Hudson River Park – Tribeca Section/Pier 25 opens to the public

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Recently the Tribeca section of the Hudson River Park in New York opened to the public.  The new $120 million park is a one mile long section that includes 10 acres of upland open space, seven acres of recreation space on two piers and 90 acres of interpier, safe water boating.  Mathews Nielsen Landscape Architects designed a park that reconnects urban residents with their shoreline, mighty river, the horizon, sunsets, seasonal change and reemerging habitats.  By boat, bike or on foot, New Yorkers have a new mile of recreational and educational splendor to enjoy.

The program was developed in close collaboration with the client and local community.   The client requested that each segment include neighborhood recreational facilities such as playgrounds, dog runs, sports fields, lawns and sitting areas as well as a continuous esplanade that links the 5.5 mile-long Hudson River Park. The first design challenge was to balance programmatic requirements with spatial constraints: the upland area is only 80 feet wide and abuts a major roadway.  The second design challenge was to infuse the park with a sustainable ecology and cultural framework that will evolve over the next century.

The design intent seeks to marry park-wide elements with a place-based identity such that visitors will recognize that they are in a cohesive yet distinctive part of Hudson River Park.  Unique program and design features of this segment include overlooks at each former pier location, a sweeping, elevated Nature Walk that meanders through indigenous plantings, and a serpentine edge where the upland meets the esplanade.

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Gustafson Porter wins CityLife Park International Design Competition

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Leading international landscape architects Gustafson Porter (London) have won the competition to design the Milan CityLife Park with their concept CityLife ‒ A Park between the Mountains and the Plain. The Mayor of Milan, Letizia Moratti, announced the winning design of the international competition to create a public park in the centre of Milan. Gustafson Porter’s concept builds on Milan’s commanding position between the rich agricultural plains of the Po to the south and the routes across the Alps to the rest of Europe to the north – resulting in its role as a major European trading centre throughout history.

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LSU & Harvard top America’s Best Schools Survey

It’s that time of year when Design Intelligence publishes it’s design school rankings survey. The  2011 America’s Best Architecture & Design Schools survey ranks  undergraduate and graduate programs from the perspective of leading practitioners in the professions of Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Interior Design and Industrial Design. America’s Best Architecture & Design Schools by Design Intelligence is conducted on behalf of the Design Futures Council.  This 12th annual survey was conducted in mid-2010.

The Top 5 Design Schools for Landscape Architecture:

Undergraduate
1. Louisiana State University
2. Texas A&M University
3=. Purdue University
3=. University of Georgia
3=. Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State Univ.

Graduate
1. Harvard University
2. Louisiana State University
3. Texas A&M University
4=. Cornell University
4=. University of Pennsylvania
4=. University of Virginia
4=. Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State Univ.

Summary
For undergraduate programs Texas A&M University was the biggest mover this year up from 7th in 2010 to 2nd in 2011. As for graduate study once again Texas A&M University has moved  up the rankings from 8th in 2010 to 2nd in 2011. Also Cornell University went from 9th to equal 4th. Harvard has once again topped the graduate rankings for 2011; a ranking it has held since 2005.

Landscape Professionals were also surveyed on university programs based upon graduate skills which ranks Communication, Design, Computer Applications and Sustainable Design Principles & Practices. Also included in the  survey are the  results from a Deans Survey and the Pass Rates of LARE by Section.

The 2011 America’s Best Architecture & Design Schools is available from Design Intelligence in printed and pdf format for $39.95USD

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Interview: Topotek 1 by VernissageTV

VernissageTV met with the Topotek 1 principals Martin Rein-Cano and Lorenz Dexler. Martin Rein-Cano in this excerpt from a longer interview gives a great synopsis of Topotek 1’s approach and the tradition of landscape architecture as an art tradition.

Topotek 1 are not the typical landscape architects. Topotek 1′s mission is to expand the possibilities of landscape architecture. On the occasion of the inauguration of their latest projects and their work on the competition for the redesign of the Flughafen Tempelhof site. In this interview at the offices of Topotek 1 in Berlin, Martin Rein-Cano and Lorenz Dexler talk about the beginnings of their career, how they met, their specific approach to lanscape architecture, their inspiration, how they select and develop projects, the stages of the design process in general, and their project Theresienhöhe railway cover in Munich, which they developed together with the German artist Rosemarie Trockel.

The complete interview in two parts (25 min.) is available at Vernissage TV. See also VernissageTV’s coverage of the inauguration of the Heerenschuerli Sports Facility they designed in Zürich / Switzerland.

VIDEO CREDIT: Heinrich Schmidt Founder of VernissageTV Topotek 1: Studio Visit. Interview with Martin Rein-Cano and Lorenz Dexler. Berlin / Germany, October 8, 2010.

Finalists announced for San Francisco Veteran Memorial

The finalists to design the San Francisco Veteran Memorial were announced yesterday at an event at Memorial Court. The memorial was planned in the 1920’s but was never installed in 1936 when the Memorial Court between the War Memorial Opera House and Veterans Building was completed.

Hundreds of artists from across the USA answered the call to design a memorial last summer. The list was narrowed down to three artist teams and according to the Daily Journal the finalists are:
  • Lee Norman is teaming up with Scott Slaney and Ricardo Supiciche of SWA Group.
  • Larry Kirkland and J. Douglass Macy. Kirkland who have collaborated in the past.
  • Susan Narduli with landscape architect Andrea Cochran

The three design team finalists will submit their proposal to the Veterans Memorial Committee in spring of 2011 with the final artist to be announced in May 2011. With the formal dedication in November 2013.

SOURCE: Daily Journal

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