5 design teams unveil designs for Presidio Parklands

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Five international landscape architecture and design teams recently presented their concepts for 13 new acres of Presidio parklands. The new parklands will be created by the replacement of the elevated highway (Doyle Drive) that has cut through the Presidio for seven decades, with a below-grade roadway covered by tunnels. The Presidio Trust, in partnership with the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy and National Park Service, asked the five teams to develop creative concepts to inspire ideas about what could happen at the site.

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IMAGE CREDIT | OLIN

The five teams: CMG Landscape Architecture, James Corner Field Operations, OLIN, SNØHETTA, and West 8 Team, presented their concepts at a public meeting . The teams were selected from 25 respondents to a request for qualifications in March, 2014. They were provided with a stipend and tasked with developing conceptual design and programming for the new landscape.

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Olympicopolis | Design Competition for Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park Cultural District | UPDATE

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UPDATE | SEPTEMBER 2014
The ‘Olympicopolis’ Design Competition is now open with the organisers seeking “a multi-disciplinary design team of the highest quality, which can realise the project’s objectives and relate to the client and the partner ensemble.”. Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park’s Culture and Education Quarter is a multi-faceted design challenge, drawing on skills in masterplanning, architecture and public realm design, along with planning, engineering and cost consultancy.

Expressions of Interest by 2 pm UK time October 17, 2014. This is a two-stage, international design competition. Initially Expressions of Interest are sought. Following the first stage, five teams will be shortlisted for the second stage.

Get more information at ‘Olympicopolis’ Competition website

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Bio Science Park Entrance | Leiden, the Netherlands | karres en brands

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The Municipality of Leiden is improving accessibility of the city in general and of the Bio Science Park in particular. In order to fully utilize the development potential of the Bio Science Park a new access road should be realized from the Plesman Avenue which also improves the traffic flow of the Plesman Avenue itself.

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Zhongji Aeronautical Business Park | Da Chang, China | Loci Studio

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Loci Studio recently completed the inventive concept design for the Zhongji Aeronautical Business Park. Led from by their Sydney team, and collaborating with their Beijing colleagues, they managed to produce a project with a powerful mix of creative ideas and logical solutions.

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Former landfill site rejuvenated as a new waterside park

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Image Credit | Mike Jones

With its landscapes designed by Gillespies, Port Sunlight River Park has been created on the former Bromborough landfill site. The 28 hectare park is part of the Wirral Coastal Path and gives access to the River Mersey and views of the Liverpool skyline to visitors for the first time in over 20 years.  People visiting the park will be able to enjoy unrivalled views of the stunning waterfront, and beyond, from the top of the 37 metre high mound. The site also boasts beautiful wetlands and a variety of flora, fauna and birds.

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