UNStudio win Beijing Creative Zone competition

UNStudio has been awarded 1st prize in the recent competition for the masterplan of the Beijing River Creative Zone, located in Yanqing, 200km from Beijing. From the nine projects presented (Foster+Partners (UK), Zaha Hadid (UK), Atelier d’Architecture Christian de Portzamparc (FR), AS. Architecture-Studio (FR), Beijing Tsinghua Urban Planning &Design Institute (CN), Beijing Institute of Architectural Design (CN), NPS (US) and KCAP (NL)), UNStudio’s design was selected as the winning entry.

The Beijing Creative Zone represents the urban typology needed for a new open learning environment in ‘Urbanity in Nature’. The design for the Creative Zone encompasses compression on a dual scale; the greenbelt and the urban fabric. The urban fabric of the edge is formed by the interweaving of two distinct yet highly interconnected strips. In the creation of an Architectural Park, ateliers and pavilions are organised on the basis of the Chinese garden’s emphasis of “一步一景” (“One View Per Step”).. The parkland becomes an international showcase of experimental projects and emerging design practices. By implementing the four clusters of a products life cycle ‘Think, Develop, Produce and Sell’ as a continuous loop of activity, one creates a platform for all steps of the process towards product sales.

[SOURCE: UNStudio]

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Auckland’s First Shared Space Street

Voxy.co.nz reports

The final concept design for the upgrade of Elliott Street in Auckland’s CBD has been approved by two Auckland City Council committees, for what will become Auckland’s first shared space street.

Shared space is at the forefront of international urban design and aims to combine rather than separate the functions of a street. Through specific design, management and maintenance, streets that incorporate shared space improve the environment for people, without needing to ban traffic.

read more at the [SOURCE: Voxy.co.nz]

Landscape Architecture professor travels North America studying urban agriculture

Professor Karen Landman, a landscape architecture professor from University of Guelph recently travelled across North America to study Urban Agriculture. Travelling some 18,000 kilometres(11,185 km) across western USA and Canada to see how food was grown commercially in cities.

University of Guelph has a full interview with Professor Karen Landman about her travels what she learnt.

[SOURCE: University of Guelph] via City Farmer News

An Urban Agriculture Symposium is being held at the University of Guelph at the Arboretum on Friday 20 November from 8:30am to 5:30pm at which Professor Karen Landman will give a lecture along with other presenters. However, the cut off date for registration was last Friday, 13th November.

New Zealand rejects wind farm

A $1.4 billion 630-megawatt wind farm has been rejected by the Environment Court of New Zealand on the grounds that it would ruin the surrounding landscape.

Read the court’s decision(in pdfs) at Environment Court of New Zealand

SOURCE: UPI.com – New Zealand rejects plan for wind farm

By 2018 China Will Pass U.S. As Preeminent Construction Market

A report was recently released by Global Construction Perspectives and Oxford Economics titled Global Construction 2020 which gives a global forecast for the construction industry until 2020.

Include in the report summary are some interesting insights into the coming decade of construction.

Currently the global construction market is worth 7.5 trillion dollars (at 2008 prices) and will grow by 69.3% to 12.7 trillion by 2020(at 2008 prices).

The report states that the US, UK, Canada & Australia will rebound quicker than other developed countries. However, developing countries such as India & China will have quicker growth in the next decade than developed countries and that the China construction market is forecasted to exceed the USA by 2018.

Output in India will be accelerate quicker than China and that emerging markets construction output will be exceed 3 times that of developing countries over the next decade.

read more  about the report at the SOURCE: Global Construction 2020
found via ENR: Engineering News Record

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