OKRA landscape architects have won the prestigious “International Urban Design Competition for Wellesley Road and Park Lane in Croydon” in London. Lead consultant OKRA participates in this project with Urhahn Urban Design, Peter Brett Associates, Karakusevic Carson Architects and Soundings. The ambition for Croydon is to transform the area, which counts 350.000 inhabitants, into London’s “third city”, complementary to Westminster and the City of London. The transformation of Wellesley Road and Park Lane, the central axis in Croydon, is one of the key projects in Croydon. The assignment is to create a vibrant centre of the monstrous main infrastructure that nowadays divides the centre in two parts.
SOURCE: OKRA and Building Design
For more information and the other competition entries including Field Operations, Edward Cullinan Architects and Hawkins Brown, go to City of Croydon Competition Page
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Harvard Park has been a no-man’s land after dark for decades. It’s location, at the borders of rival gang turf, has made it more a demilitarized zone than public space since the inception of this city’s oldest and most entrenched street gangs. So there was a giddy excitement among the thousand or so South Los Angeles neighbors who came last week to celebrate the park’s inclusion in Summer Night Lights, a program designed to combat gang violence by keeping lights on until midnight in some of the city’s roughest parks………..
Read the rest of the article at the SOURCE: NYTimes.com – Lighting Up Tough Parks’ Darkness
Technorati Tags: los angeles, night, park, lighting
A Dutch firm known for delivering euphorically original urban designs on a budget is poised to replace the world’s most famous architect on a Miami Beach park project that Gehry quit amid a row with the city over costs.
The firm, West 8, was selected from a dozen applicants for the $13 million park project by a six-person committee representing the city and the New World Symphony………
Read more at the SOURCE: MiamiHerald.com – Dutch firm could replace Frank Gehry on Miami Beach park project
balmori associates, inc. (@balmorilab) – landscape and urban designers used streaming video and Twitter t0 hold the Making Public Places Forum via Twitter. Although there were some technical glitches with the video the Forum continued online with Twitter and various questions from the online community were tabled to the group to answer.
The forum involved Diana Balmori, Erik de Jong and 40 landscape and urban design students looking at the Meat Packing district
To see the Forum discussion go to search.twitter.com and search for #mpplaces
To see the photos taken by Balmori Associates of the Forum and site visit during the tour goto Twitpic
For more information about the Area and Forum download the Info Pack here from Balmori Associates
The National Newspaper reports
“The Burj Dubai, the tallest tower in the world, will be completed in December, three months later than scheduled, according to two contractors involved with the project. The contractors said work still needed to be completed outside and inside the building and the new deadline was December………”
SOURCE: The National Newspaper – Burj Dubai opening delayed
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