WPA 2.0 Finalists Announced

cityLAB (UCLA) announces finalists for “WPA 2.0: Working Public Architecture.” WPA 2.0 an open competition that seeks innovative, implementable proposals to place infrastructure at the heart of rebuilding our cities during this next era of metropolitan recovery. The finalists include an Urban Algae: Speculation and Optimization Mining Existing Infrastructure for Lost Efficiencies, Coupling Infrastructures: Water Economies/Ecologies, Border Wall as Infrastructure, 1,000,000,000 Global Water Refugees.

1014_image4_1inP1014 Urban Algae: Speculation and Optimization
Mining Existing Infrastructure for Lost Efficiencies

Proposal location: applicable nationwide to tollbooths, coal-fired power plants, automobile tunnels and other locations of CO2 production; main sample project is a Brooklyn to Manhattan pier/bridge armature

Primary issues: This proposal seeks to turn negative byproducts of auto use and coal-fired energy (CO2) into ecological, economic, and social opportunities. Three site types are targeted – toll booths, coal-fired power plants, and automobile tunnels. The team’s design for a pivoting, pier-like, armature between Red Hook, Brooklyn and the Battery in Lower Manhattan not only captures the CO2 from the underwater auto tunnel, encouraging photosynthesis and alternative fuel production using algae pontoons, but also creates new public spaces (swimming pools, boardwalks, and plazas) and new locations for ecological or agricultural development including controlled wetlands and fish habitats.

TEAM: PORT

Andrew Moddrell, Chicago, IL;  Christopher Marcinkoski, Larchmont, NY;


1117_image4_1inP1117 Coupling Infrastructures: Water Economies/Ecologies

Proposal location: case studies include Salton Sea, Mono Lake, and Owens Lake in California and Pyramid Lake in Nevada yet proposal is applicable to numerous locations, particularly in the southwest.

Primary issues: This proposal focuses on America’s impending water crisis, particularly in cities in the southwest where growth is high and water availability is limited, by rethinking water use, distribution, and storage. Using the Salton Sea as a model site, the proposal envisions “converting the Sea back to its recreational use while allowing multiple economic opportunities for the production of water, salt, and more efficient greenhouses.” Here “infrastructure [becomes] an extension of nature.” Island pods provide for salt harvesting, recreation, and new animal habitats.

TEAM: Lateral Office / Infranet Lab

Mason White, Toronto, ON; Lola Sheppard, Toronto, ON; Daniel Rabin, Toronto, ON; Fei-ling Tseng, Toronto, ON;


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P1145 Border Wall as Infrastructure
Proposal location: US/Mexico border

Primary issues: “[T]here exists far more potential in a construction project that is estimated to cost up to $1,325.75 per linear foot.” Recognizing the high cost, limited effectiveness and unintended natural consequences of the new, multi-layered US/Mexico border wall (disruption of animal habitats, diversion of water runoff that has caused new flooding in nearby towns), this proposal names 30 alternatives (covering nearly the whole of the Mexican alphabet, literally from Aqueduct wall to Zen wall) that might better combat the energy crisis, risk of death from dehydration, disruption of animal habitat, loss of vegetation, negative labor relations, missing creative vision and lack of cross-cultural appreciation likely in the government sponsored version.

TEAM: Rael San Fratello Architects

Ronald Rael, Oakland, CA; Virginia San Fratello, Oakland, CA; Emily Licht, Oakland, CA;


1155_image1_16P1155 1,000,000,000 Global Water Refugees

Proposal location: Great Lakes Region

Primary issues: Combining the rust belts’ loss of population with its abundance of fresh water, this proposal outlines a strategy for redensification of under-utilized post-industrial landscapes (parts of Milwaukee, Buffalo, Detroit, Chicago, and Cleveland) by relocating populations threatened by water scarcity.

TEAM: UrbanLab

Martin Felsen, Chicago, IL; Sarah Dunn, Chicago, IL; Lee Greenberg, Chicago, IL; Jeff Macias, Chicago, IL;


1168_image1_1inP1168 HYDRO-GENIC CITY, 2020

Proposal location: Los Angeles, with other possible urban applications

Primary Issues: Through the development of integrated, ecologically sensitive, and aesthetically compelling architecture, this proposal seeks to turn the often mechanistic infrastructural system of LA – in this case, the waterworks – into an interactive and sensory series of public nodes. As mist platforms/light rail stations, urban beaches, energy producing water treatment plants, solar-panel encased water towers, pools, and aquatic parking lots, these water-based landscapes become organizational moments for community building.

TEAM: Darina Zlateva and Takuma Ono

Darina Zlateva Los Angeles, CA; Takuma Ono, Beverly Hills, CA;


2001_image1_1inbP2001 Local Code: Healing the Interstitial Landscape
Proposal location: San Francisco, with secondary applications, per the proposal, in New Orleans, Seattle, and New York City

Primary issues: Tapping into the Department of Public Works catalogue of San Francisco’s “unaccepted streets” (those no longer maintained by the city and hence neglected and often impassable), this proposal utilizes various computer models and statistical data to determine and propose new public, park-based uses for these interstitial spaces. Over 1600 of these sites are available, a selection of which are analyzed for the proposal in terms of elevation and topography, microclimate, soil type, hydrology, population density and demographics, economics, crime, and existing networks to determine the most parametrically appropriate transformation of use.

TEAM: Nicholas de Monchaux & Associates

Nicholas de Monchaux, Berkley, CA;  David Lung, Berkley, CA; Matt Smith, Berkley, CA; Sara Jensen, Berkley, CA;  Thomas Pullman, Berkley, CA; Kimiko Ryokai, Berkley, CA; Benjamin Golder, Berkley, CA;  Son Nguyen, Berkley, CA;


SOURCE: WPA 2.0 and cityLAB

IMAGES: Courtesy of WPA 2.0 and cityLAB

IMAGE CREDIT: Copyright and Credit goes to each entry team as noted

Unveiling NY400 Pavilion in Battery Park

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On Wednesday September 9th the official unveiling ceremony of The New Amsterdam Pavilion with the Prince of Orange and Princess Máxima of the Netherlands will take place.

The New Amsterdam Plein and Pavilion, is a gift from the Netherlands to New York in honor of 400 years of friendship. Part of Battery Park’s Peter Minuit Plaza will be renamed New Amsterdam Plein. The unveiling ceremony and the Pavilion can be viewed from the Staten Island Ferry Terminal terrace however the plaza will be closed until the construction is completed later in the year.

The Pavilion and street furniture for the surrounding plaza are designed by Ben van Berkel of UNStudio. It will serve as an attractive gathering place for New Yorkers, commuters and tourists, as well as a tribute to our common history and shared values. The Pavilion is situated on Peter Minuit Plaza at the Battery, one of New York’s main intersections, with 75,000 people passing through each day.

The New Amsterdam Plein & Pavilion will be located within The Battery’s Peter Minuit Plaza, named for the enterprising Dutch Director-General who in 1626 consolidated the early settlements at the tip of Manhattan – a grouping that came to be known as New Amsterdam. This destination is, in the words of architect Ben van Berkel, ‘the ideal site for a permanent commemoration of 400 years of Dutch history in New York, because it is steeped in a sense of a shared past and looks directly toward the harbor where Henry Hudson sailed, but is also entirely focused on the future by virtue of its role as a modern transportation hub within the constantly changing scene of Lower Manhattan. This is a site where history meets the future.’

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SOURCE: UN Studio
IMAGES : UN Studio & Richard Koek

Burle Marx mural installed in Naples

The newly designed and constructed expansion of the Naples Botanic Garden has recently had a Roberto Burle Marx mural installed as a feature piece of the design. The mural came from Venezuela and is believed to be the only Burle Marx mural in North America. The installation took two days and was overseen by Julio Ono son of Haruyoshi Ono(Burle Marx business partner).

Watch the video below of the Mural Installation from Naples News featuring Carrie Wise

SOURCE: Naples News
VIDEO SOURCE: Naples News

In the News – Weekend 29/30 August

Landscape Architect appointed to SF Arts Commission [SFweekly.com]
According to SFweekly.com, the Mayor of San Francisco, Gavin Newsom has appointed landscape architect Astrid Haryati to the Arts Commission to fill one of the seats recently vacated. Haryati has been at the city of San Francisco from February 2008 holding the position of Greening Director.

Oslo’s reinvention as a chic waterfront town leaves Toronto in the dust [TheStar.com]
looks at Oslo and admires its roads, public transport and the
improvements to its waterfront

Delhi hotels to miss target for Commonwealth Games [Economic Times/ India Times]
As many as 16 hotel projects that are coming up in Delhi will fail to meet the Commonwealth Games deadline of September 2010, mounting more pressure on the government which has already been struggling to accommodate guests likely to attend the mega sporting event.

Anchorage Musuem plants Birch Grove

As apart of the $106million expansion of the Anchorage Musuem, a two acre birch grove is being planted. The landscape architecture firm is the Seattle based Charles Anderson Landscape Architecture who wanted to bring something different to Anchorage in comparison to other current civic spaces. They wanted the grove to have a forest feel and to reinforce this natural look the designers selected trees that weren’t uniform and also planted several trees in one planting hole to create denser areas of foliage.

SOURCE: Anchorage Press

Jan Gehl to give lectures at University of Saskatchewan

Jan Gehl is giving two lectures at the University of Saskatchewan as apart of the Great Spaces lecture series from the University of Saskatchewan. Sponsored in part by the Regional & Urban Planning (RUP) in the College of Arts & Science, an internationally-renowned leader in urban design and architecture, Jan Gehl, will be visiting Saskatoon Aug. 31 and Sept. 1. Jan Gehl is an architect whos vision is to create better cities. Aspiring to create cities that are lively, healthy, diverse, sustainable and safe – and thereby improve people’s quality of life.

The symposium features the following two lectures, both of which are open to the public:
Presentation Part I: Monday, Aug. 31 at 7:30,
Presentation Part II: Tuesday, Sept. 1 at 7:30
Frank & Ellen Remai Arts Centre, 100 Spadina Crescent East, Saskatoon
Cost: per presentation – Students $7, Public $12; package for both presentations – Students $12, Public $22

For more information goto the lecture webpage

To purchase tickets go to www.picatic.com

SOURCE: University of Saskatchewan via The Sheaf

Cross programming Urban Park in Singapore

Perspective of Urban Park at City Square Mall

Perspective of Urban Park at City Square Mall (Ong & Ong)

Ong & Ong have proposed a new Urban Park design for City Square Mall at 17th Kitchener Road, Singapore. The site is  approximately 0.45 ha with few facilities besides the entry to the Mass Rapid Transit Station. Ong & Ong‘s design incorporates several programs including a Butterfly Garden, Sculptures, a Living Maze for children, an interactive fountain park and an education wall about recycling.

The proposal of developing this open space into an urban park will drastically change the appearance and usage of this open space. The development of the urban park and the mall will complement one another. The urban park will be like a green carpet lay out in front of the mall to welcome its visitors.

The urban park when it is completed, will serve as a green lung for the neighborhood. Conceived as a series of spaces connected by footpaths, these spaces are meant to encourage learning about ecology and the natural environment in an urban oasis that is both fun and didactic for young and old. As they play and walk through the landscape, they learn.

Ong & Ong’s project increases its environment friendly status by introducing the application of a myriad of ecologically-friendly elements including Vertical Green Walls, an Eco-Roof to showcase green technologies and  materials such as  “Eco-tiles” – a composite recyclable product that is manufacture with sustainable resource, and recycled timber. The designers have also retained 2 large existing trees and proposed to plant native species in the design.

Perspective of Urban Park at City Square Mall

Perspective of Urban Park at City Square Mall (Ong & Ong)

Plan with Roof - Urban Park at City Square Mall (Ong & Ong)

Plan with Roof - Urban Park at City Square Mall (Ong & Ong)

Plan at Street Level - Urban Park at City Square Mall (Ong  & Ong)

Plan at Street Level - Urban Park at City Square Mall (Ong & Ong)

Image Credit: Ong & Ong Pte Ltd

Approximate budget in SGD: $ 400,000,000.00
Project design start year: 2005
Project status currently: Under Construction
Expected project construction completion: 30 November 2009
Landscape Architects – Ong & Ong Pte Ltd

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