Archinect - News 2016-05-03T01:14:23-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/148734105/plans-for-west-8-designed-houston-botanic-garden-met-with-resistance Plans for West 8-designed Houston Botanic Garden met with resistance Alexander Walter 2016-02-22T13:42:00-05:00 >2016-02-28T00:41:13-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/90/9034a6530c099365f534b0e4a2c2a360.jpg" width="514" height="332" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>By the year 2020, however, America&rsquo;s fourth largest city will be able to claim a &ldquo;premier&rdquo; botanic garden all its own in the form of Houston Botanic Garden (HBG). [...] And, as it turns out, some folks living in the neighborhoods abutting the golf course would rather not see a stunning botanic garden designed by the same Dutch landscape architecture firm behind the redevelopment of New York City's Governors Island take its place. And it&rsquo;s not because they're necessarily gaga over golf.</p></em><br /><br /><p>To learn more about the <a href="http://www.houstonbotanicgarden.org/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Houston Botanic Garden</a> master plan, which recently won mayoral approval, click <a href="http://www.houstonbotanicgarden.org/assets/img/images/pdf/approved-master-plan-full-spread.pdf" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p><p>Related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/147360412/does-houston-s-architecture-lack-poetry" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Does Houston's architecture lack poetry?</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/107638546/the-astrodome-the-world-s-largest-indoor-garden" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Astrodome: The World's Largest Indoor Garden?</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/105248171/the-bayou-greenways-plan-a-game-changer-for-houston" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Bayou Greenways Plan: A Game-Changer for Houston?</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/146584514/the-hills-park-in-nyc-scheduled-to-open-almost-a-year-in-advance "The Hills" park in NYC scheduled to open almost a year in advance Justine Testado 2016-01-25T15:14:00-05:00 >2016-02-10T23:00:36-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ew/ewyz8hyerii2ycwq.jpg" width="514" height="311" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Hills on Governors Island will welcome visitors this summer &mdash; nearly a year ahead of schedule, it was announced last week &mdash; and add 10 acres of green space to the city, largely in the form of four artificial hills. Made of recycled construction debris and clean fill, the hills rise as high as 70 feet above the island...An unseasonably warm fall contributed to faster-than-expected construction times.</p></em><br /><br /><p>You can find more photos and renderings from the Governors Island's Flickr <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/govisland/albums/72157662570690459" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a> and&nbsp;<a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/govisland/albums/72157634796959189" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p><p>Scroll down for a drone video of the park under construction.</p><p>More about public parks on Archinect:</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/143923223/pershing-square-renew-competition-narrows-down-to-four-finalist-teams" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Pershing Square Renew competition narrows down to four finalist teams</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/141437838/big-unveils-28-acre-master-plan-for-pittsburgh-s-lower-hill-district" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">BIG unveils 28-acre master plan for Pittsburgh's Lower Hill District</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/133486545/taking-a-stand-against-privately-owned-public-spaces" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Taking a stand against privately-owned public spaces</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/129171831/locals-welcome-the-606-a-k-a-chicago-s-high-line-but-anxiety-for-its-future-remains" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Locals welcome The 606, a.k.a. Chicago's "High Line", but anxiety for its future remains</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/142395018/editor-s-picks-436 Editor's Picks #436 Nam Henderson 2015-12-02T12:57:00-05:00 >2015-12-04T06:14:44-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/cu/cumrdzqvvnwxjkgo.jpg" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="http://archinect.com/Julia_Ingalls" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Julia Ingalls</a>&nbsp;published back to back chats with <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/141017276/emotional-tactility-tom-kundig-s-latest-works" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Tom Kundig</a>&nbsp;and <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/140953853/a-dance-for-architecture-a-conversation-with-steven-holl" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Steven Holl</a>.&nbsp;The former, on the release of &lsquo;<strong>Tom Kundig: Works</strong>&rsquo; by Princeton Architectural Press which features nine of&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/49784837/olson-kundig-architects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Olson Kundig</a>&rsquo;s most recent works.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/sn/sn4ez3wsvna5ou3n.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/08/08i3neht4ca0xvpl.jpg"></p><p>The later, on the occasion of Phaidon&rsquo;s comprehensive new monograph &lsquo;<strong>Steven Holl</strong>&rsquo;, written by Holl&rsquo;s friend, colleague and former student, Robert McCarter.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/l1/l1v22ez3fwqaw9qd.jpg"></p><p><br><strong>News</strong></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/141359175/architecture-billings-index-in-october-still-showing-an-increase-in-design-services" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Architecture Billings Index (ABI) returned to positive territory after a slight dip in August</a>.&nbsp;The American Institute of Architects (AIA) reported the September ABI score was 53.7, up from a mark of 49.1 in August.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/fy/fy5zcw9q77deh9np.jpg"></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/141282117/big-sanaa-lacaton-vassal-pre-qualified-to-compete-in-designing-new-aarhus-school-of-architecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">BIG</a>&nbsp;(in collaboration with <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/125740749/sanaa-sn-hetta-kpmb-west-8-david-baker-architects-and-egor-orlov-are-among-this-week-s-many-winners" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">West 8</a> and <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/75257656/riba-international-award-winners-2013-announced" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Atelier Ten</a>) released <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/141437838/big-unveils-28-acre-master-plan-for-pittsburgh-s-lower-hill-district" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">a master plan</a> for Pittsburgh's&nbsp;Lower Hill District.&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/people/cover/118068376/marc-miller" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Marc Mille</a>r&nbsp;offered some criticism "<em>The plan as presently proposed ignores much of the history and context of the lower hill...In some respects it repeats previous mistakes...Small gestures that look internally instead of making large connections across the urban fabric...it's improperly grou...</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/141437838/big-unveils-28-acre-master-plan-for-pittsburgh-s-lower-hill-district BIG unveils 28-acre master plan for Pittsburgh's Lower Hill District Julia Ingalls 2015-11-19T14:03:00-05:00 >2015-12-11T15:35:33-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/de/ded91t2egnwu6tgk.jpg" width="514" height="332" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>A meandering urban flow lies at the heart of <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/141282117/big-sanaa-lacaton-vassal-pre-qualified-to-compete-in-designing-new-aarhus-school-of-architecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">BIG</a>'s master plan for <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/107636936/pittsburgh-s-place-in-the-placemaking-movement" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Pittsburgh</a>, which is appropriate since the plan's primary function is to connect the Hill District to the city's downtown core. Collaborating with&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/125740749/sanaa-sn-hetta-kpmb-west-8-david-baker-architects-and-egor-orlov-are-among-this-week-s-many-winners" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">West 8</a> (landscape architecture) and <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/75257656/riba-international-award-winners-2013-announced" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Atelier Ten</a> (sustainability), BIG's master plan includes 1.2 million square feet of residential space and 1.25 million square feet of office, retail, and hotel space.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/et/eth5wwj83526x13d.jpg"></p><p>As <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/132566360/architects-are-not-the-creators-of-the-city-but-the-midwives-says-bjarke-ingels" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bjarke Ingels</a> explained, "The masterplan for the Lower Hill District is created by supplementing the existing street grid with a new network of parks and paths shaped to optimize the sloping hill side for human accessibility for all generations. The paths are turned and twisted to&nbsp;always find a gentle sloping path leading pedestrians and bicyclists comfortably up and down the hillside. The resulting urban fabric combines a green network of effortless circulation with a quirky character reminiscent of a historical downtown."</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/pp/ppe7qbaaue8ogyvj.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/07/07wjf30a3fep0le1.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/uv/uvx8wb14g0d12vhj.jpg"></p><p>In an attempt to incorporate the aesthetics of th...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/78227053/nyc-mayor-bloomberg-breaks-ground-on-west-8-designed-the-hills-project-at-governors-island NYC Mayor Bloomberg Breaks Ground on West 8-Designed ‘The Hills’ Project at Governors Island Alexander Walter 2013-07-29T17:51:00-04:00 >2013-08-05T19:48:04-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/7m/7mkzm55z66n65nbr.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Last week Friday, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg broke ground on The Hills, a new public park land on Governors Island designed by Rotterdam-based landscape architects West 8. Made of recycled construction and fill materials, The Hills will rise 34 to 90 feet above sea level, and the summit of the tallest Hill will provide visitors with a 360-degree panorama of the Statue of Liberty, New York Harbor and the Lower Manhattan skyline.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/75189417/minneapolis-water-works-competition-shortlists-west-8-scape-gustafson-guthrie-nicol Minneapolis’ Water Works Competition Shortlists West 8, SCAPE, Gustafson Guthrie Nicol Alexander Walter 2013-06-13T18:03:00-04:00 >2013-06-18T22:52:47-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/dc/dck6xw0y77xhvizq.jpg" width="514" height="760" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Minneapolis Parks Foundation has announced a shortlist of three award-winning design teams for the schematic design project Water Works: A Next Generation Park on Minneapolis&rsquo; Central Riverfront. The teams are Gustafson Guthrie Nicol with VJAA and Interboro (Seattle/Minneapolis/New York); SCAPE with Rogers Marvel (New York); and Team West 8 (Rotterdam/New York).</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/73175771/big-design-partners-propose-miami-beach-square-as-massive-convention-center-redevelopment BIG & Design Partners Propose Miami Beach Square as Massive Convention Center Redevelopment Alexander Walter 2013-05-14T19:09:00-04:00 >2013-07-18T18:12:42-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/zn/znfg6py4tlo1qzhz.jpg" width="514" height="305" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>BIG together with West 8, Fentress Architects, John Portman &amp; Associates (JPA), Revuelta Architecture International and developers Portman-CMC have unveiled the urban planning proposal Miami Beach Square, the centerpiece of a 52-acre Miami Beach Convention Center District development. Portman-CMC is one of two development teams currently in the race for the project.</p></em><br /><br /><p> <strong>UPDATE:</strong> <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/77365740/oma-wins-miami-beach-convention-center-competition" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">OMA Wins Miami Beach Convention Center Competition</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/66247529/west-8-wins-fort-mason-ideas-competition West 8 wins Fort Mason ideas competition Archinect 2013-01-25T19:55:00-05:00 >2013-01-29T09:07:10-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/hk/hktjnaa1r0qoa0vi.jpg" width="514" height="514" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The design competition to bring fresh life to San Francisco's Fort Mason Center has been won by a team that proposes such twists as a floating pool and a pedestrian bridge to Marina Green.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/47786900/yongsan-park-master-plan-by-west-8-iroje Yongsan Park Master Plan by West 8 & IROJE Alexander Walter 2012-05-08T21:35:00-04:00 >2012-05-09T01:43:13-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/0n/0nzr17ngo4lv008v.jpg" width="514" height="505" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Rotterdam-based landscape architects West 8, together with local practice IROJE architects &amp; partners, have recently won the international competition for the master plan of Yongsan Park, Korea. The park will be the first national park inside a South Korean city. More importantly, it will give ultra-dense Seoul some badly-needed green space and will be similar in size to New York&rsquo;s Central Park.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/23536608/west-8-wins-freiham-nord-urban-landscape-planning-competition-in-munich West 8 Wins Freiham Nord Urban & Landscape Planning Competition in Munich Alexander Walter 2011-10-11T14:31:00-04:00 >2011-10-11T22:52:34-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/t2/t2prdc8u0jmaral0.jpg" width="514" height="273" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Munich's Department of Urban Planning and Construction recently announced that Rotterdam-based practice West 8 has won Part B (Housing and Neighborhood Center) of the urban and landscape planning competition for the first phase of Freiham North. Part A (Community Center, School and Sports Center) was won by Ortner &amp; Ortner Baukunst Gesellschaft von Architekten, Berlin.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/15166434/big-name-semi-finalists-for-the-st-petersburg-pier-design-competition Big Name Semi-Finalists for the St. Petersburg Pier Design Competition Phillip Crosby 2011-07-30T10:35:00-04:00 >2012-10-01T17:55:01-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ov/ovn8t4911bgdsk21.jpg" width="514" height="201" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Six New York City firms were selected, including BIG, which Saitowitz said had designs of past projects that were "jaw dropping."</p></em><br /><br /><p> On Friday, a five-member panel narrowed down a list of 23 firms and teams competing to design a new $50 million Pier to nine semifinalists. They are:</p> <ul><li> West 8 Urban Design, New York City</li> <li> Michael Maltzan Architecture, Los Angeles</li> <li> BIG, New York City</li> <li> James Corner Field Operations, New York City</li> <li> HOK, Tampa</li> <li> Frederic Schwartz, New York City</li> <li> Weiss/Manfredi Architectural/Landscape/Urbanism, NYC</li> <li> Farshid Moussavi Architecture, London</li> <li> !melk Urban Design, NYC</li> </ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/7371347/west-8-s-garden-of-10-000-bridges-opens-at-xi-an-international-horticultural-exhibition West 8’s Garden of 10,000 Bridges Opens at Xi’an International Horticultural Exhibition Alexander Walter 2011-05-23T14:49:20-04:00 >2011-05-23T14:51:53-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/g5/g5udh4yf1h0cvgi6.jpg" width="514" height="241" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Garden of 10,000 Bridges, created by Dutch urban and landscape design firm West 8 in partnership with DYJG Beijing, has recently opened to the public at the International Horticultural Exhibition in Xi'an, China. The garden will be open until October 22, 2011.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html>