements of Qualifications submitted by 30 teams for the project. The team ultimately selected by the City will lead a design process for more than nine acres of new waterfront public space and a new surface street on Alaskan Way.

Public Presentations will be made by the design teams on September 15.  More information

Mark Hinshaw, FAIA, architect and urban planner has written a good post about the Central Waterfront project at Crosscut

You can also get news about the Central Waterfront Project on the Facebook page

[SOURCE: City of Seattle]

AILA 2010 National Awards Announced

Australian Institute of Landscape Architects has announced the winners of the 2010 National Awards.

The top honor of Australian Medal for Landscape Architecture was awarded to

James Mather Delaney Design Pty Ltd in partnership with Tonkin Zulaikha Greer Architects and City of Sydney for Paddington Reservoir Gardens, Paddington, Sydney

AILA 2010 National Landscape Architecture Award of Excellence

DESIGN
Taylor Cullity Lethlean
Darlington Public Domain Stage Two, University of Sydney

LAND MANAGEMENT
AECOM
Rouse Hill Landscape Restoration, Sydney

URBAN DESIGN
Oculus Landscape Architecture & Urban Design
Rouse Hill Town Centre, Sydney

National Landscape Awards

Several other projects in each category where also awarded and can be seen at the AILA National Awards website.

[SOURCE: AILA]
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