Urban SOS: Frontiers Competition Shortlist

The shortlist for AECOM’s Urban SOS: Frontiers open ideas student competition has been announced. This years competition was seeking integrated design, planning, environmental restoration and engineering responses that address border, gateway and edge/fringe conditions in cities worldwide. Proposals had to address urban sites currently facing chronic liveability challenges that are largely the result of a city’s location on a physical, political, cultural or economic border. Proposals should be implementable.

The finalist teams have been selected after a series of internal judging sessions involving AECOM designers, planners and engineers around the world:
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Detroit Riverfront Design Competition | UPDATE

Detroit Riverfront Design Competition

The American Institute of Architects Detroit’s Urban Priorities Committee (AIA-UPC) is conducting a design competition to redesign the riverfront of Detroit. The competition will focus on the area between Cobo Hall and the Renaissance Center and between Jefferson Avenue and the Detroit River. This section of Riverfront which includes Hart Plaza is at the heart of the city. The major streets from the radial street plan created by Augustus Woodward (based on L’Enfant’s layout of Washington D.C.) intersect just north of this site. The program is direct and purposefully vague with the intention of generating creative solutions. Design solutions can be approached from an architectural, urban planning or artistic perspective.

UPDATE | Symposium and Panel Discussion
 Tuesday, December 4, 2012 6:30-8:00 pm | Doors and Bar Open 6pm

Detroit Institute of Arts, Kresge Court,5200 Woodward Avenue, Detroit, MI 48202 

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Shortlist for Art-themed Park at the West Kowloon Cultural District announced

The West Kowloon Cultural District Authority (WKCDA) announced today a shortlist of seven design teams that have been invited to submit technical proposals for the development of Hong Kong’s first art-themed park, 14 hectares of landscaped public space for arts and culture at the West Kowloon Cultural District, by the waterfront in Kowloon.

The teams include some of the world’s most renowned landscape architects and architects from around the world. The seven shortlisted design teams (in alphabetical order) are:

Cook Robotham Architectural Bureau and VOGT Landscape
Dennis Lau & Ng Chun Man with Grimshaw, West 8 and ACLA
Diller Scofidio + Renfro, with Olin and Urbanus
Grant Associates / Wilkinson Eyre / WSP
Gustafson Porter / Michel Desvigne Paysagiste / Foster + Partners
Hargreaves Associates with Ennead Architects
James Corner Field Operations

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UN Memorial Competition | New York USA | Christopher Counts Studio with Artist Joseph Norman

UN Memorial Competition | New York USA | Christopher Counts Studio with Artist Joseph Norman

Christopher Counts Studio with Artist Joseph Norman proposal for UNESCO’s Permanent Memorial for the Victims of the Transatlantic Slave Trade was created to blend an innovative 21st century design based on a ribbon form with a powerful interpretation of the Middle Passage. The concept for this proposal measures approximately 180 feet by 80 feet. However, this design concept is amorphous in its scope, scale and shape relative to the selected site.

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Shortlist announced for Barangaroo Central Master Planning Team


Back in August we put the notice out for the International Search for Barangaroo Central Master Planning Team. After a review of all submissions the Authority’s Recommendation Panel has shortlisted 5 teams to deliver presentations and participate in interviews, prior to the final selection being made in December 2012.

Teams selected for further evaluation

  1. BIG – Bjarke Ingels Group (Danish firm with office in New York) and Hassell (Aust representation),
  2. Woods Bagot (Aust representation), Scape NYC (USA)
  3. UN Studio (Dutch), LAB architecture studio (Aust), NH Architecture (Aust), Imelk (USA)
  4. Sasaki Associates (USA), Diller Scofidio Renfro (USA); Jackson Teece (Aust)
  5. SOM – Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP  (USA) + Andersen Hunter Horne (Aust)
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