The first set of small-scale urban wind turbines in the U.S. are being installed in Portland atop the new Twelve|West tower this week. Today the Hoffman Construction should raise the final blades to the top of Twelve|West a 22 storey office and residential building. Zimmer Gunsul Frasca Architects LLP, which designed the tower, has moved its corporate headquarters to the building.
SOURCE: Portland Business Journal
To developers, builders and landowners, his call is crucial. If deemed a wetland, the site will require state and federal environmental permits that can take months to obtain. Compensation for lost wetlands must be arranged before construction can begin.
Now, for the first time in two decades, federal guidelines for making wetland decisions have changed……
read the full article at the SOURCE: PilotOnline.com – Changes to wetland rules take a coastal focus
The Peninsula On-line reports
DOHALAND has awarded contracts to leading industry experts as the company is all set to begin work on the first phase of its ambitious Heart of Doha project.
Turner, in a joint venture with DOHALAND, is providing project and construction management services. DTZ (financial feasibility), Rider Levett Bucknall (cost consultancy), ARUP/EDAW/Allies and Morrison (design regulation and site planning approval), ARUP (infrastructure), and Urbis (retail) are also involved in the project.
read the full article at the SOURCE: The Peninsula On-line – Heart of Doha project work all set to begin
IMAGE SOURCE: Heart of Doha – DOHALAND
The ENR: Engineering News Record looks at landscape architecture and how the profession is causing a shift in the way projects are designed. Landscape architects are bringing skills and ideas to projects but most of all vision, not just accepting the design given to them to place the’green’ but also collaborating with architects, engineers and other professionals to create better design solutions for projects.
The ENR article begins……
Need to stop flooding or reduce stormwater runoff and sewer overflows? Looking to ease demand on treatment plants and avoid the cost of expansion? Seeking cleaner air or water? Interested in recharging an aquifer, rebuilding a shoreline or remediating a brownfield? Trying to stem highway pollution? Need to rebalance a watershed or ecosystem?…..
read the remainder of the article at the SOURCE: ENR: Engineering News Record – McGraw-Hill Construction – Landscape Architecture Rising
New York Times has published a Infrastructure Edition of its Magazine.
Included in this edition is a look at the proposed High-Speed Rail in California, the gap in Infrastructure spending in the Economic Stimulus Bill, the Remaking of Paris, and a short piece on James Corner’s home and if your and a landscape architect and read the first line of the James Corner’s interview you will nod your head in agreement!
Crossrail Ltd (CRL) has confirmed the appointment of an Arup/Atkins team to undertake one of the largest and most important elements of the Crossrail project – the detailed design of the major twin tunnels to be bored beneath Central London.
SOURCE: Arup – Crossrail appoints Arup/Atkins team to design Central London twin bore tunnels
Live Design reports
“May 27, 2009, the legislation has been drafted without any input from lighting designers, and restricts the practice of lighting design to members of other professions and trades, such as architects, engineers and electricians. There are no provisions in the legislation for establishing a licensing standard for lighting designers.”
SOURCE: Live Design – Texas Legislation Impacts Lighting Design
In several Sections in the Bill HB 2649 it states that only a licensed as an engineer or registered as an architect, landscape architect, or interior designer can provide lighting design services.
This greatly affects a large number of architectural lighting designers and suppliers who offer design services as apart of their business.
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