The Harvard Graduate School of Design (GSD) is pleased to announce the awarding of the 11th Veronica Rudge Green Prize in Urban Design to two projects, The Metro do Porto in Porto, Portugal, and the Northeastern Urban Integration Project in Medellín, Colombia, in a ceremony to be held on Tuesday, September 3, 2013, at 6:30 p.m. in Piper Auditorium at the GSD. Rahul Mehrotra, Professor and Chair of the Department of Urban Planning and Design, and Prize Jury Chair, will host a panel discussion including presentations by representatives (designers and administrators) of the two winning teams. The event will be followed by a reception and viewing of the exhibition Transformative Mobilities: Porto & Medellín, installed in the GSD’s Gund Hall gallery.
“If there are lessons to be drawn for urban design from Medellín and Porto, I think the broader lesson has to do with the disruption of the segregation of the disciplines in the design field. Historically we have understood that Landscape Architecture sits in one place, Architecture in another, and Urban Design and Planning [in another, with all three disciplines] in constant conflict about their territorial rights. One of the things that is revolutionary about the Medellín project is that distinguishing among the disciplines is no longer possible.” Michael Sorkin – Jury Member
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Analysis of Proposed East West Link Landscape Impacts
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Australian Institute of Landscape Architects(AILA) has voiced its opposition to a new freeway link in the City of Melbourne that will cause the loss of 6% of one of Melbourne’s largest parks and have “severe ecological, cultural and heritage impacts Royal Park and Moonee Ponds Creek.”. The East West Link is a tunnel that joins two major freeways across the north of the city, however unlike the BIG DIG in Boston and the Madrid Rio, the East-West Link will widen existing surface roads to allow for above ground access ramps into the tunnel.
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URBAN CURRENT[S] is a conceptual framework for the development of the city of Medellin. A river, by definition, refers to movement. Only if we interpret the Medellin River area as a single geographic entity composed of natural elements (fauna and flora) and artificial (history, culture, mobility) do we understand that the opportunity presented by this call goes beyond the area defined for the contest. This is why we consider it important to think of the river territory beyond a simple design of public space. It is the opportunity to re-structure and establish a framework for the future development of Medellín.
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The successful regeneration of the 2.5 hectare area, which forms part of the city’s protected World Heritage Site, has involved a complete redesign of the public space and the construction of the first major urban canal extension in the UK in a generation. The drama of the new waterway threaded through the public space is accentuated by the flanking flights of steps which turn the waterway into a stage filled with activity.
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Back in June the Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force in collaboration with others launched Rebuild by Design to promote resilience for Sandy-affected regions. Rebuild by Design is a multi-stage regional design competition that will develop innovative projects to protect and enhance Sandy-affected communities.
Recently, the Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force announced that 10 teams have been selected for Stage 2 of the design competition. Over 140 potential teams from more than 15 countries submitted proposals, representing the top engineering, architecture, design, landscape architecture and planning firms as well as research institutes and universities worldwide. The ten Design Teams will participate in an intense eight-month process broken into two distinct stages: analysis and design.
The ten teams includes some well known design firms and academic institutions who have experience in design competitions and implementing urban design projects. Landscape Architecture firms are well represented with some larger and smalle firms represented. The 10 teams include:
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Earlier this month Hélène Mandroux, Mayor of Montpellier announced that West 8 in collaboration with Montpellier architects, Boyer-Percheron-Assus, is the winner of the urban design competition for the conversion of the former School of Infantry site (EAI) (35 ha) in the city of Montpellier. Team West 8 beat fellow competitors BIG Agency and Bau-B. West 8’s proposal emphasizes rejuvenation of the pre-existing condition to “subtly transform the site from one state to another, without upsetting the heritage” explains Michaël Delafosse, Deputy Major and urbanism delegate. The proposed redevelopment of the EAI into a new district will be presented to the public in September. Development of the neighborhood will be led by Thierry Laget from SAAM (Development Company of the city of Montpellier).
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The location of Bellamy Park in Vlissingen is unique, certainly in the Netherlands and because of its relation to the Western Scheldt and the sea. The Bellamy Park, the de Ruyterplein and the Beursplein in Vlissingen form an ensemble of spaces in the context of a changing maritime town. The image of the big ships in town has disappeared. The maritime character presents itself much more refined. The town centre has enlarged itself psychologically, with the developments around the Arsenaal and the fishing harbour, and recently with redeveloped squares and streets.
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