Granton Harbour ‘like a dreary Beijing estate’

GRANTON Harbour has received the dubious honour of being shortlisted for the notorious ‘Plook on the Plinth’ award.

Judges compared the waterfront development to a “dreary market-driven estate” in Beijing, rather than the iconic project that developers envisaged.

It also features on the shortlist for the Worst Planning Decision in the 2008 Carbuncle Awards, which aim to find Scotland’s ugliest developments. – Granton Harbour ‘like a dreary Beijing estate’.

Metro: Integrating Habitats. A design competition.

Integrating Habitats. A design competition.

Planning and stewardship › Land and development › Nature-friendly development › Integrating Habitats. A design competition.

Integrating Habitats calls for innovative, visionary design proposals that combine design excellence, ecological stewardship and economic enterprise.

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Bali talks to seek global climate deal in 2009

BALI, Indonesia (Reuters) – Delegates from about 190 nations gathered in Bali on Sunday to try to build on a “fragile understanding” that the fight against global warming needs to be expanded to all countries with a deal in 2009.
more at Reuters

Fragmented Nature – New Herzog & de Meuron Project

The new Miami Art Museum has the potential to be a breathtaking, beautiful building, one that could simultaneously express new ideas about architecture and its place in the environment and pay homage to the rhythms, climate and patterns of Miami. The design proposal unveiled Friday is pretty enthralling. It is both daring and familiar: an airy, elegant, ethereal pavilion that captures the sunlight and embraces the bay breezes.

The architects for the new MAM, the Basel-based Herzog & de Meuron, are known for their ability to take a fragment of nature — the composition of a leaf, the structure of a root — and reinterpret it, abstractly, as architecture. And indeed that is the case in the proposed design for this $220 million museum to be located in the northeastern corner of what will be called Museum Park (the current Bicentennial Park).
more at Miami Herald

A walk in progress

A tour of the (more or less) finished sections of the new Greenway reveals that intentions have been met – and missed
There might as well be three Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenways. That’s how varied are the segments into which it’s divided.

Each was designed by a different landscape architect. The Greenway, as a result, is an instructive little anthology of three different design goals, three different attitudes toward public space in the city.

It wouldn’t be fair to make final judgments about the Greenway or how well, eventually, it will turn out. Chunks remain unfinished. There are four sites along its length where buildings are proposed. We don’t know yet which of these will be realized, or what they will look like.
more at the Boston Globe

Landscape Institute Awards

The awards comprised a total of 14 categories, including design, planning and research with 40 schemes either recognised as the winner, highly commended or commended. Winning schemes were as geographically diverse as the Dongtan Eco City in China and the Westergasfabriek Park in Amsterdam.
more at Landscape Institute

Orange County Great Park

In another small step toward the construction of the Orange County Great Park, Irvine will spend $14 million during the next year and a half to spruce up the area around the tethered orange balloon ride that opened this summer by surrounding it with five acres of grass, shade trees, benches and tables, the Great Park board decided Thursday.

Although completion of the 1,347-acre park is decades away, Ken Smith, the landscape architect designing it, said the open space around the balloon would give a preview of what is to come.

“The balloon was born out of the idea of giving the public access to the site while we’re still building the park,” he said. “Now that we have the balloon up, we’re realizing we actually have to provide amenities,” he said. Tony Barboza, Los Angeles Times

Orange County Great Park is having an ‘Open House’ on December 1st and 2nd between 10am and 2pm