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

Calgary unveils East Village master plan

Calgary Herald reports

CALGARY – The East Village master plan was unveiled this morning, outlining a future vision for the blighted area that includes commercial and residential developments, a pedestrian street cutting through the heart of the neighbourhood to the river and a new riverwalk.

While many of the concepts have previously been outlined in technical city planning documents, the man who heads the company responsible for redeveloping the area said this pulls all the pieces together.

For more information and watch the East Village Video go to the SOURCE: Calgary Herald – Calgary unveils East Village master plan

Southend Pier Head design contest winner unveiled

Southend-on-Sea Borough Council is delighted to announce the winner of Southend Pier Head design contest – renowned Swedish based landscape architecture firm White arkitekter.

The company – which has also won awards for other maritime architecture projects throughout the world – clinched the top place with a design called ‘Sculpted by Wind and Wave.’
This winning scheme was chosen from among 73 international and local entries for the competition run by the Landscape Institute on behalf of the Council.

The Landscape Institute is an educational charity and chartered body responsible for protecting, conserving and enhancing the natural and built environment for the benefit of the public.

This contest aimed to encourage ways to revitalise the Pier Head environment and devise innovative designs, enabling established leisure, recreation and tourism uses, to continue in an attractive, high quality and appealing setting.

White arkitekter clearly demonstrated the theme of ‘maritime, environmental and relaxed recreation’ which was chosen by the public after a major consultation with residents and visitors.

This winning firm, if ratified by Cabinet and Council, would work in conjunction with British-based engineers Price and Myers to produce the scheme.

Councillor John Lamb, Southend-on-Sea Borough Council’s Executive Councillor for Enterprise, Tourism and the Environment, says: “This has proved to be a most exciting competition which attracted international entries. We were thrilled to receive so many applications of interest, from which five very high quality proposals were shortlisted, and the winner was chosen from these five.

“The next step is for us to recommend that councillors will ratify the choice of the winner and engage White arkitekter as the lead designer.

“This would be a £multi million development, which depends on us receiving a substantial Sea Change grant from the Government. We are likely to find out the outcome of our bid for funding this autumn, but have so far had very positive indications of success.”

Tom Lonsdale, who chaired the judging process for the Landscape Institute says: “The final decision was never going to be easy with such a diverse range of high quality approaches but White arkitekter impressed the most because of their exceptional sensitivity to the location and a very polished design. We could see the potential for a memorable landmark and destination to which visitors would be drawn again and again.”

SOURCE: Southend-on-Sea Borough Council
IMAGE SOURCE: White arkitekter

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