Lansdowne Park Design Competition entries revealed

*UPDATE*
Seems who ever wins of June 4 when the winner of the Lansdowne Park Competition will have to deal with a large amount of consultation with stakeholders and be ready to compromise on parts of there design as Parks Canada and Ontario Heritage Trust raise concerns about some of the design – Read more at the
Ottawa Citizen – Lansdowne makeover hits new snags

Recently the City of Ottawa revealed the five designs submitted by design firms for the redevelopment of the Lansdowne Park area. The designs where labeled as anonymous entrants (although if you have seen prior work of the entrants you can guess who’s design is who’s). The entrants included the following design firms:

  • Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates
  • Phillips Farevaag Smallenberg
  • SWA Group
  • West 8
  • Williams, Asselin, Ackaoui & Associates

What is encouraging is that 5 firms developed differing designs and approaches to the space, often competitions can fall flat as the designs can mimic each other. This also shows that the competition brief was not too restrictive in its design constraints on entrants. The entries all offer different approaches but it is great to see entrants have given thought to the integration of  storm water, heritage, planting, public art with some being more resolved and effective than others.

The design presentations are all of good quality and show that as landscape architects we can produce amazingly presented design work. However, some of the presentation graphics where more polished than others; this may have to do with the size of the firm or there international resources and will be seen if this made a difference when the design firms for each entry are revealed.

The design entries are interesting with many different approaches to spatial arrangement, program & function, circulation, aesthetics, seasons, public art, water, budgets. However, I feel that the all the designs have the same issues which is true of much of current landscape architecture. These issues are compartmentalization, under programming (lack of cross programming) and international design style.

Compartmentalization and under programming are interlinked in that when designing we draw a bubble around an area and state this shall be X and this is Y. Programming should be cross programmed and programs should be allowed to extend beyond the boundaries of an area to create a more dynamic design. Some of the greatest cities and designs in the world are when two uses and/or programs intermingle to create an interesting and energetic place.

International design style which has in recent years grown more pronounced as the globalisation of landscape architecture services takes place. In some ways international design can be beneficial as firms can offer a unique perspective on the area and use their experience of other cultures and designs. However, often the culture of the place can be lost or represented with the token piece of public art or a local sport placed in the design. The design entries presentations sometimes fell into this ‘international design style’ in which the design could have been anywhere in the world or northern hemisphere. How we improve on this is yet to be determined and will be one of the many issues that as landscape architects we face as we design landscapes across the globe.

I also found it interesting that only one of the design entries featured French text for a design competition held for a site in the capital of an officially bilingual country. Maybe it wasn’t a request of the brief; however I find it interesting to see what language was used when presenting a design in a different country and culture from the design firms.

Overall to decide on a winner will be hard and will require deliberation, resident feedback and evaluation of budgets. I hope that the winning design is implemented in its entirety over a well staged implementation. Congratulations to all the teams for producing amazing presentations that shows that landscape architects can produce high-quality world class designs.

Below are the plans and one image from each design. If you would like to see all the designs and presentations go to the City of Ottawa – Lansdowne Park.

IMAGE SOURCE: City of Ottawa

IMAGE CREDITS: All images are copyright of the entrants – currently anonymous

2010 SHIFTboston Moon Capital Competition

SHIFTboston is calling on architects, space-architects, scientists, engineers, urban designers, landscape designers, artists and futurists to submit their most provocative ideas for the moon. Think: WHAT IF this could happen on the moon? SHIFTboston seeks to collect visions that will provoke thought on the moon as a new destination. We want radical ideas for new lunar elements such as rovers, growing pods, inflatable structures, and lunar habitats. How about a new moon culture? Envision: FUN on the moon- activities, moon fashion, and spacesuits! YOU TELL US. Competitors are encouraged to form teams in order to tackle multiple concepts.

The honorary recipient will receive a cash prize and present at the Moon Capital Forum at the Cyclorama in Boston, Massachusetts on Thursday, October 21, 2010. The Forum will be a panoramic gala event, attendees will include members of the Moon Capital Competition jury and advisory panel, astronauts, aerospace and astrophysics engineers; government, community, industry and academic leaders along with design professionals. The winning entry will be displayed in a new virtual moon game. Select entries will be promoted on the SHIFTboston blog and website, and will become part of the SHIFTboston Moon Capital Exhibit. Entries will also be selected as part of a new “2069: Moon Independence” book. For information please visit www.shiftboston.org

Call for entries: Monday, May 31, 2010
Submission Deadline: Friday, September 3, 2010

Urban SOS – AECOM student ideas competition

AECOM has launched for its second year, an open student ideas competition for 2010 – Urban SOS.

The competition seeks to engage students in the design, planning, architecture, landscape architecture, urban design, engineering, environmental and related fields, with the urban conditions that are now facing the majority of the world’s population.

This year, AECOM are exploring the topic of ‘Transformations,’ looking at seven cities in particular that are in the midst of a change or collection of changes that represent both challenges and opportunities to the shared futures of each city. Entrants must submit a site redevelopment plan that addresses specific issues in one of the following seven cities:

  • Beijing, China
  • Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
  • Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Istanbul, Turkey
  • Phoenix, USA
  • Port au Prince, Haïti
  • São Paulo, Brazil

The top four finalist/teams will travel to Barcelona to attend the World Architecture Festival from 3-5 November, 2010, with $20,000 in prize money at stake.

To learn more and download the brief go to the competition website

SOURCE: AECOM

World Landscape Architect is not involved with the organisation of this design competition please contact the organisers AECOM  via the competition website

Competition: Santa & Cole Landscape Architecture Competition

Santa & Cole, the Spanish Association of Landscape Architects and the European Biennial of Landscape Architecture announce the first Santa & Cole Landscape Architecture Competition, a Europe-wide competition of ideas intended to promote and reward good professional landscape architecture work in Spain, as a new culture which modifies and enriches the surroundings. Held biennially within the framework of the European Biennial of Landscape Architecture, each competition will consider a different sphere of action.

This first competition will reward the landscape architecture intervention in the Valle de Sant Pere, within the Belloch property, situated in the municipality of La Roca del Vallés, Barcelona.

The design team must be headed by a landscape architect who is eligible to work in Spain. To be eligible to work in Spain those who are in possession of the corresponding qualification, either Spanish or legally recognizable (qualifications of the
European Union, Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein or Switzerland) or recognized as equivalent to the Spanish one and/or recognized by the corresponding professional association.

For more information go to the website

[SOURCE: Santa & Cole] via ArchDaily

WORLD LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT is not involved in the organisation of this competition for all inquiries please contact the competition organisers.

Canadian Navy Monument Design Competition finalists announced

The Canadian Navy will celebrate its centennial in 2010 with a year of events and festivities across Canada. As part of this occasion, National Defence wishes to highlight the anniversary by building a national monument in Ottawa to commemorate the Canadian men and women in naval uniform who have served, continue to serve and will serve in the future. The monument, which is to be unveiled in May 2011, will be located at Richmond Landing, in the core of Canada’s Capital Region.

In February 2009, the NCC, in partnership with the Canadian Navy, invited teams of professional artists, landscape architects, architects and landscape designers to submit their credentials and examples of prior experience as the first stage of a two-phase competition.

In June 2009, an internationally renowned jury* of art and design professionals selected five finalist design teams, based on their qualifications and past experience. These finalist teams have been invited to participate in phase two of the competition, during which they will prepare design concepts and present them to the jury in October 2009.

The five finalist teams are :

Team Charney – Quebec

Melvin Charney Artist

Nicole Valois Landscape Architect

Peter Soland Architect and Landscape Architect

Jacques Chartrand Engineer

Axel Morgenthaler Lighting Designer

Team Hilton Moore – Ontario

Marlene Hilton Moore Artist

Calvin Brook  Architect

Lawrence O’Hearn Landscape Architect

J. David Bowick Engineer

Team Leinster – Ontario

David Leinster Landscape Architect

Allan Harding MacKay Artist

Mike Tocher Landscape Architect

Team McWilliams – British Columbia

Al McWilliams Artist

Joost Bakker Architect

Bruce Haden Architect

Team Pearl – Ontario

David Pearl Artist

Ian Dance Landscape Architect

* The jury is composed of the following five people: Malaka Ackaoui, landscape architect; Dr. Laura Brandon, art curator and historian; Joe Fafard, artist; Captain (Navy) K.J. Pickford, Canadian Navy representative; and Don Vaughan, landscape architect.

SOURCE:  National Capital Commission :: Canadian Navy Monument Design Competition.

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