French firm wins design contest for new HCMC urban area

VietNamNet
Bridge – A French firm has won the top prize for “unique architectural ideas” to develop three landmark areas in the proposed Thu Thiem New Urban Area in Ho Chi Minh City.

Deso Company was followed by Hagel Company (Switzerland) and Edaw Company (Hong Kong) in second and third places for designs to develop the center square, a riverside park, and a bridge over the Sai Gon River to District 7.

SOURCE: VietNamNet – French firm wins design contest for new HCMC urban area.

New Orleans To New York: Fighting Blighted Properties – Bayoubuzz.com

When critics blasted the slow rebuilding of New Orleans, Ray Nagin shocked the world when he answered that all New York had to show for its recovery was a “hole in the ground” where the Twin Towers used to be.

Outrage flowed from all corners; yet ironically, Research Fellows at the conservative think tank the Manhattan Institute essentially argued that the Mayor was correct.

read more at the SOURCE: bayoubuzz.com – New Orleans To New York: Fighting Blighted Properties.

New California Academy of Sciences green building to open 27th September

The Renzo Piano designed Calfornia Academy of Sciences in Golden Gate Park, San Francisco is set to open on Spetember 27th.

The new Platinium LEED certified musuem will house the Kimball Natural History Museum, Steinhart Aquarium and the Morrison Planetarium. The new energy saving building with its 2.5 acre roof was design by Renzo Piano in collaboration with STANTEC architecture.

You can buy tickets @ CALIFORNIA ACADEMY OF SCIENCES

SOURCE: San Francisco Sentinel.

Second biggest Green roof in North America nearing completion

With the completion next spring of the new convention centre in Vancouver’s Coal Harbour, there will be a few blocks of new parkland added to the city — but they’re strictly for the birds and the bees.

The expansion project, west of the current convention centre, is being topped off with a 2.4-hectare green — or “living” — roof that covers the flat, sloping segmented roof, and will be the second-largest in North America, next to a Michigan Ford plant covered with grass patches.

SOURCE: The Province – Green roof boasts host of eco pros.

‘Architecture School’ premieres on Sundance Channel

Architecture School” follows a group of fourth-year architecture students as they conceive, refine and physically build a home for a family looking to reestablish themselves post Hurricane Katrina.

From classroom to construction site, the dedicated students learn on the job as creativity, vision and bold design meet the necessities of materials, budgets and time constraints, all while literally helping to rebuild New Orleans.

“Architecture School” was created by Michael Selditch and Stan Bertheaud.

Selditch, who taught architecture and was a practicing architect for 14 years, also directed the series.

“Architecture School” premieres on Sundance Channel on Wednesday August 20 at 9:00pm e/p.

 

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