Citygarden opens in St.Louis

Flickr Image: Stannate

Citygarden is a new park with a twist in St.Louis, unlike other parks it’s not just a green and lush landscape, it  incorporates art with the landscape.  A landscape that features fountains and pools, a waterfall, places to sit and a café.

A garden for residents and city workers to relax during the day, take a evening stroll or have a weekend coffee with the morning newpapers.

The garden occupies the two blocks between Eighth and Tenth and Chestnut and Market Streets. The two blocks, which are owned by the City and cover 2.9 acres, are part of the Gateway Mall, a 19-square block spine of green space that stretches mostly uninterrupted for a little more than a mile from Broadway to 21st Street. The space is framed to the east by St. Louis’s world-renowned Gateway Arch and its historic Old Courthouse.

The City of St. Louis and Gateway Foundation announced in June, 2007 that they would partner in creating the garden. The City owns the garden improvements and will continue to own the land. Its only expenses will be for water and electricity. The not-for-profit Gateway Foundation is providing the funding — an estimated $25-$30 million, covering design and construction and front-end “soft costs” such as financing, anticipated expenses for security and insurance, etc. The cost of the sculpture, which is and will remain owned by the foundation, is separate. Going forward, Gateway Foundation will pay for all costs of Citygarden except water and electricity.

Warren Byrd, principal of Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects, the Charlottesville, Va.-based landscape architectural firm that prepared the plan for the garden. Ten St. Louis-based firms supported Nelson Byrd Woltz in the design process, including Studio Durham Architects, which designed the cafe. BSI Constructors served as the general contractor.

Image SOURCE: Gateway Foundation

Also watch the great video at St.Louis Today with Warren Byrd who speaks about the project and the role of  Nelson Byrd Woltz in the project.

 

Topos 67 – Materials released

This issue is about good design with the right material and appropriate detail for the respective place. Topos presents very different designs from all parts of the world.

Issue 67 of Topos looks at a wide variety of projects from USA, Brazil, Chile, France, Denmark.


SOURCE: TOPOS 67 – Materials

Plan for Chandler memorial, but no funding – eastvalleytribune.com

eastvalleytribune.com reports

Designs for a massive veterans memorial in Chandler’s Veterans Oasis Park received unanimous approval from the city’s Parks and Recreation Board Tuesday.

Funding for the $1 million projected price tag, however, is nowhere in sight.

Read the full article at the SOURCE: Chandler News – Chandler, AZ news | eastvalleytribune.com – Plan for Chandler memorial, but no funding

Al Habtoor Leighton Group awarded AED1.4 billion project at Khalifa Port and Industrial Zone

The Al Habtoor Leighton Group (HLG) has been awarded an AED 1.4 billion project at the Khalifa Port and Industrial Zone (KPIZ) by the Abu Dhabi Ports Company (ADPC).

HLG’s scope of work includes the construction of the on-shore port facilities and includes the construction of 47 buildings, the largest being the central facilities building which is over 300 metres long and five stories high. Also included is the associated infrastructure works which consists of a series of road networks, bridges, utility installations and hard and soft landscaping.

SOURCE: Leighton Holdings

London Olympic Village Unveiled

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The Athletes’ Village, which lies adjacent to the Olympic Park and Stratford City sites, will accommodate athletes during the Olympic and Paralympic Games and will leave the legacy of thousands of new homes after 2012. ODA Chairman John Armitt said: ‘Providing a world-class Village will play a crucial role in helping athletes deliver record-breaking performances in 2012 but we are also focussing on creating Gold-medal-standard housing in legacy. SOURCE: London 2012 outlines plans for ‘Gold medal standard’ Athletes’ Village – London 2012

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