MRDV – the architects that hail from Rotterdam producing a wide variety of built and theorical work that pushes the boundaries of urban densities and how people relate and live in cities. The New York Times has produced a special Architecture edition of its Magazine and includes numerous articles that are a great read. The article title ‘Crowded House’ focuses on MVRDV and gives a great insight in the architectural studios founders and their work from the past.
For a great insight into MVRDV’s work read Crowded House by Darcy Frey @ NY Times
Vancouver is poised to become one of the creative cities of the world, but that success could be eroded if it can’t find a way to provide affordable housing, says the current guru of urban planning.
“You are in the proverbial catbird seat,” said Richard Florida, the hugely popular author of The Rise of the Creative Class, whose work has generated headlines around North America and even appearances on The Colbert Report.
For one, he says, Vancouver has developed a new kind of urbanism that combines a beautiful built environment with a beautiful natural environment
Read more @ the SOURCE: Vancouver Sun – City’s creativity relies on affordability, author says.
Almost a century after Tsarist-era spending came to an end, St. Petersburg is embarking on a new golden age. This time, Russia’s new energy wealth is funding $50 billion in infrastructure projects that will bring Peter the Great’s “Window on Europe” into the 21st century.
By 2020, the city is to have an office tower taller than any in Europe today, a new international airport busier than any in Scandinavia today, and a cruise ship port with more berths than any cruise port of call in the world.
To ease transportation bottlenecks, St. Petersburg is doubling the underground subway system and plans to build a 72-kilometer elevated rail system. Construction crews are building a $3 billion container port, a 116-km ring road, and a 46-km north-south bypass toll road, to speed highway traffic between Finland and Moscow.
SOURCE: The St. Petersburg Times – Economic Forum – $50 Bln By 2020.
Please see attached for a Press Release announcing the results of the TORSANLORENZO INTERNATIONAL PRIZE – 2008.
Landscape design in transformation of the territory
• 1st Prize: Paulinum school in Schwaz, Austria. Rainer Schmidt architect (Austria)
• 2nd Prize: Restauration of the Sforza Cesarini garden in Rome, Italy. Virginio Melaranci,
Cinzia Giuliani, Dimitri Ticconi, Ilia Monachesi, architects (Italy)
• Mention: Pathway and landscape observatories in San Michele di Gazania, Italy.
Ex.Studio, Patricia Meneses and Ivan Juarez, architects (Spain)
Urban green spaces
• 1st Prize: restructuration of the ‘Colline de la Paix’ in Finocchio, Italy. Luigi Franciosini,
Paola Porretta, Antonella Tittoni, Paolo Uliana, Giovanna White, architects (Italy).
• 2nd Prize: General Maister Memorial Park in Ljubno ob Savinji, Slovenia. Matej Kucina,
Tanja Maljevac, Primoz Pugelj, Marjan Pobolsaj, Toncek Zizek, architects (Slovenia).
• Mention: Palm Grove, Darling Harbour, Sydney, Australia. Timothy Williams, Darren
Graham, architects (Australia).
• 1st Prize: Villengarten St. Gilgen, Salzbourg, Austria. Rainer Schmidt, architect (Austria).
• 2nd Prize: Atlas Apartments, Sydney, Australia. Adrian Mc Gregor, Larissa Ward
While discussing the proposed $7.5 million renovation of the Downtown Mall, city planners and the MMM Design Group, the Norfolk-based design firm contracted to do the work, have repeatedly vowed to remain faithful to the original Lawrence Halprin design. Interestingly, no one bothered to consult Halprin himself.
Reached at the California studio where he’s busy working on his memoirs, the 92-year-old landscape architect says he was unaware of the current plan to update his 1976 Charlottesville Mall design. Still, it wasn’t unfamiliar news. Quite a few of his landscapes have been renovated and altered over the years– and in 2003, the same year he received the National Medal of Arts from President Bush, the nation’s highest honor for artistic excellence, his Skyline Park in Denver was demolished.
Read more @ the SOURCE: The Hook – ONARCHITECTURE- Mauling the Mall? Don’t change the bricks: Halprin.
The luxurious resort hotel Stowe Mountain Lodge opens next week, and it already has a significant place in local history.
The $200-million resort is the centrepiece of Spruce Peak at Stowe, a posh, eco-conscious community of lofty mountainside living. It embraces superlative skiing, hiking, golf on a new wilderness-style course and spa life at a branch of the Cooper Institute, the Dallas-based wellness centre.
SOURCE: Canada.com (The Gazette) – $200-million resort adds to luxury landscape in Stowe.
The failure of the state to implement an uncompromising transportation policy has contributed to the traffic mayhem unfolding on Jamaica’s streets.
Add that to unstructured urban planning, and commuters face a Pandora’s box of woes.
This is the view of Jacqueline Douglas-Brown, programme director of the Urban and Regional Planning Programme at the Faculty of the Built Environment at the University of Technology, Jamaica.
“My feeling is that governments have successively not addressed this issue of how you move people from one town to the next, one city to the next, on a daily and weekly basis,” she told The Gleaner recently.
SOURCE: Jamaica Gleaner News – Urban crush drives traffic woes