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)

Landscape Institute 2012 Awards Shortlist Announced

Shortlisted | London 2012 Olympic Parklands and Public Realm: LDA Design Consulting LLP with Hargreaves Associates, Arup and Atkins | Image Credit Flickr User interbeat Ed Webster

The Landscape Institute has announced that twenty-five projects and designs are competing for this year’s prestigious President’s Award. Now in their sixth consecutive year, the 2012 Landscape Awards will be presented by Pam Warhurst, co-founder of Incredible Edible and Chair of the Board of the Forestry Commission, at a lunchtime ceremony on Thursday 29th November.

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Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates with Thomas Phifer & Partners wins Waller Creek Design Competition

Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates with Thomas Phifer & Partners win Waller Creek Design Competition

Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates with Thomas Phifer & Partners has won the  international design competition to design Waller Creek, a thin, urban riparian ecosystem that meanders for through Austin, Texas from the northern part of the City southward through The University of Texas at Austin campus and along the eastern edge of the downtown area before it meets Lady Bird Lake.  The MVVA Team, led by Michael Van Valkenburgh and Thomas Phifer, brings together professionals aiming to, “create an exciting and humane landscape that will be critical to great city life in Austin.”

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2012 Biomimicry Student Design Challenge | Water wise

The Biomimicry 3.8 Institute is holding its 4th Annual Biomimicry Student Design Challenge. The challenge theme for this year is Water Wise: Biomimetic Solutions to Water Access and Management. During this year’s Challenge they ask you to examine how nature manages this precious resource and apply what you learn to a local or global water challenge.

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