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.

Private vs Public Money for Parks

New York Times recently published When Parks Must Rely on Private Money by DIANE CARDWELL concerning the struggles of cities to fund the construction and maintenance of parks throughout the USA. Many parks are funded through selling of land or revenues generated by carparks or taxes from new nearby developments and others are funded by residents and companies donating funds in return for naming rights or plaques. Cardwell cites examples of parks that have been constructed with the use some private funding including Millennium Park in Chicago and the Highline and with the tradeoff causing issues in some cities.

The article stimulated a few ideas I have had during my career. I find that funding of new or redevelopment of parks is a often a fine line between private and public funding, which often blurs the line between public and private space. Private funding often causing issues with residents because of naming or commercial activities in the new park that create a private area.

An ever-growing trend for cities around the world is to justify the cost of construction and maintenance of parks through inclusion of private funding or commercial activities such as paid parking garages, retail shops, restaurants, or areas that are commercialised for entertainment(concerts, festivals, etc). How to strike a balance between private and public funding is very complicated process for each city and requires research and consultation.

Many cities find it hard to redevelop parks with the use of public money as it is often controversial as parks are sometimes seen by residents as non-essential. Residents see hospitals, schools, and police as essential services within the community whereas parks are seen as non-essential and that public monies would be better spent on other services. To avoid this cities seek private funding in return for naming rights or a commercial development on or near the  park. Now the question is how far to go with private funding and how much is the park compromised by accepting the funding in return for naming right or commercial development?

This issue of public and private funding will become more and more prevalent around the world as developers of retail and residential developments blur the line between public and private space by creating spaces in developments that are town squares and parks that can be accessed by the public. This blurring will cause some confusion with city residents as to what is public space and what is private. It also raises the question – Are developers going to develop parks and maintain them or will it always remain the domain of the local government?

Private development of public parks as apart of residential developments or commercial developments, which are then handed to government after certain period is already occurring in some parts of the world. Will this become a growing trend across cities for small and large parks? Or will it remain only in residential developments?

By Damian Holmes

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