Force of nature weighs in on Presidio plan

December 18, 2007,AEDT

If you don’t like Gap founder Donald Fisher’s proposal to erect a modern-looking modern art museum in San Francisco’s Presidio, Lawrence Halprin is on your side. Colorful and commanding, the 91-year-old landscape architect is no stranger to the Presidio: He designed the romantic terrain that enfolds the Letterman Digital Arts | Read More

SPG Solar Installs 69 Kilowatt Solar PV System

December 18, 2007,AEDT

MCA Architecture Planning Interiors, Payroll Masters and vanderToolen Associates, in partnership with SPG Solar, Inc., announced today the completion of a 69 kW roof-mounted solar photovoltaic (PV) powered energy system at their headquarters in Napa. “As a landscape architectural firm that’s involved in projects which promote energy conservation and efficiency | Read More

Russian City Risks Its World Heritage Status Over new tower

December 17, 2007,AEDT

Saint Petersburg, the imperial capital of Russia famed for its elegance and beauty, risks losing status as a world heritage site under plans by a Scottish company to build the highest tower in Europe there. RMJM, Edinburgh-based co-architects of the contro-versial Holyrood building, have designed the £1bn-plus, 396m Okhta Tower | Read More

Busan to Have 117-Story Building(The Korea Times)

December 16, 2007,AEDT

Busan Metropolitan City will launch a big project to build a 117-story resort building. According to Busan Urban Development Corporation (BUDC), it will enter into an agreement with “Triple Square Consortium (TSC)’’ on Tuesday to construct the super large resort building at Haeundae, the biggest beach in the country. If | Read More

‘People Need Beauty’: Architect Oscar Niemeyer Turns 100

December 15, 2007,AEDT

Oscar Niemeyer, the last surviving founder of architecture’s Modernist movement, turns 100 on Saturday. The grandfather of Brazilian architecture is a living legend, and plans to remain so for a while. ‘People Need Beauty’: Architect Oscar Niemeyer Turns 100 – International – SPIEGEL ONLINE – News.

New galleries take shape at Botanical Garden

December 14, 2007,AEDT

For years, the aluminum lath house that sheltered the Desert Botanical Garden’s treasured cactus collection sorely needed a dynamic makeover. Considered state of the art in 1950, the space had long ago reached capacity, with specimens poking through the top of the lath and shade cloth roof, and spilling over | Read More

Renzo Piano, Hon. FAIA, Named 2008 AIA Gold Medal Recipient

December 14, 2007,AEDT

Washington, D.C., December 13, 2007 — The AIA Board of Directors voted today to award the 2008 AIA Gold Medal to Renzo Piano, Hon. FAIA, internationally lauded architect of a wide array of singularly beautiful grand scale projects in Europe and the United States.Renzo Piano, Hon. FAIA, Named 2008 AIA | Read More

Urban Splash reveals stunning seaside shortlist designs

December 11, 2007,AEDT

Six architects vie to redesign Birnbeck Island and Pier in Weston-super-Mare Six architects were shortlisted in an architectural competition to redesign the Birnbeck Island and Pier in Weston-super-Mare, Somerset. The competition, which opened in August, is run by Urban Splash and RIBA. It received 95 entries from all over the | Read More

Government gives £50m boost to Tate Modern expansion

December 8, 2007,AEDT

The Tate has been given an exceptional £50m grant from the government towards the huge expansion of Tate Modern in time for the 2012 Olympics, it was announced yesterday. The £50m will go towards a budget of £215m for the expanded museum. The government boost, said Purnell, should “act as | Read More

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