West 8 confirmed by City for Miami Beach project

MiamiHerald.com reports

Dutch design firm West 8 will replace world-renowned architect Frank Gehry on a Miami Beach park project, the final component of the massive New World Symphony complex now under construction.

The firm was selected from a dozen applicants for the $13 million park project and ratified by the Miami Beach Commission in a 6-1 vote Wednesday.

Despite Gehry’s fame, West 8 was hailed by backers as better suited to design the park because of its experience in landscape architecture.

SOURCE: MiamiHerald.com – Dutch firm picked for Miami Beach park project

Perth grows at boomtown rate | PerthNow

PerthNow reports

PERTH should grow to more than three million people by 2050, Richard Weller, a professor of landscape architecture at WA University, says.

The author of Boomtown 2050 – Scenarios for a Rapidly Growing City believes Perth still has the opportunity to plan for its expected population surge and use the energy of growth to make a better city.

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Purchase Boomtown 2050 at UWA Publishing

As Mumbai Spills Over, Floodwater Creeps Closer – NYTimes.com

NYTimes.com reports

Inspired by the 2005 floods, Dilip da Cunha and his wife, Anuradha Mathur, who teach design and landscape architecture at the University of Pennsylvania, have spent the last two and a half years studying Mumbai and its uneasy relationship with water. They recently released their findings and 12 proposals for making the city more resilient to floods in the form of a museum exhibit and a book, both titled “Soak: Mumbai in an Estuary.”

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Also visit the website Soak: Mumbai in an Estuary

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Dutch success in London – OKRA wins Croydon Competition


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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Lighting Up Tough Parks’ Darkness – NYTimes.com

NYTimes.com reports

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………..

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