Craig Guthrie recently joined the Melbourne office of HASSELL as Principal. Guthrie, an internationally recognised landscape architect and urban designer with more than 18 years experience. He has attracted international recognition for his work throughout Australia, China, Korea and the Middle East. His recent international experience in the United Arab Emirates spans high profile projects such as Masdar City, one of the world’s most sustainable urban developments, Saadiyat Island Cultural District, renowned for its significant civic and cultural institutions (designed by Pritzker prize-winning architects) and the Dubai 2020 Master Plan.
Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates(MVVA) recently presented the update plans for the Gateway Arch upgrade and a new estimate of $578.5 million was announced almost double the 2009 estimate (Parks Estimate before the Design Competition). The design has been updated since MVVA won the competition in September and has added key features such as the aerial gondola and a ‘lid’ on the I-70 interstate road.
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Leading landscape architects Gustafson Porter have won a high profile competition to design the Valencia Parque Central. The winning project “Aigua Plena de Seny” was developed by an international multi-disciplinary team which is a joint venture led by Gustafson Porter and includes Borgos Pieper architects (London/ Barcelona), Nova Ingeniería Project Management and Grupotec Engineers from Valencia.
The international competition initially drew 36 teams from eight countries. The five short-listed design teams to submit a master plan at the final stage of the competition also included Foreign Office Architects, Zaha Hadid Architects, Rogers Stirk Harbour +Partner and West 8 Urban Design & Landscape Architecture. The designs were judged by a jury comprising prominent members of the local architecture and landscape community and the Mayor of Valencia, Rita Barberá, who announced the winning design of the international competition on 25 January 2011.
With a total surface of 66 hectares and an investment of 73 million Euros, the Valencia Parque Central project is, according to the Mayor Rita Barberá, “a historical milestone of the city’s urban development” and “the most attractive, important and certainly the economically most significant project in Europe”.
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The City of Sydney has planted over 30,000 plants as apart of City of Sydney’s ‘Live Green’ summer planting program. Exhibit Displays have been installed at ten locations across the city planted with corn, tomatoes, eggplants, capsicums, sunflowers, lettuce and silver beet.
Lord Mayor of Sydney
“Often people who live and work in the CBD don’t get the chance to get up close to the process of growing fresh produce and these patches are a live example of how they can grow in pots and inner city conditions very successfully.
“Growing some of your own vegetables is a practical, cost effective and sustainable way to help reduce the carbon emissions, water and energy used to deliver food from growers to shoppers.”
The exhibits will be in place for six to ten weeks and the City will work with community gardeners to harvest and distribute the fresh produce.The plants will be donated to community gardens and schools for planting and growing when the display is over. Grown over the past five months, it took fifteen Citywide employees over eight days to install the displays across Sydney. The Live Green exhibits were created on behalf of the City of Sydney by open space provider Citywide.
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At the beginning of 2010, Realdania and the Danish Foundation for Culture and Sport Facilities (Lokale- og Anlægsfonden) introduced a development project entitled “A Good Detour” (En god omvej). The intent of the competition was to encourage innovative design and planning concepts that would create better conditions for healthier and more active lifestyles, especially within the everyday spaces we inhabit. Ultimately, the winning projects will be used as examples that other cities and communities can emulate.
Out of the 59 municipalities who submitted proposals, only 9 were selected to develop and build their ideas. In collaboration with Solrød Municipality, a suburb of Copenhagen, ACT submitted a proposal to establish an activity park along the embankment of a highway noise barrier. The site is, as most noise highway barriers are, a vast 1.4 kilometer strip of land, directly adjacent to a large residential area and void of any desirable function.
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