Almost a century after Tsarist-era spending came to an end, St. Petersburg is embarking on a new golden age. This time, Russia’s new energy wealth is funding $50 billion in infrastructure projects that will bring Peter the Great’s “Window on Europe” into the 21st century.
By 2020, the city is to have an office tower taller than any in Europe today, a new international airport busier than any in Scandinavia today, and a cruise ship port with more berths than any cruise port of call in the world.
To ease transportation bottlenecks, St. Petersburg is doubling the underground subway system and plans to build a 72-kilometer elevated rail system. Construction crews are building a $3 billion container port, a 116-km ring road, and a 46-km north-south bypass toll road, to speed highway traffic between Finland and Moscow.
SOURCE: The St. Petersburg Times – Economic Forum – $50 Bln By 2020.
Please see attached for a Press Release announcing the results of the TORSANLORENZO INTERNATIONAL PRIZE – 2008.
Landscape design in transformation of the territory
• 1st Prize: Paulinum school in Schwaz, Austria. Rainer Schmidt architect (Austria)
• 2nd Prize: Restauration of the Sforza Cesarini garden in Rome, Italy. Virginio Melaranci,
Cinzia Giuliani, Dimitri Ticconi, Ilia Monachesi, architects (Italy)
• Mention: Pathway and landscape observatories in San Michele di Gazania, Italy.
Ex.Studio, Patricia Meneses and Ivan Juarez, architects (Spain)
Urban green spaces
• 1st Prize: restructuration of the ‘Colline de la Paix’ in Finocchio, Italy. Luigi Franciosini,
Paola Porretta, Antonella Tittoni, Paolo Uliana, Giovanna White, architects (Italy).
• 2nd Prize: General Maister Memorial Park in Ljubno ob Savinji, Slovenia. Matej Kucina,
Tanja Maljevac, Primoz Pugelj, Marjan Pobolsaj, Toncek Zizek, architects (Slovenia).
• Mention: Palm Grove, Darling Harbour, Sydney, Australia. Timothy Williams, Darren
Graham, architects (Australia).
• 1st Prize: Villengarten St. Gilgen, Salzbourg, Austria. Rainer Schmidt, architect (Austria).
• 2nd Prize: Atlas Apartments, Sydney, Australia. Adrian Mc Gregor, Larissa Ward
While discussing the proposed $7.5 million renovation of the Downtown Mall, city planners and the MMM Design Group, the Norfolk-based design firm contracted to do the work, have repeatedly vowed to remain faithful to the original Lawrence Halprin design. Interestingly, no one bothered to consult Halprin himself.
Reached at the California studio where he’s busy working on his memoirs, the 92-year-old landscape architect says he was unaware of the current plan to update his 1976 Charlottesville Mall design. Still, it wasn’t unfamiliar news. Quite a few of his landscapes have been renovated and altered over the years– and in 2003, the same year he received the National Medal of Arts from President Bush, the nation’s highest honor for artistic excellence, his Skyline Park in Denver was demolished.
Read more @ the SOURCE: The Hook – ONARCHITECTURE- Mauling the Mall? Don’t change the bricks: Halprin.
The luxurious resort hotel Stowe Mountain Lodge opens next week, and it already has a significant place in local history.
The $200-million resort is the centrepiece of Spruce Peak at Stowe, a posh, eco-conscious community of lofty mountainside living. It embraces superlative skiing, hiking, golf on a new wilderness-style course and spa life at a branch of the Cooper Institute, the Dallas-based wellness centre.
SOURCE: Canada.com (The Gazette) – $200-million resort adds to luxury landscape in Stowe.
What happens when Dwell editors drive the agenda? A roster of more than 50 incredibly talented and diverse speakers ranging from legislators to practitioners to activists, discussing everything from urban gardening to a mandated LEED program for LA. The conference follows two parallel tracks but we encourage you to veer from the linear and sign up for any panel that sparks your interest.
An exciting and different event will be the Monrovia Design Challenge allows party attendees to create an instant, eye-catching landscape within a small space. Three teams at a time have just 10 minutes to create a design using a wide palette of stylish Monrovia plants. When all sets of teams are finished, the judges, including Monrovia CEO Miles Rosedale, will award the winning team a living trophy from Monrovia. Every party attendee will receive a Monrovia plant to take home.
Dwell on Design – Los Angeles starts on June 5 to June 8
SOURCE: dwell.com – Dwell on Design Los Angeles Home Page – Dwell Conferences – .