Nancy Pollock-Ellwand has been appointed Dean of Faculty of Environmental Design (EVDS) at the University of Calgary. Recently, she was the chair of the School of Architecture, Landscape Architecture and Urban Design, at the University of Adelaide, Australia for the past three years. A graduate in architecture from the University of Manitoba and graduate in landscape architecture from Guelph University and she received her PhD in Planning at the University of Waterloo.
In her new position she wishes for students and staff to engage more with the architectural community.
[SOURCE: Calgary Herald – New dean passionate about architecture]
Nuszer Kopatz Urban Design Associates has joined Stanley Consultants, a large consulting engineering firms based in Denver. Stanley Consultants is a multi-disciplined firm that provides engineering, environmental and construction services throughout the United States and around the world.
Nuszer Kopatz, founded in 1991 by Mark Nuszer and Mark Kopatz, is a land planning, landscape architecture and community visioning firm. The capability brought by Nuszer Kopatz employees broadens Stanley Consultants’ portfolio of land development services.
“Until now our work has been focused regionally, so we’re excited about the opportunities this presents,” said Kopatz. “It will still be business as usual for our existing clients. They’ll get the same personal attention but now have access to global resources. We’re looking forward to expanding our reach nationally and internationally.”
The Nuszer Kopatz staff will relocate from its current Denver office to Stanley Consultants’ Denver office.
Pandora Park Community Garden Society (Vancouver) has announced Green Shed: Pandora Park Community Garden Design Competition. An international design competition open to students and professional architects, landscape architects, builders, engineers, gardeners and designers.
The goal of this international competition is to generate buildable designs for a storage shed and outdoor common space for a new community garden that will showcase sustainable building strategies and materials. The winning design will be built by a team of volunteers over the summer of 2010.
For more information go to the competition website
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The award winning Federal Plaza designed by Martha Schwartz is going to get a new design as the plaza is reconstructed over a 12-18 month period to fix the plaza deck that is settling and leaking affecting the building and carpark below the plaza.
The current design of swirling green benches designed by Martha Schwartz will be removed and replaced by magnolia trees, low evergreen plantings, marble benches and a fountain designed by Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates (MVVA).
The Tribeca Trib recently reported about Matthew Urbanski’s (a principal with MVVA) presentation of the new design to Community Board 1’s Seaport/Civic Center Committee.
Much of the design, Urbanski said, was influenced by the “microclimate” of the plaza, which receives too much sun in the summer and too little in the winter, plus a wind tunnel effect along Worth Street. The magnolia trees are positioned at the northern end of the plaza where they can provide shade and some shielding from winter winds.
To read and see more about the new plaza design go to the [SOURCE: Tribeca Trib – Yet Another Look in Store for Federal Plaza]
ST. LOUIS, Mo. – Contest organizers announced recently they have received portfolios from 49 teams now vying for a chance to invigorate the park and city areas surrounding one of the world’s most recognized monuments, the Gateway Arch in St. Louis. Lead designers from across the United States and from seven other countries have submitted portfolios.
The CityArchRiver 2015 Foundation made the announcement following the Jan. 28 deadline for competitors to identify a lead designer and submit a team portfolio for the competition, “Framing a Modern Masterpiece: The City + The Arch + The River 2015.”
Next week, the competition jury will gather for the first time in St. Louis to review the portfolios. An announcement of portfolio review results, including an invitation to eight to 10 entrants to assemble complete teams for the next stage of competition, is expected Feb. 10. The competition, which was launched Dec. 8, 2009, will have three stages in all.
A networking event will take place Feb. 18, 2010, at the Old Courthouse in St. Louis. (Note: This is an earlier date than listed previously). Local contractors, minority, disadvantaged, and women-owned businesses, and others will be invited to the event to meet with short-listed design teams to discuss the chance of partnering on the project.
Upcoming public events include a ‘meet the designers night’ in late April and a public exhibition of the designs this summer.
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