WPA 2.0 (SE) finalists has announced the finalists
Re-Commission – Peter Millar . Jamie Potter . Andy Wilde
The Manchester School of Architecture, UK
S1035 Aquaculture Canal_New Orleans Aquaculture Canal
Fadi Masoud – University of Toronto,
Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design
S1037 155th St Viaduct: Polytechnic High School & Transportation Center
Studio Three – Douglas Segulja
Parsons School of Constructed Environments
S1059 Fluctuating Freeway Ecologies
The Crop – Gary Garcia . Marc Yeber . Iris Tsai . Xiaoye Zhang
USC School of Architecture
S1092 urban ConAgraculture
Dale Luebbert – University of Nebraska
S1108 Cash for Clunkers = Bike Sharing for Chicago
M-Squared – Matt Moore IIT
S1141 – Topographic Infrastructure: Hollywood Freeway Central Park
YMeng – Meng Yang USC School of Architecture
MORE INFORMATION on-line soon at www.wpa2.aud.ucla.edu
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The Mayor of Montréal, Gérald Tremblay, is pleased to announce a nationwide ideas competition for the redesigning of the area around Champ-de-Mars metro station. The purpose of the competition is to solicit explorations and illustrations of a variety of development concepts made possible by the planned covering of the Ville-Marie expressway and the potential reconfiguration of its exit ramps.
Champ-de-Mars station, with its magnificent glassworks by renowned artist Marcelle Ferron, is one of the few landmarks remaining from the time before the construction of the Ville-Marie expressway. The immediate perimeter of the station forms a link between downtown Montréal and Old Montréal, and is one of the main pedestrian access routes to the historic district.
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Recently WLA reported on the announcement of the finalists for the Queens Wharf design competition. We have just found out that the competition has been halted and no winner will be awarded as the competition organisers (various government authorities) were not impressed with the stage 2 entries submitted.
Comments left on news sites and blogs have expressed differing views. Some stating that this is an embarrassment to hold a competition and not award a winner, while others see that it is good that the project was quashed as it was being rushed to be ready for the Rugby World Cup in 2011. There is a general consensus however, that the budget was far too low ($47-50milllion NZD) to create a design worthy of the Auckland waterfront whilst pleasing all interests.
Voxy.co.nz quotes North Shore Mayor Andrew Williams as saying
“……they want the redevelopment to deliver on all these expectations for a miserable $47 million, which is like expecting a Sydney Opera House for the price of a temporary prefab.”
Was the design process flawed from the start? What’s your view?
For more information and reports on the Queen Wharf Competition (link to Comp website)
NZ Herald News – Queens Wharf redesign halted
Voxy.co.nz – Short Term Rushed Political Thinking Is Hijacking The Queens Wharf Dream
3News.co.nz – Auckland Queen’s Wharf designs deemed sub-standard
[IMAGE SOURCE: Queen Wharf Competition]
The Chicago and China offices of Skidmore, Owings and Merrill (SOM) were named the winner of an international design competition to expand the Beijing Central Business District (CBD). The competition was sponsored by the Chaoyang District Government and the Beijing CBD Administration Committee. Seven teams of the world’s leading urban planners, urban designers and architects were invited to participate. Philip Enquist, FAIA, Partner-in-Charge of Urban Design and Planning for SOM, led this effort.
The SOM plan calls for the establishment of three new districts anchored by signature parks and green boulevards. New modes of public transportation are proposed, including express commuter rail service between the Beijing Capital International Airport, the CBD, and high speed rail service at Beijing South Station. A new streetcar system is proposed to conveniently link all areas of the CBD. A network of small, walkable blocks is proposed to establish a pedestrian-friendly scale for development and every street would be bicycle friendly.
The SOM plan defines new strategies for building municipal infrastructure and high performance buildings. Implementation of the plan could reduce energy consumption within the district by 50%, reduce water consumption by 48%, reduce landfill waste by 80%, and result in a 50% reduction in carbon emissions. Reduction in emissions from office buildings alone would equate to a reduction of 215,000 tons of CO2 per year, which is the equivalent of planting 14 million adult trees.
SOM’s vision for the Beijing CBD provides the framework that will enable China’s capital city to grow as a global center for commerce, yet be a green and ecological setting for healthy life.
SOURCE: www.SOM.com | 10/23/09 – SOM Wins Beijing CBD Competition.
Also watch the video at SOM
RELATED WLA POST: Beijing CBD Expansion plan to be chosen this year
Announcement of Short-List Tenderers and Honorable Mentions (Stage One)
The Short-list Tenderers(3 Entries)
1. Number: 43, Tenderer: Studio Gang Architects / Jeanne Gang Nationality: U.S.A.
2. Number: 45 Tenderer: Reiser + Umemoto RUR Architecture PC / Jesse Reiser Nationality: U.S.A
3. Number: 67, Tenderer: Daniel Gallagher (Office dA) Nationality: U.S.A
The Honorable Mentions(4 Entries) :
1. Number: 18, Tenderer: Morphosis Architects / Thom Mayne Nationality: U.S.A
Joint Tenderer: J.J. Pan and Partners, Architects & Planners / Chungwei Su Nationality:R.O.C.
2. Number: 92, Tenderer: Toyo Ito (Toyo Ito & Associates, Architects) Nationality: Japan
3. Number: 105, Tenderer: JDS Architects / Julien de Smedt Nationality: Denmark
4. Number: 109, Tenderer: J. M. Lin Architect, P.C. / Jou Min Lin Nationality: U.S.A
Joint Tenderer: The Observer Design Group / Zhenguo Cheng Nationality: R.O.C.