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West 8 entries win Guangzhou Fangcun Huadi Competition

On 8th Feburary, the Guangzhou City Government announces that West 8’s entry has won the Guangzhou Fangcun Huadi Sustainable Master Plan competition.

Guangzhou Huadi Fangcun (Flower City), located at Southern China, is a former delta land with traditional horticultural legacy of nowadays Guangzhou. With speedy expansion of the horticultural industry, the current scattered and disorganized land use of the area has pushed back the nature and its eco system is severely polluted. The Guangzhou Government is in search of a sustainable solution to the current problem in the era of rapid urban development. West 8’s winning entry provides the city a masterplan with sustainable vision.

The plan has the site area of 2,050 ha. (20.5km2), whereas more than 450 ha. is wetlands area. It consists of new living and industrial environments with ecological water system, wetlands, distinct division of land use zoning, urban planning with a highlight of cultural heritage and a design of an International Flora Expo Masterplan which will function as a focal point and economic generator for the whole development.

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Gowanus by Design: WATER_WORKS Competition Winners

With this weeks focus being water – opportune because our borehole pump is broken and I am having to stand and water the garden with hose – even though it’s pretty water-wize it still needs some water in mid-Summer  in our Winter rainfall Western Cape. From bustler

Detail of the winning project in the category Community Programming:

Detail of the winning project in the category Community Programming: “Flood Courts Gowanus” by Josip Zaninović, Krešimir Renić, Ana Ranogajec, Tamara Marić, and Branko Palić from Zagreb, Croatia

The competition jury comprised Richard Plunz, Pofessor, Columbia University GSAPP & Director, Urban Design Lab; David J. Lewis, Founding Partner, LTL Architects; Robert M Rogers, Founding Partner, Rogers Marvel Architects; Andrew Simons, Chairman, Gowanus Canal Conservancy; and Joel Towers, Dean, Parsons The New School For Design.

While reviewing the over 150 submissions, the jurors agreed that no single entry fully addressed the multitude of challenges presented by the competition brief and therefore decided to award winners in three categories instead: Urban Ecology, Architectural Design, and Community Programming.

Category: Urban Ecology

1st Place: Water_Works<br /><br />
Studio TJOA: Audrey Worden, Alex Worden; Brooklyn, New York


1st Place: Water_Works Studio TJOA: Audrey Worden, Alex Worden; Brooklyn, New York

1st Place: Water_Works
Studio TJOA: Audrey Worden, Alex Worden; Brooklyn, New York

Honorable Mention: Modular Floodplain and Community Center<br /><br />
Pilot Projects: Scott Francisco, James Wilson, Drew Powers; New York, New York

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Winners of the Amsterdam Iconic Pedestrian Bridge Competition

New ways to see what a bridge can  be , in the city of canals, where bridges are part of every day life, in many ways the bridge wether over water or land is an integral part of how we envisage and experience cites- from the heaviness and separation we experience under traditional freeway fly-overs to the feeling of lightness on a steel suspension pedestrian bridge over water- from bustler my own preference is for the 3rd prize from London with its flexibility and references to its historical and future context.

Three outstanding bridge designs have recently been selected as winners in theAmsterdam Iconic Pedestrian Bridge competition. Hosted by [AC-CA], this open international competition called for proposals that would reflect contemporary design tendencies and also take into consideration the “urban insertion and impact geared towards creating a new architectural symbol for an European capital city.” The program for the 90m long pedestrian bridge also included a 100 m2-cafe, a 50 m2-bicycle repair space, restrooms, facility rooms, as well as 30 bicycle racks.

1st Place: Nicolas Montesano, Victor Vila & Boris Hoppek, Spain

1st Place: Nicolas Montesano, Victor Vila & Boris Hoppek, Spain

1st Place: Nicolas Montesano, Victor Vila & Boris Hoppek, Spain

From the jury report: “The winning project was able to combine an iconic proposal with a real urban solution. A circuit bringing us to the heights or depths, a partially submerged Ring on an extraordinary equilibrium. It swims and at the same time threatens to fly.

It is a solution that engages the user to ponder on the decision of which path to choose: the underwater for a romantic and exploring passage or aerial for a bright and direct path – Ring of pedestrian and environmental activity.

1st Place: Nicolas Montesano, Victor Vila & Boris Hoppek (Spain)

1st Place: Nicolas Montesano, Victor Vila & Boris Hoppek (Spain)

At the moment, there are however no plans for this Iconic Pedestrian Bridge to be actually built.

Second Place: 2:pm architectures (Paul Rolland, Hans Lefevre & Matthieu Bergeret), France

From the jury report: “This is a very poetic and minimalist proposal, which in itself could be iconic for that very reason. The drama created by the scene of people walking over the canal elevated this project, reminiscence of the “Moses Bridge”, however a different kind of proposition. The floating principle of the bridge allows for very low impact, with a very high urban effect.

Second Place: 2:pm architectures (Paul Rolland, Hans Lefevre & Matthieu Bergeret), France

Second Place: 2:pm architectures (Paul Rolland, Hans Lefevre & Matthieu Bergeret), France

Third Place: Velorose + Heyne Tillett Steel (David Rosenberg, Tom Steel, Dominic Weil & Olivia Pearson), United Kingdom

From the jury report: “This project was executed cleverly with light-hearted humor and a rather risky approach. The Jury could not help but appreciated such a fresh and simple proposition capturing all the elements with an undertone of good and responsible citizenship.

The proposal is a rather organic and flexible bridge that grows and shrinks with time, need, weather or specific event. It is the activity over the water that creates the passage – a slow-living organic passage. The bridge lives and exists, thanks to the way the users approach and use the space, through the identity or activity that is going on around it.

This is not just a bridge but, in itself, constitutes a neighbourhood, a place or space constantly changing to meet the needs of daily life in the city.

Third Place: Velorose + Heyne Tillett Steel (David Rosenberg, Tom Steel, Dominic Weil & Olivia Pearson), United Kingdom

Third Place: Velorose + Heyne Tillett Steel (David Rosenberg, Tom Steel, Dominic Weil & Olivia Pearson), United Kingdom

Sasaki Associates, with RDG and AES, Wins Water Works Parkitecture Competition

From Bustler :  a review of a project reintegrating people, water and nature which is both educational and engaging – funky use of fashionable stand up paddle boards and  representation which is viewed as if we are navigating the brochure and looking out on the scene must have played apart in winning over the judges:

Des Moines Water Works, working in partnership with Iowa State University Department of Landscape Architecture, recently announced that Sasaki Associates, with RDG Planning & Design and Applied Ecological Services (AES), is the winning team of the Water Works Parkitecture Competition.

Image courtesy of Sasaki Associates

Image courtesy of Sasaki Associates

The Parkitecture competition, aptly named for its emphasis on the fundamental role landscape architecture and design play in re-envisioning Water Works Park, began June 2011.  The international design competition entailed the creation of a conceptual plan for Water Works Park to form dynamic relationships between the river, the watershed, and the community.The competition sought proposals to integrate the ecological and social function of a park and river into a unified landscape; to inspire the community and to generate discussion about watershed issues/best practices; and offer innovative design solutions to address ecological and recreational challenges specific to Water Works Park.

Image courtesy of Sasaki Associates

Image courtesy of Sasaki Associates

The design team and Des Moines Water Works will begin a concept validation process which will address specific issues and include public outreach. It is expected that a majority of the funds for implementation of the vision plan will be obtained through private fundraising and will not be borne by water rate payers.

Throughout the design process, the design team interviewed citizens, community leaders, focus groups, and stakeholders, and will continue engaging the public throughout the master plan and implementation process of the park

Image courtesy of Sasaki Associates

Image courtesy of Sasaki Associates

Sasaki collaborated with Des Moines-based RDG Planning & Design and Minneapolis-based Applied Ecological Services on the competition entry and will continue to do so through implementation. Collectively, the team proffers progressive design strategy, creative vision, acute regional understanding, and technical prowess.

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Diller Scofidio + Renfro Beat Out Strong Competition at Aberdeen City Garden Project

From Archinect a multilevel interconnected web surface is created as a structural response to the multiplicity and heterogenous needs of a dense  urban area brings an integral thickened surface – Stan Allen’s ‘Mat Urbanism: The Thick 2-D” With a now familiar idea diagram from a rubber band  the design displays D&S’s out of the box thinking.
Aerial view of the winning proposal by Diller Scofidio + Renfro in collaboration with Keppie Design and OLIN (Image: Courtesy of Malcolm Reading Consultants)
Aerial view of the winning proposal by Diller Scofidio + Renfro in collaboration with Keppie Design and OLIN (Image: Courtesy of Malcolm Reading Consultants)

Diller Scofidio + Renfro have won the Aberdeen City Garden Project design competition which seeks to transform the center of Aberdeen, Scotland. New York City-based DS+R collaborated with local Scottish architects, Keppie Design and landscape architects OLIN, on this project and emerged as winners from a head-to-head race with another finalist team led by Foster + Partners. — bustler.net

Image: Courtesy of Malcolm Reading Consultants

 

Malcolm Reading, the competition organizer, commented:

‘This is such an exciting outcome and a great coup for the city. This ingenious and inspiring design for Aberdeen’s key public space gives the city a new social landscape but one rooted in its extraordinarily rich heritage and natural assets.

‘The runner-up concept, by Foster and Partners was outstanding, elegant and thoughtful, but did not, in the end, persuade the Jury that it could match the promise of connectivity, excitement and spatial diversity of the winning scheme.’

Check the Bustler article to also see the projects of the five shortlisted teams led by Foster + Partners, Gustafson Porter, Mecanoo, Snøhetta & Hoskins, and West 8.

UCT Landscape Architecture students win 3 out of 4 prizes in international design competition

Congratulations to University of Cape Town Landscape Architecture students

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Five Master of Landscape Architecture students entered an international student competition for the redesign of a portion of the Nairobi River running through the centre of Nairobi.

The students proposed creative solutions to the challenges facing cities and the design and planning of rivers that run through them.

Three of the students were placed in the top four, including wining first prize of $1000.

The competition was judged by five international landscape architects with the award ceremony being held at the International Federation of Landscape Architects Africa Symposium held in the first week of October in Nairobi.

The student’s projects were praised for the high quality of the landscape architectural concepts, the level of innovation, the depth of ecological aspects and the feasibility of the overall projects.

Prize winners:

Winning entry: Ke Lu – University of Cape Town ($1000)

Project title: Reincarnation Landscape

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Runner up: Ancunel Steyn – University of Cape Town ($600)

Project title: Metamorphosis: Transforming river, transforming lives

Special Prize (Most environmentally responsive design):
Julia McLachlan – University of Cape Town ($500)

Project title: Flowing waters: Cultural and knowledge streams

Cape Town is 2014’s world design capital – Hooray!

We (Capetonians that is) would like to invite you all to come down South in 2014 ( if you can’t make it before then that is/ …….. see earlier post on this site  

Cape Town has been named the World Design Capital for 2014.

The win for Cape Town, announced at the International Design Alliance Congress in Taipei, Taiwan, on October 26, is especially timely given that 2014 marks 20 years of democracy in post-apartheid South Africa.

“2014…is the moment when the past and the future will come together for Cape Town, in contemplation and in action,” Patricia de Lille, Executive Mayor of Cape Town, said in heracceptance speech in Taipei. ”In South Africa, cities were designed over decades to divide people. But since our new democratic era, we have been focused on trying to bring people together, to create a sustainable city that fosters real social inclusion.”

Cape Town beat Bilbao, Spain and Dublin, Ireland for the honor. Statements on why Cape Town is an appropriate choice can be found in the city’s bid for the title. In one section, for example, the authors of the bid book write, “rebuilding is taking place in low-income communities in particular, and…we are using design to alleviate the problems around social housing,” among other goals that are likely to get high international visibility and support during Cape Town’s World Design Capital year. Continue reading Cape Town is 2014’s world design capital – Hooray!

Results of the Rio de Janeiro Olympic Port Competition

From bustler

In the competition for the Olympic Port in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, the winning entries have been announced.

Sponsored by the City Government through the Instituto Pereira Passos, organized by the Rio de Janeiro chapter of the Institute of Architects of Brazil, and supported by the Organizing Committee for the 2016 Olympic Games, the competition aims to rebuild the old harbor area of ​​Rio and thus be an important agent of this long-awaited process of urban renewal for the city and the entire region.

1st Place: João Pedro Backheuser

1st Place: João Pedro Backheuser

1st Place: João Pedro Backheuser

Contributors: Luis Alonso Calleja, Sergi Bacaguer Barbadillo, Ignasi Riera Mas, Ignasi Solsona Tomás e Miguel Moragues Canela

1st Place: João Pedro Backheuser

1st Place: João Pedro Backheuser

1st Place: João Pedro Backheuser

1st Place: João Pedro Backheuser

2011 COROBRIK-ILASA AWARDS OF EXCELLENCE

Here with a press release from Ilasa on last weeks awards, I hope to post in depth features on some of these over the next few weeks with more pictures and plans, The pictures are gleaned from the web as none are available from Ilasa   at his stage.

On 21 May Corobrik and the Institute for Landscape Architecture in South Africa (ILASA) celebrated 34 projects entered into the Awards of Excellence as well as the lifetime achievement of an icon of the landscape architectural profession:

Ann Sutton  2011 Icon of Landscape Architecture

Chosen as the 2011 South African Icon of Landscape Architecture, Ann Sutton is known as one of South Africa’s first landscape architects. Her lifetime dedication to the advancement of the profession of landscape architecture in South Africa has been nothing short of remarkable and tonight ILASA honours Ann for what she has achieved in her career, but also for the inspirational influence she has had on landscape architecture in South Africa. It would be true to say that without her inspiration landscape architecture in South Africa would not be where it is today.

Tonight ILASA honours Ann Sutton for her inspirational career – she has shown the way in contextual landscape design, making extensive use of indigenous plants and construction materials sourced from site. Her ability to design remarkable water features that capture the essence of a place is admirable. But Ann should also be acknowledged for her astute business skills – having shown that it was possible to be a successful woman entrepreneur in South Africa long before women received the recognition they deserve.

10 Award recipients

Out of the 34 entries 10 projects received 2011 Corobrik-ILASA Awards of Excellence – all in the category Planning & Design – Completed Projects. These were:

Eye of Africa

Eye of Africa Phase 1 by Landscape Architects Uys & White for Medallist

For its appropriate response to both the natural landscape and the infrastructural fabric of the residential estate Eye of Africa – Phase 1 receives an Award of Excellence. The seemingly effortless integration of parkscape and functional aspects – for example stormwater channelling – creates a serene setting for outdoor living. The selective introduction of elements in a vast landscape is successful in its attempt at place-making appropriate to a residential environment. Continue reading 2011 COROBRIK-ILASA AWARDS OF EXCELLENCE

University of Oregon Graduate Wins 2011 Cavin Family Traveling Fellowship

via Bustler  another vertical farm proposal – I ma never sure here in Africa why these are so facinating – with millions of square kilometers of arable land in Africa, it is not this kind of technology but a basic infrastructure such as water and improved transport systems that are required to turn Africa into the worlds food basket culture of valuing the land and people who tend it . Still I find these designs are ‘pretty….’

Daniel Toole, an architect at Perkins + Will in Seattle and a 2008 University of Oregon architecture graduate, has won the 5th Annual Cavin Family Traveling Fellowship award for his design, “Whittier Organic Food Center Towers,” a system that “flips” greenhouses vertically to incorporate on-site energy generation from wind and solar exposure, gravity-fed hydroponics, housing for students and farm laborers, and space for farmers’ markets.

On the 12-week, $10,000 fellowship, Toole will travel to 10 countries in Southern Europe and Scandinavia this summer to catalog climate-responsive models of urbanism, landscape and infrastructure in northern and southern Europe.

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The Whittier Sustainable Food Center seeks to achieve a porous, dense, vertical form of biologically responsive architecture. Image: Daniel Toole

The Whittier Sustainable Food Center seeks to achieve a porous, dense, vertical form of biologically responsive architecture. Image: Daniel Toole

The jury praised Toole’s project as “a comprehensive solution with attention to keeping a small footprint.” Sustainable construction technologies, passive environmental control systems, recycled/renewable materials and finishes were critical criteria. Continue reading University of Oregon Graduate Wins 2011 Cavin Family Traveling Fellowship