Designing Sustainable Cities

Arch Daily recently posted this fantastic video by Vandkunsten (in conjunction with Hausenberg) of Design Sustainable Cities such as Malmö, Sweden, Kløvermarken and Greve in Denmark.

masterplanning animation from Vandkunsten on Vimeo.

Thankfully spotted at the SOURCE: Arch Daily – Sustainable Cities.   Arch Daily is a great resource for Daily Architecture News.

Call for Proposals: Thanatopolis at I-Park

The I-Park Foundation (www.i-park.org), a not-for-profit international arts community in E. Haddam, CT (USA), is seeking proposals from the following disciplines that re-imagine our cultural and personal relationship to death, memory and memorialization:

Music/Sound Sculpture
Visual Arts/Environmental Sculpture
Theater/Choreography/Performance Art
Landscape/Garden Design
Architecture
Landscape Architecture

Those invited to execute their physical, performance or music/sound sculpture pieces for the Thanatopolis Exhibition in October 2010 will receive a creative fee of $2,000 plus a budget for travel, materials, incidental expenses.  ‘Paper projects’ will receive a creative fee of $700. No application fee.

Application  Deadline: July 5, 2010
Overview: http://www.i-park.org/Thanos.html
FAQ: http://www.i-park.org/Thanatopolis2010_FAQ.pdf
Specialized Call for Entries, Music/Sound Sculpture: http://www.i-park.org/MusicandSound.html
Questions: Agnes Miyuki, Thanatopolis@gmail.com

Michael Van Valkenburgh gives MVVA background at community meeting

Recently found this video of Michael Van Valkenburgh giving a background to MVVA and their initial approach to the North Grant Park at a community meeting. It is always interesting to see landscape architects presenting their company. The video does have a few edits and is not complete presentation but still worth a watch and will interesting to look back at in 10-20 years.

SOURCE: Youtube
Video: Lynn Becker

Opening Kai-park at Vathorst: WEST 8

The Kai Park at the Vinex-location Vathorst in Amersfoort was officially opened by mayor van Vliet–Kuiper on the 28th of May.

West 8 designed the two hectare park as a green oasis, inspired by the famous Japanese artist Ando Hiroshige. Hiroshige is famous for his etchings prints about the daily life, urban scenes, landscapes and nature of old Japan. The three park bridges have details, inspired by the bridges in his paintings.

SOURCE: WEST 8
IMAGE SOURCE: WEST 8

Canadian National Urban Design Awards announced

Urban design and architectural excellence play an important role in maintaining and enhancing the quality of life in Canadian cities.

The Royal Architectural Institute of Canada, the Canadian Institute of Planners and the Canadian Society of Landscape Architects in cooperation with Canadian municipalities, wish to promote public and private awareness of that role.

Recently the award winners were announced:

Community Improvement Projects

Ottawa Children’s Garden (Ottawa, ON)
Sustainable Living Ottawa East and the Community of Old Ottawa East

Urban Design Plans

Transformation of the Bonaventure Expressway at the Montreal Downtown Gateway (Montreal, QC)
Groupe Cardinal Hardy collaboration: Urban Soland :
paysages urbains and Société du Havre de Montréal

Urban Architecture

Manitoba Hydro Place (Winnipeg, MB)
Kuwabara Payne McKenna Blumberg Architects, Smith Carter Architects & Engineers, Transsolar KlimaEngineering

Urban Fragments

Capital Health Centre (Edmonton, AB)
Dub Architects Ltd.

Civic Design Projects

Waterloo Public Square (Waterloo, ON)
GSP Group Inc.

Special Jury Award: Sustainable Development

Tower Renewal Opportunities Book (Toronto, ON)
E.R.A. Architects Inc. and the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design, University of Toronto, Project lead Graeme Stewart, ERA Architects Inc.

Special Jury Award: Small or Medium Community Urban Design

HRMbyDesign (Halifax, NS)
The Downtown Halifax Plan, Heritage and Design Department, Halifax Regional Municipality

Student Award

City_Program: Hybrid Area (Montreal, QC)
Virginie Pontbriand, Anik Malderis and Alexandre Guilbeault
(Université de Montréal)
Certificates of Merit

Urban Design Plans

The RiverWalk Master Plan (Calgary, AB)
Stantec Consulting Ltd.

Urban Architecture

Life Sciences Complex, McGill University (Montreal, QC)
Diamond and Schmitt Architects, Provencher Roy + Associés Architectes, Architects in Joint Venture

Royal Conservatory, TELUS Centre for Performance and Learning (Toronto, ON)
Kuwabara Payne McKenna Blumberg Architects

Civic Design Projects

Spadina WaveDeck (Toronto, ON)
WEST 8 + DTAH Joint Venture

SOURCE: RAIC

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