If one legacy of the 20th century is its architectural prowess, might the 21st century be devoted to developing exquisite green spaces between the buildings where we live, work, and play? All around the world, growing urban populations are seeking communal spaces—parks, squares, plazas, piazzas, greenways and gardens—as essential components of daily life, places of respite and reflection, recreation, and celebration. This symposium will examine timeless principles of design—whether applied to the creation of a residential garden or a public space—that connect us to the natural world and in so doing, fulfill man’s innate desire for association with other living things. The symposium honors the legacy of Charles F. Gillette, a leader in the field of landscape architecture, by engaging the public in a conversation about the importance of landscape design and the value of Gillette’s ideals of elegance, superb craftsmanship, and seamless blending of architecture and garden.
Featuring: Douglas Reed, FALSA, of Reed Hilderbrand Associates, Watertown, MA and Thomas Woltz, ALSA, of Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architecture Firm, Charlottesville, VA
The Gillette Forum AGENDA is now on-line!
WPA 2.0 is a design competition organised by UCLA think tank, cityLAB, to see “who rules the sewers rules the city”
Organizers Dana Cuff and Roger Sherman are betting that recent projects like the High Line in New York (an abandoned elevated railway, now a public park) will trigger a creative range of submissions from all over the U.S. “In every city there are planners and architects who are imagining more robust ways to revitalize local infrastructure. We want to give them a forum, to spark the kinds of projects that will serve communities.
With the Recovery Act (aka the Stimulus Package), on the minds of everyone concerned with the future of our cities, cityLAB, a UCLA urban design think tank, is providing a unique opportunity for designers worldwide to contribute infrastructure proposals that re-envision the new American metropolis. Beginning with a competition that encourages designers to “take back the streets,” WPA 2.0 sets the stage for a new generation of Working Public Architecture.
The competition will be followed by a symposium at the National Building Museum in November 2009. In Washington, cityLAB will convene leading researchers, practitioners, and policy-makers to expand the enlivened discourse on urban infrastructure and promote implementable options that imagine our physical environment as more livable, more beautiful, and more sustainable.
Remember to register by Friday 24th July to find out more about the competition go to the website
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West 8 reports
“Saturday the 18th of April the new pedestrian bicycle bridge ‘The Twist’, designed by West 8 for the City of Vlaardingen, was officialy opened at the shores of the Vlaardingse Vaart in Vlaardingen, The Netherlands. In February the iconic bridge was already installed at its final destination becoming an expressive sculpture that establishes the moment of ‘crossing’. Now people can also use the bridge to cross the Vlaardingse Vaart as it is a crucial link within the regional bicycle path network.”
Images: West 8
SOURCE: West 8 – Bridge Vlaardingse Vaart officially opened
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Scottish Architecture reports
“Rankinfraser landscape architecture have been shortlisted to design a new public square in the centre of Edegem, a borough of Antwerp.
The Edinburgh based company will be working with Verne Architecten of Gent and competing with 4 other design teams from Belgium and The Netherlands.”
read more @ the SOURCE: Scottish Architecture – Rankinfraser shortlisted for Antwerp competition
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