This week the World Architecture Festival has been under way and yesterday the festival awards were announced with Kallang River Bishan Park, Singapore winning the landscape prize and Gardens by the Bay, Singapore winning World Building of the Year.
Kallang River Bishan Park winner of World Architecture Festival landscape prize
Kallang River Bishan Park by Atelier Dreiseitl won the landscape prize as the judges deemed “This remarkable project fundamentally transforming the urban landscape of Singapore by rethinking the fundamentals of 1960s thinking, transforming a drainage canal into an eco- and people-friendly urban space.”
Gardens by the Bay winning World Building of the Year with the award officially going to Wilkinson Eyre Architects for the design of the Cooled Conservatories. However, Paul Finch, Festival Director stressed at the awards ceremony that this was a magnificent team effort and that the whole team should be recognised – in addition to the architect, the landscape architect Grant Associates and engineers Atelier One and Atelier Ten. Congratulations to Atelier Dreiseitl and all of the Gardens By the Bay team.
Auckland Council is on a journey, which began in 2004, to transform the city centre into an internationally successful centre for business and culture. This includes upgrading key inner-city streets and open spaces to international standards. Over $100 million has been spent to date to creating well-designed, world-class, people-friendly streetscapes.
The international garden design award “best private plots – Die besten Gärten” was conferred for the fifth time this year. While the main prizes went to Japan, USA and Switzerland last time, European competition entries carried the day this year. The award, endowed with 15,000 euros, recognizes excellence in the design of sustainable private outdoor spaces, and promotes quality in garden design as well as global networking between landscape architects and garden enthusiasts.
The winners were Mann Landschaftsarchitektur from Germany, Ewa Wagnerová from the Czech Republic, and Christine Rottenbacher from Austria for the community garden project Angerdorf in Unterretzbach, Lower Austria. Honorable mentions went to doxiadis+ (Greece) and to 1:1 Landskab (Denmark).
The artistic skate/ BMX path at Woodward East was the original brain child of Gary Ream. Gary had a vision to create the path of the future. This would be a walking path and cart path that was comprised of a number of artistic elements that could be used in many different ways. Along with California Skateparks, Bill Minadeo and Nate Wessel designed the initial 600 lineal feet part of the path last year comprising of concrete sculptural elements.
The project seeks to find a effective collaboration between two principal necessities: find a new brand for the productive area which is now experiencing a deep crisis and contrast the strong ecological impact that the area has on surrounding territories. The solution is transform the area into a ZEA: Zero Emission Area.