Canadian Navy National Monument Design Competition Launched – Ottawa Start

The National Capital Commission (NCC) calls on teams of professional artists, landscape architects, architects and landscape designers to take part in a design competition to build a monument to the hundred years of service of the Canadian Navy. They are invited to forward their credentials and examples of prior experience for this first stage of the two-phase competition.

The year 2010 will mark the centennial of the Canadian Navy. To celebrate the occasion the National Capital Commission and the Canadian Navy are pleased to announce this design competition for the creation of a new monument at Richmond Landing, in the core of Canada’s Capital. The unveiling of the monument will take place in May 2011.

Four internationally renowned art and design professionals and a Navy representative, will select up to five finalist design teams, based on qualifications and past experience. Members of this jury are: Malaka Ackaoui, landscape architect; Dr. Laura Brandon, art curator and historian; Joe Fafard, artist; and Don Vaughan, landscape architect. Representing the Canadian Navy is Captain K.J. Pickford.

The teams of finalists will be invited to participate in phase two of the competition, where they will be asked to prepare a design concept and present it to the jury in October 2009.

The Request for Qualification document will be available between February 19, 2009, and May 4, 2009 on the NCC’s website at www.canadascapital.gc.ca/navy You can also contact Shirley Chartrand by e-mail at schartra@ncc-ccn.ca, by phone at 613-239-5407 or by fax at 613-239-5007 to receive a copy of this document.

The deadline for receipt of submissions is 3 pm (Eastern Daylight Time) on Monday, May 4, 2009.

The NCC and the Canadian Navy look forward to working together throughout this project which will result in the creation of an important symbol of Canada’s history and a new public gathering place where events of national scope will be held on an annual basis.

For information regarding the Canadian Navy Centennial please visit: http://www.navy.forces.gc.ca/centennial.

For more information on the National Capital Commission please call 613-239-5000 or 1 800 465-1867 or visit our website at www.canadascapital.gc.ca. TTY (text telephone for the hearing impaired) is available at: 613-239-5090 or toll-free 1 866 661-3530.

SOURCE: Ottawa Start

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Construction starts on Noorderpark – West 8

This week construction works have started at the Noorderpark in Amsterdam. The first part to be developed is Volewijk-Oost and will be ready mid-2009. When all parts are completed, Amsterdam will have a real green central park that functions as a central meeting point, with spaces that can be used for large gatherings and functions.

The design by West 8 for the new park will transform the urban landscape that was created by construction works on the new local railway line, the North-South line. In addition to tying together three existing parks that were isolated from each other, West 8’s design also proposes a broad circuit track that links the existing disjointed parks, with new bridge connections which span across the canal and over the road and railway line.

SOURCE: West 8

City planners like PATH skylights proposal – Toronto – National Post

Michael McKiernan, National Post reports “An urban design team has proposed bubble-like skylights for the downtown PATH system, hoping to bring natural light underground and help pedestrians both above and below ground to orient themselves”

[SOURCE: National Post – City planners like PATH skylights proposal]

America’s Best Architecture and Design Schools 2009 :: DesignIntelligence

If you are looking to study landscape architecture in America in the future check out the latest guide from Design Intelligence

“For a decade, “America’s Best Architecture & Design Schools” from DesignIntelligence has been the definitive school ranking as determined by practitioners who employ design professionals.”

[SOURCE: DesignIntelligence – Just Published: America's Best Architecture and Design Schools 2009]

Foster + Partners with Aston Martin win joint first prize in competition to design a new bus for London

The joint submission by Foster + Partners and Aston Martin has won first prize, alongside Capoco Design, in Transport for London’s competition to design a new bus for the capital. The two iconic British brands worked together to challenge preconceptions of bus design with a vehicle that is environmentally sensitive, accessible, convivial and reinvents a much-loved symbol of London for the modern era.

Read more & see the images @ the [SOURCE: Foster + Partners].

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