Auckland’s Queens Wharf redevelopment stalled

Auckland‘s City council has rejected the latest plans for $100 million redevelopment of Queens Wharf which was scheduled to be the ‘party central’ for the Rugby World Cup to be held in 2011.

Back in November, WLA reported that the International Design Competition for Queen’s Wharf finished in controversy when no winner was awarded.

Now it seems that the new $97 million redevelopment plan have also been halted.

……that plan was rejected, and three other, cheaper plans for temporary structures also put on hold until a masterplan for the waterfront was developed, said Auckland City mayor John Banks. (New Zealand Herald)

Read more at the [SOURCE: New Zealand Herald - Mayors reject Queens Wharf funding plan]

Field Operations gets on Fast Company’s Most Innovative Architecture Companies list

Fast Company has just published its list of  World’s Most Innovative Companies 2010 with an overall Top 50 and also a Top 10 for industries such as Architecture, Design, Electronics, China (?).

Field Operations made it to No. 10 on the Most Innovative Companies Architecture Industry list for its work on the High Line and future work on Philadelphia’s Race Street Pier. Diller Scofidio + Renfro was No.1 on the Most Innovative Companies Architecture Industry list for work on the Highline and other projects which ‘transformed public space in Manhattan last year’.

WET Design is No. 10 on the Top 10 Most Innovative Design Companies list. Famous for their designs including the Dubai Fountain, Lumia and Los Angeles’s first permeable grass parking lot.

Built Environment design companies that made the World’s Most Innovative Companies 2010 Top 50 overall list included Diller Scofidio + Renfro(32), MVRDV (44).

Check out the Top 10 at Most Innovative Architecture Companies Industry list and the World’s Most Innovative Companies 2010 Top 50 overall list

[SOURCE: Fast Company]

http://www.fastcompany.com/mic/2010

Trump’s golf course plans submitted to local council

Donald Trump’s £1 billion golf resort was submitted to the Aberdeenshire Council (Scotland). The new proposal includes a championship golf course, resort, and a new village, complete with shops, pubs and cafes. The 1,400-acre site at Menie, drawn up by Gareth Hoskins Architects, was a requirement of the outline planning approval for the development of a golf course and resort.

The drawings and plans from today’s submission are to be exhibited to the public at the Udny Arms Hotel, Newburgh, from March 12-13.

read more at the [SOURCE: Times Online - Donald Trumps masterplan for 'world's greatest golf course in Scotland']

survival, renewal and recovery – RIAI President

Recently appointed Paul Keogh, President of the RIAI (Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland) for 2010 – 2011 thinks that in the current economy its all about “survival, renewal and recovery – not just for architects, but for Ireland as a whole”.  His mantra is that “architecture matters”, so he’ll be talking to government and local authorities, other professions and the public about “why it matters and how important it is to get things right”. His statements were reported in a recent interview with the Irish Times‘Good design must be central to economic recovery’

The article about Paul Keogh’s ideas for Irish architecture is an interesting and inspiring read and capped of with an interesting statement.

The RIAI’s new president also maintains that the idea of “starchitects” travelling the globe to design “iconic” buildings “died with the credit crunch and the collapse of Lehman’s in September 2008”.

Read more of the article at the [SOURCE: Irish Times - 'Good design must be central to economic recovery']

Competition Shortlist is a who’s who of design

Recently the contest organisers of the Gateway Arch Design Competition announced the shortlist for the second round of the competition and it reads like a who’s who of built environment design from around the world. This competition is shaping up to be one of the most interesting for 2010 and the jury will have a hard job on their hands picking a winner.

The lead designers and design teams are:

  • Behnisch Architekten, Gehl Architects, Stephen Stimson Associates, Buro Happold, Transsolar, Applied Ecological Services, Limno-Tech, Herbert Dreiseitl, Arne Quinze, Peter MacKeith, Eric Mumford
  • FIT (Fully Integrated Thinking) Team – Arup, Doug Aitken Studio, HOK Planning Group, HOK
  • Michael Maltzan Architecture, Stoss Landscape Urbanism, Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, Richard Sommer, Buro Happold
  • Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates, Steven Holl Architects, Greenberg Consultants, Uhlir Consulting, HR&A Advisors, Guy Nordenson and Associates, Arup, LimnoTech, Ann Hamilton Studio, James Carpenter Design Associates, Elizabeth K. Meyer, Project Projects
  • PWP Landscape Architecture, Foster + Partners, Civitas, Ned Kahn, Buro Happold
  • Quennell Rothschild and Partners and Diller Scofidio + Renfro, Vishkan Chakrabarti, Buro Happold, Atelier Ten, and Nicholas Baume
  • Rogers Marvel Architects and Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects, Urban Strategies, Local Projects, Arup
  • SOM, BIG, Hargreaves Associates, Jaume Plensa, URS
  • Weiss/Manfredi, Magnusson Klemencic Associates, Mark Dion

The nine design leaders and teams now have five weeks to complete their teams and present full qualifications to the competition jury, Stastny said.

In addition, local contractors, minority, disadvantaged, or women-owned businesses and others are invited to meet Feb. 18 from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Old Court House with representatives of the short-listed design groups for potential teaming opportunities.

“This will be an excellent opportunity for these businesses to learn about the project and to begin considering participating,” Stastny said. “We look forward to a strong turnout.”

The final stage, Stage III, to take place over the summer, will include a 90-day design concept competition to explore the finalists’ design approach and test their working methodology.

The public will be invited to two events this spring and summer. A “meet the designers night” will be held in late April. This summer, there will be a public exhibition of the designs. Details will be available soon.

The final jury pick will be announced on Sept. 24, 2010. The project is set to be constructed by Oct. 28, 2015.

The new design is called for in the National Park Service’s General Management Plan, which was developed with extensive public input over an 18-month period and approved Nov. 23, 2009.

The competition is sponsored by the CityArchRiver 2015 Foundation, which includes National Park Superintendent Tom Bradley, St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay, community leaders from Missouri and Illinois, academics, architects and national park advocates.

A full list of registrants for the competition, “Framing a Modern Masterpiece: The City + The Arch + The River 2015,” has also been released. It can be found with other competition information at www.cityarchrivercompetition.org.

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