Autodesk launches online Green Building Game

Autodesk has launched a online guide and game to educate the public about buildings, carbon footprint through a online game called Retrofits.  Autodesk uses gameplay to educate people about buildings and how retrofitting with double glazing, solar panels and other features can reduce the carbon fooprint of a building.

The guide – Guide to Sustainable Design for Architecture, Engineering & Construction for its Autodesk products is interesting as it creates an easier way to determine what products are best for retrofits, new buildings and determining goals. The list is also useful as BIM becomes more and more apart of a designers toolbox.

[SOURCE: Archdaily – Autodesk Launches Online Game on Green Building]

Landscape Architect & Urban Planner in Top 50 careers for 2010

U.S. News and World Report have listed Landscape Architect and Urban Planner in the Top 50 Careers for 2010.

Numbers of Landscape Architects according U.S. News and World Report are expected to jump 20 percent between 2008 and 2018 and Urban Planners are expected to also to grow 19 percent from 38,400 jobs in 2008 to 45,700 jobs by 2018.

I couldn’t find in the articles where these figures came from or when the survey was undertaken. However I am guessing they came from the USA Government Bureau of Labor Statistics – Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2010-11 Edition. The BLS – Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2010-11 Edition has greater detail about the landscape architecture profession.

SOURCE:
U.S. News & World Report – Landscape Architect
U.S. News & World Report – Urban Planner

RELATED RESOURCES

USA Government Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2010-11 Edition – Landscape Architect

USA Government Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2010-11 Edition -Urban & Regional Planners

Jobs Bank USA – Outlook for Landscape Architects

Kermit Bakers ASLA 2009 Annual Meeting Presentation[pdf] on the profession and the economic outlook


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Londoners to get 22,500 car charging points by 2015

Recently at the Copenhagen climate summit the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson revealed plans for a comprehensive network of electric charge points in the capital, supporting the mainstream use of zero carbon-emission electric vehicles by 2015. The plan shows that Londoners will have access to 22,500 charge points at work, 500 on the street and 2,000 in public car parks.

The Mayor also announced that after detailed investigations to establish operational requirements, early next year the Greater London Authority will publish a detailed procurement framework to buy 1000 electric vehicles for the GLA group fleet by 2015

The estimated cost of the 25,000 charging points, conversion of the Greater London Authority fleet and other initiatives to kick-start London’s electric vehicle revolution is £60million.

[SOURCE: Mayor of London]

Sustainable Sites gets coverage in Biocycle

The Sustainable Sites Initiative launched the Guidelines and Performance Benchmarks 2009 in November 2009 has received more recent press coverage from the December issue of Biocycle magazine. The article looks at the history of the Initiative and explores the Ecosystem as a Baseline. The article also looks at the pilot program and the industry acceptability of the Performance benchmarks. for a good read go to the article at the Biocycle – Performance Guidelines for Sustainable Sites – Vol.50 No.12 Pg. 32

Remember that pilot program applications need to be submitted by February 15.

AECOM on the M&A trail not far from home

Recently we reported recently via (Building.co.uk) that AECOM was one of the firms to be rumoured to be on the look out for firms ripe for Mergers and Acquisitions (M&A) in the UK. However, it seems they are also looking in their own backyard as they announced yesterday by press release that the professionals from Glatting Jackson Kercher Anglin, a multi-disciplinary firm with offices in Atlanta, Denver, Orlando & West Palm Beach would be joining AECOM. For more information read the press release below

AECOM: Investor Relations: Press Release

AECOM Technology Corporation (NYSE: ACM), a leading provider of professional technical and management support services for government and commercial clients around the world, announced today that approximately 90 professionals from Glatting Jackson Kercher Anglin have joined the firm’s U.S. operations.

The employees’ expertise enhances AECOM’s offerings in the areas of environmental services, landscape architecture, planning, transportation and urban design.

“We are delighted to have these outstanding professionals join AECOM,” said John M. Dionisio, AECOM president and chief executive officer. “These new members of the AECOM family will enable us to better meet our clients’ evolving planning, design and development needs as they enjoy increased professional-development opportunities as part of our company.”

“These outstanding professionals complement our integrated design and planning practice,” added Joe Brown, FASLA, chief executive of Planning, Design + Development for AECOM. “The expertise of Glatting Jackson employees strengthens our capabilities to deliver innovative, integrated responses to public realm and infrastructure challenges in a world where resource scarcity, urbanization, environmental change and economic uncertainty factor into projects of every scale.”

[SOURCE: AECOM]

Walter Hood in the New York Times

New York Times feature with Walter Hood about Crown Memorial State Beach

Mr. Hood, whose landscape architecture firm designed the grounds of the de Young Museum in San Francisco, lives in Oakland, and he spends a lot of time traveling. In August, he accepted a Cooper Hewitt National Design Award at the White House. (His words have been edited and condensed.)

read more at the SOURCE: New York Times – A beach with a different view

Go-ahead on Gustafson Porter designed Woolwich Squares

Builder & Engineer reports

A £6.6m project to revamp the two squares at the heart of Woolwich town centre will go ahead in the New Year after Greenwich councillors gave the scheme the green light yesterday….

The scheme has been designed by landscape architects Gustafson Porter, and follows detailed consultation with local residents and businesses, as well as targeted consultations to enable young people to give their views……

read more at the [SOURCE: Builder & Engineer – Go-ahead for £6.6m revamp of Woolwich Squares]

 

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