Atkins set to poach talent from design-led practices

A view over Glasgow from Queen's Park in the c...Glasgow – Image via Wikipedia

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The country’s biggest employer of architects has set its sights on wresting design-led work away from “complacent” signature practices by recruiting more creative designers……..
A team led by Atkins recently beat five others, including Frank Gehry, to land a £300 million new college campus in Glasgow……

Ideas competition for Champ-de-Mars metro station

Montreal-Comp

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]

Groundbreaking for Penn Park on November 6

According to the University of Pennsylvania Almanac

A ceremonial groundbreaking will be held at Penn Park on Friday, November 6. The event tent will be located east of Levy Tennis Pavilion, at the west gate to the Penn Park site. Penn Park is a 24-acre site on the eastern edge of the campus, offering beautiful views of the Center City skyline located along the Schuylkill River between Walnut and South Street. The Park will expand Penn’s athletic and recreation facilities within a broader public open space. The primary facilities will include: multi-purpose artificial fields (one enclosed by a seasonal air structure), outdoor tennis courts, and associated program elements consisting of restrooms, spectator seating and parking. The landscape architect is Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates, Inc. It is expected to be completed by summer 2011.

SOURCE: University of Pennsylvania Almanac

Elements of Urban Agriculture – Jason King

Jason King, is a Senior Associate at Greenworks and an enthusiastic landscape architect who shares his passionate views at his sites Landscape+Urbanism and veg.itecture. He is also a member of the Sustainable Sites Technical Advisory Group (see our interview). He has has just posted Elements of Urban Agriculture on his blog Landscape+Urbanism.  His post is a great summary of a ideas of a lecture he attended given by Marc Boucher-Colbert.

Jason goes through all the ideas of Urban Agriculture and gives a synopsis of each one.

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