GroupGSA expands into Landscape Architecture with John Holland merger

GroupGSA, a multi-discipline practice in Sydney, Australia with projects in Australia, Asia Pacific and the USA has expanded its services with the merger of GroupGSA and John Holland. John Holland Landscape Architects will now be apart of Group GSA and John Holland (Registered Landscape Architect) will now lead the Landscape Architecture section as Principal with his experience in open space planning, urban design, residential planning and infrastructure projects throughout the UK, Australia and Asia.

[SOURCE: BPN]

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Extreme Urban Makeover: Detroit

DAVID WHITFORD at TIME magazine reports on the appointment of star urban planner named Toni Griffin who is soon set to start her new assignment of Detroit’s downsizing and urban makeover. However, I don’t think this will be a one week project filmed for a one hour special on TLC or HGTV.

According to the article Toni Griffin who is Adjunct Associate Professor of Urban Planning at the Harvard GSD Department of Urban Planning and Design will be working within the city planning department but her role and other consultants will be funded by the Kresge Foundation.

The project will draw worldwide attention as many cities in the USA and Europe are going through the same process of planning the renewal and revitalisation of former industrial power house cities that have reduced in population but not size.

Read the TIME article at the [SOURCE: TIME - Downsizing Detroit]

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Six teams shortlisted for Stoke bus station

Six internationally renowned teams have been short-listed to design a new bus station which will welcome visitors to a rejuvenated Stoke-on-Trent city centre.  The teams have been selected following a major competition organised by the North Staffordshire Regeneration Partnership.

More than 40 architectural practices expressed interest in designing the new bus station, which will unlock Realis Estates’ £250 million redevelopment of Stoke on Trent’s East West Centre creating a regional retail and leisure destination for the city.

The six short listed design teams are:
• Austin Smith Lord, the practice behind the proposed new €100 million Tara Street Station in Dublin, lead architect with sub consultants Curtins, Hilson Moran & JMP

• BDP, which was responsible for the new Number 1 court at Wimbledon, lead architect with sub consultants Mott MacDonald & AA Projects

• Grimshaw, the architects behind the Eden Project in Cornwall, lead architect with sub consultant Arup

• John McAslan & Partners, which is working on the masterplan for the redevelopment of Marble Arch in London, lead architect with sub consultants Mott Macdonald, AECOM & Billing Jackson

• Wilkinson Eyre, which designed the Millennium Bridge in Gateshead, lead architect with sub consultants Arup, Drivers Jonas & Buchanan

• Zaha Hadid, the practice working on the London Aquatics Centre for the 2012 Olympics, lead architect with sub consultants AKT, Savell Bird & Axon, Max Fordham.

The competition to find a multi-disciplinary team, including architects, engineers and environmental experts, was launched in the Official Journal of the European Union in December 2009. The short-listed design teams now have 40 days to prepare more detailed submissions to include proposed layouts and external designs.   Residents will be consulted about the designs and their views will form part of the selection process.

The aim is for construction is to start on site in 2011 with completion in 2012.

SOURCE: Stoke on Trent Council VIA  The Architect’s Journal

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NBBJ and Chan Krieger Sieniewicz to merge

NBBJ, a global architecture and design firm, and Chan Krieger Sieniewicz, internationally-known for urban design and architecture excellence, announced today a merger of the two firms that will create an integrated team of over 700 architects, landscape architects, urban designers, planners and interior designers.

The Chan Krieger Sieniewicz team, including its five principals, will continue in their current roles. As part of the transition to the NBBJ name, the Cambridge office will operate as Chan Krieger NBBJ.

The merger gives NBBJ, which already operates a project office in Boston, a larger presence in New England. The Seattle-based firm has offices in several U.S. cities, including Columbus, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco and Seattle. Overseas offices include London, Beijing, Shanghai and Dubai.

SOURCE: NBBJ.com

Underpass Park unveiled

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A derelict area beneath a series of overpasses in the West Don Lands is going to be transformed into the most extensive park to ever be built under an overpass in Canada, and the first in Toronto.

Located within the West Don Lands – home to the 2015 Pan American Games Athletes’ Village – Underpass Park will cover a total of 1.05 hectares (2.5 acres) under and around the Eastern Avenue and Richmond/Adelaide overpasses, between Cherry Street and Bayview Avenue.

Designed by renowned landscape architects Phillips Farevaag Smallenberg in association with The Planning Partnership, Underpass Park embodies design excellence and is the epitome of innovative urban park design.  The design creates a socially-engaging park for community members of all ages and abilities by incorporating public art, recreational space, playful climbing structures and play areas, flexible community space, community gardens, and public gathering places.

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