Shortlisted Designs for the development of Queens Wharf

The Winners for the Queens Wharf Competition in Auckland, New Zealand has been announced after thorough evaluation and assessment, five designs have been selected from the 237 original entries.

The Finalists
Design number 024 – Andrius Gedgaudas, Architect, Shanghai China.
Design number 046 – Den Aitken, Pete Griffith and Hamish Foote, Field Landscape Architecture, Auckland.
Design number 170 – David Gibbs and Aaron Sills, Construkt / SVB, Auckland.
Design number 195 – John Coop, Tasman Studio, Auckland.
Design number 216 – Simon Williams, Williams Architects Ltd, Auckland.

The five designs were selected by chief executives of the three sponsor organisations, the Ministry of Economic Development, Auckland Regional Council and Auckland City Council with expert advice from an advisory panel comprising Prof. John Hunt, Ian Athfield, Rebecca Skidmore, Jillian de Beer and Graeme McIndoe.

The final five designs were chosen for their ability to strike the right balance between meeting the need for a great space for the public to enjoy, the ability to act as a major celebration venue during Rugby World Cup 2011 (and other future events), and the need for a world class cruise-ship terminal.

The 237 designs gave the selection team a chance to look at a very broad range of concepts from which five were chosen that have the best potential to be further developed in Stage 2. As such, they are really a starting point for the work that will take place over the next two weeks until the end of Stage 2 of the competition, on 23 October.

In Stage 2, the finalists will develop their designs further, taking into account public feedback from over 2000 forms received and the 13 specific factors (pdf) identified by the advisory panel as critical to achieving the objectives of the development.

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Design number 024 – Andrius Gedgaudas, Architect, Shanghai China.

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Design number 046 – Den Aitken, Pete Griffith and Hamish Foote, Field Landscape Architecture, Auckland.

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Design number 170 – David Gibbs and Aaron Sills, Construkt / SVB, Auckland.

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Design number 195 – John Coop, Tasman Studio, Auckland.

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Design number 216 – Simon Williams, Williams Architects Ltd, Auckland.

SOURCE: Queens Wharf

IMAGE SOURCE: Queens Wharf

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Video: Amsterdam Make-over 2040

A video in various languages reviews the role of Amsterdam in the world and how it will exist in 2040. The video includes Richard Florida, Saskia Sassen, Zef Hemel, Adriaan Geuze (WEST 8), Merijn Oudenampsen. An interesting video although most of the video is not in English it is still interesting to hear people’s views about Amsterdam which is an important city on the world stage.
Watch the video here

SOURCE: WEST 8

Southend Pier Head design contest winner unveiled

Southend-on-Sea Borough Council is delighted to announce the winner of Southend Pier Head design contest – renowned Swedish based landscape architecture firm White arkitekter.

The company – which has also won awards for other maritime architecture projects throughout the world – clinched the top place with a design called ‘Sculpted by Wind and Wave.’
This winning scheme was chosen from among 73 international and local entries for the competition run by the Landscape Institute on behalf of the Council.

The Landscape Institute is an educational charity and chartered body responsible for protecting, conserving and enhancing the natural and built environment for the benefit of the public.

This contest aimed to encourage ways to revitalise the Pier Head environment and devise innovative designs, enabling established leisure, recreation and tourism uses, to continue in an attractive, high quality and appealing setting.

White arkitekter clearly demonstrated the theme of ‘maritime, environmental and relaxed recreation’ which was chosen by the public after a major consultation with residents and visitors.

This winning firm, if ratified by Cabinet and Council, would work in conjunction with British-based engineers Price and Myers to produce the scheme.

Councillor John Lamb, Southend-on-Sea Borough Council’s Executive Councillor for Enterprise, Tourism and the Environment, says: “This has proved to be a most exciting competition which attracted international entries. We were thrilled to receive so many applications of interest, from which five very high quality proposals were shortlisted, and the winner was chosen from these five.

“The next step is for us to recommend that councillors will ratify the choice of the winner and engage White arkitekter as the lead designer.

“This would be a £multi million development, which depends on us receiving a substantial Sea Change grant from the Government. We are likely to find out the outcome of our bid for funding this autumn, but have so far had very positive indications of success.”

Tom Lonsdale, who chaired the judging process for the Landscape Institute says: “The final decision was never going to be easy with such a diverse range of high quality approaches but White arkitekter impressed the most because of their exceptional sensitivity to the location and a very polished design. We could see the potential for a memorable landmark and destination to which visitors would be drawn again and again.”

SOURCE: Southend-on-Sea Borough Council
IMAGE SOURCE: White arkitekter

Sasaki Associates working on OSU Masterplan

Sasaki Associates have been working on the Ohio State University(OSU) Masterplan since February and to be finished by next Spring. The project is the largest scope that Sasaki Associates has worked on for an American university.
The plan is centred on living-learning communities with no more than a 10 minute walk with a rethinking of planning of dorms, research and recreation facilities. Also the plan includes a change in approach to carparking and the land use along the river front.

VIA: Business First of Columbus

Slowdown in the UAE is a bonus for civic projects

The Global Financial Crisis or GFC as some like to call it has struck projects across the world and placed lots of companies and people out of work. However, there is a bright side for some, including governments and public place developers who have seen prices fall and timelines shortened as companies become available due to a lack of private development work.

In the UAE were upto 75% of projects are now on hold has allowed Museums such as the Abu Dhabi Louvre and Guggenheim to get projects started for 30% less than one year ago. The Louvre broke ground in June and The Guggenheim is currently undergoing pre-qualifying.

VIA – The National

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