Landscape Architecture in the News

James Corner’s master plan for Lake Ontario Park in limbo – Globe & Mail
“Once the parks are realized, Toronto will be indisputably a city connected to the lake, psychologically as well as literally. That can change the image and identity of a place,” he said. Toronto would be, in our own minds, a freshwater-ocean city.
Yet Mr. Corner’s plan lives only on paper. Read more…..

As Lansdowne plan evolves, experts’ optimism grows – Ottawa Citizen
Members of the review panel overseeing the design of the Lansdowne Park redevelopment were initially unimpressed by plans for the site. But now, as Don Butler reports, the trio is feeling positive about several elements of the project. Read more….

Common ground: Two new Miami Beach parks confirm landscape’s power to transport us – Miami Herald
Beth Dunlop looks at two recent designs for Miami Beach parks by Raymond Jungles and West 8.  Read More…

Landscape architects play key role in creating safe and functional spaces – Herald Tribune
“The licensure for landscape architects has nothing to do with making things look pretty,” continued Williams. “You are judged by whether you are competent to protect and enhance the health, safety and welfare of not only the people, but the environment.”
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Queens Quay get go ahead – WEST 8

The plan to redesign Queens Quay, the backbone of Toronto’s waterfront revitalization plans, finally has the go-ahead.

The provincial government approved an environmental assessment yesterday for a pedestrian-friendly promenade. Construction of the first phase, an 800-metre section, should begin early next year.

The plan involves cutting the lanes of traffic from four to two, creating a wider boulevard for people to walk on, adding grass in between the streetcar tracks and extending the Martin Goodman Trail through the busiest stretch of Queens Quay.

The TTC’s light rapid transit lines will remain where they are. The three-kilometre project extends from Parliament Street to Spadina Avenue and will be completed in three stages.

An initial $48 million has been set aside by Waterfront Toronto. That will go towards reconfiguring the entire three-kilometre boulevard and building the first section, which is expected to take 18 months. The remaining phases are dependent on funding.

[SOURCE: WEST 8]

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West 8 wins Gold International Urban Landscape Award

“Neues Wohnen” in Hamburg-Jenfeld has been awarded the Golf Award in this year’s International Urban Landscape Award (IULA). The ecological neighbourhood project, which was submitted by West 8 urban design & landscapes architecture in Rotterdam, is the winner of the €25,000 prize.

Lea River Park in East London and The LifE Project in Hackbridge, Peterborough and Littlehamptom have been awarded the Silver and Bronze prizes.The Lea River Park Project, submitted by Design for London won €15,000 prize for second place while the LifE Project, submitted by Baca Architects won €10,000 for coming third.

In total, the quality of all 43 projects submitted was extremely high and the expert jury had to make tough decisions.

[SOURCE: Eurohypo]

Over 200 interventions to be displayed at Guggenheim exhibit

West 8 submission for 'Contemplating the Void: Interventions in the Guggenheim Museum'

For the building’s 50th anniversary, the Guggenheim Museum (NY, USA) invited more than two hundred artists, architects, and designers to imagine their dream interventions in the space for the exhibition Contemplating the Void: Interventions in the Guggenheim Museum.

Submissions were received from all over the world from a wide range of artists, designers, and architects, including emerging as well as established practitioners. Among the many works in the exhibition are projects by artists Alice Aycock, FAKE DESIGN (Ai Weiwei), Anish Kapoor, Sarah Morris, Wangechi Mutu, Mike Nelson, Paul Pfeiffer, Doris Salcedo, Lawrence Weiner, and Rachel Whiteread; designers such as Fernando and Humberto Campana, Martí Guixé, Joris Laarman Studio, and Studio Job; and architects such as Álvaro Siza Vieira Arquitecto, BIG (Bjarke Ingels Group), Greg Lynn FORM, junya.ishigami+associates, MVRDV, N55, Philippe Rahm, Snøhetta, Studio Daniel Libeskind, Toyo Ito & Associates, Architects, and West 8. In addition to the exhibition in the Thannhauser and Annex Level 4 galleries, Contemplating the Void will be accompanied by a comprehensive exhibition Web site, which will document each submission and feature introductory essays texts by Nancy Spector and David van der Leer.

Contemplating the Void: Interventions in the Guggenheim Museum will be on view at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum from February 12 to April 28, 2010.

[SOURCE: Guggenheim Museum – Contemplating the Void: Interventions] via West 8

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Landscape Architects in NY Mag’s – Reasons to Love New York

New York Magazine recently published its ‘Reasons to Love New York’ and in at No.33 was Because Times Square will never be finished and reported that

When the department of Transportation closed seven blocks of Broadway to cars this summer, New Yorkers were offered an object lesson in how profoundly urban space can be altered by a few traffic barriers and a bucket of paint. Within hours, the newly pedestrianized Times Square was colonized by wanderers, nearby office workers, and tourists calling home (“You will not believe where I am standing!”).

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