New look for Federal Plaza, gone are the green benches

The award winning Federal Plaza designed by Martha Schwartz is going to get a new design as the plaza is reconstructed over a 12-18 month period to fix the plaza deck that is settling and leaking affecting the building and carpark below the plaza.

The current design of swirling green benches designed by Martha Schwartz will be removed and replaced by magnolia trees, low evergreen plantings, marble benches and  a fountain designed by Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates (MVVA).

The Tribeca Trib recently reported  about  Matthew Urbanski’s (a principal with MVVA) presentation of the new design to Community Board 1’s Seaport/Civic Center Committee.

Much of the design, Urbanski said,  was influenced by the “microclimate” of the plaza, which receives too much sun in the summer and too little in the winter, plus a wind tunnel effect along Worth Street. The magnolia trees are positioned at the northern end of the plaza where they can provide shade and some shielding from winter winds.

To read and see more about the new plaza design go to the [SOURCE: Tribeca Trib - Yet Another Look in Store for Federal Plaza]

49 Teams Enter International Gateway Arch Design Competition

ST. LOUIS, Mo. – Contest organizers announced recently they have received portfolios from 49 teams now vying for a chance to invigorate the park and city areas surrounding one of the world’s most recognized monuments, the Gateway Arch in St. Louis. Lead designers from across the United States and from seven other countries have submitted portfolios.

The CityArchRiver 2015 Foundation made the announcement following the Jan. 28 deadline for competitors to identify a lead designer and submit a team portfolio for the competition, “Framing a Modern Masterpiece: The City + The Arch + The River 2015.”

Next week, the competition jury will gather for the first time in St. Louis to review the portfolios. An announcement of portfolio review results, including an invitation to eight to 10 entrants to assemble complete teams for the next stage of competition, is expected Feb. 10. The competition, which was launched Dec. 8, 2009, will have three stages in all.

A networking event will take place Feb. 18, 2010, at the Old Courthouse in St. Louis. (Note: This is an earlier date than listed previously). Local contractors, minority, disadvantaged, and women-owned businesses, and others will be invited to the event to meet with short-listed design teams to discuss the chance of partnering on the project.

Upcoming public events include a ‘meet the designers night’ in late April and a public exhibition of the designs this summer.

Continue reading 49 Teams Enter International Gateway Arch Design Competition

West 8 wins Gold International Urban Landscape Award

“Neues Wohnen” in Hamburg-Jenfeld has been awarded the Golf Award in this year’s International Urban Landscape Award (IULA). The ecological neighbourhood project, which was submitted by West 8 urban design & landscapes architecture in Rotterdam, is the winner of the €25,000 prize.

Lea River Park in East London and The LifE Project in Hackbridge, Peterborough and Littlehamptom have been awarded the Silver and Bronze prizes.The Lea River Park Project, submitted by Design for London won €15,000 prize for second place while the LifE Project, submitted by Baca Architects won €10,000 for coming third.

In total, the quality of all 43 projects submitted was extremely high and the expert jury had to make tough decisions.

[SOURCE: Eurohypo]

Vancouver Athletes to enjoy Olympic Village landscape

The Olympic Village is ready for the athletes of the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver. The Village is situated in South East False Creek and its official name as a housing development is Millennium Water. It comprises a total of 1,122 condo units.

The Vancouver Sun recent  published a great overview of the project and interviews Peter Kreuk of Durante-Kruek about the firm’s role in the design of the 3.5 acres of rooftop gardens throughout the village.

Read the article at the [SOURCE: Vancouver Sun - Olympic Village - city's most lavish new landscape]

The City of Vancouver also has a great webpage about the Village including plans, videos, tours and images. For more goto the City of Vancouver – SEFC & Olympic Village

Winners announced for Bruce Lee Residence Competition

The Organising Committee of the Ideas Competition for Bruce Lee’s Residence announced the results for The Ideas Competition for Bruce Lee’s residence, launched on July 20, 2009, aimed to turn the former residence of the late Mr Bruce Lee into an attraction to commemorate Mr Lee’s contribution to martial arts and the film industry.

The competition was open to all in Hong Kong, the Mainland and overseas countries and comprised two categories – the Professional Group and the Open Group. Over 140 entries were received from across the world and local team Cheung Kwai-yin and landscape architect Jimmy Yuen, won in the professional category of the design contest. The design, titled Journey of the Little Dragon, features a vaulting exhibition hall with an undulating ceiling, and a mirrored room named Tower of Death.

An roving exhibition of all the entries is available at Hong Kong City Hall from January 23 to February 4, Hong Kong Cultural Centre from February 9 to 16, and Shatin Town Hall from February 23 to March 6.

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