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.
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*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.
Continue reading NCPC Selects Five Firms for President’s Park South Design Competition
The Paul Baumgartner-designed Constitutional Court in Karlsruhe is being restored. The campus of the court complex is to be revitalized and situated adjacent to the botanical garden and is part of the Schlossgarten.
West 8’s winning competition entry features a grassland with stylized concrete tracks which make a patterned landscape in which the buildings float. The design is characterized by its modesty, and by the strategic integration of the monumental buildings with their broader context.
Continue reading West 8 wins Constitutional Court design competition
The Ponds is the newest 320 hectare development in Sydney master planned by CLOUSTON. Touted as ‘A showcase for sustainable living’ with Community Facilities, Water Sustainable Urban Design, Open Spaces, Built form guidelines for housing that has features that is flexible and can accommodate young families, older residents and/or those with mobility impairment.
The landscape is an important part of development – Justine Kinch from Clouston Associates said: “The design intent was to maintain consistency across the entire parklands project with unique elements strategically placed to create a sense of place and assist with orientation.
Read more at Architecture & Design and Landcom
The international competition for the SLANT AWARDS is being held this year for the first time and on this occasion is aimed exclusively at students of Landscape Architecture and Landscape Design.
The central idea behind this challenge is that the project in question is a “virtual project”, one that has been created specifically for this competition. What you are being invited to do is to create a concept design for a public park, one which will not only serve the needs of the citizens of this city, but which will also aim to achieve iconic status and in so doing will enhance the international reputation of the city.
You will see from the brief that we are looking here at urban renewal, with the project being set on a vacant site in a riverside location. This competition has been designed to offer students an interesting challenge with what we believe are interesting rewards, and we have tried to keep it as simple as possible.
You can enter as often as you like, either as an individual, or as a team of 2 or 3, and an entry fee will be charged accordingly.
Registration Deadline: 22 April
Deadline for submissions: 10 June 2011
First Prize Euro 3,000
Second Prize Euro 1,500
Third Prize Euro 750
John Brookes (UK),
Ulf Nordfjell (Sweden)
Paolo L. Bürgi (Switzerland)
More Information at SLANT Design Competition
PLEASE CONTACT COMPETITION ORGANISERS FOR MORE INFORMATION OR QUESTIONS.
LAND Reader has no involvement in the organisation or judging of this competition.
The Landscape Foundation has posted a searcheable collection of online tools to measure landscape performance. The tools also allow users to compare life-cycle costs for conventional and sustainable design features. Calculators for air quality, watershed, construction carbon, erosion and many other factors.
go to Benefits Toolkit at the Landscape Foundation.
NC STATE UNIVERSITY’s Natural Learning Initiative have a been posting on their blog Robin’s Nest. Recently they posted(author unknown) a new post – A New role for Landscape architecture
Like many professions, medicine being an example, landscape architecture is beginning to subdivide into specializations informed by empirical evidence………
At NLI, we believe that landscape architects are a crucial partner in creating new types of landscapes to support active, outdoor lifestyles in childhood. We urge state chapters to get on board, to refocus Olmsted’s vision of landscape architecture as a public health intervention, and to appoint representatives to the new Children’s Outdoor Environments Professional Practice Network (PPN) hosted by ASLA.
An interesting quick read about how landscape architects can provide necessary spaces for children.