Ariel Rubinsky of HAARETZ.com reports on the state of urban transport in Israel.
“Not everyone can leap out of bed at 5 A.M. to take a bicycle ride or have an early morning run. The same is true of the gym. On the face of it, urban residents have a readily available alternative: To increase their physical activity in their daily schedules, by, for example, doing errands on foot or walking, biking or rollerblading to work. It’s healthy, environmentally friendly, and circumvents the traffic jams. The problem lies in the current state of urban infrastructure. Cyclists and rollerbladers are constantly endangering their lives, being forced to maneuver between cars. As for pedestrians, they have to share the sidewalk with garbage bins and parked cars, inhaling exhaust fumes all the while.”
[SOURCE: Haaretz – Israel News – Reinventing urban wheels]
Construction Week Online reports “The parks will be located in residential areas and will create more than 60,000 square metres of public space, the municipality said.”
Construction of the parks is set to start in September 2009
[SOURCE: Design News from Construction Week Online – ‘Abu Dhabi approves public park plans’ ]
The Landscape Institute is running a competition for
“Dover Esplanade design competition is a two-stage design competition to produce an innovative design for a significant section of harbour-side beach and public realm on Dover’s waterfront. The aim is to create a modern and attractive new seafront that will become a major attraction to visitors and residents of Dover alike.
The competition is being run by the Landscape Institute Competitions Office under the auspices of a partnership comprising Dover Harbour Board, Dover District Council, Kent County Council, SEEDA, and English Heritage.
The project is being funded jointly by SeaChange and the partnership. SeaChange is a government initiative led by CABE in partnership with Arts Council England, BIG Lottery, English Heritage, Heritage Lottery Fund, Museums, Libraries and Archives Council, and the Regional Development Agencies.
The deadline for expressions of interest is 23 January 2009
Contact Sabina Mohideen, firstname.lastname@example.org for a copy of the stage 1 brief.
[SOURCE: Landscape Institute: Dover Esplanade Design Competition]
“The target is to have the event coincide with the opening of the Metro on 09/09/09,” a person close to the matter told Emirates Business.
[SOURCE: Emirates Business 24/7 – Burj Dubai all set for 09/09/09 soft opening]
The winning design of West 8 and BAS-Dirk Jaspaert for the new pedestrian bicycle bridge, that will span the rail tracks in Aarschot, focuses on the functional character of the bridge as well as on its potential to tempt and surprise its users.
The bridge will connect the different old and new parts of the city, the landscape and the centre with each other and becomes a crucial link within the regional bicycle path network. It also creates new access points to the platforms.
By virtue of its location, form, structure and the use of material, the bridge captures the qualities of the surrounding landscape. It offers cyclists and pedestrians a new rest and meeting place above the busy rail tracks, but at the same time it gives them a sense of security.
The steel space grid is supported by sculptural pillars and its curved shape offers a variety of constantly changing perspectives and experiences.
[SOURCE: West 8 Urban Design & Landscape Architecture / news / West 8 wins competition Bridge Aarschot]