MVVA Designs Hudson Park and Boulevard << Inhabitat

Earlier this year Related Companies sealed the deal on New York’s Hudson Yards development, and we’re excited to announce that the competition to design Hudson Park and Boulevard is now coming to a close. Although the Hudson Yards Development Corporation has yet to formally announce a winner, Related has let slip that Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates will likely be the designers of the approximately 4-acre site!

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Vancouver Olympic Architecture review

Adele Weder of thetyee.ca writes a op-ed piece about Vancouver 2010’s architecture and landscape architecture in Uncool: Vancouver’s Olympic Architecture

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Youth panel start work on designing the Olympic site’s legacy: London Development Agency

London Development Agency reports

“A panel of 25 young people met for the first time after being given the unique chance to work alongside the masterplanners tasked with developing legacy plans for the Olympic Park site.

As part of ongoing community engagement and consultation, the London Development Agemcy (LDA) has given budding planners and designers from the five host boroughs, aged between 14 and 19-years-old, the chance to gain valuable industry experience and contribute to the legacy plans.

The LDA is leading a partnership overseeing the Legacy Masterplan Framework (LMF) – spatial plan for homes, parkland, schools, workspace, health and sporting facilities to be developed on the Olympic site Park after the 2012 Games.

Last week, the newly appointed panel met with the masterplanners – EDAW, KCAP and Allies and Morrison at their London offices and were given the chance to review latest design work, ask questions and present their views, ideas and priorities for creating the best legacy for the Olympic Park site and surrounding neighbourhoods.

Please contact the LDA media team for the chance to interview a panel member from your area.

Tom Russell, Group Director of the Olympic Legacy, said:

“The Legacy Now Youth Panel is a great opportunity for these young people to help shape their future. We want to harness that enthusiasm and offer practical experience where they can develop specialist skills for higher education and future careers.

“There has been so much enthusiasm from young people in the planning process during the summer consultation events. They will be the ones that will be able to look back in forty years time and judge the true legacy of the 2012 Games.”

The Legacy Now Youth Panel will:

* Meet planners, architects and decision makers
* Visit the Olympic Park site and other regeneration developments
* Take part in Olympic site model making with masterplanners
* Review designs and plans
* Undertake work experience placements
* Present and consult with wider groups of young people
* Communicate developments via website, blogs and e-bulletins
* Make creative projects including a ‘sound track’ of a walk through the Park
* Plan for a large scale youth event in Summer 2009.

The LDA has teamed up with Fundamental, an architecture centre based in east London, to form and oversee the Panel. They worked with the 2012 units from each borough to select teenagers with an interest in planning and the area around them.

The young people have been recruited from a range of existing groups from within their boroughs including Greenwich’s Young Peoples Council, Hackney’s Olympic Ambassador Scheme, Newham’s Architecture Crew, the Waltham Forest Youth Ambassador’s and the Tower Hamlets Sports Ambassadors.

Fundamental Chief Executive Nick Edwards, said:

“The evening was a huge success with a genuine dialogue taking place between the team of masterplanners at EDAW and young people from the five host boroughs. They presented their eight priorities for the Olympic Park Legacy and the team detailed how they were taking these into consideration in the development of their design. The ensuing debate was excellent and opened up a series of other discussions which will be carried over to a follow up meeting in the New Year.”

The Panel is just one of a number of upcoming youth events the LDA is holding as part of the Legacy Masterplan Framework consultation. They include half term workshops, a series of university lectures and school visits.

Bill Hanway, Chief Operating Officer of EDAW, said:

“The ability to deliver a significant and sustainable Olympic Legacy is built on understanding the goals and aspirations of the young people in the surrounding community. Their ambitions and skills will profoundly shape and inform the developing plans and the design team looks forward to working closely with them.”

The LMF outline planning application, due to be submitted next year, will be part of a wider economic, social and physical regeneration strategy for the Olympic Park and the Lower Lea Valley. The LDA is leading this work alongside London 2012 partners.”

SOURCE: Home-Youth panel start work on designing the Olympic site’s legacy: London Development Agency.

EVERGREEN BRICK WORKS – Construction starts on $55 million Evergreen Brick Works project

“Evergreen Brick Works, Canada’s first large-scale
environmental discovery centre, took a big step closer to becoming reality at
a groundbreaking event held today. Jim Flaherty, Minister of Finance; Aileen Carroll, Ontario Minister of Culture; David Miller, Mayor of the City of Toronto; ……and students from Cassandra Public School, planted trees and broke ground signalling the start of construction for this innovative community project. Evergreen Brick Works will open in spring 2010.

Read more about Evergreen Brick Works

SOURCE: CNW Group | EVERGREEN BRICK WORKS | Construction starts on $55 million Evergreen Brick Works project.

What to do if you get ‘laid off’ in a recession? – World Landscape Architect

1        Keep upbeat
The best thing to do is keep upbeat. You may have lost you job but don’t get down on yourself. Often losing your job in a recession often has nothing to do with skills or attitude but mere numbers. The best thing is to look forward and be positive.

 

2    Training

Now is the opportune time to go to university or undertake a short course. In landscape architecture it would be a good time to go for LEED or some other green qualification. Also read the Sustainable Sites draft documents and keep up to date with the latest developments with other countries associations such as Landscape Institute, IFLA, etc.

 

3    Skills Improvement

If you have just been laid off and you still have some time left at your current job ask your manager if they could give you pointers on which skills you could improve on(eg sketching, design, planting design, project management) and also how they best think you should go about it. If your not at your previous employer maybe arrange a time to meet up with them and have a chat about how you could improve.

 

4    Get free education

The internet is full of numerous whitepapers and information about new technologies including water sustainable design, green design, computer software such as Sketchup that cost nothing for trials versions.

 

5 Keep in touch with your previous employer

Although it may be hard to do and somewhat disconcerting its good to keep in touch with your previous employer so that when the economy does pick up they can give you some part time work and thus you’ll be first pick for new positions when they have enough work to employ you full time.

 

6 Volunteer

There are many green groups and volunteer organisation around the world that need help with green initiatives. Now is a good time to talk to them about helping out and to keep your skills and knowledge sharp for when you go back to full time work.

 

7 Networking – Start a support group or discussion group

Whether it’s in your city or on the internet. Get in touch with other fellow landscape architects, architects, planners, engineers through social websites such as Land8lounge and start a weekly meet up, try and stay positive and help those also who start to get down on themselves.

 

8 Get in touch your University

University’s are always looking for new lecturers and tutors and you maybe able to get a part-time paid position. If not offer to be a guest lecturer or tutors although this may not pay it will look good on your resume that you put back into the profession whilst laid off.

 

9 Brush up on your resume and folio

Brush up your resume and pick you best pieces of work that shows your strengths. Try and keep a broad range of projects in your portfolio to show your versatility. Also keep checking back at World Landscape Architect and also look at the list of job sites at Dirt Blog at ASLA.

 

10 Relax and keep an open mind

Now is the festive season, its time to relax catch up with friends and family and remain positive about your future.

 

11 Don’t give up

Best advice is not to give up and to keep looking for work you might have to move somewhere else but sometimes these downturns can give you great opportunities to reinvent yourself and your skillset.

 

 

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