This new competition for Market Place seeks talented landscape architects to help deliver a landscaping and public realm scheme in the historic city of Salisbury.
The renaissance of the city’s Market Place forms an integral part of a recently commissioned document setting out a Vision for the future of Salisbury. In the heart of the city, the Market Place is a bustling area which is home to a thriving charter market. The overall objective is to design and implement a high quality scheme which improves, enhances and reclaims the Market Place, Guildhall Square and surrounding areas as a high quality focal space for the city. The promoters are hoping that the successful scheme that will provide a vibrant, welcoming place that is a showpiece of modern public realm design in an historic setting.
The focus of the competition will be the development of the Market Place. However, the successful team will also be expected to produce a city public realm strategy.
Selection will take the form of a two stage process, which at stage one seeks expressions of interest. A shortlist of up to six teams will be drawn up and invited to produce concept designs.
The competition is being organised by the RIBA on behalf of Salisbury District Council as part of a joint initiative with Wiltshire County Council.
The deadline for expressions of interest is Tuesday 16th September 2008.
To download a preliminary briefing paper click here.
SOURCE: Landscape Institure: Salisbury Market Place Competition.
The shadow rural affairs minister was invited by Snowdonia National Park Authority (SNPA) to assess the environmental improvements being carried out by its tenant farmers.
“Farmers need to feel they are getting the support they need from the Assembly Government to help maintain Wales’ beautiful landscape.”
Read more @ the SOURCE: Daily Post North Wales – Landscape work praised … but not red tape –
… green displays are obviously high on the agenda in Liverpool at the moment, with Green Spot’s temporary woodland installation appearing in the courtyard of the newly refurbished Bluecoat centre, just a day ahead of another Biennial plantation by architect firm Diller Scofidio + Renfro.
Both installations involve trees being planted on a temporary basis, though Green Spot is notable because of its hefty backing. The Forestry Commission and the Environment Agency are just two of the major partners working with communications firm Creative Concern to make the project happen. As such, Green Spot arrives with serious ambitions, above and beyond the usual artistic concepts involved in gallery-based displays.
Read more @ the SOURCE: Metro.co.uk – Green Spot provides an urban oasis
With the completion next spring of the new convention centre in Vancouver’s Coal Harbour, there will be a few blocks of new parkland added to the city — but they’re strictly for the birds and the bees.
The expansion project, west of the current convention centre, is being topped off with a 2.4-hectare green — or “living” — roof that covers the flat, sloping segmented roof, and will be the second-largest in North America, next to a Michigan Ford plant covered with grass patches.
SOURCE: The Province – Green roof boasts host of eco pros.
Now, the residents of Kensington Palace Gardens, known as “Billionaires’ Row”, want trophy gardens to match – and only award-winning designers will do.
In a bid to outdo their neighbours, residents of the road in west London, who include the steel tycoon Lakshmi Mittal, the American industrialist Leonard Blavatnik and Jon Hunt, the founder of Foxtons estate agents, are signing up gold medal-winners from the Chelsea Flower Show to design their gardens.
SOURCE: Billionaires’ Row residents sign up stars of Chelsea Flower Show – Telegraph.
Mimarlar Tasarim (Han Tümertekin) + Hashim Sarkis + George Hargreaves Consortium is one of 4 finalist teams selected for the Zorlu Center Architecture and Urban Design Competition, a mixed-use urban design center in Istanbul, Turkey. Zorlu Real Estate launched the competition in June 2007; receiving 117 applications and qualification from 13 international architecture offices.
For more information about the Zorlu Center Architecture and Urban Design Competition, please visit the Turkish Daily News.
SOURCE: Hargreaves Associates – Firm News.
The city of Vancouver has purchased a two-storey building at 514 Alexander Street for approximately $860,000, and the 20 single-occupancy units currently on the property will be upgraded to provide supportive housing.
This comes on the heels of last week’s approval of 12 city-owned sites for social housing.
read more @ the SOURCE: globeandmail.com: Vancouver buys building, first of 12 planned sites