Winners Announced in Surrey’s Town Centres Design Competition

1st Prize & Overall prize for Guildford: Return of Ritual;Team: Renante Go-Soco Solivar

“TownShift: Suburb Into City” sponsored by the City of Surrey was a sustainable design competition to provide vision for Surrey’s five growing town centres – Cloverdale, Fleetwood, Guildford, Newton and Semiahmoo.

The competition attracted 138 submissions from 20 countries, and 27 finalists were selected by the five-member TownShift jury.

Renate Solivar of Vancouver took the overall top prize of $15,000 for his entry “Return of Ritual” which proposes structuring a new bold, brightly coloured construction along 152nd Street in front of Guildford Mall. In addition to the $15,000 first prize, his entry also won $10,000 for first prize in the Guildford category, for total winnings of $25,000.

All 27 have been on public display at Simon Fraser University (SFU) Surrey Central City for the past three weeks, and will remain on display until Feb 28th, the closing day of the 2010 Olympic Winter Games.

The next steps in taking new ideas and making them into reality will be explored at a special panel discussion entitled “Where Do We Go From Here?” at Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s main Surrey Campus on Monday, March 29, 2010 at 7:00PM.

Cloverdale Winning Design: Surrey Crossing — Crossing Surrey; Team: Fang Liu; Tracey Mactavish; Henning Knoetzele; Peeroj Thakr

SOURCE: Townshift

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Architects resign from Ottawa Urban Design Review Panel

Earlier this week, Councillor Peter Hume, Chair of the Planning and Environment Committee was informed by letter that all of the architects that were members of the Downtown Ottawa Urban Design Review Panel had resigned. The panel was established in 2005 to peer review design of new developments in the downtown area.

Metro quoted Rick MacEwen, a resigning member of the panel as saying

Councillors have consistently ignored the city’s official plan by accepting cheap and easy designs for new buildings……

To read more about why the panel resigned go to the [SOURCE: Metro – Design lost on city says architect]

CBC News – 7 architects resign from city’s design review panel

Ottawa Citizen – Frustrated architects dump review panel

Green group criticizes delay of wetlands protection plan

Calgary Herald reports

Environmentalists are disappointed that another plan for Alberta‘s water resources pushes back to at least 2012 a strategy for protecting wetlands.

“After a decade of debate and the loss of thousands of hectares of wetlands in Alberta, we can no longer afford to delay taking action to protect our wetland resources,” said Danielle Droitsch, executive director of the conservation group Water Matters.

SOURCE: Calgary Herald – Green group criticizes delay of wetlands protection plan

Urban panel ponders the in-between areas of Toronto

A panel of Canadian urban studies specialists was brought together by the to ponder the state of the Greater Toronto Area and the in-between areas that are ever growing. feature starts…..

According to a panel of leading Canadian city thinkers assembled recently by the Star, trying to distinguish the centre from the periphery, downtown from hinterland, is more complex than ever in these increasingly splintered times.

Read the article at the SOURCE: – The in-between city slouches ahead

Below is a list of people cited in the article (there was no panel list)
Douglas Young, York University
Murtaza Haider, Ryerson University
David Ley, University of British Columbia
David Hulchanski, University of Toronto
Ute Lehrer, York University
Frank Cunningham, University of Toronto
Alan Walks, University of Toronto
Mariana  Valverde, University of Toronto (thestar cited as Mariana Laverde )

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Canada’s biggest green roof was technically challenging: LA

Journal of Commerce reports

The biggest living roof in Canada is surrounded by water on three sides, and the marine deck on which the building sits is supported by stilt-like piles. It also features slopes of up to 53 per cent.

Bruce Hemstock, of PWL Partnership, a Vancouver landscape architecture and consulting firm that worked on the project, said the roof portion of the job was one of the most technically challenging assignments his firm has taken on in its 35 years in the business.

Read the full article at the SOURCE: Journal of CommerceCreating Vancouver Convention Centre’s green roof no simple task

Construction Underway at Canada’s Sugar Beach

Waterfront Toronto, together with the Governments of Canada and Ontario and the City of Toronto, officially broke ground recently on Canada’s Sugar Beach, a new park that is transforming a surface parking lot in a former industrial area into Toronto’s second urban beach at the water’s edge.

Located at the foot of Lower Jarvis Street adjacent the Redpath Sugar Factory, this 8500m2 (2 acre) park will be the first public space visitors see as they travel along Queens Quay from the central waterfront. The park’s brightly coloured pink beach umbrellas and iconic candy-striped rock outcroppings will welcome visitors to the new waterfront neighbourhood of East Bayfront.

Designed by renowned Canadian landscape architects and urban designers Claude Cormier Architectes Paysagistes, in association with The Planning Partnership, Canada’s Sugar Beach, builds upon the success of other parks and public spaces along the waterfront by introducing a second urban beach to the area and incorporating the tree-lined promenade in its design.


Montreal transforms a dump into a park

Montrealers are enjoying St.Michel Environmental Complex, a former quarry and garbage dump that is a park-in-progress. The site is being transformed from wasteland into a new green park, gone are the trucks, the seagulls and smelly garbage. Currently the park is being capped with building rubble and soil. The park will include large open lawns, amphitheatre, skate park, BMX centre with some facilities already operational. Currently the park has 5 kilometres of trails covering 48 hectares for us to enjoy today – and in 2020 when the park is completed will be 192 hectares.

The site design maintains the topography of the quarry and was not filled to the top this was intentional design decision taken by the designers, so that the park reflected the evolution of the site.

Via Gazette

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