Rebuild by Design Competition winners announced

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Hoboken Waterfront | ©OMA  | one of six winning proposals in the Rebuild By Design Competition

Rebuild by Design was a design competition to create innovative community- and policy-based solutions to protect U.S. cities that are most vulnerable to increasingly intense weather events and future uncertainties.  Back in April, 10 Finalists were unveiled and the teams developed their proposals in partnership with local stakeholder coalitions and feedback from participants. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Shaun Donovan announced recently that six design proposals have been selected as winners of HUD’s Rebuild by Design competition.

The six teams with winning proposals are:

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INTERVIEW | The Immersery by HASSELL

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Last week we published the design concept for the The Immersery which has now opened to the public as the centrepiece of the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival. The Immersery is a cloud-like structure suspended above a floating bar and open-kitchen restaurant on the banks of Melbourne’s Yarra River designed by international design practice HASSELL, from a concept dreamt up by the team at Melbourne Food and Wine Festival. WLA interviewed HASSELL by email about the design and various aspects of the design process.

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The Broad unveils design for new public plaza by DS+R and Hood Design

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The Broad, Los Angeles’s newest contemporary art museum, recently unveiled designs for a new outdoor public plaza by architect Diller Scofidio + Renfro and Hood Design, landscaping that will feature 100-year-old olive trees as well as enhanced landscaping and improvements along Grand Avenue, adding another parcel of critical green space to the region and making downtown’s cultural corridor more pedestrian-friendly when the plaza opens later this year. In addition to the plaza next to the museum, The Broad also announced that its adjacent restaurant will be developed by leading Los Angeles restaurateur Bill Chait, with a unique vision to integrate dining with art and community.

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Cavalli Wine Estate | Somerset West South Africa | OvP Associates

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The setting for this project is a 110 hectare sub-division of a wine farm in the Cape Winelands between Somerset West and Stellenbosch, consisting of existing vineyards and some indigenous natural areas largely infested with alien invader species.

Small wine farms are generally commercially unsustainable and to this end the client, a pharmaceuticals entrepreneur, wishing to enhance the value of his investment and diversify the land use, has developed a flagship stud farm, training facility, vineyards and olives orchards on land which he recognized as having potential due to its location and natural setting.

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This Week In Landscape | 3 November 2013

Two ideas for New York | Diana Balmori | Aljeezera
The demands of urban life mean that the city must always reinvent itself; Diana Balmori weighs in on ways to save NYC

The Landscape Institute is publishing a position statement on the importance of landscape for public health.
‘Public Health and Landscape – Creating healthy places’, it is aimed primarily at public health teams and at policy makers. There will be a launch event on Tuesday 12 November.

Smooth growth: A challenge to traditional urban redevelopment | Natalie Moore | WBEZ91.5
Marshall Brown talks to WBEZ radio about a new approach that could allow neighborhoods such as Washington Park to gracefully accommodate depopulation.

British Artist Will Create A ‘New Icon’ For NYC In Hudson Yards | Jessica Dailey | Curbed NY
Thomas Heatherwick to design the artwork, which will be “a new icon for the city. Heatherwick will work with landscape architect Thomas Woltz of Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects to design the 4-acre plaza in which the artwork will be placed.

REBUILDING, IN MANY GUISES | Jennifer Reut | Landscape Architecture Magazine
In a lecture hall at New York University packed with politicians, planners, and students, an army of designers gathered Monday morning to show the initial stages of their ideas in the Rebuild by Design competition.

EVENT
PFS Studio Lecture | November 4 | 6:30pm to 8:00pm | SALA lecture program | UBC | Robson Square 800 Robson Street

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