Taking a cue from the City’s creative, social-media-supported RFI, a group of designers from Sasaki, spanning graphic design, landscape architecture, urban design, planning, architecture, and programming specializations, launched a grassroots campaign that responds to the RFI on its same terms. They created the #PlazaPlus hashtag to spur further dialogue with the public around
#CityHallPlaza. Breaking with traditional project norms, the #PlazaPlus design team took to the streets, spending many weekend and night-time hours out on the plaza, hearing from community members and capturing their hopes in inspired visuals. The team collected over 100 handwritten suggestion cards from Bostonians, which reiterated that the public yearns for a usable plaza and that the ultimate solutions for this space will need to be comprehensive and thoughtful.
Continue reading Sasaki Associates social media inspired take on City Hall Plaza
Back to the River, a paid design competition, is intended to revitalize a section of the Thames River corridor in London, Ontario, Canada by stimulating reinvestment and providing new opportunities for connection to the river. The competition is sponsored by the London Community Foundation, the City of London and the Upper Thames River Conservation Authority.
Through this two-stage design competition, the Sponsors seek a design vision for a 5km segment of the Thames River Corridor and detailed area plans for two focus areas with special city-building potential. At the most refined level of detail, the design submissions will identify implementable projects for each of the focus areas to enhance the environment, community quality of life, and economic development in London.
The Jury will, on the basis of submissions to the RFQ, select between three (3) and five (5) qualified Proponents to proceed to the RFP stage of the design competition. Each qualified Proponent who is invited to and submits a qualified response to the RFP will be awarded $40,000. The winning proposal will be awarded a design contract with the City of London of at least $200,000 to initiate detailed design of the inaugural project for The Forks, one of the focus areas described above.”
The first stage, an open RFQ released May 6th with responses due June 3rd. Short listed proponents will be invited to respond to an RFP later in the summer.
For more information, see www.backtotheriver.ca
The Seoul Skygarden, MVRDV’s proposal for the 938 metre long former elevated highway next to Seoul’s Central Station, hopes to build on the city’s ambition to be greener, more attractive and more user-friendly so as to inspire a process of change for the entire neighborhood. The design populates the overpass with 254 species of trees, shrubs and flowers to create an arboretum of local species, a library of plants that can be enjoyed by Seoul’s public, and a nursery for the city’s other green spaces. Organised according to the Korean alphabet, this library makes legible the natural diversity of the city, allows citizens to take a selfie next to their favourite local plant while knowing its name. The new overpass will cut the 25 minute walk around the station to just 11 minutes, and will generate 1.83 times the cost of its renovation and maintenance in economic benefits, according to joint research by Seoul Institute and the Korea Planners Association.
Continue reading MVRDV wins competition to transform abandoned highway section into Seoul Skygarden
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Fenway Deity, Ken Smith (2015) from John Dean on Vimeo.
Fenway Deity is part of the Garden Deities series created by Ken Smith. The large inflatable installation, with a psychedelic spiral pattern and gold chain, will hang from the historic façade of the Museum facing the Boston Fens. Learn more. The 2015 Landscape installation by Ken Smith is sponsored by the Friends of John Magee, in memory and celebration of his life in gratitude for his service to the Gardner Museum.
Image | Ken Smith, Collage Drawing of Fenway Deity.
LOCATION | HISTORIC PALACE, FENWAY FAÇADE, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston, USA
DATES | May 20-September 28, 2015