Penn Announces New Architecture Dean – Architectural Record

The University of Pennsylvania plans to announce today that Marilyn Jordan Taylor, FAIA, a long-time partner at Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, will be the new dean of its School of Design.

Taylor, a pioneering female architect widely respected for her leadership in complex urban projects and civic initiatives, joined SOM 35 years ago. She was elected partner in 1985 and in 2001 became the firm’s first female chairman.

Her appointment at PennDesign takes effect October 1, 2008.

SOURCE:Architectural Record – Penn Announces New Architecture Dean

Up on the roof garden – Telegraph.co.uk

Only a few years ago, anyone who suggested growing plants on a roof might have been dismissed as a complete crank. Not any more.

Sedum on roof
The Botanical Roof Garden, Augustenborg, Sweden

Green roofs have started to appear on new buildings up and down the country with remarkable speed. Most feature a thin layer of the amazingly resilient hardy succulent plant, the sedum. Several different kinds are used, with leaves in a variety of different colours: yellow, green, red and bronze.

Grass and turf roofs are still not that common in this country. It’s a different story in Scandinavia, which has a long tradition of using turf, not least because it makes perfect practical sense: the layer of soil and grass insulates against cold winter weather, and protects the roof from wind damage.

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Thinking outside – and inside – the box – The Boston Globe

On a recent evening, architect J. Meejin Yoon sat in her Leather District loft sewing mats of turf together. “I just have one more stitch,” she said.
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Several squares of grass, each about the size of an album cover, had arrived in a cooler a few days earlier. Yoon had dutifully sewn them together to create a large panel, part of a vertical garden installation called “Parti Wall, Hanging Green” to welcome the American Institute of Architects conference that begins in Boston today.

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Success at the AJ100 Awards for Foster + Partners

At last night’s 2008 AJ100 Awards dinner, Foster + Partners won three major practice awards and Norman Foster was honoured by his peers, who named him as their ‘most admired architect’.

Foster + Partners won awards for the ‘International Practice of the Year’, ‘Sustainability Initiative of the Year’ and the regional award for the South East and London. The practice was also placed as the third-largest overall. The AJ100 Awards recognise the achievements of the largest 100 architectural practices in the UK based on survey results; the ‘International Practice’ and ‘Sustainability Initiative of the Year’ awards are presented at the jury’s discretion.

The judges described Foster + Partners as ‘a clear and outright winner for breadth of coverage, for entering into new markets and for being a global brand.’

Source: Foster + Partners Press Release

China Architectural Engineering Announces First Contract in United States Valued at $11.6 Million

China Architectural Engineering, Inc. (CAE) (AMEX:RCH), a leader in the design, engineering, fabrication and installation of high-end building envelope solution systems, today announced that it has been awarded its first project in the United States, an $11.6 million contract to supply and install the curtain wall for a 21-story luxury condominium project in New York City.

CAE has already begun initial work on the project and expects to have it completed by mid-2009. The Company expects to recognize revenues from the project in various stage payments between the second quarters of 2008 and 2009.

Source : Businesswire.com – China Architectural Engineering Announces First Contract in United States Valued at $11.6 Million.

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