Delaware River Waterfront Corporation (DRWC ) along with Mayor Nutter recently opened the new Race Street Pier, the first new public space of its kind on the Central Delaware River Waterfront to be realized as part of DRWC’s ambitious new Master Plan for the Central Delaware River Waterfront. The Pier was designed to create a strong physical experience that reconnects the City to the River, activates the water’s edge and establishes the pier as a distinctive new public park for the people of Philadelphia. Formerly Municipal Pier 11, the pier was renamed as the Race Street Pier to further reinforce its relationship to the City and reinstate its historic name. In 2009, DRWC Planning Committee awarded the contract for the Race Street project design to James Corner Field Operations. The development of a public space such as the Race Street Pier was an early action recommendation of the Civic Vision for the Central Delaware, an extensive public study conducted by Penn Praxis to re-envision Philadelphia’s Waterfront.
The Woodland Discovery Playground was designed by Shelby Farm Park Conservatory’s Master Plan design firm, James Corner Field Operations (JCFO), and the design process was anything but ordinary. To create the next great 21st century play landscape, SFPC and JCFO went straight to experts—local kids. The site for the Woodland Discovery Playground is situated on an existing twenty-year-old play area and edged by woodland that has been overtaken by Chinese Privet. The design of the playground capitalizes on its location with a woodland restoration project and significant new native plantings that enmesh the play space with its surroundings.
Within its wooded context, outdoor play at Shelby Farms Park will promote discovery, provoke challenges, embrace delight, encourage creativity, build relationships, and cultivate healthy children’s development. The new Woodland Discovery Playground will shape an environment that allows for change, transformation, and growth; that reflects theories about how children learn, develop, and play; and that meaningfully engages with the entire Memphis community.
Section 1 of the Highline designed by James Corner Field Operations with Diller Scofidio + Renfro has been a great success winning numerous awards and becoming a precedent for urban regeneration. New Yorkers have grown to love Section 1 of the Highline and are looking forward to Section 2 opening in 2011. Recently the High line Blog posted images of the latest Section 2 construction taking place including the 4,300 square feet of hard wearing sod/lawn being placed between West 22nd and 23rd street. Read and see more of the Highline Section 2 at the High Line Blog
James Corner Field Operations has been selected by the Seattle Parks, DPD and SDOT, who went through a highly rigorous process to identify the winning firm. The project attracted international attention with 30 firms submitting their qualifications for the work and the selection involved careful review of qualifications, extensive interviews with four short-listed teams and a public presentation to a group of 1,300 interested members of the public.
The four shortlisted finalists for the project included
Wallace Roberts and Todd
james corner field operations
Michael Van Valkenburgh and Associates
Gustafson Guthrie Nichol
James Corner Field Operations were selected for its innovative thinking, context based design and effective public engagement, and will prove a valuable asset to the City in the hundred-year decision of designing a new waterfront.
The process is expected to take 8 years with conceptual design with the team and city planning many public forums leading to a conceptual design in 2012, followed by a final design in 2015 and construction by 2018.
The 2 hours of presentations from the final four finalists and their PPT files are available at SDOT
James Corner’s Field Operations has won the International Urban Design Competition for Qianhai area, within Nanshan District of Shenzhen, China. The design divides the 18.04 square kilometre(approx. 7 sq .miles) area into easily manageable districts with unique architectural typologies and functions. Field Operations won the competition due to intensive compact and diverse design that follows the principles of sustainability, and encircling the city’s most important one of the resources – water. The design is envisioned as a “coastal water-town” that focuses on eco-innovation whilst simultaneously creating a diverse waterfront urban environment which continues through the entire 18 square km area.
The area is to be the 2nd CBD/CAD in Shenzhen with Futian District being the 1st. Qianhai will play an important role in development of the Pearl River Delta. The new CBD will located along Metro Line 1 & 5 and the new high speed and inter-city railway lines and expressway links between Hong Kong, Shenzhen & Guangzhou. Also within Qianhai where 3.7 square kilometres will be developed by joint-venture between Shenzhen and Hong Kong governments as a Service Park similar to the Suzhou-Singapore Development in Suzhou. The new city is envisioned to be the next Sydney , Hong Kong and Vancouver.
2nd Prize was won by BLAU Architecture & Urbanism and 3rd prize went to OMA
BLAU Master Plan (2nd Prize)
OMA (3rd Prize)
Sixty-two companies worldwide had submitted designs to Shenzhen’s urban planning commission since it launched an international design competition Dec. 31. Eight finalists with two backups were chosen including: