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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Surfers Paradise waterfront by PLACE Design Group

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The iconic beach playground of Australia, Surfers Paradise is a mecca for entertainment and tourism.  Attracting vast numbers of tourists from around the world, as well as locals of all different ages, interests, cultures and backgrounds, it is a place of enjoyment both in the surf & sand and in the thriving retail & commercial attractions.  In 2006 the Gold Coast City Council commissioned the Master Plan for the Surfers Paradise Foreshore Redevelopment and in 2013 the final touches were laid realising an exciting vision for Surfers Paradise.

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McJ Rooftop Deck | Austin USA | Design Workshop

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Creating a memorable space on a small budget is no easy task. The McJ Rooftop Deck team developed several unconventional approaches to the project’s design and execution. The finished space is sustainable, functional, context specific, and striking from any perspective. With a visionary client, collaborative design/construction team, and a little bit of luck the new rooftop space has exceeded the expectations of all parties involved and truly supports the “Keep Austin Weird” mantra.

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Dee Why Town Centre Master Plan | Sydney Australia | PLACE Design Group

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Regenerating a city’s urban heartbeat can be fraught with fear, challenges and public uncertainty, however after two years in the planning, PLACE Design Group has given the Dee Why community good reason to celebrate with its Master Plan set to transform the centre by the sea into a revitalised and vibrant destination.

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Andrea Cochran Landscape Architecture wins 2014 National Design Award

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Andrea Cochran Landscape Architecture is one of the winners of the 15th Annual National Design Awards. The Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum recently announced the 2014 National Design Awards and Andrea Cochran Landscape Architecture won the award for Landscape Architecture. 

First launched at the White House in 2000 as a project of the White House Millennium Council, the National Design Awards were established to promote design as a vital humanistic tool in shaping the world. The awards are accompanied each year by a variety of public education programs, including special events, panel discussions and workshops. First Lady Michelle Obama serves as the Honorary Patron for this year’s National Design Awards.

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Plant Pavilion | Qingdao China | Weddle Landscape Design

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China’s first low energy glasshouse opens on 28 April 2014.  It is the main Plant Pavilion for the 2014 International Horticultural Exhibition in Qingdao and 15 million visitors are expected over a six month period.  With a floor area of 12,800 square meters, it will be the largest public display glasshouse in Asia.

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Bulcock Beach Esplanade Redevelopment | Caloundra Australia | PLACE Design Group

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The Bulcock Beach foreshore is a spectacular piece of the Queensland coast.  A natural outlook across the sparkling waters of the Pumicestone Passage, the foreshore has views from the northern tip of Bribie Island National Park and further west to the Glasshouse Mountains.  In 2007 PLACE Design Group was first commissioned by the Sunshine Coast Council to undertake master plan review, design development, stakeholder consultation and to prepare detailed tender documentation for the Bulcock Beach Esplanade Redevelopment. In 2013 this redevelopment was completed and the foreshore area not only preserved but reinvigorated.

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