Indianapolis Museum of Art to Open on June 20, 2010

The Indianapolis Museum of Art announced recently that 100 Acres: The Virginia B. Fairbanks Art & Nature Park will open on June 20, 2010 with a public grand opening celebration including tours and a Summer Solstice program. Located on 100 acres of land that includes untamed woodlands, wetlands, a lake, and meadows adjacent to the Museum, 100 Acres will be one of the largest museum art parks in the country and the only one to feature the ongoing commission of temporary, site-responsive artworks. The park will open with eight newly commissioned inaugural works by international artists, a LEED-certified visitor center and numerous walking trails that highlight the indigenous landscape. As with the IMA galleries, admission to 100 Acres will be free.

The IMA has engaged architect Marlon Blackwell and landscape architect Edward L. Blake to develop a LEED-certified visitor pavilion and related walking trails throughout the site that emphasize native plantings.

SOURCE: The Indianapolis Museum of Art

Toronto approves tranformation of Queens Quay

Toronto City Council has overwhelmingly approved Waterfront Toronto’s recommendation to transform Queens Quay into a grand lakefront boulevard by replacing two lanes of traffic on the south side of the street with a beautiful linear park.

Transforming Queens Quay by creating open public space along the south side of the street with a generous new pedestrian promenade and expanded Martin Goodman Trail is part of the winning design for revitalizing the central waterfront by West 8 + DTAH.

SOURCE: WEST 8

Buffalo City to take back parks this year

The Buffalo News reports

Mayor Byron W. Brown says the city will retake control of all its parks and recreational centers at the end of this year. His move will end an arrangement with Erie County government that began in 2004, when the county — in a step toward regional government that was supposed to save taxpayers money — agreed to take over the maintenance of all city parks.

read the full article at the SOURCE: The Buffalo News: City to take back parks this year, mayor says

Canadian Navy Monument Design Competition finalists announced

The Canadian Navy will celebrate its centennial in 2010 with a year of events and festivities across Canada. As part of this occasion, National Defence wishes to highlight the anniversary by building a national monument in Ottawa to commemorate the Canadian men and women in naval uniform who have served, continue to serve and will serve in the future. The monument, which is to be unveiled in May 2011, will be located at Richmond Landing, in the core of Canada’s Capital Region.

In February 2009, the NCC, in partnership with the Canadian Navy, invited teams of professional artists, landscape architects, architects and landscape designers to submit their credentials and examples of prior experience as the first stage of a two-phase competition.

In June 2009, an internationally renowned jury* of art and design professionals selected five finalist design teams, based on their qualifications and past experience. These finalist teams have been invited to participate in phase two of the competition, during which they will prepare design concepts and present them to the jury in October 2009.

The five finalist teams are :

Team Charney – Quebec

Melvin Charney Artist

Nicole Valois Landscape Architect

Peter Soland Architect and Landscape Architect

Jacques Chartrand Engineer

Axel Morgenthaler Lighting Designer

Team Hilton Moore – Ontario

Marlene Hilton Moore Artist

Calvin Brook  Architect

Lawrence O’Hearn Landscape Architect

J. David Bowick Engineer

Team Leinster – Ontario

David Leinster Landscape Architect

Allan Harding MacKay Artist

Mike Tocher Landscape Architect

Team McWilliams – British Columbia

Al McWilliams Artist

Joost Bakker Architect

Bruce Haden Architect

Team Pearl – Ontario

David Pearl Artist

Ian Dance Landscape Architect

* The jury is composed of the following five people: Malaka Ackaoui, landscape architect; Dr. Laura Brandon, art curator and historian; Joe Fafard, artist; Captain (Navy) K.J. Pickford, Canadian Navy representative; and Don Vaughan, landscape architect.

SOURCE:  National Capital Commission :: Canadian Navy Monument Design Competition.

Proposed LA river walk gaining momentum

A new riverwalk along Escondido Creek flood control channel in city of Escondido (a suburb of San Diego) is gaining momentum with April Marshburn, a graduate student of Cal Poly Pomona landscape architecture program was quoted by the North County Times

she was inspired and intrigued this spring when she read about City Councilwoman Olga Diaz’s desire to create a lighted and landscaped river walk out of the flood control channel, which runs 7 miles from the city’s northeast corner at Lake Wohlford Road to its southwest corner at Harmony Grove Road.
Marshburn recently completed a 25-page analysis of options for the flood control channel, which was intended as a precursor to a more comprehensive study that would involve a team of Cal Poly graduate students visiting the city frequently beginning in January.

read more about April and the river walk at the SOURCE: North County Times Proposed river walk gaining momentum

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