Minneapolis Riverfront Design Competition finalists announced

Recently the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board and Minneapolis Parks Foundation, with Creative Partners, University of Minnesota College of Design and Walker Art Center  announced the finalists for the Minneapolis Riverfront Design Competition.

Fifty-five design teams responded to the RFQ, and the 13-member jury noted that the quality was exceptionally high. Says Bill Morrish, MR|DC jury member, and Dean of the School of Constructed Environments and Associate Dean, Parsons The New School of Design in New York City, “The four teams we short-listed comprise innovative and inspirational people who will work very hard to create great concepts for the Minneapolis riverfront.”

The team finalists are:

Ken Smith Workshop | New York City
Stoss Landscape Urbanism | Boston
Tom Leader Studio | Berkeley
Turenscape | Beijing

The finalists are the team leaders with each team having supporting consultants.

Each team will produce 21st-century parks designs for 220 acres of parkland and the surrounding neighborhoods along both sides of the 5.4-mile stretch of the Mississippi River from the Stone Arch Bridge in the historic downtown Mill District to the city’s northern limits. The winning design will be a comprehensive, integrated vision for the Upper Riverfront that establishes parks as the engine for economic development, transforms the river into a connector rather than a barrier between east and west banks, and refocuses Minneapolis toward what is one of the three great rivers of the world.

SOURCE: Minneapolis Riverfront Design Competition

Hollywood & Vine Metro Plaza Unifies Urban Streetscape

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Set just east of the fabled intersection of Hollywood and Vine, the Rios Clementi Hale Studios-designed Hollywood/Vine Metro portal and public plaza is a dynamic addition to one of the world’s most famous stretches of urban streetscape. The subway stop’s golden entry canopy and surrounding common areas merge into the ground plane of Hollywood Boulevard, serving as a pedestrian threshold and grand “front door” for the elegant W Hollywood Hotel and residences—which rise up just behind—and a gracious arrival point for Metro Red Line riders.

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Landmark on Cebeli Hill, Antalya Turkey

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1/1 Landscape + Architecture from Istanbul, Turkey have designed ‘Landmark Project of Cebeli Hill’, with a new program that looks out new requirements and opportunities. The originality of Cebeli Hill is re-interpreted in the construction and silhuette fiction. The design that has the holistic green spaces, ecological solutions and to include local species in the design; contains global protection principles besides monumental structure’s contemporary architectural language.

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Parque Bicentenario Estero 2010 – CAPALab (fabriKG)

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CAPALab’s aim, by combining two main attractors (activities + green public areas), was to encourage the local population and visitors to use ‘the Estero’ and in turn take ownership of this essential resource.

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IALE: Future Landscape Ecology

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The International Association for Landscape Ecology (UK) held its annual conference at the University of Brighton, 14-16 September. This year’s focus was ‘Future Landscape Ecology’ with sessions on Species responses to landscapes; assessing vulnerability and resilience; future scenarios; problem-solving; workshop sessions; landscape-scale adaptation and management.

Richard Smithers,  ialeUK chair stated

The challenge for future landscape ecology is to help create a new narrative for conserving the natural environment, establishing it as the basis for all useful function.

If future landscape ecology can help provide governments with better information on ecosystem services, then common tragedy might be averted through imposing solutions.

The 2011 conference will be held on 5-8 September(provisional dates) at University of Wolverhampton.

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SOURCE: International Association for Landscape Ecology (UK)

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