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The National Park Service and St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay recently launched an international design competition to invigorate the park and city areas surrounding of one of the world’s most iconic monuments, the Gateway Arch in St. Louis.
The winning design will be announced in October 2010, with the resulting work completed by October 28, 2015 – the 50th anniversary of the completion of the Arch.
The competition – “Framing a Modern Masterpiece: The City + The Arch + The River 2015” – is called for in the NPS’s new General Management Plan, which was developed with extensive public input over an 18 month period, and finally approved on November 23.
The competition will invite teams to create a new design for the Arch grounds and surrounding areas with 10 goals in mind:
- Create an iconic place for the international icon, the Gateway Arch.
- Catalyze increased vitality in the St. Louis region.
- Honor the character-defining elements of the National Historic Landmark.
- Weave connections and transitions from the City and the Arch grounds to the Mississippi River.
- Embrace the Mississippi River and the east bank in Illinois as an integral part of the national park.
- Mitigate the impact of transportation systems.
- Reinvigorate the mission to tell the story of St. Louis as the gateway to national expansion.
- Create attractors to promote extended visitation to the Arch, the City and the river.
- Develop a sustainable future for the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial.
- Enhance the visitor experience and create a welcoming and accessible environment.
Additional information can be found at www.cityarchrivercompetition.org.
Famous Valencian architect José María Tomás said “nineteenth-century urban models, will not work.
Today, cities have other needs. We must create spaces to live, work and enjoy. The street is changing”. He made the statement at the close of a meeting of Architects and Planners, organized by the Forum Mediterranean House, at which experts have called for sustainable urban design that respects the terrain and does not add to the destruction of the environment.
Read what José has to say at the [SOURCE: Barcelona Reporter – Famous Valencian architect José María Tomás said “nineteenth-century urban models, will not work.]
The Star.com.my reports
A prominent landscape designer urged Malaysian designers to put natural beauty and art back into its garden designs and return to her tropical forest roots.
Made Wijaya, a landscape designer, said local designers should look towards the rich local culture like those in Kelantan and Terengganu for inspiration.
SOURCE: The Star.com.my Get out of ‘boxy’ look, says famous Indonesian designer
Architects Journal recently reported that the chief of Atkins has warned that
…We are in for another two years of recession….
Although on the positive side he also intimated that we are at the bottom of the recession.
read the full article at the [SOURCE: Architects Journal – Expect another two years of recession, warns Atkins chief]
Edinburgh College of Art is delighted to launch Vision, a major new publication about its current and future research projects in the creative disciplines.
A lavishly illustrated book, Vision includes focus features on the College’s current research groups as well as profiles of over 100 staff and their ‘visions’ of future research developments.
With the aim of progressing lively and accessible public engagement with academic research, Vision presents ground-breaking creative thinking across a vast range of art, design, architecture and landscape architecture disciplines. It also highlights the increase in cross-disciplinary and external collaboration in projects where experts in architecture, digital design, visual communications, business, anthropology, medical and computer science work with us to develop imaginative solutions to theoretical and practical issues.
Read more about Vision go to Edinburgh College of Art where you can download a copy of Vision
Times of India reports
A group of girls near the busy Old Airport Road in India’s tech hub Bangalore bicycle to school every day as a lifestyle statement – green transport is cool.
Karnataka’s Transport Department is trying to spread this lifestyle statement to reduce congestion in this jammed city. Recently, it organised a Bicycle Eco Rally among school children at Malleswaram Grounds here. Around 200 school
Cyclists constitute 15 percent of the traffic and the organisations promoting cycling are sure more people will take to it if some space is made available to them.
read the full article at the[SOURCE: Times of India – Bangalore kids cycle to school]
The latest edition of the Monthly Review (November 2009, Volume 61, Number 6) includes a paper from Jules Pretty is professor of environment and society at the University of Essex, UK. titled Can Ecological Agriculture Feed Nine Billion People?
Below is an extract from the paper
Something is wrong with our agricultural and food systems.Despite great progress in increasing productivity in the last century, hundreds of millions of people remain hungry and malnourished. Further hundreds of millions eat too much, or consume the wrong sorts of food, and it is making them ill. The health of the environment suffers too, as degradation of soil and water seems to accompany many of the agricultural systems we have developed in recent years. Can nothing be done, or is it time for the expansion of an agriculture founded more on ecological principles and in harmony with people, their societies, and cultures?
Read the full paper at the [SOURCE: MonthlyReview – Can Ecological Agriculture Feed Nine Billion People?]