Archinect - News 2015-10-09T13:49:08-04:00 The architect who wants New Orleans learn a lesson or two from Amsterdam Alexander Walter 2015-09-03T14:54:00-04:00 >2015-09-03T15:03:21-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>David Waggonner is an urban and environmental architect. Since Hurricane Katrina decimated his city, he&rsquo;s been focusing on urban stormwater management, mapping out designs for New Orleans that would mimic the way Dutch cities like Amsterdam and Rotterdam deal with water. In the Netherlands, people &ldquo;invite water into the city,&rdquo; meaning water is visible everywhere. [...] &ldquo;In New Orleans, we&rsquo;ve hidden and squandered the asset.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related on Archinect and our sister site Bustler:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Louisiana is Disappearing into the Sea</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Post-Katrina: Will New Orleans still be New Orleans?</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Changing Course teams present final 100-year plans to restore Lower Mississippi River Delta</a> (Bustler)</li></ul> Gehry to prioritize hydrology in LA River revitalization strategy Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-08-10T19:04:00-04:00 >2015-08-20T02:31:14-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Gehry insists that he isn't interested in the river as the site for new landmarks. He says he told the Revitalization Corp. board members who first visited his office last year that he would take on the job only if he could look at the river primarily in terms of hydrology. [...] "I told them I'm not a landscape guy. I said I would only do it on the condition that they approached it as a water-reclamation project, to deal with all the water issues first."</p></em><br /><br /><p>Following up on last week's news that <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Gehry had been attached to the LA River redevelopment strategy</a>, a few more details have surfaced &ndash; no distinct plans yet, but an overall approach has emerged. Summed up by Christopher Hawthorne, the&nbsp;<em>LA Times'</em>&nbsp;architecture critic, the plan is: "Gehry thinks [the LA River] could be turned into an entirely different kind of machine, one that could store and even treat storm water."</p><p>In the 1930s, the riverbed was coated in concrete by the Army Corps of Engineers to manage stormwater flooding, and has since turned the river into a piece of civic infrastructure foremost, a public space second. With that traditional understanding of the river's utility,&nbsp;Gehry's approach "stresses how little sense it makes to prohibit the public from using the river or its banks when risk of flooding is low &mdash; which means the vast majority of the time."</p><p>At least by that note, it appears Gehry's plan for the river will not push waterfront residential development at the expe...</p> California drought sucks San Jose's Guadalupe river dry Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-08-10T13:44:00-04:00 >2015-08-11T17:12:06-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The river that runs through America's 10th-largest city has dried up, shriveling a source of civic pride that had welcomed back trout, salmon, beavers and other wildlife after years of restoration efforts. Over the past two months, large sections of the Guadalupe have become miles of cracked, arid gray riverbed. Fish and other wildlife are either missing or dead, casualties of California's relentless drought.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The Guadalupe River had undergone a massive revitalization effort in 2005, when the Army Corps of Engineers and the Santa Clara Valley Water District spent $350 million on a huge park and garden by the river, as part of a larger flood control project. Despite this very recent improvement in the riparian corridor, the drought has proved too much to keep it flowing &ndash; the district's reservoir levels are so low that water managers simply can't afford to release water from the tributaries into the river as frequently, now leading to the dry beds.</p><p>Waterways throughout the state are stressed by the drought, and any infrastructural adjustments to rivers will require a future-focused attention to drought conditions. Last week, news broke that Frank <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Gehry would be leading a master plan of the entire 52-mile stretch of the Los Angeles River</a>, as well as a revitalization effort, but specific plans as related to the drought are not yet available.</p><p>With water in such limited supply, letting the Guada...</p> As Garden Bridge procurement process is headed for review, London group claims that 30 new parks could be funded instead Alexander Walter 2015-06-22T13:24:00-04:00 >2015-06-23T17:07:10-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="340" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>[...] has ordered a review of the procurement process for London&rsquo;s garden bridge design after the Architects&rsquo; Journal revealed apparent irregularities in the tendering process. [...] Heatherwick&rsquo;s &pound;173,000 fee was more than three times more expensive than the &pound;49,939 offer by Wilkinson Eyre, and more than 11 times that of the &pound;15,125 offer by Marks Barfield. [...] cost of the project could fund 30 new London parks or 30 times the amount of open space the bridge would provide.</p></em><br /><br /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Previously</a></p> Nijmegen's new approach to flood control — and urban design Alexander Walter 2015-05-18T16:35:00-04:00 >2015-05-26T19:13:55-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="286" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The people of Nijmegen aren&rsquo;t taking their good luck for granted. With climate change expected to bring more intense storms like the one in 1995 (and a previous one in 1993), the city is embarking on a massive flood-control project. That may be expected in the Netherlands, a low-lying country where most homes are built behind protective dikes [...]. But even here, the approach underway in Nijmegen is unusual, and filled with ideas that river cities anywhere can learn&nbsp;from.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Will Los Angeles be seeing more housing development along its LA River? Alexander Walter 2015-04-27T14:49:00-04:00 >2015-05-04T21:00:07-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="374" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>If Los Angeles aims to add more housing, it should look at the neighborhoods lining its long-maligned river to do it. [...] The city could make a big dent in Mayor Eric Garcetti's goal of adding 100,000 housing units by 2021 if it streamlines permitting and creates incentive zones in places along the river [...]. The report comes in the wake of a billion-dollar plan by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to revamp 11 miles of the L.A. River north of downtown [...].</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Further legal setbacks for London Garden Bridge Alexander Walter 2015-04-22T17:37:00-04:00 >2015-04-22T17:39:11-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="340" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Campaigners opposed to the planned Garden Bridge over the River Thames in London have won the right to challenge a council's approval for it. The judicial review of Lambeth Council's decision to give planning permission for the &pound;175m bridge will be heard in June. Questions were raised about bridge's funding and its impact on views across the river of St Paul's Cathedral.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously:&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Let the fighting begin: London Garden Bridge faces legal challenge</a></p> Let the fighting begin: London Garden Bridge faces legal challenge Alexander Walter 2015-02-17T13:57:00-05:00 >2015-02-19T21:08:34-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="340" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A legal challenge is being launched in the High Court against plans to build a garden bridge over the River Thames in central London. A south London resident claims Lambeth Council unlawfully granted planning permission for the &pound;175m bridge. Michael Ball, from Tulse Hill in Lambeth, fears its impact will be "devastating". Lambeth Council said the bridge would potentially benefit "both the local and wider London economy".</p></em><br /><br /><p><a href="" target="_blank">Previously</a></p> London's Garden Bridge: not so public after all Alexander Walter 2014-11-19T14:30:00-05:00 >2014-11-20T20:37:19-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="340" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>[...] the bridge will be closed at night, won't allow entry to cyclists or groups of 8 or more without prior booking, and will ocassionally be closed off for fundraising events. Right. So less a public bridge than a privately-managed tourist attraction, then. [...] The east of London, on the other hand, could actually use another crossing, with or without limits to access</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously:&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">London's Garden bridge: 'It feels like we're trying to pull off a crime'</a></p> Feds Okay $1-Billion Los Angeles River Project Alexander Walter 2014-05-29T12:46:00-04:00 >2014-05-29T15:22:42-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="334" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The jury is in and the Los Angeles River's future seems to be bright. After more than six months of intense lobbying by the city, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Army Corps) has announced that it will be recommending a more ambitious $1-billion plan to restore an 11-mile stretch of the Los Angeles River from downtown through Elysian Park.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> 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="" 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" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Warming Huts v.2013 - Five Winners Selected Alexander Walter 2012-12-04T13:52:00-05:00 >2012-12-10T18:52:21-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="229" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Warming Huts: An Art + Architecture Competition on Ice has unveiled the five winning projects of its 2013 edition. Like in previous winters, the selected huts will be built in early January on site and placed on the Assiniboine Credit Union River Trail in Winnipeg, Canada - the longest naturally frozen skating trail in the world.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Winner of Austin’s Waller Creek Design Competition Alexander Walter 2012-11-30T18:39:00-05:00 >2012-12-07T09:13:35-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="239" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The multidisciplinary design team led by Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates and Thomas Phifer &amp; Associates was recently named winner of Design Waller Creek: A Competition. Organized by the Austin, TX-based Waller Creek Conservancy, this international design competition called for ideas to revitalize a 7-mile stretch of Waller Creek, a neglected Austin urban ecosystem, and thus turning a "currently fragmented and undervalued section of the city into a vibrant, livable, and workable district."</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Yangtze River Turns Red and Turns Up a Mystery Archinect 2012-09-07T18:32:00-04:00 >2012-09-28T01:01:05-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="320" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The red began appearing in the Yangtze, the longest and largest river in China and the third longest river in the world, yesterday near the city of Chongquing, where the Yangtze connects to the Jialin River... and officials have no idea why.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Amsterdam Iconic Pedestrian Bridge Entry by Yaohua Wang Architecture Alexander Walter 2012-04-03T12:59:00-04:00 >2012-04-27T17:32:28-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In our last post, we published the winning designs of the [AC-CA]-hosted Amsterdam Iconic Pedestrian Bridge competition. Here's another proposal that didn't quite make the cut with the jurors, but we are happy to publish it. The author is Yaohua Wang, who &ndash; in past articles &ndash; managed to polarize the opinions like nobody else.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Let us know what you think in the comment section below!</p> Winners of the Amsterdam Iconic Pedestrian Bridge Competition Alexander Walter 2012-04-03T12:55:00-04:00 >2012-04-03T14:02:59-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="363" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Three outstanding bridge designs have recently been selected as winners in the Amsterdam 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."</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> THE BLUE LINE - Winner of Kiev Islands Master Plan Competition Alexander Walter 2012-02-21T14:16:00-05:00 >2012-02-22T18:24:57-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="325" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A few days ago, we published BudCud's finalist entry to the Kiev Islands Master Plan Competition. Here is now also the winner of the First Prize, the concept THE BLUE LINE by Romanian team Wolf House Productions and Gabriel Pascariu.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Kiev Islands Master Plan by BudCud Alexander Walter 2012-02-17T15:11:00-05:00 >2012-02-22T10:19:24-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="287" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Krakow-based architects BudCud have shared with us their finalist entry for the international Kiev Islands Master Plan Competition. The proposal suggests the development of a network of existing islands and artificial mirco islands along the Dnieper river, right outside of Kiev, Ukraine, for recreation and nature exploration.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Close the Gap Winners Announced: Envisioning a Completed East River Greenway Alexander Walter 2011-10-27T15:40:03-04:00 >2011-10-31T17:52:36-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="212" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>d3 and Transportation Alternatives have announce the winners of the &ldquo;Close The Gap&rdquo; design competition, which invited architects, landscape architects, urban designers, engineers and students worldwide to envision the completion of New York City's East River Greenway. Submissions from Architects and the design team of James Stokoe &amp; Madeline Stokoe were selected by the jurors for a shared first prize.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> + Pool Needs Your Support Alexander Walter 2011-06-20T14:42:27-04:00 >2011-11-24T09:05:52-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="252" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> We just got news from the guys at <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Family</a> and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Office of PlayLab</a>, both young design firms in New York, who need your support for their exciting project <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">+ Pool</a>, a floating pool in NYC that cleans the river water it sits in - like a giant strainer dropped into the river.</p> <p> This project is a completely self-initiated project by the two firms. Following the completion of a preliminary engineering feasibility report done with engineers at <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Arup</a>, they are now preparing to physically test and ultimately build a full-scale working prototype of a section of the pool itself.&nbsp; The designers just launched a 30-day <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Kickstarter campaign</a> 5 days ago, already raising almost $15,000, and they could certainly use your help (and the help of your friends and their friends) to help to spread the word further.</p> <p> Here's a more detailed project description of + Pool:</p> <p> <strong>EVERYTHING IS BETTER WITH A POOL</strong></p> <p> + Pool is the collaborative initiative of design studios Family and PlayLab to build a floating pool f...</p>