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PRESIDENT OBAMA addressed a meeting of leading thinkers and advocates Monday to redefine “urban policy.” The mission is to strip it of narrow and negative connotations (slums, poverty and crime) and imbue it with a broader purpose, recognizing the importance of metropolitan areas to the nation’s prosperity.
read the full Editorial at the SOURCE: washingtonpost.com – Rebuilding Metropolitan Areas as a Way of Rebuilding America
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 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.
Read more at the SOURCE: PerthNow- Perth grows at boomtown rate
Purchase Boomtown 2050 at UWA Publishing
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.”
read the full article at the SOURCE: NYTimes.com – As Mumbai Spills Over, Floodwater Creeps Closer
Also visit the website Soak: Mumbai in an Estuary
Purchase the Book(USD$125) – Soak: Mumbai in an Estuary
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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