West 8 & ACLA selected for West Kowloon Cultural District Park

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The West Kowloon Cultural District Authority recently announced that a design team led by Dennis Lau & Ng Chun Man Architects & Engineers (Hong Kong) Ltd, supported by landscape architects, West 8 (Netherlands) and ACLA (Hong Kong), has been chosen to design and manage the development of the Park in the West Kowloon Cultural District (Hong Kong), scheduled to open in stages starting from 2015.

The Park will provide a major green open space in the heart of the city and a waterfront promenade which wraps the entire headland, offering spectacular views over Victoria Harbour.

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Rees and Simcoe WaveDecks | Toronto Canada | West 8 + DTAH

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The Rees and Simcoe WaveDecks represent a true integration of structure, architecture and landscape combined to offer completely flexible public spaces that have been embraced by a broad cross section of the general public. Rees WaveDeck is a contemplative space which gracefully bows down to the lake. The deck is fully accessible, with no slopes steeper than 5%. The amphitheatre-like steps can be used as a passive sitting place, or as an active learning space and canoe launch for summer camps or the nearby sailing school and Disabled Sailing Association.

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LANDinc in partnership with West 8 selected for Ontario Place

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Back in September, WLA published the RFP for Ontario Place “seeking landscape architects with the expertise and capacity to design an urban park and waterfront trail along the east island of Ontario Place. Infrastructure Ontario, on behalf of the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport and the Ministry of Infrastructure”. Today, it was announced that LANDinc and West 8, working in partnership, have been chosen as the successful firm to design the new urban park and waterfront trail at Ontario Place.

Once complete, the new urban park and waterfront trail will link to the existing 780 kilometre waterfront trail system — stretching from Niagara-on-the-Lake to east of Cornwall. It will also give residents and visitors access to part of the waterfront that has been closed to the public for more than 40 years.

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EVENT | Airport Landscape – Urban Ecologies in the aerial age

GSD-AirportHarvard University GSD is hosting an Exhibition and Conference titled Airport Landscape – Urban Ecologies in the aerial age. The Exhibition opened on October 30 and continues through to December 19. Their is also a conference at the GSD on November 14-15. Both events are curated and convened by Charles Waldheim and Sonja Dümpelmann.

Airport Landscape claims the airport as a site of and for landscape. Airports have never been more central to the life of cities, yet they remain peripheral in design discourse. In spite of this, landscape architects have recently reasserted their historic claims on the airfield as a site of design through a range of practices. Airport Landscape presents these practices through projects for the ecological enhancement of operating airfields and the conversion of abandoned airfields.

The exhibition features work by a range of leading landscape architects and designers including Agence Ter, Gross.Max., Hargreaves Associates, James Corner Field Operations, Lateral Office, LCLA, Mosbach Paysagistes, Office of Landscape Morphology, OpSys, Stoss Landscape Urbanism, Topotek 1, West 8, and Workshop: Ken Smith Landscape Architect. The conference convenes a discussion of the airport as landscape with sessions on airport cultures, infrastructures, and ecologies.
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Team West 8 wins design competition for conversion of former School of Infantry and urban park in Montpellier, France

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Earlier this month Hélène Mandroux, Mayor of Montpellier announced that West 8 in collaboration with Montpellier architects, Boyer-Percheron-Assus, is the winner of the urban design competition for the conversion of the former School of Infantry site (EAI) (35 ha) in the city of Montpellier. Team West 8 beat fellow competitors BIG Agency and Bau-B. West 8’s proposal emphasizes rejuvenation of the pre-existing condition to “subtly transform the site from one state to another, without upsetting the heritage” explains Michaël Delafosse, Deputy Major and urbanism delegate. The proposed redevelopment of the EAI into a new district will be presented to the public in September. Development of the neighborhood will be led by Thierry Laget from SAAM (Development Company of the city of Montpellier).

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