In Long Island City, nearly 11 acres of continuous waterfront park have bloomed along a formerly abandoned industrial landscape, offering a buffet of recreational opportunities while protecting the shoreline from floodwaters. The second phase of Hunter’s Point South Waterfront Park, which begins south of 54th avenue and wraps around Newton Creek, is officially open to the public, adding to the features completed in 2013. Architects Weiss/Manfredi call it “a new model for waterfront resilience,” an oasis of green that can act as a buffer in extreme weather conditions.
- Architects: ACDF Architecture
- Location: Saint-Donat, Canada
- Team Of Architects: Maxime-Alexis Frappier, Patrick Morand, Yoanna Anastassova, Kassandra Bonneville, Mireille Létourneau, Romilda Reda
- Area: 1400.0 ft2
- Project Year: 2018
- Photographs: Adrien Williams
- Project Manager: Patrick Morand
- Collaborators: Étienne Hotte
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Carlo Ratti Associati, working in collaboration with Alphabet’s Sidewalk Labs, has unveiled their design for a modular paving system named “The Dynamic Street.” Intended to make streets “reconfigurable, safer, and more accessible to pedestrians, cyclists, and tomorrow’s self-driving vehicles,” the project will be on display at Sidewalk Lab’s office and experimentation space in Toronto throughout the summer of 2018.
Manifesting as a series of hexagonal modular pavers, the project explores the various patterns which can be created by reconfiguring modules, with a potential future “allowing a street to create an extra car lane during rush hour before then turning it into a pedestrian-only plaza in the evening.”
- Architects: Miró Rivera Architects
- Location: Wimberley, United States
- Project Architect/Manager: Matthew Sturich, RA
- Design Partners: Juan Miró - FAIA LEED AP, Miguel Rivera - FAIA LEED AP
- Team Members: Spencer Cook, Sarah Hafley, Matthew Helveston, Edward Richardson
- Area: 5100.0 ft2
- Project Year: 2017
- Photographs: Paul Finkel | Piston Design
- Contractor: PB Construction
- Structural Engineer: Structures P.E., LLP
- Landscape: Environmental Survey Consulting
The International Federation of Landscape Architects (IFLA), which represents the worldwide profession of Landscape Architecture, proudly announced today at a special ceremony at their World Congress in Singapore that American Landscape Architect Anne Whiston Spirn has been selected as the winner of the 2018 premier award for Landscape Architecture, the IFLA – Sir Geoffrey Jellicoe Award.
The Award Jury composed of a Landscape Architect from each of the five IFLA regions, and the Secretary General of ISOCARP (International Society of City and Regional Planners) and Aziza Abdulfetah, Chair of Landscape Architecture at EiABC, (Ethiopian Institute of Architecture, Building Construction and City Development), Addis Ababa University, who served as guest members of the Jury, agreed with the nomination statement, that “The reach of her work has been international and sustained and will likely influence the design and planning profession for years to come.”
Foster+Partners-Led Trailblazer Apprenticeships Bring Overdue Relief for Disenfranchised Architecture Students
Earlier this month, a “Trailblazer Group” comprising 20 leading architecture firms led by Foster + Partners announced the creation of the UK’s first Architecture Apprenticeship Standards. Supported by the RIBA, ARB (Architects Registration Board) and over a dozen UK universities, the group has structured a program which tackles the financial feasibility of an architectural education through paid apprenticeships, and addresses the disparity experienced by students transitioning between education and practice.
Rotterdam has been in the news a lot recently with regards to the many new high-rise plans for the center of the city. In the midst of these giants, it is expected that next year, a new public Pavilion will be realized on the area of the ‘Leuvehaven’ in Rotterdam, a part of the old inner-city port and close to the Erasmus Bridge. MoederscheimMoonen Architects recently presented the final design for this multifunctional building, which hosts port-related functions and experiences.