New Lighting Design for San Diego’s Coronado Bridge

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An international team led by London based artist Peter Fink (Form Associates) and lighting designer Mark Major (Speirs + Major) in association with Buro Happold in Los Angeles has been announced as the winner of the largest interactive green energy lighting project in North America. The San Diego-Coronado Bay Bridge, built in 1969 in the spectacular context of the bay, has become a symbol of the San Diego area – just as the Golden Gate and Bay Bridges are symbols for San Francisco. The San Diego Bridge is characterised by its graceful 2.5 mile long curved deck supported by over 30 towers reaching a height of 200 feet over the navigation channel. The shipping channels are spanned by the world’s longest continuous three-span box girder measuring 1,880 feet.

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Four finalists present their visions for Minneapolis Riverfront Design Competition

The four finalist teams recently unveiled their visions for Minneapolis Riverfront Design Competition (MR|DC), the largest landscape and urban design competition in Minneapolis history, each crafting a multidimensional landscape and urban design proposal addressing 220 acres of parkland and surrounding neighborhoods along 11 miles of riverfront from the historic Stone Arch Bridge north to the city limits.

Ken Smith Workshop – City of the River
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The river is a catalyst for renewal through new and enhanced park, infrastructure and ecological systems and a series of bold, iconic design scenarios that reflect the area’s history and spirit of place.

Stoss Landscape Urbanism – Streamlines
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A longer term transformation that reclaims the river as civic space, introduces new landscapes, infrastructure and urban fabrics, and weaves the multiple new and existing systems and experiences back into the city.

TLS/KVA – RiverFirst
TLS/KVA-RiverFirst
A set of inter related design initiatives – focused on health, mobility and green economy – that function at multiple scales and are enhanced by community outreach strategies to raise public awareness about consumer choice impacts on the river system.

Turenscape – The Resilient River
Turenscape-The Resilient River
A fifty year framework for investment that focuses on: ecological renewal, social equity, new economies and a new identity for the city of the river, and includes a strategic approach to ecological infrastructure, re-orienting urbanism and phasing over time.

SOURCE: Minneapolis Riverfront Design Competition

OLIN selected to lead redesign of the Met’s Fifth Avenue Outdoor Plaza

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The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York announced yesterday that it had selected OLIN to lead a comprehensive, multi-year effort to redesign and rebuild the four-block-long outdoor plaza that fronts its landmark Fifth Avenue façade. The project will feature as one of its centerpiece elements the design and installation of all-new fountains outside the museum building.

The selection of OLIN comes after a search process that involved a review of more than 30 leading landscape and building architects from around the world. The international search was conducted by a special committee of the Museum’s Board of Trustees chaired by Daniel Brodsky, who is also Vice Chairman of the Trustee Buildings Committee.

OLIN will lead a comprehensive project to re-conceive the entire plaza space, including its fountains and accompanying plantings, all of which were installed in their present form four decades ago in 1970. The uses of the plaza have changed over the years—vehicles, for example, are no longer allowed to drive around the fountains—suggesting the need for a new design program. The existing fountains, long dormant, were recently rehabilitated and currently function, but the repairs did not address long-term issues and are only temporary.

The project will require considerable advance planning, design work, and formal approvals from community and citywide agencies. At this early stage in the design process, the Museum has not yet developed a construction schedule but, pending all approvals, hopes that construction will take around two years and be completed by 2015.

SOURCE: Metropolitan Museum of Art

IALE: Future Landscape Ecology

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The International Association for Landscape Ecology (UK) held its annual conference at the University of Brighton, 14-16 September. This year’s focus was ‘Future Landscape Ecology’ with sessions on Species responses to landscapes; assessing vulnerability and resilience; future scenarios; problem-solving; workshop sessions; landscape-scale adaptation and management.

Richard Smithers,  ialeUK chair stated

The challenge for future landscape ecology is to help create a new narrative for conserving the natural environment, establishing it as the basis for all useful function.

If future landscape ecology can help provide governments with better information on ecosystem services, then common tragedy might be averted through imposing solutions.

The 2011 conference will be held on 5-8 September(provisional dates) at University of Wolverhampton.

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SOURCE: International Association for Landscape Ecology (UK)

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Green Room opens in Rotterdam

The “Green Room” is designed by Casanova+Hernandez as part of a series of temporary interventions in the public space of several European cities named “Domestic Monuments”.

The “Green Room” experiments with the role of hybrid interventions (mix of landscape+architecture+sculpture) to activate the urban life of our city centres.

The intervention transforms an anonymous area of the public space of the city into an open room for the citizens that works as a green island characterized by its domestic character and strong identity.
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Green Room Rotterdam - (c)Casanova+Hernandez
Green Room Rotterdam - (c)Casanova+Hernandez
Green Room Rotterdam - (c)Casanova+Hernandez

IMAGE SOURCE & CREDIT:  Casanova+Hernandez

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