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Final Plans for the Redevelopment of 't Zand and Vrijdagmarkt in Bruges made Public
After extensive public feedback and consultation with the city of Bruges, the final plans for the redevelopment of 't Zand and Vrijdagmarkt designed by West 8 + Snoeck & Partners have been made public. Construction of the square, one of Bruges largest public space projects, is due to commence this year.
The Hills on Governors Island to Open in Summer 2016
Opening to the public nearly a year ahead of schedule, the Hills on Governors Island designed by West 8 will offer unforgettable views, slides, art and ten acres of new park.
More than 25,000 saplings to be planted in Máximapark this spring
25,000 saplings of oak, beech, lime and cherry trees need to be planted at the southern end of the Binnenhof in Máximapark. The Vrienden van Máximapark is calling for volunteers to help with planting, and complete the last phase of the Binnenhof, which has been 10 years in the making.
West 8’s Master Plan for Houston Botanic Garden Receives Mayors Approval
The approval of West 8’s Master Plan for the new Houston Botanic Garden is a major milestone toward creating a premier botanic garden for Houston.
The German Federal Constitutional Court in Karlsruhe Nationally Recognized
The renovated Federal Constitutional Court in Karlsruhe has recently been recognized in some of Germany’s top architectural awards. Including the 2015 German Architecture Award, The Baden-Württemberg State Architecture Prize and the BNB Silver Sustainability Certificate.
West 8's Jamie Maslyn Larson to Speak at The 'Leading with Landscape II: The Houston Transformation' Conference
On the 11th of March, West 8 New York Principal-in-Charge, Jamie Maslyn Larson will present at the Leading with Landscape II: The Houston Transformation Conference organized by The Cultural Landscape Foundation. Featuring leaders from multiple disciplines, the event will examine how the city of Houston is reshaping its identity through landscape architecture. A summary of the event can be found here
Season's Greetings and Best Wishes for 2016
This year West 8 completed five projects, has fourteen new projects, six projects under construction, participated in two exhibitions and received eleven awards.
Adriaan Geuze to Speak at the Oskar von Miller Forum
On the 14th of January 2016, West 8 Director Adriaan Geuze will give a lecture at the Oskar von Miller Forum in Munich, Germany. The Oskar von Miller Forum is an educational initiative of the Bavarian construction industry.
BIG, West 8, and Atelier Ten unveil new Lower Hill Master Plan in Downtown Pittsburgh
BIG, West 8 and Atelier Ten, have unveiled a 28 acre master plan for Pittsburgh’s Lower Hill District. The design seeks to provide accessibility across Pittsburgh’s unique topography, creating a vibrant open space for the city’s residents to enjoy.
West 8 and CGA Awarded Design Services for the Future North Shore Open Space Park Project, Miami Beach
A team comprised of Calvin, Giordano & Associates (CGA) and West 8 have been top-ranked for design services for the North Shore Open Space Park in the City of Miami Beach. Together, CGA and West 8 will further develop the Vision Plan originally conceived by West 8 into a reality.
Kleefsewaard Industrial Park (IPKW) wins the Dutch Golden Pyramid Award
Schipper Bosch, developer of the Kleefse Waard Industrial Park (IPKW) in Arnhem, wins the 2015 Gouden Piramide Award. West 8 working in collaboration with IPKW and the Municipality Arnhem was responsible for the urban design and master plan of the area.
West 8 Selected to realize Moulon Park and Carré des Sciences, Paris-Saclay
West 8 working together with Sweco, Gilles Sensini, Les éclaireurs and Cuesta has been awarded the commission for the design and realization of Park Moulon and Carré des Sciences, a four hectare public space project that is part of the development of the Paris-Saclay urban campus.
Madrid Río wins Harvard’s 2015 Veronica Rudge Green Prize in Urban Design
Harvard awards the 12th Veronica Rudge Green Prize in Urban Design to Madrid Río, designed by Burgos & Garrido, Porras & La Casta, Rubio & Álvarez-Sala, and West 8. According to the Jury "The professional and pedagogical value of Madrid Río is that it makes evident the diversity of economic, technical, political, logistical, and cultural challenges that its designers have surmounted.”
The Depoldering of Noordwaard is Complete
On October 12th, Noordwaard was officially opened. Since 2010, the Rijkswaterstaat has restructured the 4.450 ha polder to return it to nature and allow space for the safe discharge of high water levels. West 8 and IPV Delft have designed 33 bridges and 12 water pumping stations in this polder landscape which offer new opportunities for recreation.
Park Pergola Máximapark wins the RTV Utrecht Public Prize
On Sunday October 25th, West 8 was awarded the RTV Utrecht Public Prize for the design of the Park Pergola in the Máximapark. Public involvement and respect for the Park pergola and Máximapark is a key part of what has made it so successful.
Toronto's Queens Quay wins CUI “Brownie” Award for Best Overall Project - Neighbourhood Scale
The recently opened Queens Quay Revitalization project in Toronto has been awarded a prestigious Brownie Award by The Canadian Urban Institute (CUI). The project picked up the Best Overall Project on the Neighbourhood Scale at this year’s award ceremony.
Mesa City Center receives an Honor Award from AIA Arizona
Mesa city center wins an honor award in the urban design category at the 2015 Arizona AIA design awards. The jury commented that the project "creates a desirable “there” factor, and is a magnet for various scales of engagement and civic activity."
Engels Plein and a revitalized streetscape adds new vibrancy to the City of Leuven
On the 9th of October 2015, the City of Leuven celebrated the official opening of Engels Plein. West 8's winning design for the square transforms what was once an urban leftover into a strikingly green pedestrian and vehicular corridor, complete with custom detailing.
Opening National Waterline Museum Fort bij Vechten
On Thursday the 8th of October, the National Waterline Museum opened its doors to the public. Mariëtte Pennarts, the cultural ambassador for the province of Utrecht said that the new museum and landscape design at the Fort bij Vechten "is an important, cultural highlight for 2015."
Rio Cali Linear Park becomes reality with official ground breaking ceremony
On the 30th of July the Mayor of Cali, Mr. Rodrigo Guerrero Velasco planted a yellow Guayacan tree on the banks of the River Cali. The official tree planting ceremondy kicks off construction on the first phase of the Río Cali Park in Colombia.