New downtown park to be oasis in the sky – San Francisco Examiner

San Francisco Examiner reports

“City Park is planned as a rooftop highlight of the rebuilt Transbay Transit Center at First and Mission streets, scheduled to open in 2014.

The 5.4-acre park’s whimsical design has been a hit in recent weeks after being shown off at public meetings and forums.

“If you look at the Transbay Neighborhood that’s in redevelopment,
there aren’t any other natural spaces or public parks of significant
size around there,” landscape architect Adam Greenspan said.”

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The High Line: New York’s newest park – Times Online

Times Online reports

“New York’s most famous green space is about to become old news. In terms of public parkland, there’s a new kid on the block.

Twenty-two blocks, actually. New York’s latest development, the High Line, stretches 1.45 miles along Manhattan’s West Side, from Gansevoort Street, in the Meatpacking District, up through Chelsea to 34th Street. But it’s not your average urban park — at its broadest, it is only 60ft wide, and it’s between 18ft and 30ft high…..”

SOURCE: Times Online – The High Line: New York’s newest park 

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Topos to present Landscape Awards in Reykjavik – Topos

Topos will be presenting its Topos Landscape Award 2009 in a ceremony at the Topos Design and Sustainability Symposium on 26 June in Reykjavik, Iceland.

The symposium, which will be taking place in the Nordic House Culture Centre built by Alvar Aalto in 1968, is being held in collaboration with FILA, the Icelandic Landscape Architecture Association, at the invitation of the Nordic Council.

The speakers include Jenny Osuldsen, Antje Stokmann, Eelco Hooftman, Bart Brands, Philip Coxall, Adrian McGregor and others, and an excursion to landscape projects in the Reykjavik area is being offered as part of the symposium on 27 June.

The symposium is limited to 120 persons and costs 150 euros. To register or obtain more information, contact Marie Persson at marie@nordice.is

SOURCE: TOPOS

Gallery of Australian Design opens in Canberra

A new gallery showcasing Australian Design has been opened in Canberra known as the Gallery of Australian Design. The Gallery is a partnership between National Museum of Australia, Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA), Australian Institute of Architects,  and the University of Canberra.

National President of the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects, Mr Neil Hobbs, is delighted at the opportunity to be able to present the best of Australian design. “Having such a facility in the centre of Canberra will showcase the best of Australia’s designers to the public.  It will also allow enhanced collaboration between design disciplines.”

SOURCE: AILA

Foster + Partners and Buro Happold joint venture to design four stations for Saudi Arabia’s new Haramain High-speed Railway

Foster + Partners reports

Foster + Partners and Buro Happold joint venture has been appointed to design four stations along a new high speed railway line in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, which will link the cities of Makkah and Madinah via Jeddah. The Haramain High-speed Railway (HHR) is a major infrastructure project, conceived to forge new social and economic links by dramatically cutting journey times between the cities in western Saudi Arabia and by providing a new transport option for many of the pilgrims making the journey to the religious cities of Makkah and Madinah.

SOURCE: Foster + Partners

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