SWA Group Wins Master Plan Assignment for Mexico’s University of Monterrey Including Site-Design for Tadao Ando Building

SWA Group has won a design competition to provide master planning and landscape architecture improving sustainability for the 247-acre (100-hectare) campus of the University of Monterrey, Monterrey, Mexico. The assignment includes a phase-one implementation of site design for the Art and Design School Building under construction by noted architect Tadao Ando, the 1995 winner of the Pritzker Prize.

SWA’s assignment for the University of Monterrey (UDEM), Mexico’s premier institution of higher education, will help transform the campus from a vehicular orientation to one that encourages pedestrian, bicycle and transit use. The master plan will also incorporate greater sustainability by use of indigenous plant materials, natural water-retention and filtration, low maintenance landscaping as well as site-design strategies to enhance the learning and collaboration among students and faculty.

Tadao Ando’s structure, called the Gate of Creation, is a $34.5 million project encompassing 94,000 square feet (8,719 square meters), with spaces for design, research, teaching and exhibition, as well as 22 laboratories and workshops. According to the university, the building will help it establish Mexico and Latin America as a leader in the education of art, architecture and design.

“The landscape architecture and site design effort for UDEM is both a challenge and an honor that we are thrilled to be undertaking,” said Rene Bihan, SWA’s San Francisco-based managing principal overseeing the design team. “We will be working with the architect and the university to provide a proper landscape backdrop to what is considered one of the most significant architectural buildings in all of Latin America, while also helping the university move its campus to a higher level of sustainability.”

SOURCE: Businesswire

International Urban Landscape Award (IULA) Competition

The Eurohypo Aktiengesellschaft of Frankfurt, Germany, and Topos – International Review of Landscape Architecture and Urban Design are holding the International Urban Landscape Award (IULA) competition again this year in search of exemplary urban design projects for sustainable development in Germany or the United Kingdom. Taking place for the third time, the competition seeks to contribute towards sustainable ways of securing and advancing the quality of life and economic activity.

This time round, the prize is divided into two categories: Category A, which honours ground-breaking, newly-built or redeveloped urban architecture, and Category B, which recognises initiatives, concepts, designs or research projects in the field of sustainable urban development. Both categories come with a cash prize of €25,000.

Further information and the obligatory project form can be downloaded at www.topos.de

Closing Date: Entries must be received by 3 September 2009

Andrea Cochran: Landscapes for our times – SFGate.com

Zahid Sardar, Chronicle Staff Writer interviews Andrea Cochran about her body of work and her new book

“I felt liberated in this climate to experiment with things I could not have done back East,” says the landscape architect, who arrived in San Francisco in the 1980s from New England.

To read the full interview go to SFgate: Andrea Cochran: Landscapes for our times
Andrea Cochran: Landscapes is printed by Princeton Architectural Press and available at Amazon.

West Kowloon Cultural District concept consultants named

The West Kowloon Cultural district was a design competition won by a team led by Foster & Partners was announced in February 2002. The winning design was shelved in 2006 over concerns of funding and development. Since then three advisory groups have been in charge of the project. EOI tenders were called in late 2008 for a Conceptual Plan and on Monday after reviewing the 40 submissions the below was announced by Hong Kong Government.

Cultural district concept consultants named

Three consultants – Foster + Partners Limited, Office for Metropolitan Architecture and Rocco Design Architects Limited – have been selected to help prepare the West Kowloon Cultural District concept plan. Mott MacDonald Hong Kong Limited has been named the project consultant.

Announcing this at the West Kowloon Cultural District Authority Consultation Panel second meeting today, Chief Secretary Henry Tang said the selection process was fair and open, but vigorous.

SOURCE: News.gov.hk
You can watch the design presentations by Lord Foster, Rem Koolhaas & Rocco Yim at West Kowloon Cultural District Authority

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WPA 2.0 registrations close FRIDAY 24th

WPA 2.0 is a design competition organised by UCLA think tank, cityLAB, to see “who rules the sewers rules the city”

Organizers Dana Cuff and Roger Sherman are betting that recent projects like the High Line in New York (an abandoned elevated railway, now a public park) will trigger a creative range of submissions from all over the U.S. “In every city there are planners and architects who are imagining more robust ways to revitalize local infrastructure. We want to give them a forum, to spark the kinds of projects that will serve communities.

With the Recovery Act (aka the Stimulus Package), on the minds of everyone concerned with the future of our cities, cityLAB, a UCLA urban design think tank, is providing a unique opportunity for designers worldwide to contribute infrastructure proposals that re-envision the new American metropolis. Beginning with a competition that encourages designers to “take back the streets,” WPA 2.0 sets the stage for a new generation of Working Public Architecture.

The competition will be followed by a symposium at the National Building Museum in November 2009. In Washington, cityLAB will convene leading researchers, practitioners, and policy-makers to expand the enlivened discourse on urban infrastructure and promote implementable options that imagine our physical environment as more livable, more beautiful, and more sustainable.

Remember to register by Friday 24th July to find out more about the competition go to the website

SOURCE: cityLAB

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