EDAW is now fully merged into AECOM

Today, World Landscape Architect tried to access EDAW.com and some of EDAW’s country domain sites (.cn, .hk, .au, etc) but was redirected to AECOM.com. So it now it seems that EDAW has fully merged completely into AECOM.

We found the new AECOM.com site shows a re-branded AECOM and merges many of the firms identities that where once known separately in various countries are now one brand with new look logo and a single website.

Some will be sad to see the names of EDAW, Cansult Maunsell, Faber Maunsell, Basset, ENSR, Earth Tech, TCB, PADCO, CTE, Metcaf & Eddy, UMA, DMJM and many other firms merge into one name, but others will see it as a fresh to be apart of the one company with 43,000 people. It just shows that the world of professional services is now truly global with services interchanged between firms and offices who once vied for the same work now merged into one company. It will be interesting to see what the future holds for the industry and whether other companies will merge together to form another multi-discipline worldwide firm or a large built environment services company.

DISCLOSURE: Author & Editor Damian Holmes worked for UMA in Calgary when UMA & AECOM were merging.
This post was not sourced from AECOM or from any pre-merger AECOM company.
Any and All company names listed are copyright and trademark of AECOM.

UBC students design pavilion for 2010 Olympics

Sarah Chung at the THEUBYSSEY.CA reports

The 24-hour design session, or 24-hour charette, consisted of interdisciplinary architecture student teams designing a rain-proof, bright, and lively pavilion to be erected in Downtown Vancouver for the 2010 Olympics. The event was held at the Lasserre Building and ended at 9am Monday morning.

“[The Olympics] are starting to get so close…this is a chance to have an effect and be involved in the Olympics, and the fact that [the pavilion] will actually be built, that’s really exciting,” said Jamie Johnson, a second-year Landscape Architecture student.

Winners will be announced on November 16 by a panel of multi-disciplinary judges.

read more of the article at the SOURCE: THEUBYSSEY.CA

Turenscape win World Architecture Festival Award

Turenscape (Beijing Turen Design Institute) has been awarded the Landscape Category award at the 2009 World Architecture Festival for a 22-hectare park in Tianjin, ChinaThe Adaptation Palettes: Regenerative Landscape Design

Through Regenerative Design and by allotting landforms, the natural process of plant adaptation and community evolution is introduced to transform a former deserted shooting range used as a garbage dump, into a low maintenance urban park; providing diverse nature’s services for the city including containing and purifying storm water; improving the saline-alkali soil, providing opportunities for environmental education and creating a cherished aesthetic experience.

For more information go to the [SOURCE: World Architecture Festival]

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Decaying mall prime for redevelopment in Lexington

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Recently,  Kentucky.com published an interesting article about Lexington Mall. A mall that has slowly died over the last 20 years and become part of the urban decay of Lexington. The site now offers a great opportunity for development as it is located inside the New Circle Road(See Map). The site’s history is similar to many urban malls in North America slowly died since the 1990’s and many attempted redevelopments by the owner but nothing ever eventuated and then abandonment of the site for it to decay.

The site is 30 acres of prime real estate as its 3 miles from downtown and near schools and other amenities. The article cites Brian Lee, a Landscape Architecture professor at University of Kentucky stating that

“It’s one of the few sites in Lexington with a water view,” said Brian Lee, a University of Kentucky landscape architecture professor whose students have studied the site for academic exercises in urban redevelopment.

The author of the article suggests that the site could be a “new urban” mixed village and shows diagrams of a possible “Seaside” style development. However, I think this idea sells the site short of its possibilities and that it should integrate more public functions and should be more connected to the surrounding parks and utilise the edges along the main roads.

What would you do with the site?

To read and more go to the[SOURCE: Kentucky.com – Acres of prime land are full of potential – Business]

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White vs Green roofs at McGill

Henry Gass of McGill Daily reports

The fight for Montreal’s environmental future has recently reached new heights, as various environmental groups in the city promote the installation of energy-efficient green and white roofs.

Green rooftops, or rooftop gardens, are becoming more and more popular in Montreal, while white rooftops, flat surfaces with a white polymeric membrane stretched across, are just starting to be introduced.

Read the full article at the [SOURCE: McGill Daily – Green, white roofs come to campus]

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