James Corner Field Operations selected for Seattle Waterfront

James Corner Field Operations has been selected by the Seattle Parks, DPD and SDOT, who went through a highly rigorous process to identify the winning firm.  The project attracted international attention with 30 firms submitting their qualifications for the work and the selection involved careful review of qualifications, extensive interviews with four short-listed teams and a public presentation to a group of 1,300 interested members of the public.

The four shortlisted finalists for the project included

  • Wallace Roberts and Todd
  • james corner field operations
  • Michael Van Valkenburgh and Associates
  • Gustafson Guthrie Nichol

James Corner Field Operations were selected for its innovative thinking, context based design and effective public engagement, and will prove a valuable asset to the City in the hundred-year decision of designing a new waterfront.

The process is expected to take 8 years with conceptual design with the team and city planning many public forums leading to a conceptual design in 2012, followed by a final design in 2015 and construction by 2018.

The 2 hours of presentations from the final four finalists and their PPT files are available at SDOT

SOURCE: SDOT -

News tip thanks to @svrdesign via twitter

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MVVA wins Gateway Arch Competition

MVVA TEAM Site Plan

MVVA TEAM Site Plan

The multi-disciplinary team lead by Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates have been selected over the other 4 teams to proceed to the planning stage of the competition. The jury chose the MVVA Team over four others competing to enliven the area around the Gateway Arch and connect it to downtown St. Louis, the Mississippi River and the Illinois bank. Based in New York, MVVA’s portfolio includes the redesign of Pennsylvania Avenue at the White House, the design of Brooklyn Bridge Park and many other prominent projects.

The MVVA Team’s design concept narrative describes their vision for the redesigned park as a “centerpiece of civic culture, an engine of regional economic growth, a showcase for sustainable ecological restoration and a celebration of the national significance of this historic place.”

MVVA TEAM - Historic Landscape Pond

MVVA TEAM – Historic Landscape Pond

The sponsoring group, the MVVA Team and others will host intensive reviews and workshops this fall to analyze the design concept and conduct a more detailed design exploration. At a minimum, the study will focus on the review of the technical advisory group, the impact on related downtown park properties and the Illinois side of the river, traffic and transportation and federal compliance issues.

For the next stage the MVVA tean will work over a 90-day period, in partnership with the sponsors, the City of St. Louis, the National Park Service and others to further define program requirements; begin developing a design that takes into account the feasibility and practicality of proposed solutions; create a construction budget and fundraising plan; and define the delivery expectations from now until 2015.  The sponsors also will study issues relating to cost and construction, traffic, financial resources and federal compliance.

The project will be constructed by Oct. 28, 2015, the 50th anniversary of the completion of the Arch.

For those of you in St.Louis the leaders of the MVVA team will be introduced, along with details on the next stages of the process, at 10:00 a.m., Friday, Sept. 24, 2010, at the Old Courthouse in downtown St. Louis.

SOURCE: The City+The Arch+The River 2015 International Design Competition

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Parklandschaft Tempelhof shortlist

Spiegel recently reported that Berlin city officials announced the shortlist for Parklandschaft Tempelhof – the historic airport site that will be transformed into a new city park and also the site for hosting the 2017 IGA.

The competition has 6 finalists who will share the €100,000 prize and will negotiate with the government for next stages of design. The finalists teams include

  • BASE, Paris
  • bbzl böhm benfer zahiri landschaften städtebau, Berlin
  • Capatti Staubach, Berlin
  • GROSS.MAX, Edinburgh
  • Rehwaldt Architekten Landschaft, Dresden
  • Topotek 1, Berlin

BASE, Paris

Base Paris

Base Paris

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Seattle’s Central Waterfront Project Finalists Announced

Last week the City of Seattle announced the shortlist of finalists for the role of lead designer. The four shortlisted teams are led by the following firms:

- Gustafson Guthrie Nichol

- James Corner Field Operations

- Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates

- Wallace Roberts & Todd

The shortlist was established through careful consideration of Statements of Qualifications submitted by 30 teams for the project. The team ultimately selected by the City will lead a design process for more than nine acres of new waterfront public space and a new surface street on Alaskan Way.

Public Presentations will be made by the design teams on September 15.  More information

Mark Hinshaw, FAIA, architect and urban planner has written a good post about the Central Waterfront project at Crosscut

You can also get news about the Central Waterfront Project on the Facebook page

[SOURCE: City of Seattle]

Finalist Designs revealed for Gateway Arch Competition

PWP TEAM - View from Courthouse to River

PWP TEAM – View from Courthouse to River

Today the designs from the five finalists of the The City + The River + The Arch design competition were revealed to the public at the Gateway Arch Visitors Center with the Design Team Leaders set to present their designs on August 26. The winning team will be announced on September 24 with the design to be implemented for the 50th Anniversary of the Gateway Arch in 2015.

The competition represents how multi-discipline teams collaborate to create impressive landscape architecture that in the current economic times gives us all something to ponder and enjoy. The Competition website lists the extensive team members for each team along with the concept design statement along with  slide shows with  numerous images and the  presentation boards for download.

The finalists were entrusted with designing the area surrounding the iconic Gateway Arch in St. Louis including both sides of the Mississippi River. Each design team has approach the design process in their own way and have created differing design solutions:

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