Foster + Partners win masterpan for Incheon Free Economic Zone

KoreaMP

Foster + Partners, together with PHA and Mobility in Chain, has won an international competition to design the masterplan for the expansion of the Incheon Free Economic Zone, an extensive mixed-use scheme encompassing the islands of KangHwa and OnJin-gun, to the north west of Seoul. Conceived as a self-sufficient, sustainable development, the 300 square-kilometre masterplan will extend organically from a central transportation spine, creating a centre for green industry and serving a population that is expected to grow from 35,000 to 320,000 residents and commuters.

SOURCE: Foster + Partners

IMAGE CREDIT & SOURCE: Foster + Partners

In the News – Weekend 29/30 August

Landscape Architect appointed to SF Arts Commission [SFweekly.com]
According to SFweekly.com, the Mayor of San Francisco, Gavin Newsom has appointed landscape architect Astrid Haryati to the Arts Commission to fill one of the seats recently vacated. Haryati has been at the city of San Francisco from February 2008 holding the position of Greening Director.

Oslo’s reinvention as a chic waterfront town leaves Toronto in the dust [TheStar.com]
looks at Oslo and admires its roads, public transport and the
improvements to its waterfront

Delhi hotels to miss target for Commonwealth Games [Economic Times/ India Times]
As many as 16 hotel projects that are coming up in Delhi will fail to meet the Commonwealth Games deadline of September 2010, mounting more pressure on the government which has already been struggling to accommodate guests likely to attend the mega sporting event.

Anchorage Musuem plants Birch Grove

As apart of the $106million expansion of the Anchorage Musuem, a two acre birch grove is being planted. The landscape architecture firm is the Seattle based Charles Anderson Landscape Architecture who wanted to bring something different to Anchorage in comparison to other current civic spaces. They wanted the grove to have a forest feel and to reinforce this natural look the designers selected trees that weren’t uniform and also planted several trees in one planting hole to create denser areas of foliage.

SOURCE: Anchorage Press

Jan Gehl to give lectures at University of Saskatchewan

Jan Gehl is giving two lectures at the University of Saskatchewan as apart of the Great Spaces lecture series from the University of Saskatchewan. Sponsored in part by the Regional & Urban Planning (RUP) in the College of Arts & Science, an internationally-renowned leader in urban design and architecture, Jan Gehl, will be visiting Saskatoon Aug. 31 and Sept. 1. Jan Gehl is an architect whos vision is to create better cities. Aspiring to create cities that are lively, healthy, diverse, sustainable and safe – and thereby improve people’s quality of life.

The symposium features the following two lectures, both of which are open to the public:
Presentation Part I: Monday, Aug. 31 at 7:30,
Presentation Part II: Tuesday, Sept. 1 at 7:30
Frank & Ellen Remai Arts Centre, 100 Spadina Crescent East, Saskatoon
Cost: per presentation – Students $7, Public $12; package for both presentations – Students $12, Public $22

For more information goto the lecture webpage

To purchase tickets go to www.picatic.com

SOURCE: University of Saskatchewan via The Sheaf

Cross programming Urban Park in Singapore

Perspective of Urban Park at City Square Mall

Perspective of Urban Park at City Square Mall (Ong & Ong)

Ong & Ong have proposed a new Urban Park design for City Square Mall at 17th Kitchener Road, Singapore. The site is  approximately 0.45 ha with few facilities besides the entry to the Mass Rapid Transit Station. Ong & Ong‘s design incorporates several programs including a Butterfly Garden, Sculptures, a Living Maze for children, an interactive fountain park and an education wall about recycling.

The proposal of developing this open space into an urban park will drastically change the appearance and usage of this open space. The development of the urban park and the mall will complement one another. The urban park will be like a green carpet lay out in front of the mall to welcome its visitors.

The urban park when it is completed, will serve as a green lung for the neighborhood. Conceived as a series of spaces connected by footpaths, these spaces are meant to encourage learning about ecology and the natural environment in an urban oasis that is both fun and didactic for young and old. As they play and walk through the landscape, they learn.

Ong & Ong’s project increases its environment friendly status by introducing the application of a myriad of ecologically-friendly elements including Vertical Green Walls, an Eco-Roof to showcase green technologies and  materials such as  “Eco-tiles” – a composite recyclable product that is manufacture with sustainable resource, and recycled timber. The designers have also retained 2 large existing trees and proposed to plant native species in the design.

Perspective of Urban Park at City Square Mall

Perspective of Urban Park at City Square Mall (Ong & Ong)

Plan with Roof - Urban Park at City Square Mall (Ong & Ong)

Plan with Roof - Urban Park at City Square Mall (Ong & Ong)

Plan at Street Level - Urban Park at City Square Mall (Ong  & Ong)

Plan at Street Level - Urban Park at City Square Mall (Ong & Ong)

Image Credit: Ong & Ong Pte Ltd

Approximate budget in SGD: $ 400,000,000.00
Project design start year: 2005
Project status currently: Under Construction
Expected project construction completion: 30 November 2009
Landscape Architects – Ong & Ong Pte Ltd

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