Quiero felicitar aquí a mi muy querido sobrino, Rodrigo Abela Guerrero, por haber ganado, como responsable del proyecto que presentó la empresa de arquitectura donde desarrolla su tarea profesional GUSTAFSON GUTHRIE NICHOL, el premio para el nuevo diseño del “National Mall” de Washington, DC.
Aquí presento las noticias de las fuentes directas:
The National Mall Wins with These Designs
05/03/2012 by asladirt
The Trust for the National Mall announced the winners of the national design competition for three distinct sites on the National Mall today. While the competition was stiff, the jury went with Rogers Marvel Architects & landscape architecture firm Peter Walker and Partners for Constitution Gardens, landscape architecture firm Gustafson Guthrie Nichol and architecture firm Davis Brody Bond for Union Square, and landscape architecture firm OLIN and architecture firm Weiss/Manfredi for the Sylvan Theatre at the Washington Monument Grounds. Each team is a collaboration between a landscape architecture and architecture firm, a joint 50-50 effort.
A number of winners have already done beautiful work in D.C. OLIN redesigned the Washington Monument grounds, a project defined by its subtle and elegant approach to security, and the National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden, one of D.C.’s most beloved spaces. Gustafson Guthrie Nichol, which won the National Design Award for landscape design last year, recently broke ground on the new landscape design for the National Museum of African American History and Culture, expected to open on the Mall in 2015. They also created one of the most unique public spaces in the city: the Kogod Courtyard at the National Portrait Gallery.
Former First Lady Laura Bush, Honor Chair of the Campaign for the National Mall (and lead fundraiser for the new landscapes and buildings, which are expected to cost hundreds of millions), said: “The design competition produced beautiful, thoughtful solutions to improve this iconic space.” Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar, Hon. ASLA, added: “The National Mall Design Competition concepts are grand, respectful, sustainable, and beautiful; in short, they are worthy to be a part of this important and iconic space.” Caroline Cunningham, President of the Trust for the National Mall, sees these projects as not only best practices in urban park design but also “models of sustainability.”
Rodrigo Abela Will Present the Winning Union Square Design at the National Building Museum
May 22, 2012 — On May 31, 2012, as part of the National Building Museum’s “A Conversation with the National Mall Design Competition Winners,” Rodrigo Abela, together with Peter Cook, will represent the Gustafson Guthrie Nichol and Davis Brody Bond team and share the team’s ideas and images for transforming Union Square. The program will feature the three winning designs and their designers, and will be moderated by John Beardsley, director of Garden and Landscape Studies at Dumbarton Oaks.
Event is sponsored by the Trust for the National Mall and the National Capital Planning Commission. The presentation is free with registration on the National Building Museum’s website.