UWA Students design Moongazing platform

Landscape Architecture students from the University of Western Australia created concept plans Meelup Regional Park commissioned by the Shire of Busselton. The idea of a Moongazers platform arose from these plans as the beach is one of few beaches where the moon can be seen rising over the Indian Ocean Horizon. The platform would include an interpretative plaque that shows the 13 dates each year that a full moon rises over the ocean.

The council have taken the idea of a Moongazers platform to the next step by councillors submitting the plan at a formal meeting with an approximate budget of $100,000AUD.

SOURCE: WAtoday.com.au – Meelup Beach moon viewing deck Busselton

New sample designs for Sydney railway stations

Rozelle Station - Design Team 1

Rozelle Station - Design Team 1 - SOURCE: Sydney Metro

Sydney Metro have released sample designs for Pyrmont and Rozelle metro stations are now online following a second successful design principles workshop.

The three different visions for how the stations might look were developed during the workshop process, which was held to develop draft design principles to guide future station design.

The draft principles cover a range of issues including built form, materials, heritage, public art and landscaping. They will help ensure that stations are user-friendly for passengers, visually attractive and fit in with the surrounding area.

The NSW Government Architect and Chairman of Sydney Metro’s Design Review Panel, Peter Mould, said the sample designs had been developed by three design teams each comprising a top architect, landscape architect and public artist in order to test the design principles.

For more renders and information go to the [SOURCE: Sydney Metro]

Team 1
Tim GreerTonkin Zulaikha Greer
Leonard LynchClouston Associates
Ruth Downes – Design at Work

Team 2
Keith CottierAllen Jack  + Cottier
Adrian McGregor – mcgregor+coxall
Julia Davis – Artist

Team 3
Richard Francis-JonesFrancis-Jones Morehen Thorp
Ingrid MatherJMD Design
Michael Snape – Sculptor

Rozelle Station - Design Team 2

Rozelle Station - Design Team 2 - SOURCE: Sydney Metro

Rozelle Station - Team 2

Rozelle Station - Design Team 2 - SOURCE: Sydney Metro

Rozelle Station - Team 3

Rozelle Station - Design Team 3 - SOURCE: Sydney Metro

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Auckland’s First Shared Space Street

Voxy.co.nz reports

The final concept design for the upgrade of Elliott Street in Auckland’s CBD has been approved by two Auckland City Council committees, for what will become Auckland’s first shared space street.

Shared space is at the forefront of international urban design and aims to combine rather than separate the functions of a street. Through specific design, management and maintenance, streets that incorporate shared space improve the environment for people, without needing to ban traffic.

read more at the [SOURCE: Voxy.co.nz]

Australia Will Invest $2.4 Billion To Modernize Perth Airport

Perth Airport is a vital part of the Western Australian and national economy.

In response to Perth’s growing need for modern, well-planned aviation infrastructure, the Master Plan sets out a ten-year, $2.4 billion investment program which includes the phased relocation of all regular passenger services to the International Precinct.

Perth Airport’s contribution to the WA economy is expected to reach $5 billion by 2029, with the number of direct and indirect jobs supported set to double to 37,000.

SOURCE: Australia Government

No winner for Queens Wharf competition

Recently WLA reported on the announcement of the finalists for the Queens Wharf design competition. We have just found out  that the competition has been halted and no winner will be awarded as the competition organisers (various government authorities) were not impressed with the stage 2 entries submitted.

Comments left on news sites and blogs have expressed differing views. Some stating that this is an embarrassment to hold a competition and not award a winner, while others see that it is good that the project was quashed as it was being rushed to be ready for the Rugby World Cup in 2011. There is a general consensus however, that the budget was far too low ($47-50milllion NZD) to create a design worthy of the Auckland waterfront whilst pleasing all interests.

Voxy.co.nz quotes North Shore Mayor Andrew Williams as saying

“……they want the redevelopment to deliver on all these expectations for a miserable $47 million, which is like expecting a Sydney Opera House for the price of a temporary prefab.”

Was the design process flawed from the start? What’s your view?

For more information and reports on the Queen Wharf Competition (link to Comp website)

NZ Herald News – Queens Wharf redesign halted

Voxy.co.nz – Short Term Rushed Political Thinking Is Hijacking The Queens Wharf Dream

3News.co.nz – Auckland Queen’s Wharf designs deemed sub-standard

[SOURCE: Voxy.co.nz]

[IMAGE SOURCE: Queen Wharf Competition]

New urban planning degree for Western Sydney

Architecture&Design reports

As Greater Western Sydney burgeons, the need for skilled urban planners is mushrooming.
The University of Western Sydney (UWS) is launching a new Bachelor of Social Science/ Master of Urban Management and Planning degree.

SOURCE: Architecture&Design

Australia allocates $86 mil for stormwater harversting

Thirteen organisations will share in $86 million to undertake innovative stormwater capture projects to help secure water supplies for Australian cities.

Minister for Climate Change and Water, Senator Penny Wong, announced recently the outcome of the first funding round for Stormwater Harvesting and Reuse Projects

“In this era of extended drought and the emerging effects of climate change, we need to invest in alternative water supplies and make better use of the water we have available for our cities and towns,” Senator Wong said.

“The combined yield from these projects is estimated to be 9 billion litres per annum.”

The projects will also reduce stormwater pollution in local waterways and help maintain parks and gardens.
The projects will source 100 per cent of their energy needs from renewable sources or fully offset the carbon impact of the project’s operations.

A second round for funding applications has been extended to 10 February 2010

SOURCE: Minister for Climate Change and Water – Australia

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