DESIGN COMPETITION | New Bridge for Bath

Bath & North East Somerset Council is seeking to appoint an outstanding team to deliver the design for what will be the first new crossing of the River Avon in Bath City Centre for over 100 years.

Bath Quays Bridge will provide a new link for pedestrians and cyclists between the North and South of the river Avon, at the southern periphery of Bath’s historic city. Given the importance of the bridge in contributing to the wider infrastructure of Bath, and the significance of its location in a UNESCO world heritage site, the Council has chosen a design competition as the means to select a concept design for the bridge and welcomes innovative, high quality designs coming forward through multi-disciplinary collaborations.

Expressions of interest are being sought on an open and international basis and are required by the submission deadline of 12 March 2015. To find out more about the £2.5m project and access the Pre-qualification Brief and Questionnaire

VIDEO | Jeanne Gang, `Expeditions in the Contemporary City`

Recently, Jeanne Gang of Studio Gang Architects gave a lecture at Harvard GSD in which she looks at cities and natural systems. An interesting lecture that shows how architecture, landscape and nature and becoming more intertwined within cities.

“Today’s cities must cope with lapsed industrial spaces and inherited infrastructure. Through the lens of some of her firm’s most recent and noteworthy projects, Jeanne Gang of Studio Gang Architects (Chicago) will consider how architectural practice might be refocused to help reimagine these territories and initiate transformation, and profess her longstanding interest in the new ways that cultural and science-based aspects of natural systems can be of use in defining the city.” – Harvard GSD

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Small and Great Ends by White Arkitekter


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One year after Hurricane Sandy took its toll on New York, Swedish architectural practice White Arkitekter, along with partners Arup and Gensler, were announced winners of an international two-phased design competition to redevelop the waterfront of Rockaway, Queens, which was particularly hard-hit by the effects of the superstorm.

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Warner Swasey Urban Wilderness Area


Wilderness and the City
The concept of wilderness has been ingrained in American culture since its inception. Founding Settlers viewed wilderness as the other. Coming from a euro-centric past settlers had a novel idea of
Wildness; where wilderness had been pushed out the landscape of the European continent. Only highly maintained aesthetic manifestation of wilderness created by contemporaries of the time remained. These natural gardens could be seen by many early English immigrants to America.

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Landscape Architect Profile | Andrew Grant – Founding Director of Grant Associates


World Landscape Architecture recently had the chance to interview Andrew Grant, the Founding Director of Grant Associates, landscape architecture and urban design practice who are reknown for their various landscape architecture projects including The Hive and Gardens by the Bay. Andrew led the design team on the £500 million Gardens by the Bay project at Bay South in Singapore.


WLA | What made you want to be a Landscape Architect?

Andrew Grant (AG) I grew up on a farm, liked art and science and thought I would be a scientist who might doodle. At ‘A’ level I set out with Chemistry, Biology, Physics and advanced Maths but quickly dropped the Physics and Maths to take Art and General Studies.  When it came to finding a University I was torn between plant science, environmental psychology and, at the time, a very rare course in the UK, called landscape architecture.

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Strijp S | Eindhoven, the Netherlands | Carve

Strijp S is the former factory site of the old Philips-complex in Eindhoven, the Netherlands. The 27 hectare large area, which is the home of a considerable amount of monumental buildings, provided work to housands of people between 1920 and 2004. Even though the complex was surrounded by living neighbourhoods, Strijp S was always known to be a ‘Forbidden City’: an immense area, inaccessible to the unauthorised. In 2004 Philips sold Strijp S to investor Park Strijp Beheer, who will be redeveloping the area in different phases to a unique living and working environment, while respecting the original character of the remaining constructions.

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Rathbone Square, a new public garden in the heart of Fitzrovia.


The design will transform the former Royal Mail site into a contemporary publically accessible garden square with shops, cafes, outdoor terraces and a central garden which will be enjoyed by both residents and the general public. The design includes lawn areas for relaxing, trees and native planting that will reflect the seasons, raised beds with flowering trees, water features, and public seating.

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