James Corner Field Operations won the commission to redesign Nicollet Mall, a beloved but aging pedestrian and transit corridor in downtown Minneapolis. Today, Nicollet Mall is in dire need of a physical retrofit and upgrade. It is also part of a larger vision to ensure the growing vitality of downtown Minneapolis and is an important component for Minneapolis to maintain a competitive edge as a place that attracts investment and a place that people want to live, work and play.
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Six Finalist teams presented their design concepts to the jury on February 20, 2014. A public viewing of the six finalist concepts will be held at the Canadian War Museum the evening of February 20th, 2014. The public was invited to view the concepts, meet the design teams, and share their comments.
5 teams from Canada and 1 from the USA are awaiting a decision from a seven-member jury composed of accomplished professionals in the fields of art and urban design, a Holocaust survivor, and representation from the National Holocaust Monument Development Council. The jury will recommend the winning design team to the Government of Canada. Comments from the public will be shared with the jury prior to making the final recommendation to the Government of Canada.
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The suburban corporate headquarters campus is a common development model found across the US and abroad; and for a number of good reasons. The large volume of building and parking required for the hundreds of executives and staff coupled with the economic and logistic benefits associated with greenfield sites located at the perimeter of a city, make it an easy decision to establish headquarters out of the city core. When faced with the challenge expansion, the Grange Insurance Company considered this option but based on their commitment to the neighborhood, decided to keep their US headquarters in the city and invest their energies in the environment they have resided in for decades.
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Midtown Detroit, Inc. (MDI) in partnership with the New Economy Initiative (NEI) is seeking proposals to transform the undersides of two viaducts located in Midtown Detroit’s TechTown district with public art and light. MDI is pleased to announce that its Call for Entries is now open. However, there is one proviso – the call is open to all professional artists, architects, designers, design firms and/or teams consisting of these entities located in the following eight southeast Michigan counties: Genesee, Lapeer, Livingston, Macomb, Oakland, St. Clair, Washtenaw and Wayne.
Accepted proposals will be funded up to $75,000 per viaduct. Applicants may provide proposals for either one or both viaducts. If applying for both viaducts, proposals may treat each viaduct as two separate installations or visually connect the two viaducts with a cohesive design.
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FIRST PRIZE | The Queensway Steps | Carrie Wilbert of Paris, France
The Emerging New York Architects (ENYA) committee of the AIA New York Chapter is pleased to announce the winners of its 2014 biennial design ideas competition, QueensWay Connection: Elevating the Public Realm. Entrants were challenged to design a vertical gateway for the elevated viaduct portion of a 3.5 mile stretch of abandoned railway in Central Queens, currently under study for conversion into an urban greenway by The Trust for Public Land, Friends of the Queensway, and their design consultants. Of the 120 submitted proposals from 28 countries, the jury selected the winners to represent the diverse array of ideas generated.
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