West 8’s design for Jubilee Gardens is under construction

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West 8’s project Jubilee Gardens is finally going ahead and will screen live footage of the 2012 Olympics. The Mayor of London Boris Johnson has recently announced £11.5m funding to six London boroughs for public space projects that will transform the look and feel of the Capital in time for the 2012 Games.

Jubilee Gardens is situated on the iconic Southbank and forms part of Lambeth, one of the funded boroughs. Lambeth will get £1.5m to create a live site for the 2012 Games and a world-class park.

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Brown Boveri Square | Baden Switzerland | Schmid Landschaftsarchitekten

Brown Boveri Square | Baden  Switzerland | Schmid Landschaftsarchitekten
The formerly enclosed working area of  Brown Boveri & Cie, where in the past turbines and electrical motors were manufactured, to be converted to a lively urban square. However, even in this new configuration, the heritage of the Place can still be perceived. The Brown Boveri-Square is being transformed from an industrial to a cultural square; culture meaning also “cultivating”, since a classical tree formation outlines the square, leaving the center free. A further refinement of the new public space is achieved through the use of decorative casting moulds, which are conceived as a development of the well-­known industrial steel applications.

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ACTIVATE! Temporary Public Space Design Competition

ARCHITECTURE FOR HUMANITY CHICAGO is currently running ACTIVATE! Temporary Public Space Design Competition. How can $1,000 redesign public space?

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‘Beyond Granite’ Design Competition announced

Beyond Granite Design Competition for a new temporary outdoor commemorative installation in Washington, DC has been announced by The National Capital Planning Commission (NCPC) and the General Services Administration (GSA). The design competition and resulting installation are intended to enhance a prominent but underutilized public space in the city’s monumental core while fostering public dialogue regarding the nature of commemoration in the nation’s capital.

“The commemoration of our country’s historic leaders, events and ideas is an issue of national and long-standing significance,” noted NCPC Executive Director Marcel Acosta. “As one of the agencies involved with reviewing proposals for new memorials in the nation’s capital, NCPC is excited to be exploring a new and innovative form of commemoration that has the potential to enrich Washington’s cultural landscape, while relieving pressure on the National Mall to accommodate new permanent memorials.”

NCPC and GSA invite artists and/or design professionals, working as individuals or teams, to propose ideas for an innovative temporary commemorative work that embodies the competition’s commemorative theme—the founding principles and positive impact of Earth Day, the world’s largest civic observance. The proposed site for the temporary installation is the Ariel Rios Hemicycle, a grassy semi-circle along the west side of 12th Street, NW between Pennsylvania and Constitution Avenues in the heart of Washington’s Federal Triangle. The site is near the headquarters of the Environmental Protection Agency.
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Edaphic Effects | Philadelphia USA | PEG

Edaphic Effects | Philadelphia USA | PEG

A prevalent problem facing cities and regions is inadequate stormwater infrastructure. Sixteen billion gallons of raw sewage get dumped into Philadelphia’s rivers and streams each year after rain events. Because wet-weather flow is a dispersed problem, it has become increasingly clear that it requires a dispersed solution. Consequently, cities have started to explore alternatives for stormwater capture and treatment that are decentralized and incremental, rather than a system-wide upgrade. Individual lots in aggregate can have a significant impact on water quality. With funds being directed towards infrastructure rather than recreational or public space per se, we must explore creative ways to use infrastructural improvements as open space amenities.

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