The Best U.S. Cities, by Design
Architectural firm RMJM Hillier weighed sustainability, awards, and both expert and residents’ opinions in its list of top 10 U.S. cities for design
See the BUSINESS WEEK SLIDESHOW OF top 10 US DESIGN cities
SOURCE: Business Week – The Best U.S. Cities, by Design.
Causeway Architect’s Plan Has ‘Strong Environmental’ Basis
The National Trust’s preferred architect, for a proposed Giants Causeway visitor centre, will incorporate a “strong environmental basis” in its design.
The designer, Dublin-based Heneghan Peng, has taken the next step forward in building its plans, after submitting a “robust” planning application to the local authority.
SOURCE: Northern Ireland News – Causeway Architect’s Plan Has ‘Strong Environmental’ Basis.
The 80-storey “Dynamic Tower,” will be a shifting skyscraper of luxury apartments on spinning floors, which will be attached to a central column.
Plans for the project were unveiled in New York by Italian architect David Fisher, who said: “This building will have endless different shapes”.
SOURCE: Telegraph.co.uk – World’s first rotating skyscraper unveiled in Dubai –
New York City building owners who install vegetation on at least half of their rooftop space may receive up to $100,000 in a one-time property tax credit.
Bill A.11226 passed the state legislature Tuesday, paving the way for building owners to be compensated about $4.50 per square foot of green roof space, or about a quarter of the cost typically associated with a green roof’s materials, labor, installation and design.
A proliferation of green roofs could save America’s most populous city millions of dollars in energy cooling and stormwater management costs, as well as jumpstart the creation of green collar jobs, say proponents of the bil
SOURCE: GreenerBuildings – NYC Gets a Green Roof Kickstart
CHINA’S tallest building, to be built in Shanghai, will look like a coiled dragon, according to its designer. The 580-meter-high Shanghai Center will top the city’s skyline.
The US firm Gensler and the Shanghai-based Architectural Design & Research Institute of Tongji University. A dozen overseas and domestic firms offered designs for the building from April 2005 but Gensler’s “Dragon” finally defeated the “Bamboo Shoot” from Britain’s Foster & Partners.
SOURCE: Shanghai Daily – Dragon to dwarf the city’s skyline —
The public lend a hand at the launch of the London Festival of Architecture
Foster + Partners successfully built a conical structure, interwoven with fabric panels hand-printed by the public to kick off the Kensington and Chelsea hub of the London Festival of Architecture on 21 June. A focal point of the Exhibition Road Festival, the tensile structure was hauled into place with a tug-of-war rope by the public at 2pm. More than 4,000 visitors walked through the ten metre-high structure in the afternoon and enjoyed its sound installation by Bill Fontana. Overall turnout on the day was high – more than 30,000 visitors were reported at the event.
SOURCE: Foster + Partners.
The world’s tallest tower, largest mall, longest bridge — it has them all, or will soon. The new airport complex, under construction about 40 kilometers (25 miles) southwest of old Dubai, is no exception.
The sheer dimensions of the $10 billion Al Maktoum airport are difficult to convey. It will have two huge terminals, six concourses, six parallel runways and a smaller terminal for low-cost and regional airlines. The terminals and concourses will be linked by a light railway system.
SOURCE: MarketWatch – New Dubai hub to handle up to 120 million passengers a year – MarketWatch.