A playful proposal by STOSS landscape urbanism with Höweler + Yoon Architecture, Nitsch Engineering, and Angie Cradock ScD, MPE has won the Movement on Main competition to reimagine Wyoming Street in Syracuse, New York. The competition, funded by the Educational Foundation of America, challenged participants to reimagine the five-block-long street in a way that will promote human and environmental health and spark new development within the neighborhood, while being sensitive to residents and businesses already there. STOSS’s scheme was chosen by a group that included people in the community, architecture faculty from Syracuse University, public health experts, and Richard Weller, the new chair of landscape architecture at the University of Pennsylvania. I caught up with Chris Reed, the founding principal of STOSS, this morning to find out more about the competition and his firm’s winning scheme. The interview has been condensed and edited. (more…)
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The Istituto Nazionale di Architettura is asking young designers (entrants must be under 40 years old at the time of submission) to share their “intelligent, ecological, and productive” ideas for parkways and railways in a design competition called Green Boulevards: Parkways for the Third Millennium. The goals for these designs are extremely ambitious: The roads should be “networks for distributed generation of green energy, providing economy and employment,” according to the competition brief. Two winners will get 5,000 euros each, and along with the first four runners-up will be invited to participate in study groups working on an interregional master plan for Italy. If you want to participate, you must register online by 10:00 a.m. November 5. Submissions will be accepted through November 15.
When Austinites want to spend time by the water, Lady Bird Lake, stocked with fish and ringed by pedestrian trails, is a popular choice. Not so for Waller Creek, which wanders through downtown Austin before it empties into Lady Bird Lake—the waterway is partially channelized, eroded, and polluted. But there are plans for it that will give locals a chance to love Waller Creek as much as the lake it feeds.
An international design competition hosted by the Waller Creek Conservancy asked designers for their visions for the lower 1.5 miles of the riparian watershed, and they just announced the team of Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates, Inc., and Thomas Phifer & Partners as the winners. The team’s design is a chain of parks in five connected districts: The Lattice (at left), The Grove, The Narrows, The Refuge, and The Confluence.
CultureMap Austin reports that the Waller Creek Conservancy hasn’t gotten a chance since the announcement to meet with the winning team and discuss finances and timing, so more information will be coming soon.
How can landscape architects help to redeem places struck by earthquakes, oil spills, and other disasters? That’s the subject of a student competition being hosted by the International Federation of Landscape Architects. Three winning entries, submitted by November 30th, will receive a cash prize. For more information, see the competition’s website.
This fall, it will hold its first-ever Campus RainWorks Challenge, and students are being encouraged to submit designs for innovative green infrastructure on their university’s campus. Student teams must work with a faculty adviser to create two design boards, a project narrative, and a short video explaining their ideas. The work will be judged by a panel of landscape architects, engineers, and EPA staff who will be looking at how well the design functions environmentally, socially, and economically.
To compete, you must register online between September 4 and October 5. Entries are due December 14, and the winners will be announced on Earth Day 2013. The winning students will receive cash prizes and their advisers will receive research grants. Click here to learn more about the competition.
The TKF Foundation in Annapolis, Maryland, has a mission to support open, sacred spaces—”Every neighborhood needs a Walden Pond in their backyard,” says its web site—and it has $4 million in grants to give to designers and their teams who are planning the right kinds of projects.
The foundation defines an open space as a safe, accessible, inclusive outdoor area, and a sacred place as somewhere that invites wholeness and healing. The Open Spaces Sacred Places National Awards Program has two phases, a planning grant phase (now complete) and an open call for proposals, which is going on now. The trick for landscape architects is you’ll need to assemble a cross-disciplinary team: In addition to conceptualizing, planning, designing, and implementing the space, you’ll need colleagues on board who can conduct research studies and communicate scientific findings.
Don’t worry if you missed the planning grants—teams who secured planning grants are not given any advantage in the National Awards review process. It is probably a good idea, though, to check out the teams who won those grants.
Hurry—you can ask questions between now and June 15, then TKF is accepting submittals from June 15 through June 29 at 3:00 p.m.
The international competition best private plots – Die besten Gärten 2012, which recognizes achievements in the sustainable design of private outdoor spaces and gardens, is seeking entries. The submission deadline is June 4, 2012, and entry forms and more details are available here.
The outdoor spaces, either newly designed or a redesign, must have been created no more than 10 years ago, and they must be clearly identifiable as residential and for private use.
Nominated projects will be announced July 10, and winners will be recognized September 29, 2012, at an awards ceremony at the Essl Museum near Vienna, Austria.
As we mentioned in a previous blog post, portions of the National Mall in Washington, D.C., are getting proposed design updates as part of a competition. The Trust for the National Mall announced the winning designs today—OLIN & Weiss/Manfredi will be redesigning the Sylvan Theater near the Washington Monument, Gustafson Guthrie Nichol & Davis Brody Bond will take on Union Square, and Rogers Marvel Architects & Peter Walker and Partners had the winning design for Constitution Gardens. The three projects will be phased in, and groundbreaking for the first project—which hasn’t been determined yet—is set to take place by 2014. A key ingredient in deciding which project will go first is fund-raising, and now that the winning designs have been chosen, the fund-raising will start in earnest.
In Los Angeles, there is much mental activity focused around Union Station, the object of a master plan competition that is down to six shortlisted teams that are vying to redesign 40 acres around the late-1930s transit hub. Those teams sent the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, or Metro, their final formal responses to the request for proposals in mid-March. Besides all the normal, vital, nuts-and-bolts types of information that goes into an RFP response, the teams were asked to hand in one 30-by-40-inch “vision board” to show what they think the Union Station area could look like in the year 2050. Those boards were presented by Metro at an event last week. The results (below and after the jump) are mostly candy, as they are meant to be, and they are meant to get people talking about the city’s future, which they indeed did (though from reading the huffy Los Angeles Times article on the event, you would think they were supposed to be contract documents). At any rate, the real proposals are under consideration by Metro’s staff, who are supposed to make a recommendation to its Board on June 28. Of course, we would never try to lobby for a winner, but we are very excited that there is one team among the lot with a landscape architecture firm, West 8, as a co-principal.
The Urban Land Institute announced the winners of its ULI/Gerald D. Hines Student Urban Design Competition last week. The winning team, made up of five students from the University of Colorado and Harvard University, took home a $50,000 prize.
The ULI/Hines competition encourages interdisciplinary collaboration among future land use professionals and those in allied fields. Some 695 students from 64 universities participated in this year’s contest, which required students to rethink a 16.3-acre property along the Buffalo Bayou near downtown Houston. The site was a distribution center for the U.S. Postal Service until it was closed in 2009 as part of the postal service’s financial restructuring.