Minneapolis Riverfront Design Competition Finalist
STREAMLINES is about the sheer unfiltered experience of direct contact with the river and river life, in many ways, atmultiple moments. And it’s about weaving these experiencesback into the everyday city. STREAMLINES is also a project about working ecologies, ecological systems and dynamics putto work to clean, to re-constitute this working riverfront, andto guide a longer-term transformation of the city fabric.
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Michael R. Van Valkenburgh received the Brendan Gill Prize for the Brooklyn Bridge Park.
Past winners of the Brendan Gill Prize, including musician Sufjan Stevens and film director Ang Lee, have received the award for a broad range of artistic achievement, but Urbanski said that it is rare that it is given for landscape architecture.
“It’s quite an honor for a landscape architect,” he said. “We get awards for our work, but the Brendan Gill award is an artistic merit award.”
Van Valkenburgh said that he felt that receiving an award that had previously been awarded to artists in so many different disciplines was a tribute to landscape architecture.
SOURCE: The Harvard Crimson
John Chamberlain at the Guardian writes that “Officially sanctioned graffiti artists are not the answer to revitalising a beautiful city” when responding to recent Guardian travel article by Rachel Dixon – Urban splash: street art in Lisbon in which she tours Lisbon and looks at the recent move by Crono Project to transform derelict buildings into large urban art pieces with graffiti and stencilling.
So what to do with derelict buildings awaiting demolition or a new lease on life?
Jason King of landscape+urbanism has posted Urbanism Wars: AD vs CW – his take on the current debate and also given a great summary of recent landscape urbanism and LU vs NU posts and articles.
Jonathan Clarke at Landscape PING just wrote his take on The Landscape Urbanism Reader. Interesting read and precursor to our upcoming posts from READING THE LANDSCAPE.
The four finalist teams recently unveiled their visions for Minneapolis Riverfront Design Competition (MR|DC), the largest landscape and urban design competition in Minneapolis history, each crafting a multidimensional landscape and urban design proposal addressing 220 acres of parkland and surrounding neighborhoods along 11 miles of riverfront from the historic Stone Arch Bridge north to the city limits.
Ken Smith Workshop – City of the River
The river is a catalyst for renewal through new and enhanced park, infrastructure and ecological systems and a series of bold, iconic design scenarios that reflect the area’s history and spirit of place.
Stoss Landscape Urbanism – Streamlines
A longer term transformation that reclaims the river as civic space, introduces new landscapes, infrastructure and urban fabrics, and weaves the multiple new and existing systems and experiences back into the city.
TLS/KVA – RiverFirst
A set of inter related design initiatives – focused on health, mobility and green economy – that function at multiple scales and are enhanced by community outreach strategies to raise public awareness about consumer choice impacts on the river system.
Turenscape – The Resilient River
A fifty year framework for investment that focuses on: ecological renewal, social equity, new economies and a new identity for the city of the river, and includes a strategic approach to ecological infrastructure, re-orienting urbanism and phasing over time.
SOURCE: Minneapolis Riverfront Design Competition