MRDV – the architects that hail from Rotterdam producing a wide variety of built and theorical work that pushes the boundaries of urban densities and how people relate and live in cities. The New York Times has produced a special Architecture edition of its Magazine and includes numerous articles that are a great read. The article title ‘Crowded House’ focuses on MVRDV and gives a great insight in the architectural studios founders and their work from the past.
For a great insight into MVRDV’s work read Crowded House by Darcy Frey @ NY Times
China’s Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development (MHURD) stressed in a circular on Tuesday that infrastructure restoration was a priority in reconstruction after the May 12 earthquake.
The MHURD ordered governments at all levels to draw up construction plans by June 8, including building locations and materials.
It instructed officials to better manage construction of interim housing in quake-hit areas to ensure its safety.
The government is to assess all school buildings in quake zones, said a statement from the earthquake relief headquarters of the State Council.
Local governments must organize personnel to conduct safety appraisals of all school buildings as soon as possible to ensure the safety of students as they return to school, according to the statement.
SOURCE: Xinhua – Reconstruction of infrastructure priority in quake-hit areas.
What happens when Dwell editors drive the agenda? A roster of more than 50 incredibly talented and diverse speakers ranging from legislators to practitioners to activists, discussing everything from urban gardening to a mandated LEED program for LA. The conference follows two parallel tracks but we encourage you to veer from the linear and sign up for any panel that sparks your interest.
An exciting and different event will be the Monrovia Design Challenge allows party attendees to create an instant, eye-catching landscape within a small space. Three teams at a time have just 10 minutes to create a design using a wide palette of stylish Monrovia plants. When all sets of teams are finished, the judges, including Monrovia CEO Miles Rosedale, will award the winning team a living trophy from Monrovia. Every party attendee will receive a Monrovia plant to take home.
Dwell on Design – Los Angeles starts on June 5 to June 8
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The founders of property developer Urban Splash are to sell off almost a quarter of the company’s equity to its management team and have agreed a refinancing deal with three banks worth £125m.
Chairman Tom Bloxham and chief executive Jonathan Falkingham are selling 24 per cent of the shares to seven of its most senior staff, who will be given the option of buying between one and five per cent for an undisclosed price.
SOURCE: Crain’s Manchester Business – Urban Splash founders sell 24 per cent to managers –
Faizan Jawed, 22, is not too excited about the increase in the number of malls and multiplexes dotting the city’s landscape lately. Unlike people his age, he believes that the “horrid architecture of these places is killing the city.” But unlike many, he wants to do something about it; and his ideas have won him a prestigious prize.
Jawed has been awarded the 6000 pound (approximately Rs 5 lakhs) RIBA Norman Foster Travelling Scholarship, named after the internationally renowned architect and administered by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), which will help him study pioneering sustainable infrastructure projects across three continents. His prize winning research proposal was ‘The Role of Public Transport in Shaping Sustainable Human Habitats,’ in which, he suggests ways to make Mumbai a pedestrian and cycling friendly city.
Source: DNA – Daily News & Analysis – Mumbai – A pedestrian-friendly city
Prominent architect Adrian Smith has won a commission to design a $7-billion mixed-use development in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, a lucrative assignment likely to fuel rapid growth at his two-year-old firm.
Read more @ the SOURCE: Chicago Business News Smith & Gill wins Dubai deal .
A living roof, drains which lead to sunken wetland, water heated with solar panels – it sounds like something from a green home in the future but these are all standard features of a new housing development in Northampton.
The properties, which all lie just off the A45 by Sixfields, boast a ‘sustainable urban drainage system’ which offers an alternative to traditional drains.
Instead of using sewers for rainwater, the development has specially designed reed-bed ditches which create habitats for wildlife, as well as reducing the risk of flooding in heavy rains.
Read more @ the SOURCE: Northampton Chronicle and Echo – Living roofs, solar panels – all standard in new homes