Boom in design review prompts new guidance

The number of design review panels has more than doubled in the last five years, so that now almost every local authority has access to high quality independent design advice. Over 80 panels are up and running across England.

New guidance has been launched, Design review: principles and practice, to promote consistently high standards for all panels.

The guidance has been developed by CABE, the Royal Institute of British Architects, the Royal Town Planning Institute and the Landscape Institute.

[SOURCE: CABE]

Groundbreaking for Penn Park on November 6

According to the University of Pennsylvania Almanac

A ceremonial groundbreaking will be held at Penn Park on Friday, November 6. The event tent will be located east of Levy Tennis Pavilion, at the west gate to the Penn Park site. Penn Park is a 24-acre site on the eastern edge of the campus, offering beautiful views of the Center City skyline located along the Schuylkill River between Walnut and South Street. The Park will expand Penn’s athletic and recreation facilities within a broader public open space. The primary facilities will include: multi-purpose artificial fields (one enclosed by a seasonal air structure), outdoor tennis courts, and associated program elements consisting of restrooms, spectator seating and parking. The landscape architect is Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates, Inc. It is expected to be completed by summer 2011.

SOURCE: University of Pennsylvania Almanac

WPA 2.0 SYMPOSIUM – 16th November

WPA 2.0 SYMPOSIUM at The National Building Museum
401 F Street NW Washington, DC 20001
– Red Line Metro, Judiciary Square
November 16th – 10 AM to 6 PM

SCHEDULE of events:

Keynote: Ron Sims
Deputy Secretary, Department of Housing and Urban Development

Presentations by the six WPA 2.0 finalists

Keynote: Adolfo Carrion
Director, Office of Urban Affairs

Jury Discussion with
Stan Allen, Cecil Balmond, Elizabeth Diller,
Walter Hood, Thom Mayne, and Marilyn Taylor

Policymaker Panel with
Julia Anastasio, American Public Works Association (invited)
Casey Jones, GSA Design Excellence Program
Maurice Cox, NEA
David Burney, NYC Department of Design and Construction
Moderator: Bill Menking, Publisher, The Architect’s Newspaper

followed by the Announcement of WPA 2.0 and WPA 2.0 (SE) Winners

REGISTER on-line now – www.wpa2.aud.ucla.edu

Full Day non-National Building Museum Members $100 lunch and reception included
Full Day National Building Museum Members $90 lunch and reception included
Full Day Student Registration $60 lunch and reception included
Half-Day Professional Registration $60 2:00 – 6:00pm reception included

WORLD LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT is not involved with this Event please contact WPA 2.0 organisers

New Oxford Circus opens in London

Europe’s busiest diagonal crossing was unveiled today by London Mayor Boris Johnson following a £5million makeover which has seen Oxford Circus get the X factor.

For the first time ever shoppers will be able to cross the busy intersection diagonally in an ‘X’ as well as straight ahead – meaning the junction will be able to handle double the number of pedestrians and ease overcrowding.

Taking a lead from Tokyo’s famous Shibuya crossing, renowned for allowing large numbers to cross with ease, Oxford Circus, the gateway to London’s premier shopping destination, has had its barriers and street clutter ripped out and remodelled, giving the 200million shoppers and workers that visit annually around 70 per cent more freedom to move around.

SOURCE: Youtube – Tgear2009 (footage from BBC)

Marina in Chennai gets a makeover

The Hindu reports

Clutter-free and aesthetic walking spaces are an important aspect of urban design. By redesigning the promenade along the Marina beach front, the Corporation of Chennai has taken a step in the right direction. Two years since it went on stream, the project is nearing completion. “Everything has been done. It is time for Nature to take over and make the lawns verdant,” says K. Raghuraman, the landscape architect who has given the promenade its unique contours and character (K. Raghuraman Landscape Architects has been engaged in the design of 10 other beach promenades around the coasts of South India).

Read more at the [SOURCE: The Hindu: Marina gets a makeover]

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