SUSTAIN: Vancouver – Sustainability key to growth of future cities

On April 9 the one day conference SUSTAIN: Vancouver was held at Vancouver Art Gallery

SUSTAIN: Vancouver explores this corner of the world as a model for a larger dialogue about how to shape our experience of the urban and consider meaningful ways of living together for the years to come. From farming to architecture, to new technology, to grassroots activism, this day of conversations looks at how creative and critical practices share varied understandings of the contemporary reality and anticipate different paradigms for the future.’

Speakers included academics and design professionals from North America. The conference was reported by the Chinese New Agency – Xinhua which gave some interesting excerpts from the conference including Kelty Miyoshi McKinnon, Principal of Phillips Farevaag Smallenberg (PFS)

“I think there needs to be a larger sustainable strategy in place for looking at kinds of cultural infrastructures, historical infrastructures of the city and how you can incorporate that into new development. I think it is possible to achieve density and maintain those crucial historical elements of the city,”

The Xinhua article gives a good overview but I hope that more appears in the media and on video sites.

Design Competition for President’s Park South

The National Capital Planning Commission (NCPC) will manage a design competition to improve the appearance of the security infrastructure used to control unauthorized vehicular use at President’s Park South. This notice is to solicit interest in participating in that competition.

The proposed design competition will identify alternatives to re-design the security elements while preserving the historic landscape within President’s Park South, which includes First Division Monument, Sherman Park, a portion of E Street, the Ellipse roadways, State Place, Hamilton Place, South Executive Avenue, West South Executive Avenue, and East South Executive Avenue.
NCPC is a federal agency with a mission that includes planning for federal activities in the greater Washington, DC area. The competition will be administered by the NCPC Interagency Security Task Force in cooperation with the United States Secret Service (USSS) and the National Park Service (NPS).
The competition’s goal is to generate creative and thoughtful design concepts that integrate durable, more aesthetic USSS security elements and improve the visitor experience in the President’s Park South area, which is located immediately adjacent to the White House and its grounds.
A selection committee will evaluate each expression of interest with respect to (1) professional qualifications; (2) experience with projects of comparable scale and significance; (3) capacity to accomplish the work; and (4) the ability to obtain a federal security clearance. The committee will identify a list of twelve (12) to fourteen (14) well-qualified firms, from which four firms will then be selected to proceed into the competition’s design phase.

 

The four finalists will be invited to Washington, DC for a full briefing prior to the competition’s design portion and will receive a $20,000 honorarium upon submission of their design. In return for accepting the honorarium, finalists agree to waive any proprietary rights or interest in their design concept, and ideas contained in their submission and agree to the incorporation of their design, concepts and ideas, in whole or in part, into a potential solution implemented for President Park South whether or not they are selected to undertake the project.

 

The finalists will present their designs in a public forum and to the NCPC Interagency Security Task Force – the selection committee for the competition. Following these presentations, the NCPC Interagency Security Task Force will rank the finalists. The winning firm may subsequently have the opportunity to enter into a contract with the National Park Service to refine and potentially execute their design. A formal federal and local review and approval process, including a NEPA Environmental Assessment, will be completed following the competition.

Tentative Schedule

April 18, 2011 Submission Deadline
May 4, 2011 Four finalists selected
May 10, 2011 Brief competitors & begin design
June 17, 2011 Competition designs submitted to NCPC
June 22, 2011 Public meeting to review proposals
June 29, 2011 Competition jury
July 7, 2011 Announce competition winner

 

To learn more about the competition, please read the following design submission requirements and program and design criteria. If you would like to participate in this competition please submit five (5) hardcopies and one digital version (ppt, pptx or pdf format) of the Architect & Engineers Qualifications Form (GSA form 330), a cover letter expressing your firm’s interest in and understanding of this project (no more than three pages), and your firm’s portfolio (focused on work relevant to this assignment). Please submit this (and only this) material by 5:00 pm, April 18, 2011 to:
National Capital Planning Commission
Attn: Office of Administration
401 9th Street, NW, Suite 500 North
Washington, DC 20004

 

Primary Point of Contact and Questions:

Barry S. Socks

Contracting Officer
Phone: 202-482-7209
Fax: 202-501-2550

Download more information and pdfs at NCPC

Source: FedBizOpps.gov

 

NIP Paysage wins Place de l’Acadie design competition

NIP Paysage-Place-de-l'Acadie

The design competition was held as part of the project to redevelop Place de l’Acadie and Place Henri-Bourassa, was intended primarily to produce a concept for creating areas to refresh the surrounding air in order to help fight the urban heat island effect.

The jury found that the project from NIP paysage stood out for the variety, quality and cohesiveness of the proposed areas, the potential performance in producing coolness, the user-friendliness of the meeting spaces, and the concept’s technical feasibility and viability, especially regarding its adaptability for future stages.

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West 8 wins Land-art design competition

See & Read More about West 8's Lands Art design

West 8 urban design & landscape architecture has won the Land-art design competition for the Werpsterhoek junction in the Leeuwarden by-pass. The proposal that embodies a terp landscape will now be further developed. Architect Pieter Hoen: “You could say that we have made a large terp [local name for flood relief mound], thus providing a silhouette that fits in the Frisian landscape”. Particularly appealing to the jury were the simplicity and restraint applied in the design. It does not compete with the silhouette of the city, rather it provides a modest foreground.

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SLANT: International Competition for Students of Landscape Architecture

The international competition for the SLANT AWARDS is being held this year for the first time and on this occasion is aimed exclusively at students of Landscape Architecture and Landscape Design.
The central idea behind this challenge is that the project in question is a “virtual project”, one  that has been created specifically for this competition.  What you are being invited to do is to create a concept design for a public park, one which will not  only serve the needs of the citizens of this city, but which will also aim to achieve iconic status and in so doing will enhance the international reputation of the city.

You will see from the brief that we are looking here at urban renewal, with the project being set on a vacant site in a riverside location.  This competition has been designed to offer students an interesting challenge with what we believe are interesting rewards, and we have tried to keep it as simple as possible.
You can enter as often as you like, either as an individual, or as a team of 2 or 3, and an entry fee will be charged accordingly.

Registration Deadline: 22 April
Deadline for submissions: 10 June 2011

First Prize          Euro 3,000
Second Prize      Euro 1,500
Third Prize         Euro 750

Jury Members:
John Brookes (UK),
Ulf Nordfjell (Sweden)
Paolo L. Bürgi (Switzerland)

More Information at SLANT Design Competition

PLEASE CONTACT COMPETITION ORGANISERS FOR MORE INFORMATION OR QUESTIONS.

LAND Reader has no involvement in the organisation or judging of this competition.

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