Berlin to get square to mark the fall of the Wall

Recently SPIEGEL ONLINE reports that Sinai won the competition to design the new “Platz der 9. November 1989″ (Nov. 9, 1989 Square). The square is to commemorate the day the Berlin Wall was opened when the first East German walked through the gates into the West.

Currently the site is somewhat neglected and has little to signify the importance that the site played in the history of Berlin and Germany.

The design for the Square will highlight the remaining 160 metres section of wall with a path running the length of the wall. The path will have “movements” represented  with steel inlays inscribed with a word or quote.

A.W. Faust, the project leader from Sinai was cited by SPIEGEL ONLINE saying

“We wanted to recall the sum of these moments,” …… “Each moment made a huge impression and added to the momentum of the previous one.”

……….at the final point of this part of the display there will be a small copse of cherry trees (see graphic)….Faust explained that the firm has chosen a variety, Autumnalis, that blooms in the fall. “Hopefully there will be cherry blossoms falling on the ground every Nov. 9,”

The Square is expected to cost €350,000 ($520,000) and be finished by summer 2010.

Read more at the SOURCE: SPIEGEL ONLINE – Where the Berlin Wall First Fell: Historic Border Crossing Finally Gets a Facelift

WPA 2.0 Student Edition Finalists Announced

WPA 2.0 (SE) finalists has announced the finalists

S1025 R_Ignite
Re-Commission – Peter Millar . Jamie Potter . Andy Wilde
The Manchester School of Architecture, UK

S1035 Aquaculture Canal_New Orleans Aquaculture Canal
Fadi Masoud – University of Toronto,
Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design

S1037 155th St Viaduct: Polytechnic High School & Transportation Center
Studio Three – Douglas Segulja
Parsons School of Constructed Environments

S1059 Fluctuating Freeway Ecologies
The Crop – Gary Garcia . Marc Yeber . Iris Tsai . Xiaoye Zhang
USC School of Architecture

S1092 urban ConAgraculture
Dale Luebbert – University of Nebraska

S1108 Cash for Clunkers = Bike Sharing for Chicago
M-Squared – Matt Moore IIT

S1141 – Topographic Infrastructure: Hollywood Freeway Central Park
YMeng – Meng Yang USC School of Architecture

MORE INFORMATION on-line soon at www.wpa2.aud.ucla.edu

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Ideas competition for Champ-de-Mars metro station

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The Mayor of Montréal, Gérald Tremblay, is pleased to announce a nationwide ideas competition for the redesigning of the area around Champ-de-Mars metro station. The purpose of the competition is to solicit explorations and illustrations of a variety of development concepts made possible by the planned covering of the Ville-Marie expressway and the potential reconfiguration of its exit ramps.

Champ-de-Mars station, with its magnificent glassworks by renowned artist Marcelle Ferron, is one of the few landmarks remaining from the time before the construction of the Ville-Marie expressway. The immediate perimeter of the station forms a link between downtown Montréal and Old Montréal, and is one of the main pedestrian access routes to the historic district.
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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]

WPA 2.0 SYMPOSIUM – 16th November

WPA 2.0 SYMPOSIUM at The National Building Museum
401 F Street NW Washington, DC 20001
– Red Line Metro, Judiciary Square
November 16th – 10 AM to 6 PM

SCHEDULE of events:

Keynote: Ron Sims
Deputy Secretary, Department of Housing and Urban Development

Presentations by the six WPA 2.0 finalists

Keynote: Adolfo Carrion
Director, Office of Urban Affairs

Jury Discussion with
Stan Allen, Cecil Balmond, Elizabeth Diller,
Walter Hood, Thom Mayne, and Marilyn Taylor

Policymaker Panel with
Julia Anastasio, American Public Works Association (invited)
Casey Jones, GSA Design Excellence Program
Maurice Cox, NEA
David Burney, NYC Department of Design and Construction
Moderator: Bill Menking, Publisher, The Architect’s Newspaper

followed by the Announcement of WPA 2.0 and WPA 2.0 (SE) Winners

REGISTER on-line now – www.wpa2.aud.ucla.edu

Full Day non-National Building Museum Members $100 lunch and reception included
Full Day National Building Museum Members $90 lunch and reception included
Full Day Student Registration $60 lunch and reception included
Half-Day Professional Registration $60 2:00 – 6:00pm reception included

WORLD LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT is not involved with this Event please contact WPA 2.0 organisers

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