5 designs vie for New Bedford fishermen’s memorial – SouthCoastToday.com

SouthCoastToday.com reports “From more than a dozen designs submitted for the proposed fishermen’s memorial at Fort Taber, the Fishermen’s Tribute Fund committee has narrowed the list to five finalists.

The remaining artists have a deadline of Feb. 17 to complete a maquette, or miniature, from which the winner will be selected.”

[SOURCE: SouthCoastToday.com: 5 designs vie for New Bedford fishermen's memorial]

Reinventing urban wheels – Haaretz – Israel News

Ariel Rubinsky of HAARETZ.com reports on the state of urban transport in Israel.

“Not everyone can leap out of bed at 5 A.M. to take a bicycle ride or have an early morning run. The same is true of the gym. On the face of it, urban residents have a readily available alternative: To increase their physical activity in their daily schedules, by, for example, doing errands on foot or walking, biking or rollerblading to work. It’s healthy, environmentally friendly, and circumvents the traffic jams. The problem lies in the current state of urban infrastructure. Cyclists and rollerbladers are constantly endangering their lives, being forced to maneuver between cars. As for pedestrians, they have to share the sidewalk with garbage bins and parked cars, inhaling exhaust fumes all the while.”

[SOURCE: Haaretz - Israel News Reinventing urban wheels]

Abu Dhabi approves public park plans – Construction Week Online

Construction Week Online  reports “The parks will be located in residential areas and will create more than 60,000 square metres of public space, the municipality said.”

Construction of the parks is set to start in September 2009

[SOURCE: Design News from Construction Week Online – ‘Abu Dhabi approves public park plans’ ]

New Construction Schedule For Brooklyn Bridge Park – Brooklyn Eagle

Brooklyn Eagle reports “The Brooklyn Bridge Park Development Corp. (BBPDC) this summer will build a stairway………The park’s designer, Michael Van Valkenburgh, has designed a descending crescent…..”

[SOURCE: Brooklyn Eagle – New Construction Schedule For Brooklyn Bridge Park]

Dover Esplanade Design Competition – Landscape Institute(UK)

The Landscape Institute is running a competition for

“Dover Esplanade design competition is a two-stage design competition to produce an innovative design for a significant section of harbour-side beach and public realm on Dover’s waterfront. The aim is to create a modern and attractive new seafront that will become a major attraction to visitors and residents of Dover alike.

The competition is being run by the Landscape Institute Competitions Office under the auspices of a partnership comprising Dover Harbour Board, Dover District Council, Kent County Council, SEEDA, and English Heritage.

The project is being funded jointly by SeaChange and the partnership. SeaChange is a government initiative led by CABE in partnership with Arts Council England, BIG Lottery, English Heritage, Heritage Lottery Fund, Museums, Libraries and Archives Council, and the Regional Development Agencies.

The deadline for expressions of interest is 23 January 2009

Contact Sabina Mohideen, competitions@landscapeinstitute.org for a copy of the stage 1 brief.

[SOURCE: Landscape Institute: Dover Esplanade Design Competition]

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