NCPC Selects Five Firms for President’s Park South Design Competition

*UPDATE* NCPC has unveiled the designs and we recently published the concepts 2011.06.21

The National Capital Planning Commission (NCPC) has invited five of the country’s leading architecture and landscape design firms to develop proposals to beautify and improve the visitor experience at President’s Park South, the area immediately south of the White House. President’s Park South is one of the most visited locations in the nation’s capital, and represents a unique design challenge that requires sensitive integration of security requirements into a landscape of extraordinary cultural and historic significance. The area includes Sherman Park, the First Division Monument, the Ellipse and its side panels, as well as the associated roadways in the area, including E Street, NW, which has been closed to automobile traffic for the past decade.

Twenty-three firms responded to NCPC’s call for qualifications, the initial stage of a national design competition begun in March. Based on the review and recommendations of NCPC’s selection committee, and with support from the Interagency Security Task Force, NCPC invited five firms to advance to the design phase of the competition.
The selected firms are:

  • Hood Design Studio in San Francisco, CA;
  • Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates in New York City, NY
  • Reed Hilderbrand Landscape Architects in Watertown, MA;
  • Rogers Marvel Architects in New York City, NY; and
  • SASAKI in Watertown, MA.

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Singapore opens large floating wetland

Senkang Floating Wetland

Prime Minister Lee at the opening of Senkang Floating Wetland


Over the weekend in Singapore the Senkang Floating Wetland – the largest man-made floating wetland in Singapore was opened to the public by Prime Minister Lee. Developed as part of PUB’s Active, Beautiful, Clean Waters programme, the wetland sitting on the Punggol Reservoir is roughly the size of half a football field.

The wetland links the Anchorvale Community Club to the Sengkang Riverside Park via a bridge on one side, and a boardwalk skimming the water surface on the other, so residents can now enjoy facilities on both banks of the Punggol Reservoir, as well as on the Sengkang Floating Wetland and its boardwalk overlooking the reservoir.

“The wetland is home to about 18 plant species that have been carefully chosen for both their cleansing and aesthetic properties. These plants absorb nutrients and pollutants through their roots. This helps to ensure that the water in this reservoir, an important source of our water supply, stays clean the natural way,” said Mr Tan Nguan Sen, PUB’s Catchment and Waterways Director.

Senkang Floating Wetland

Prime Minister Lee at the opening of Senkang Floating Wetland

SOURCE: PUB

IMAGE SOURCE: PUB

Vail Wildlife Crossing Infrastructure Design Competition finalists announced

Recently the finalists for the ARC International Wildlife Crossing Infrastructure Design Competition were selected to continue into Phase 2 of the competition to develop conceptual designs and 3-D models for a wildlife overpass at West Vail Pass along Interstate Highway 70 near Vail, Colorado. The designs are intended to usher in a new generation of wildlife crossing infrastructure using new methods, new materials, and new thinking to reduce structural costs and increase adaptability and ecological function. The five finalist teams are:

  • Balmori Associates (New York) with StudioMDA, Knippers Helbig Inc., David Skelly, CITA, Bluegreen, John A. Martin & Associates, and David Langdon.
  • The Olin Studio (Philadelphia) with Explorations Architecture (Paris), Buro Haphold (London) and Applied Ecological Services.
  • Janet Rosenberg & Associates (Toronto) with Blackwell Bowick Partnership, Dougan & Associates, and Ecokare International.
  • Michael Van Valkenburgh & Associates with HNTB Engineering with Applied Ecological Services, Inc.
  • Zwarts & Jantsma Architects (Amsterdam) with OKRA Landscape Architects, IV-infra and Planecologie

SOURCE: [ARC Competition]

Seattle’s Central Waterfront Project Finalists Announced

Last week the City of Seattle announced the shortlist of finalists for the role of lead designer. The four shortlisted teams are led by the following firms:

- Gustafson Guthrie Nichol

– James Corner Field Operations

– Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates

– Wallace Roberts & Todd

The shortlist was established through careful consideration of Statements of Qualifications submitted by 30 teams for the project. The team ultimately selected by the City will lead a design process for more than nine acres of new waterfront public space and a new surface street on Alaskan Way.

Public Presentations will be made by the design teams on September 15.  More information

Mark Hinshaw, FAIA, architect and urban planner has written a good post about the Central Waterfront project at Crosscut

You can also get news about the Central Waterfront Project on the Facebook page

[SOURCE: City of Seattle]

St.Louis Gateway Arch Competition teams meet with local advisory team

Recently the five finalists for the St.Louis CityRiverArch 2015 design competition met with the 24 members of the  local advisory team to ask questions and seek clarification.  The advisory team includes officials from the city street department, the Missouri and Illinois transportation agencies, the Coast Guard, the Metro East Park and Recreation District and the St. Louis Archdiocese, owners of the Old Cathedral on the Arch grounds. The advisory team will also work with National Park Service and the winning team in implementing the design.

Finalists include

• Behnisch Team led by Behnisch Architekten – Stuttgart, Germany, Los Angeles
• MVVA Team led by Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates – New York City
• PWP Landscape Architecture, Foster + Partners, Civitas – Berkeley, Calif.
• SOM, Hargreaves, BIG – Chicago
• Weiss/Manfredi, Architecture/Site Design/Urbanism – New York

SOURCE: Stltoday.com

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