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
[IMAGE SOURCE: Queen Wharf Competition]
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
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.
WPA 2.0 SYMPOSIUM at The National Building Museum
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
The University of Massachusetts at Amherst will open an urban design center downtown early next year, marking the school’s first step to locate programs in Springfield.
Plans call for the design center to open on Feb. 1 and to provide a variety of programs in architecture, landscape architecture, conservation and regional planning, officials said.
SOURCE: MassLive.com – UMass plans to open urban design center in downtown Springfield