The Sunshine Coast (Australia) will appoint an independent panel of external experts from fields such as urban design, architecture and landscape architecture will provide council with design advice and recommendations on policy issues, professional trends, master plans and some major development applications.
Members will volunteer their time and expertise and meet approximately four times a year. Council will appoint members through an expression of interest process.
SOURCE: Media Releases – Sunshine Coast Regional Council .
Charleston, SC – The effort to improve and enhance the Port of Charleston’s Passenger Terminal is advancing as six urban planning firms have submitted proposals to update a portion of the master plan for the terminal and the surrounding area.
The South Carolina State Ports Authority (SCSPA) is seeking to upgrade the Passenger Terminal to more effectively meet new security requirements, as well as to better serve the market needs of its cruise customers. To this end, the SCSPA and the City of Charleston have launched a collaborative effort and are working closely on the project.
On June 16, the SCSPA requested proposals from recognized planning and urban design firms that are familiar with and have worked within the City of Charleston. Seven firms were asked to bid on updating a portion of the 1996 master plan that covers about nine acres in downtown Charleston around the Passenger Terminal.
The six firms that submitted plans by the Thursday deadline were:
The SCSPA and the City will jointly evaluate and select the winning firm in the coming weeks and will work with the firm and the community to update the plan by early 2010. With the updated plan in hand, the SCSPA will seek development partners interested in portions or all of the nine acres. This private-sector development will help fund improvements and upgrades to the Passenger Terminal.
The existing Passenger Terminal was built in 1971 and has served Charleston’s cruise business well over the years. However, post-9/11 federal security requirements have introduced new facility requirements, while ship sizes have increased and passengers have greater expectations for cruise facilities.
Importantly, the project supports the SCSPA’s core mission of developing new maritime business.
SOURCE: SCSPA – PORT OF CHARLESTON
Malinda Seneviratne of the Sunday Island has written a great piece about Landscape Architects. She wrote the article after she met some landscape architects recently. Malinda interviews some practitioners, educators and the founding member of the recently formed Sri Lanka Institute of Landscape Architects.
An interesting article overall that gives a good insight into how Sri Lankans landscape architects and educators see landscape architecture.
Go to the article at Sunday Island – Landscape Architecture is not about pretty gardens, flowers and fountains
NEW PORT RICHEY – Railroad Square has been put on hold but the $1 million four-phased project but remains on schedule.
The Sun Coast News reports
David Crawley, URS Group‘s assistant vice president and manager of landscape architecture, who headed the first phase of Railroad Square development, said the company hopes to continue working on the project’s next phase.
SOURCE: The Sun Coast News – Railroad Square renovations to remain on hold until October
Times Union reports
TROY — An architect firm that has worked at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute campus will take on plans to redevelop the city hall site.
The City Council voted unanimously, 9-0, Thursday night to award a $265,000 contract to Sasaki Associates Inc., of Watertown, Mass.
SOURCE: Times Union – Troy city hall consultant hired