St. Petersburg Times reports
“The future home of the Salvador Dali Museum is a blank canvas, a smooth greensward adjacent to the Mahaffey Theater on the downtown waterfront.
The design by Tampa-based architect Yann Weymouth of the international firm HOK has to serve two practical imperatives: display the collection, the most comprehensive in the world, to best advantage; and protect it from the ravages of a possible storm, up to a Category 5 hurricane, with 18-inch concrete walls.”
[SOURCE: St. Petersburg Times – Groundbreaking today on new Salvador Dali Museum]
RFQ for North Grant Park Renovation: Design & Construction Administration Services
REQUEST FOR QUALIFICATIONS to establish a “short list” of companies (no less than three, but probably no more than five) to receive the by-invitation-only Request for Proposal for design & construction administration services for the renovation of the north-east corner of Grant Park (Daley Bicentennial Plaza, Cancer Survivor’s Garden, and Peanut Park). Submitters MUST have successful experience with projects of comparable scope and magnitude, with particular expertise in landscape architecture, civil engineering, and playground design. There will be a pre-submittal meeting at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, December 15, 2008, in the Lower Level Conference Room of the Administration Building, 541 North Fairbanks Court, 60611.
Find the full RFQ on the Chicago Park District Website (http://www.chicagoparkdistrict.com/ ).
Spec No: P-08041
Buyer: Ann C. Boger
Active Date: 12/04/08
Due Date: 12/29/08
Contact Phone Number: 312-742-4429
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Statesman Journal reports
“A $1.2 million project at Willamette Mission State Park soon will allow the Willamette River to flow through a 2-mile channel blocked by a dike since the 1940s.
It is one of a handful of key restoration projects identified by the state for partially returning the Willamette River to its historical meandering course.”
[SOURCE: Statesman Journal – Project alters course of river | StatesmanJournal.com]
Pittsburgh Post Gazette reports
“Ten Penn State students have turned vacant lots into designer lots in four neighborhoods — at least conceptually.
At the Connelley Learning Center in the Hill District yesterday, the landscape architecture students displayed solutions to blighted lots, stormwater run-off and underused existing green spaces in Beltzhoover, Hays, the Hill and Lincoln Place. Two designs were for a white water rafting venue in the Neville Island back channel of the Emsworth lock and dam.”
[SOURCE: Pittsburgh Post Gazette – Penn State students solve problems of vacant city lots].
The Boston Globe (Boston.com) reports on Paula Meijerink, assistant professor of landscape architecture at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design(GSD) who has been looking at innovative ideas for asphalt design and has started a website – onasphalt.com – that brings together students, designers and industry professionals.
For more information go to the SOURCE: Architect finds beauty in the asphalt jungle – The Boston Globe.
My San Antonio reports
“San Antonio has a vast selection of vintage houses in neighborhoods such as Monte Vista, Lavaca, Tobin Hill and Mahncke Park, presenting ample remodeling opportunities.
But some homes are in serious disrepair and some lots are vacant, making these center city areas prime for urban infill development, where new projects are built within existing neighborhoods.”
[SOURCE: My San Antonio – Urban infill projects are filling in the gaps in S.A’s core].
Sam Schwartz of New York Daily News reports
“This is a rare moment for New York City. We will have a President from a big city who gets it. He knows urban life is the most sustainable form of living, that good transportation is what keeps it healthy – and that big-ticket infrastructure investments can drive America’s economic revival.”
SOURCE: New York Daily News – How New York can seize this golden infrastructure opportunity.