Rogers Marvel Architects wins President’s Park South Design Competition

President’s Park South Design Competition

E Stree Terrace offers unencumbered visual access between the Ellipse & the White House - ©Rogers Marvel Architects

Recently we reported on the unveiling of the 5 entries for the President’s Park South Design Competition from Hood Design Studio, Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates, Reed Hilderbrand Associates, Rogers Marvel Architects, and SASAKI. Today, the National Capital Planning Commission (NCPC) announced that Rogers Marvel Architects won the design competition for President’s Park South. Rogers Marvel’s design best met the goals of beautifying the security components and improving the visitor experience at President’s Park South, located between the White House Grounds and Constitution Avenue, NW.

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Cadence Wins Jefferson Parish Canal Design Competition

Cadence-Jefferson Parish Canal Design Competition

Canal corridor and urban park space © Cadence

Louisiana’s Jefferson Parish awarded Cadence first place and a $30,000.00 prize for its proposed design for the West Esplanade Drainage Canal. Cadence, a full-service planning and landscape architecture firm, used their solution to convert the functional, but blighted canal into a usable green space for the community. The project site is located in Metairie, Louisiana and sits on the western border of New Orleans. The canal runs through both residential and commercial zones, spans 2.4 miles in length, is surrounded by two lanes of traffic on either side and includes vehicular bridges that traverse over the canal. The challenge was to make for a more visual appealing landscape, while maintaining flood protection and canal functionality, ensuring financially feasibility and abiding by regulatory parameters.

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Yanivsky Camp Memorial Site Design Competition

Yanivsky Camp Memorial

International Design Competition for the Sites of Jewish History in Lviv includes three separate competitions for three spaces in the city that have important connections to the life of Jewish community before the Second World War, and to its destruction during the Nazi occupation. Competitors are asked to submit ideas for each or all of three sites in the city. One of the sites was the Yanivsky Camp Memorial Site which was the site of the former Yanivsky concentration camp at the current Vynnytsya Street.

The design competition for Yanivsky Camp Memorial Site was won by Ming-Yu Ho (Taiwan), Ceanatha la Grange (USA) and Wei Huang (China). Their design intent was to clearly memorializing more than 100,000 lives lost at this location, the design provides flexibility for future users, who may want to contribute their own understanding of the Yanivsky Concentration Camp to events at the site. The history of the Yanivsky Concentration Camp Memorial is exposed in a respectful manner that encourages a deeper understanding of the atrocities committed during World War II. A light touch keeps many of the site’s elements intact, and reveals past history through the judicious addition of landscape features. These features, and the minimal changes to the overall site, make visible the crimes that took place here, and leave visitors with a sense of peace and hope for the future.

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NCPC Selects Five Firms for President’s Park South Design Competition

*UPDATE* NCPC has unveiled the designs and we recently published the concepts 2011.06.21

The National Capital Planning Commission (NCPC) has invited five of the country’s leading architecture and landscape design firms to develop proposals to beautify and improve the visitor experience at President’s Park South, the area immediately south of the White House. President’s Park South is one of the most visited locations in the nation’s capital, and represents a unique design challenge that requires sensitive integration of security requirements into a landscape of extraordinary cultural and historic significance. The area includes Sherman Park, the First Division Monument, the Ellipse and its side panels, as well as the associated roadways in the area, including E Street, NW, which has been closed to automobile traffic for the past decade.

Twenty-three firms responded to NCPC’s call for qualifications, the initial stage of a national design competition begun in March. Based on the review and recommendations of NCPC’s selection committee, and with support from the Interagency Security Task Force, NCPC invited five firms to advance to the design phase of the competition.
The selected firms are:

  • Hood Design Studio in San Francisco, CA;
  • Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates in New York City, NY
  • Reed Hilderbrand Landscape Architects in Watertown, MA;
  • Rogers Marvel Architects in New York City, NY; and
  • SASAKI in Watertown, MA.

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St.Petersburg Zoo: TN PLUS and Beckmann N’Thépé

St.Petersburg Zoo

Recently more details for the St.Peterburg Zoo were released by the TN PLUS landscape architects and Beckmann N’Thépé architects who won the design competition last Decemeber. The competition was organized by the city of Saint Petersburg.  The site is in the northern suburbs of the city not far from the Bay of Finland, in the frontier between a new residential district in plain development with high rise buildings and a natural reserve. The 300 hectares of the site is actually covered by a pioneer, wetland forest and the zone is frequently flooded [as it is quite usual in that area]. The project restrains on about one third of the site to leave the rest untouched respecting a natural puffer zone for the reserve and to propose a large nature park to the locals.

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