West 8 confirmed by City for Miami Beach project

MiamiHerald.com reports

Dutch design firm West 8 will replace world-renowned architect Frank Gehry on a Miami Beach park project, the final component of the massive New World Symphony complex now under construction.

The firm was selected from a dozen applicants for the $13 million park project and ratified by the Miami Beach Commission in a 6-1 vote Wednesday.

Despite Gehry’s fame, West 8 was hailed by backers as better suited to design the park because of its experience in landscape architecture.

SOURCE: MiamiHerald.com – Dutch firm picked for Miami Beach park project

Lighting Up Tough Parks’ Darkness – NYTimes.com

NYTimes.com reports

Harvard Park has been a no-man’s land after dark for decades. It’s location, at the borders of rival gang turf, has made it more a demilitarized zone than public space since the inception of this city’s oldest and most entrenched street gangs. So there was a giddy excitement among the thousand or so South Los Angeles neighbors who came last week to celebrate the park’s inclusion in Summer Night Lights, a program designed to combat gang violence by keeping lights on until midnight in some of the city’s roughest parks………..

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Bridge Vlaardingse Vaart officially opened – West 8

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.”

   
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SOURCE: West 8 – Bridge Vlaardingse Vaart officially opened

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