The CityDeck is the heart of a multi-phase redevelopment project along Green Bay’s Fox River. The project aims to allow for significantly increased access to the river and to diversify social and ecological life along it.
EXISTING CONDITIONS + CHALLENGES
The site is a 2-acre strip of land, typically measuring 50 to 60 feet wide, that runs along the edge of the Fox River in downtown Green Bay. It is about one-quarter-mile in length and is situated between two bridges that cross the river. At the project’s beginning, adjacent parcels were empty, abandoned (a large yellow warehouse), or in use as parking lots. Nearby buildings turned their back on the riverfront. Unsurprisingly, there was little social or civic life here, and no reason to visit; the elevated walk along existing bulkhead walls prevented any direct access down to the river—as well as up to the city from boats.
In Venezuela 93% of the population live in cities, half of which inhabit urban slums. Upgrading initiatives to date have tended to focus on housing solutions to improve living conditions. However, graver issues affect the livelihood of slum dwellers on a daily basis. Alarmingly high homicide rates, frequent adolescent pregnancies and very high school dropout rates compromise every slum dweller´s quality of life and condemn them to a perpetual cycle of poverty. Health issues and low self dignity associated with living in severely degraded environmental conditions also diminish their livelihood. Improving the situation, therefore, goes beyond supplying mortar and brick to build better houses; it requires a holistic approach that seriously considers social and environmental deficiencies.
St. Petersburg has sponsored an international design competition for the redesign and replacement of its landmark Pier. Finalists included Bjarke Ingels Group, Michael Maltzan Architecture, and WEST 8 Urban Design and Landscape Architecture who submitted their designs on November 29 and are now displayed at the “Look, Think, Share” exhibit for public viewing and comment from December 6 to December 30.
SWA Group recently won an invited design competition for Suzhou Center, a 26.5-hectare site located in Suzhou’s still-developing Central Business District, with office, hotel, residential buildings, retail corridors, transit, roof gardens, canals and waterfront parks adjacent to historic Jinji Lake. The landmark Suzhou Center design, which is planned to break ground in April 2012, creates a signature city-center of urban offerings, greenspace and lakefront amenities along an approximately 2-km visual corridor reminiscent of the Washington Mall, Champs Elysees in Paris and other grand urban spines. A striking 88-story arched Gateway Tower, now under construction toward completion in late 2012, anchors the Suzhou Center development. Its arch shape encases the visual corridor connecting Old Town and the city’s other urban center, Suzhou Industrial Park (SIP) Central Business District.
The winner of Street 11 Competition, to redesign the main street of Lilydale was announced today with the winning entry being awarded to Earth Central by AECOM. The Street 11 Competition was organised by the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects. The competition challenged entrants to redesign the main street of Lilydale to create an attractive and environmentally sustainable, pedestrian oriented town centre.
A total of thirteen submissions were received and all submissions addressed the Assessment Criteria. The jury received digital files five days prior to the closed judging session at the University of Melbourne. This process involved short listing the entries into the top five submissions for further review and discussion. After vigorous debate regarding the entries the two finalists were selected. The jury would like to thank and congratulate all entrants for their contribution to the future of both Lilydale, and the profession of Landscape Architecture.
Wining Entry Logo - Earth Central by AECOM
WINNER – First Prize
Earth Central by AECOM is a proposition that intensifies both density and amenity through substantial physical change to the fabric of the Township. The jury was impressed by the clear and understandable representation of the Transport Hub, Central Park and the Living Street. Earth Central thinks big to demonstrate a realizable approach to social, economic and ecological development. The strength of this scheme lies in its ability to challenge the symmetry of the street, creating a new town centre focused around a central park.