West 8 get started on Miami Beach

West 8 has started design work on the 2 1/2 acre park adjacent to the New World Symphony new performance hall with a charrette last monday with Miami Beach residents. Ideas that came out of the charrette were Free Wifi, an interactive water feature, bicycle parking, public art and exotic and native planting.

Jerry van Eyck (partner at West 8) stated to the residents that they are looking for an identity for the park and that due to the parks small size the park could not have everything. Eyck also stated that it doesn’t matter how beautiful the park is and it comes down to programming.

The project has a budget of $13 million and should be completed by January 2011 for the opening of the concert hall.

The next stage of the project is another public meeting in the next few weeks with a preliminary design presentation based on the charrette.

NEWS SOURCE: Miami Herald

Adriaan Geuze (West 8) interviewed by Wall Street Journal

J. S. MARCUS of Wall Street Journal recently interviewed Adriaan Geuze, founder of West 8.

Marcus asks Adriaan questions relating to the discipline of Landscape Architecture and the difference between landscape architecture, architecture, and planning. Also queries Geuze about why landscape architect stays regional in comparison to building styles which go global. The interview continues on chatting about a West 8 project and West 8′s home city of Rotterdam. An interesting interview with one of the world’s leading landscape architects.

Goto Redefining Urban Spaces – WSJ.com to read the full interview.

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

Dutch firm could replace Frank Gehry on Miami Beach park project – MiamiHerald.com

MiamiHerald.com reports

A Dutch firm known for delivering euphorically original urban designs on a budget is poised to replace the world’s most famous architect on a Miami Beach park project that Gehry quit amid a row with the city over costs.
The firm, West 8, was selected from a dozen applicants for the $13 million park project by a six-person committee representing the city and the New World Symphony………

Read more at the SOURCE: MiamiHerald.com – Dutch firm could replace Frank Gehry on Miami Beach park project

Second Wavedeck Simcoe opened in Toronto – West 8 Urban Design & Landscape Architecture

West 8 Urban Design & Landscape Architecture reports

Waterfront Toronto, together with the Government of Canada, Province of Ontario and City of Toronto, officially opened the Simcoe WaveDeck, the second and most dramatic urban dock, designed by West 8+DTAH, being built along Toronto’s central waterfront.

The Simcoe WaveDeck, one of four uniquely Canadian wavedecks planned for the area, is as artistic as it is functional. Located just west of Simcoe Street at the water’s edge, the wooden wavedeck features an informal public amphitheatre-style space with impressive curves that soar as high as 2.6 metres above the lake.

Built in less than eight months, the Simcoe WaveDeck joins the Spadina WaveDeck which opened last year in creating more public space along one of the most heavily used parts of the Toronto shoreline. Construction of the third wavedeck at Rees Street is well underway and will open in August.

Image Source: West 8 Urban Design & Landscape Architecture

For a tour of the Central Waterfront with Adriaan Geuze, Principal at West 8 and Waterfront Toronto Vice-President of Planning and Design, Chris Glaisek,

SOURCE: Youtube – Waterfront Toronto

Text, Image and Video SOURCE: West 8 Urban Design & Landscape Architecture / news / Second Wavedeck Simcoe opened in Toronto

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