Two Waterfront Toronto projects win Toronto Urban Design Awards

Waterfront Toronto’s Spadina WaveDeck and Master Plan for Lake Ontario Park have each been awarded 2009 Toronto Urban Design Awards. Spadina WaveDeck earned an Award of Excellence in the Small Open Space category and the Master Plan for Lake Ontario Park was awarded an Honourable Mention in the Vision and Masterplan category. The City of Toronto’s Urban Design Awards recognize and acknowledge the significant contribution that architects, landscape architects, urban designers, artists, design students, and city builders make to the look and livability of Toronto. This year’s competition drew 117 entries in seven categories.

SOURCE: WATERFRONT TORONTO | Two Waterfront Toronto projects win Toronto Urban Design Awards

Design Competition to Replace Hook of Maui

Wellington City reports

A competition will be rerun to design a gateway sculpture for the northern entrance to Wellington City following the decision by Wellington City Council and the Wellington Sculpture Trust not to pursue the Hook of Maui and Receding Waters.

The sculpture, a collaboration by Claude Hidber, Taika Waititi and landscape architects Wraight & Associates, was selected by the Wellington Sculpture Trust following a call for proposals in 2004. It was due to be completed in June next year.

SOURCE: Wellington – Design Competition to Replace Hook of Maui

The West Coast Green Conference is coming to San Francisco

The West Coast Green Conference (WCGC), billed as “the largest green conference on innovation for the built environment,” is coming to San Francisco, Oct. 1-3, at Fort Mason. With expectations of 14,000 attendees, its promise is the ability to rub elbows with, and garner valuable information from, the elite of the green movement who work in architecture, design and building, as well as policy making and consultancy.

For more info: Visit The West Coast Green Conference website.

Greenspace is a welcome gift to neighbors of new LAPD headquarters — latimes.com

latimes.com reports

When construction workers removed the temporary fence around the new Los Angeles Police Department headquarters, it was to downtown denizens like the unwrapping of a giant holiday present.

After years of demolition and construction, the dusty corner at Spring and 2nd streets suddenly gave way to a burst of greenspace, complete with a lush front lawn of grass that would do any suburban ranch house proud.

SOURCE: latimes.com – Greenspace is a welcome gift to neighbors of new LAPD headquarters

Land-use planning running behind transit infrastructure

Vancouver Sun reports

On Monday, the Richmond-Airport-Vancouver Rapid Transit Project, now known as the Canada Line, will begin operating.

This $2-billion-plus public infrastructure project has been in the works for nine years now.

Two weeks ago, Vancouver city council approved the terms of reference for a planning program that will end up in the fall of 2011 with policies in place that direct how development might occur within a 500-metre radius around four of the transit stations along the Cambie corridor south of 16th Avenue. No plans are in place yet for special re-development around the two other stations outside the downtown.

SOURCE: Vancouver Sun – Land-use planning running behind transit infrastructure

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