World Architecture Festival Shortlist 2010 Announced

The World Architecture Festival has announced the shortlist for 2010 Awards.  Several projects made the Landscape category shortlist for Built Projects but only two are on the shortlist for Future Projects. The Winners will be announced at the Festival in Barcelona which is to be held between 3-5 November.
The Student competition Urban SOS: Transformations recently closed with a shortlist of 4-5 entries to be announced on 1 September. The finalists will present their designs at the Festival in front of a master jury with the final winner announced on 5 November.

See the all the category shortlists at World Architecture Festival Shortlists 2010
To attend the event go to the WAF website

Built Projects Shortlist
Big Rock jetty
Edward Szewczyk and Associates Architects  Australia

Dhoby Ghaut Green
SCDA Architects Pte. Ltd   Singapore

Environmental recovery of the river Llobregat in the comarca of Baix Lllobregat
Batlle & Roig Architects    Spain

Hariri Memorial Garden
Vladimir Djurovic Landscape Architecture Lebanon

Marina Point Yacht Club
Cox Rayner Architects CA Architects Australia

Shanghai Houtan Park
Turenscape China

Future Projects
Masdar City
Foster and Partners United Arab Emirates

Southend Pier
White arkitekter AB United Kingdom

SOURCE: World Architecture Festival

Ground breaks on $12mil WNYC Transmitter Park

Parks & Recreation Commissioner Adrian Benepe and New York City Economic Development Corporation President Seth W. Pinsky recently broke ground on a $12 million redevelopment of WNYC Transmitter Park along the East River in Brooklyn. The project includes the construction of a pier at the foot of Kent Street, an upland connection to the pier, an esplanade for passive recreation, and 1.6-acres of open space to provide residents and visitors with increased access to the Greenpoint waterfront.

“Across all five boroughs we’re working to bring our waterfront back to life for recreational use by New Yorkers, and WNYC Transmitter Park will be the latest, but not the last, new park we’re bringing to Greenpoint,” said Parks & Recreation Commissioner Adrian Benepe. “Located on the site of the former WNYC radio transmission towers and a ferry terminal, this transformative project will construct a pier, park and esplanade, providing Greenpoint residents with increased access to the spectacular East River waterfront. I am grateful to Mayor Bloomberg, the Borough President, the City Council and federal and state grants for providing $12 million toward this project, and to EDC for managing the site’s redevelopment.”

WNYC Transmitter Park was designed by AECOM (EDAW), McLaren Engineering Group, WXY architecture + urban design with The LiRo Group as resident engineer, and Phoenix Marine Co., Inc. as contractor.

SOURCE: NYC Department of Parks & Recereation

London Cycle Hire Scheme goes live

Cycle Hire
SOURCE:  Flickr – By celesteh (Les Hutchins)

Recently London’s newest public transport system went live with 5000 bikes available with more than 12,000 members signed up to use the scheme, with over 6000 keys activated. Londoners using the scheme can from today take a cycle from one of 315 docking stations based every 300m or so throughout the centre of the Capital. The new bike scheme is part of the BIXI franchise.

Dongled Up
Bike Hire Key
SOURCE:  Flickr – By psd (Paul Downey)

Imagination Playground – a different form of play

Photo by Daniel Avila Source: NYC Dept. Parks & Recreation

On July 27, Mayor Michael Bloomberg and architect David Rockwell opened Imagination Playground at Burling Slip, an innovative playspace conceived and designed pro-bono by Mr. Rockwell to encourage child-directed, unstructured free play. With a focus on loose parts, Imagination Playground offers a changing array of elements that allows children to constantly reconfigure their environment and to design their own course of play. The Mayor and Mr. Rockwell were joined by Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, Borough President Scott Stringer, Council Member Margaret Chin, Community Board 1 Chair Julie Menin and Parks & Recreation Commissioner Adrian Benepe.

David Rockwell has partnered with Darell Hammond of KaBOOM!, a national non-profit dedicated to saving play, to bring Imagination Playground in a Box to communities across the country. The first Imagination Playground in a Box was launched at the Brownsville Recreation Center playground in Brooklyn, NY in July 2008.

Imagination Playground Short from Imagination Playground on Vimeo.

SOURCE: New York City Department of Parks & Recreation

Spotted at Archdaily – A New Take on Play / David Rockwell / Imagination Playground

Seachange 2030+ Ideas Competition: Winners Announced

The Australian Institute of Landscape Architects [AILA] and its competition partners invited individuals and teams to participate in the Sea Change 2030+, an international ideas competition, which asked for innovative ideas for planning, designing and managing for adaptation to urban sea level rise.

There were many highly innovative ideas in most of the submissions. Three equal first prizes were awarded in the professional team category. The Jury felt that there were three outstanding submissions that covered different aspects of local, regional and global responses to climate change and adaptation to sea level rise. These entrants were not readily comparable as they dealt with responses required over different scales of space and time.

CATEGORY 1 : EQUAL FIRST PRIZE Global Solutions

Embassy of the Drowned Nations – OCULUS, Sydney – Bob Earl, Shahreen Alford, Simon Bond, Liam Butt, Katie Cooper, Daniel Firns, Ali Gaunt, Rosie Krauss,  Ben Nacard, Simon Trick

We propose a bold move at the heart of Sydney that is surprising and thought provoking to raise awareness among residents and visitors about the effects of Sea Level Rise, to promote understanding and compassion for the plight of those displaced people around the world, leading to anacceptance of those people as Sydney and Australia plays it’s part in working together to facilitate change.

The bold move is an Embassy of Drowned Nations centred on Fort Dennison.  A type of Ellis Island, a blend of Atlantis and Eden, a rebirth, an opportunity, a memorial.

CATEGORY 1 : EQUAL FIRST PRIZE Metropolitan Solutions

Subtropical Sydney – OPSYS, USA – Pierre Bélanger, Miho Mazereeuw, Christina Milos, Andrew tenBrink, Erik Prince, Sarah Thomas


This submission takes a regional metropolitan approach to Sydney focusing on the connections between Botany Bay, Sydney airport and the low-lying lands along the Alexandria Canal. They propose a strategic response to adapting to sea level rise and intrusion of salt water into the former estuaries of the Cooks River with a conceptual design for what South Sydney could look like in 2030.

The ideas are based on urban renewal, reintroducing ecology into the city through green arteries and waterways. They propose a vision for re-engineering the urban form for cleaner waterways, recreational areas food production in urban gardens and improved access, amenity and mobility along green arteries. Their design integrates scales of place and time while producing a high value corridor for desirable and sustainable living. What they propose is a transition of Sydney into a new climate future based on a different valuation of ecosystem services and urban land economics.

CATEGORY 1 : EQUAL FIRST PRIZE Local Solutions

Sea-Life – NMGS, Queensland, Australia and Chile – James Nash,  Michael Marriott,  Lydia Gibson, Bec Stephens

This is an immediate and local response to global climate change. James Nash and his team present tactical built environment responses to living, playing and building on the edge of Sydney Harbour. Their project based on the iconic Balmoral Beach, shows the value of typological analysis and performance responses for micro-scale harbour features such as beaches and rock platforms with an emphasis on access and amenity. This responds to the Sydney lifestyle and its focus on water-based amenity and also deals with the challenges of sea level rise alienating public space and access to safe recreational venues.

Their conceptual design solutions represent a ‘good start’ for a future design manual for local government with a set of edge treatments that are pragmatic, affordable, do-able and able to be further developed into simple guidelines. These typological responses can be implemented over time through a set of initiatives that are place-based and rely on on ‘learning by doing’ – a valid local adaptive response to the uncertainty of timing about inevitable sea level rise.

SOURCE: AILA

IMAGE SOURCE: AILA

IMAGE CREDIT: OCULUS, OPSYS, NMGS

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