BMW & Landscape Forms partner for site furniture

Metro40 from BMW DesignworksUSA & Landscape Forms

Metro40 from BMW DesignworksUSA & Landscape Forms

BMW Designworks USA are usually associated with luxury cars and other car designs such as the MINI have joined with Landscape Forms to design and manufacture site furniture for outdoor spaces.  This first collaboration creates a range of essential furnishing elements for urban transit cores. The global collection which will be sold under the name Metro40 is the most complete collection on the market and includes furniture, shelters, lighting, and amenities, and has been developed for use by city planners and architects to help global urban centers elevate the livability, quality of experience, design appeal and overall image of their public transit systems.

“Bringing great design to public, seemingly anonymous spaces such as transit shelters promotes a very positive, personal impact on people’s moods and daily quality of life,” says Verena Kloos, President, BMW Group DesignworksUSA. “Urban gentrification projects such as the new High Line park in Lower
Manhattan demonstrate the importance and value of making cities more comfortable and aesthetically pleasing for their citizens, and the exploration of this dynamic made the Metro40 project with Landscape Forms particularly compelling for DesignworksUSA,” she concludes.
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In the News – September 10

$511 MILLION IN CAPITAL ADVANCES FOR HOUSING VERY LOW-INCOME ELDERLY AND PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES [HUD]

The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has allocated $511 million for non-profit organizations interest-free capital advance funds to produce affordable rental housing with supportive services for the elderly and persons with disabilities.

Grants under North American Wetlands Conservation Act Pass $1 Billion Threshold, Salazar Announces [DOI]
Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar announced today that the federal government has now made more than $1 billion in grants under the North American Wetlands Conservation Act of 1989, helping to conserve or restore more than 25.4 million acres of wetlands and associated habitat across the continent over the past two decades.

World Economic Forum in Dalian moving on Green Cars [CCTV]

At the meeting, electric-engine buses transporting world policy makers also make their debut. The vehicles release zero emissions. They costs 2.8 million yuan, and can only be used for eight years, the automaker says it still saves money.

Two exhibitions at London Transport Musuem

The outer limits beyond zone one – Twenty of the best posters submitted as part of Transport for London’s recent poster design competition go on display at London Transport Museum on Saturday 19th September. The poster display, called The outer limits – beyond zone one, celebrates life in the Capital and destinations that lie beyond central London.

suburbia – London Transport Museum has announced its next major exhibition, Suburbia – which will open on 15 October 2009. ’Des Res’ or one stop to never ending boredom? Suburbia will explore how public transport helped to create the myths and identity of suburbia and how it has featured in the cultural fabric of London and Britain over the last 100 years.

New Zealand TrustPower Shelves South Australia Wind Farm Project[WSJ.com]
New Zealand power company TrustPower Ltd. (TPW.NZ) said Thursday it won’t go ahead with the proposed Myponga Wind Farm in South Australia after that state’s government turned down its request to change the existing planning approval.

Re-Landscape, Beautify Denny And Cascade Parks [Reuters]
Hundreds of employees from ShareBuilder, ING DIRECT’s online brokerage firm will work with the Seattle Parks Department on Thursday to:

– Remove old plants and planting new ones;
– Clean flower beds;
– Mulch, rake and beautify the grounds; and
– Create a dry river rock stream

SWA win riverfront project in Kunshan, China

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SWA Group has won a master plan assignment creating an entirely new Riverfront District to accommodate growth, in sync with environmental and sustainability objectives, on the Wusong River in the city of Kunshan, China outside Shanghai.

The 10.2 million square-foot (955,000 square meter) project-area includes master planning for mixed-use implementations along the key oxbow portion of the waterfront as well as a phase-one business district and a signature main structure, the 107,640 square-foot (10,000 square meter) Huaqiao Forum building.

Of note, the master plan also provides a supporting framework for a regional planning for the Wusong River green network and the broader goals for integrating growth with environmental concerns including:

– Providing synergy between development and water treatment so that it creates people-oriented amenities as well as environmental habitat

– Maximizing the water edge for use and enjoyment by the community, and integrating numerous layers of experience

– Maintaining building massings that are appropriate to the pedestrian scale, preserve open space and enable the flexibility of phasing the construction schedule.

The project-sponsor, Kunshan Huaqiao Economical Development and Planning Bureau, wanted to create a new waterfront district that supports the area’s bustling economy while creating public amenities and open space. In analyzing the Wusong River’s natural systems, SWA Group identified the resources and opportunities to support the development objectives while also meeting sustainability goals, according to Hui-Li Lee of SWA. For example, the SWA plan calls for an extensive water purification system within the project’s infrastructure that provides for better water quality while creating recreational aspects.

The Kunshan new community is anticipated to begin first-phase construction in 2010, with a 10 year overall build-out. Other project consultants include Ojanen Chiou Architect LLP and Herrera Environmental Consultants.

SOURCE: Businesswire

IMAGES: SWA GROUP

DSDHA win Pennine Lancashire Squared competition

Proposed site plan highlighting a series of new spaces along a revitalised route

Proposed site plan highlighting a series of new spaces along a revitalised route

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DSDHA has won the Clithroe square area of the competition seeking ideas for the high profile public spaces in six Pennine Lancashire towns.

An architecture team inspired by Clitheroe’s pretty streets and unique character has triumphed in the Pennine Lancashire Squared competition.

DSDHA’s winning entry for Clitheroe suggests creating not just a square but a network of public spaces, celebrating the town’s unique qualities and reconnecting the market with the historic town centre and surrounding areas. The team’s ideas include making improvements to the market square, and revitalising existing routes through the town to enhance links between arrival ‘gateways’, destinations, pocket parks and meeting places.

DSDHA Director David Hills said: “Working within such a stunning landscape is something about which we are deeply passionate. We hope that our design approach shows respect for Clitheroe’s past whilst simultaneously creating new opportunities for its cultural and commercial renewal. We are extremely excited by this unique opportunity to make this a reality, working in close collaboration with Elevate and the wider Client team.”

The other four practices which made the shortlist for Clitheroe were Mitchell + Associates (landscape architects, urban designers and architects), ARUP and KMCS; Planit-ie; Graeme Massie Architects, rankinfraser landscape architecture and Donald Urquhart, Artist; and Birds Portchmouth Russum.

Winning design teams for four other Pennine Lancashire towns – Accrington(winner: Landscape Projects), Burnley(winner: Civic Architects & Colour: Urban Design), Blackburn(winner: Studio Weave and MESH Partnership) and Nelson (winner: Robinson Landscape Design, Reid Jubb Brown & Kapok) and the final winner – for Bacup – will be announced later this month.

SOURCE: Elevate East Lancashire
IMAGES:  DSDHA

Infrastructure blamed for Turkish floods

Istanbul Floods SOURCE: CCTV

Istanbul Floods SOURCE: CCTV

The deadly floods in Turkey have been blamed on poor infrastructure and illegal development throughout the city like Istandul. Experts stated that areas that had infrastructure 10 years ago to cope with 10,000 people now have populations of 100,000 people with the same outdated infrastructure. The urban development of Istanbul has created large areas of impermeable surfaces that increase the amount and speed of water runoff.

SOURCE: Today’s Zaman

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