Gateway Arch International Design Competition

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The National Park Service and St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay recently launched an international design competition to invigorate the park and city areas surrounding of one of the world’s most iconic monuments, the Gateway Arch in St. Louis.

The winning design will be announced in October 2010, with the resulting work completed by October 28, 2015 – the 50th anniversary of the completion of the Arch.

The competition – “Framing a Modern Masterpiece: The City + The Arch + The River 2015” – is called for in the NPS’s new General Management Plan, which was developed with extensive public input over an 18 month period, and finally approved on November 23.

The competition will invite teams to create a new design for the Arch grounds and surrounding areas with 10 goals in mind:

  • Create an iconic place for the international icon, the Gateway Arch.
  • Catalyze increased vitality in the St. Louis region.
  • Honor the character-defining elements of the National Historic Landmark.
  • Weave connections and transitions from the City and the Arch grounds to the Mississippi River.
  • Embrace the Mississippi River and the east bank in Illinois as an integral part of the national park.
  • Mitigate the impact of transportation systems.
  • Reinvigorate the mission to tell the story of St. Louis as the gateway to national expansion.
  • Create attractors to promote extended visitation to the Arch, the City and the river.
  • Develop a sustainable future for the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial.
  • Enhance the visitor experience and create a welcoming and accessible environment.

Additional information can be found at www.cityarchrivercompetition.org.

St. Patrick’s Bridge (Calgary) shortlist announced

The Calgary Municipal Land Corporation (CMLC) and its 10 member advisory committee today announced the three design submissions selected to move forward to the next stage of the competition for the new St. Patrick’s Island pedestrian bridge in East Village. The bridge will link St. Patrick’s Island with East Village to the south and the Bow River pathway system to the north. It will provide improved linkages to many different nearby communities including East Village, Inglewood and Bridgeland, and when combined with the improved pedestrian and cyclist connectivity of the Fourth Street Underpass, will play an important role in improving sustainable transportation and recreational linkages throughout the east end of downtown and the Beltline.

The call for preliminary concepts attracted international attention. The finalists were chosen from 33 submissions received from around the world, and displayed a wide variety of ideas and concepts for consideration. The finalists are:

• Submission #7 by Buckland and Taylor Ltd. (Vancouver) and Kitchell – Architecture + Design (Victoria, BC)
• Submission #15 by ARUP with Falco Schmitt Architects (London, UK)
• Submission #29 by RFR (Paris, France) and Halsall (Calgary).

The advisory committee is comprised of community residents from East Village, Inglewood and Bridgeland, Calgary business leaders, architects, engineers and CMLC management. The group found the six-week process of determining a shortlist for CMLC’s Board of Directors quite engaging and challenging. Over 2000, public comments solicited through a website blog and three open house events, played an important role in informing the committee’s recommendation.

The next step in the selection process requires each team to advance its concept to the next level by January 29, 2010.

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Turenscape win World Architecture Festival Award


Turenscape (Beijing Turen Design Institute) has been awarded the Landscape Category award at the 2009 World Architecture Festival for a 22-hectare park in Tianjin, ChinaThe Adaptation Palettes: Regenerative Landscape Design

Through Regenerative Design and by allotting landforms, the natural process of plant adaptation and community evolution is introduced to transform a former deserted shooting range used as a garbage dump, into a low maintenance urban park; providing diverse nature’s services for the city including containing and purifying storm water; improving the saline-alkali soil, providing opportunities for environmental education and creating a cherished aesthetic experience.

For more information go to the [SOURCE: World Architecture Festival]

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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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