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

Opening permanent sculpture garden in Leidsche Rijn Park – West 8

On September 11, the permanent sculpture garden in Leidsche Rijn Park was officially opened.  As an opening act, the new sculpture Barricade from Spanish artist Fernando Sánchez Castillo was set on fire.

The sculpture garden is inspired by the book Possibility of an Island by French writer Michel Houellebecq. The device of the book –hope and the search for love- suggested a basic principle for the designs of the participating artists Fernando Sánchez Castillo (SP), Mathilde ter Heijne (NL), William Speakman i.s.m. Gijs Frieling (NL), Daniel Roth (DE), Rob Voerman (NL), Zilvinas Landzbergas (LT) en Lucas Lenglet (NL). The eight, literary work by writer Arnon Grunberg was also presented on the 11th.

Barricade (2009) by Fernando Sánchez Castillo


Anonimous monuments (2009) by Daniel Roth

Wood Chapel (2009) by William Speakman

SOURCE: WEST 8

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