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.
Read more @ the SOURCE: Telegraph.co.uk – Up on the roof garden – .
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.
Read more @ the Source: The Boston Globe – Thinking outside – and inside – the box
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, 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.
At the heart of the festival is the largest architectural awards programme in the world. The Awards will showcase, compare and contrast an outstanding range of completed buildings created by a profession which has always looked beyond national borders to the wider world of architectural culture. Headed by Lord (Norman) Foster, the international judging panels will comprise architects, allied professionals, clients and critics, including a “super-jury”, who will decide the ‘best in show’ prize – the first architectural ‘Prix de Barcelona’ .
Entries will be accepted from April 2008, with a closing date at the 20 June.
Shortlisting will be carried out by an international jury during July 2008. At this stage, 16 buildings will be shortlisted in each of the competition’s 16 categories (ie, 256 buildings in total).
All shortlisted architects will then present their work live to juries and audiences at the Festival, competing against each other to become category winners. With 16 categories covering 96 building types, the awards programme is designed to showcase your latest completed buildings, big or small, from anywhere in the world.
22–24 October – World Architecture Festival – Barcelona