Back in September, the Natural History Museum placed a call for EOI for firms interested in creating an innovative exterior setting that matches the architectural excellence of the iconic 19th Century site, whilst ensuring that the Museum grounds are easily accessible to all visitors.
The Natural History Museum recently announced the shortlist for the competition to find an inspired team to redesign and re-imagine its grounds.
The five teams − given by team-lead −and comprising architects in collaboration with landscape architects and other sub-consultants (not listed here) are:
BIG (Bjarke Ingels Group) with Martha Schwartz Partners
Grant Associates with Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios
Niall McLaughlin Architects with Kim Wilkie
Land Use Consultants (LUC) with Design Engine
Stanton Williams Architects with Bradley-Hole Schoenaich Landscape Architects
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The Kai Tak Fantasy (KTF) International Ideas Competition on Urban Planning and Design organised by the Energizing Kowloon East Office (EKEO) of the Development Bureau was launched on November 28. KTF comprises three major elements, namely the Kai Tak Runway Tip in the Kai Tak Development, the Kwun Tong Ferry Pier Action Area, and the water body in between, which involve a total area of about 90 hectares. Speaking at the launch ceremony today, the Secretary for Development, Mr Paul Chan, said that KTF not only has the potential to be developed into a world class tourism and entertainment hub, but could also inspire arts, culture and creativity in the region.
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Ontario Place | Image Credit – Flickr User Danielle Scott
Back in September, WLA published the RFP for Ontario Place “seeking landscape architects with the expertise and capacity to design an urban park and waterfront trail along the east island of Ontario Place. Infrastructure Ontario, on behalf of the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport and the Ministry of Infrastructure”. Today, it was announced that LANDinc and West 8, working in partnership, have been chosen as the successful firm to design the new urban park and waterfront trail at Ontario Place.
Once complete, the new urban park and waterfront trail will link to the existing 780 kilometre waterfront trail system — stretching from Niagara-on-the-Lake to east of Cornwall. It will also give residents and visitors access to part of the waterfront that has been closed to the public for more than 40 years.
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With this, our fifth SLANT competition you are being invited to submit a design for a public space/park which will be designed to incorporate, in part or in whole, the concept of “Transition” and contestants will be free to interpret this concept as they please.
Transition effect us all most days of our lives and it can be found in many different areas of our interests and activities. Politics, the Arts, Technology, History, Geography, Geology, Society, Family, Religion… these are just some of the areas that can express and experience transition, but you have a free hand in selecting your own area of interest on which to base your concept and design.
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Partnership, during the design process, with the University ensured continuity of the campus plan. Engagement with the Botany Department guaranteed the extension of the existing Botanical Garden, which was developed using a carefully thought through planting palette and the use of specimen plants sourced directly from the University’s green houses. In addition, an integrated approach to the irrigation design ensured that harvested water is pumped from a basement storage tank that is filled with roof and seepage water and topped up, when necessary, with borehole water from an existing supply line adjacent to the building.
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Harvard University GSD is hosting an Exhibition and Conference titled Airport Landscape – Urban Ecologies in the aerial age. The Exhibition opened on October 30 and continues through to December 19. Their is also a conference at the GSD on November 14-15. Both events are curated and convened by Charles Waldheim and Sonja Dümpelmann.
Airport Landscape claims the airport as a site of and for landscape. Airports have never been more central to the life of cities, yet they remain peripheral in design discourse. In spite of this, landscape architects have recently reasserted their historic claims on the airfield as a site of design through a range of practices. Airport Landscape presents these practices through projects for the ecological enhancement of operating airfields and the conversion of abandoned airfields.
The exhibition features work by a range of leading landscape architects and designers including Agence Ter, Gross.Max., Hargreaves Associates, James Corner Field Operations, Lateral Office, LCLA, Mosbach Paysagistes, Office of Landscape Morphology, OpSys, Stoss Landscape Urbanism, Topotek 1, West 8, and Workshop: Ken Smith Landscape Architect. The conference convenes a discussion of the airport as landscape with sessions on airport cultures, infrastructures, and ecologies.
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Penn State Arboretum (Flickr User:Cuizoo)
Its that time of year when Design Intelligence releases their annual rankings for the best design schools in North America. The rankings rate the design schools through surveying practitioners on which school they think is the best based on their hirings over the past 5 year. This year there has been a change in the top ranked Undergraduate coursea with Penn State overtaking LSU for 1st position; Harvard continues to dominate the Graduate courses ranking by maintaining their No.1 ranking. LSU has maintained its 3rd on the graduate course rankings with KSU rising to 2nd ranking from its 11th ranking in 2013.
The schools are also ranked based on region (Midwest, East, West and South), communication, design, computer applications, research & theory, teamwork and sustainable design practices. The rankings not only review how employers rank each course, but there is also Deans rankings, student rankings and also a summary for each design school in the guide.
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