Landscape Architect & Specifier News

NOV 2017

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82 Landscape Architect and Specifier News RENDERINGS: ADJAYE ASSOCIATES AND RON ARAD ARCHITECTS U.K. Holocaust Memorial Design Unveiled The design for the U.K. Holocaust Memorial is set for a space just south of the Houses of Parliament in the city of Westminster in central London on the east bank of the Thames. The design is 23 bronze fins embedded at the far south end of an oval swath of lawn flanked by mature trees. Between each pair of fins is an entry pathway with rather narrow stairways leading down to a large hall (Learning Centre) that comprises a "Hall of Testimonies" and a "Contemplation Court" with eight bronze panels. The 22 entry points represent each of the countries inhabited by Jewish people who were exterminated during the Holocaust. The narrow stairways are meant to create a feeling of isolation a n d p e r h a p s foreboding. However, when climbing the steps back up from the subterranean spaces the visitors emerge into the light and see the iconic Houses of Parliament and Big Ben, reassuring symbols of U.K. democracy. The design team for the new memorial, the result of an international competition, is Adjaye Associates, Ron Arad Architects and Gustafson Porter + Bowman, landscape architects (see article # 29267 landscapeonline. com ). The jury praised the immersive design that leads visitors first below grade then much deeper under the ground to an expansive hall. The memorial is scheduled to open in 2021. Massive Mall/Entertainment Venue Proposed in Miami Credit Suisse, a Swiss multinational financial services company, estimates that 8,640 U.S. retail stores will close by the end of the year, a far greater number than at the height of the 2008-09 financial crisis. In 2008, 6,200 U.S. retail stores closed. At a time when people are frequenting less and less the traditional suburban malls in favor of shopping on line, Triple Five Group developers is committed to reinvigorating the tired old mall model. Instead of retail shops centered around a fast food court, it's aiming at fine dining and entertainments galore. Triple Five is now proposing American Dream Miami, located at the intersection of Interstate 75, Florida's Turnpike Extension and Miami Gardens Drive. The developer is betting that combining retail/dining with luxury hotel accommodations, a performance arts center, indoor waterpark, skating rink and ski park, theater complex, an aquarium with submarine rides, an Art Deco village, Tivoli Gardens and dancing water fountains will attract enough foot traffic to sustain such a massive venue. Triple Five is currently constructing a very similar project to the Miami proposal called American Dream Meadowlands (ADM), a 500-store mega retail and entertainment complex in East Rutherford, N.J. ADM ownership has changed hands several times and been beset by bankruptcies and construction stoppages, however, construction reportedly resumed in July thanks to new financing. Below: American Dream Miami is a proposed retail and entertainment complex in South Florida projected to cover more than 5 million sq. ft., which would make it 30% larger than the Mall of America in Bloomington, Minnesota, which is owned by the same developers, the Triple Five Group.

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