Canadian Navy National Monument Design Competition Launched – Ottawa Start

The National Capital Commission (NCC) calls on teams of professional artists, landscape architects, architects and landscape designers to take part in a design competition to build a monument to the hundred years of service of the Canadian Navy. They are invited to forward their credentials and examples of prior experience for this first stage of the two-phase competition.

The year 2010 will mark the centennial of the Canadian Navy. To celebrate the occasion the National Capital Commission and the Canadian Navy are pleased to announce this design competition for the creation of a new monument at Richmond Landing, in the core of Canada’s Capital. The unveiling of the monument will take place in May 2011.

Four internationally renowned art and design professionals and a Navy representative, will select up to five finalist design teams, based on qualifications and past experience. Members of this jury are: Malaka Ackaoui, landscape architect; Dr. Laura Brandon, art curator and historian; Joe Fafard, artist; and Don Vaughan, landscape architect. Representing the Canadian Navy is Captain K.J. Pickford.

The teams of finalists will be invited to participate in phase two of the competition, where they will be asked to prepare a design concept and present it to the jury in October 2009.

The Request for Qualification document will be available between February 19, 2009, and May 4, 2009 on the NCC’s website at www.canadascapital.gc.ca/navy You can also contact Shirley Chartrand by e-mail at schartra@ncc-ccn.ca, by phone at 613-239-5407 or by fax at 613-239-5007 to receive a copy of this document.

The deadline for receipt of submissions is 3 pm (Eastern Daylight Time) on Monday, May 4, 2009.

The NCC and the Canadian Navy look forward to working together throughout this project which will result in the creation of an important symbol of Canada’s history and a new public gathering place where events of national scope will be held on an annual basis.

For information regarding the Canadian Navy Centennial please visit: http://www.navy.forces.gc.ca/centennial.

For more information on the National Capital Commission please call 613-239-5000 or 1 800 465-1867 or visit our website at www.canadascapital.gc.ca. TTY (text telephone for the hearing impaired) is available at: 613-239-5090 or toll-free 1 866 661-3530.

SOURCE: Ottawa Start

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What’s the future of ‘The Infrastructural City’ of L.A. – Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times reports

“The timing could hardly be better for “The Infrastructural City” a new collection of essays on Los Angeles edited by Kazys Varnelis, director of the Network Architecture Lab at Columbia University.”

[SOURCE: Los Angeles Times - What's the future of 'The Infrastructural City' of L.A.]

gh3 announced winner of June Callword Park – Canadian Architect – 2/9/2009

gh3 announced as winner of the June Callwood Park international design competition

download the winning entry.

view the design competition report

SOURCE: canadianarchitect.com – Canadian Architect – 2/9/2009

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Students present urban vision – The Boston Globe

The Boston Globe reports

“Teams of Boston middle school students presented their urban design plans and architectural ideas to Mayor Thomas M. Menino yesterday, Jones Lang LaSalle said.

“The presentation was the culmination of the seventh annual urban planning ideas competition that engages over 100 middle-schoolers each year,” Jones Lang LaSalle said in a press release.”

SOURCE: The Boston Globe – Students present urban vision – Daily Business Update

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Midwest Ecological Landscaping Association – Annual Conference

Glencoe, Ill. — The Midwest Ecological Landscaping Association, in cooperation with the United States Green Building Council, will hold its annual conference at the Chicago Botanic Garden, Glencoe, Ill., 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Feb. 26, 2009.

Keynote speaker will be Lois Vitt Sale, LEED Accredited Professional architect and Director of Sustainability for Nelson Design Consortium. She will address issues related to the value and challenges of developing industry standards for sustainability.

The featured speaker will be Garth Conrad, MELA President-elect, and Environmental Chair of the Association of Professional Landscape Designers, speaking on “What is a Sustainable Landscape?”

There will be a panel discussion on Developing and Promoting Standards of Sustainability featuring speakers from the U.S. Green Building Council, the Sustainable Sites Initiative, and MELA.

A special feature will be two round table discussions on elements of the conference theme — Nature at Work: Creating Professional Standards for a Sustainable Green Industry — both on issues of sustainable landscaping such as irrigation, soil, construction materials, plants and energy, as well as on elements of the industry such as design/build, maintenance, growers, plant-health professionals and retail.

MELA is an organization of professionals in the landscaping industry who are dedicated to developing and promoting standards for sustainable landscaping. For info: www.melaweb.org

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