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

OLIN selected to lead redesign of the Met’s Fifth Avenue Outdoor Plaza

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The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York announced yesterday that it had selected OLIN to lead a comprehensive, multi-year effort to redesign and rebuild the four-block-long outdoor plaza that fronts its landmark Fifth Avenue façade. The project will feature as one of its centerpiece elements the design and installation of all-new fountains outside the museum building.

The selection of OLIN comes after a search process that involved a review of more than 30 leading landscape and building architects from around the world. The international search was conducted by a special committee of the Museum’s Board of Trustees chaired by Daniel Brodsky, who is also Vice Chairman of the Trustee Buildings Committee.

OLIN will lead a comprehensive project to re-conceive the entire plaza space, including its fountains and accompanying plantings, all of which were installed in their present form four decades ago in 1970. The uses of the plaza have changed over the years—vehicles, for example, are no longer allowed to drive around the fountains—suggesting the need for a new design program. The existing fountains, long dormant, were recently rehabilitated and currently function, but the repairs did not address long-term issues and are only temporary.

The project will require considerable advance planning, design work, and formal approvals from community and citywide agencies. At this early stage in the design process, the Museum has not yet developed a construction schedule but, pending all approvals, hopes that construction will take around two years and be completed by 2015.

SOURCE: Metropolitan Museum of Art

Singapore opens large floating wetland

Senkang Floating Wetland

Prime Minister Lee at the opening of Senkang Floating Wetland


Over the weekend in Singapore the Senkang Floating Wetland – the largest man-made floating wetland in Singapore was opened to the public by Prime Minister Lee. Developed as part of PUB’s Active, Beautiful, Clean Waters programme, the wetland sitting on the Punggol Reservoir is roughly the size of half a football field.

The wetland links the Anchorvale Community Club to the Sengkang Riverside Park via a bridge on one side, and a boardwalk skimming the water surface on the other, so residents can now enjoy facilities on both banks of the Punggol Reservoir, as well as on the Sengkang Floating Wetland and its boardwalk overlooking the reservoir.

“The wetland is home to about 18 plant species that have been carefully chosen for both their cleansing and aesthetic properties. These plants absorb nutrients and pollutants through their roots. This helps to ensure that the water in this reservoir, an important source of our water supply, stays clean the natural way,” said Mr Tan Nguan Sen, PUB’s Catchment and Waterways Director.

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Prime Minister Lee at the opening of Senkang Floating Wetland

SOURCE: PUB

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Turenscape wins WAF Landscape Award

Turenscape has won the World’s Best Landscape award at the World Architecture Festival Awards (WAF Awards) 2010 for Shanghai Houtan Park – a park on the banks of the Huangpu River within the 2010 World Expo park.

The judges selected Shanghai Houtan Park as unanimous winner, among a very high-quality group of projects, for its masterful use of design strategies to transform the polluted waterfront of the Huangpu River into a living system.

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SOURCE: World Architecture Festival

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