Landscape architecture steals the show at Future Vision 08 awards

For the second year running, landscape architecture has stolen the show, with a student from Kingston University securing the top prize at Future Vision 08 – the national awards scheme for young people with bright ideas for improving places.

Regine Elmenthaler came up with an idea to inject life into the Royal Docks in East London. Her vision for the future – Revive the Docks – brings the community together by creating a series of floating docks that extend the existing landscape to make room for markets, gardens, homes, green space and even a beach.

SOURCE: Landscape Institute – Landscape architecture steals the show at Future Vision 08 awards.

San Antonio’s McNay Art Museum Reopened After $33.1 Million Expansion

The McNay Art Museum in San Antonio, the oldest modern art museum in Texas, has officially reopened after doubling in size. The 45,000-square-foot expansion — named the Jane and Arthur Stieren Center for Exhibitions — allows the museum to host larger, critically-acclaimed exhibitions and enables it to show more of its collection, with distinctive additions such as a beautiful outdoor sculpture garden to showcase the museum’s growing sculpture collection. The $33.1 million Stieren Center re-opened on June 7, 2008.

Jean-Paul Viguier, a French architect who has designed several modern-day Paris landmarks, served as the museum’s lead architect. TBG, Texas’ largest landscape architecture and planning firm, was responsible for designing the new outdoor sculpture gardens and other exterior features.

SOURCE: –  San Antonio’s McNay Art Museum Reopened After $33.1 Million Expansion.

Hyder makes 5.4% on turnover

The latest figures give Hyder a profit margin on 5.4%, down slightly on the previous year. However Hyder says it is making progress towards a goal of a 10% margin.

Hyder Consulting has reported a 15% rise in turnover to £230m while the group’s forward orderbook is up by almost a third at £310m.

During the past year Hyder made six acquisitions at a total cost of £31m.

Net debt rose by £3m, as a result of the spend on acquisitions and the increase in need for working capital, to stand at £11m.

The biggest increase in the orderbook was from international markets “especially the buoyant Middle East region”.

SOURCE: Contract Journal

Site choosen for New housing for earthquake victims

A national earthquake relief team has chosen a site to rebuild the Beichuan county seat, which was severely devastated in the earthquake.

This is the Bandengqiao area of Mianyang city, and it covers ten square kilometers. After a 20-day field research, experts decided to recommend this site to rebuild the Beichuan county seat.

Li Xiaojiang, chief of China Academy of Urban Planning & Design, said, “It is safe. Earthquakes and other geological disasters will occur less frequently here than in other areas.”

read more @ the SOURCE: CCTV International.

Irrigation dam ‘inappropriate’ –

Central Plains Water’s (CPW) proposed dam across the Waianiwaniwa Valley would be like a line of tower blocks extending 2km across the Canterbury countryside, a hearing has been told.

Landscape architect Di Lucas, who was giving evidence on behalf of the Malvern Hills Protection Society, produced a photo montage of the 55m-high dam based on the comparable height of the Forsyth Barr tower in Christchurch.

SOURCE: Irrigation dam ‘inappropriate’

Talking green: A guide to eco-English

Denise Ryan of the Times Colonist (Canada) has written a great article on the language, lexicon, jargon of Eco-English. Terms that we use in day to day life as professionals and educators but often we forget what they actually mean.

For the correct meaning on Bioaccumulation, Freecycling, Point Sources and many other terms we use in our professions this is a great reference for young and old.

Read more @ the SOURCE: Times-Colonist – Talking green: A guide to eco-English – Denise Ryan

Ekistics designs golf courses, entire cities –

Designing a new city in northern Libya for two million people seems a daunting task, but Rob LeBlanc doesn’t seem fazed by it.

“It’s a massive, massive project,” the landscape architect says of the resort city he is planning on the Mediterranean coast.

“It details where houses are going to go, the industrial parks, airports, office buildings.”

Landscape architects, who specialize in large scale land planning and design, are in demand around the globe, says LeBlanc, who launched his company, Ekistics Planning & Design of Dartmouth, about 12 years ago.

That demand spurred LeBlanc, 41, to start a separate company, Land Inc., about 18 months ago; it focuses solely on international projects. That company, which shares an office with Ekistics, is designing golf courses, resorts and even entire cities in countries such as China, Egypt and Morocco.

Read more @ the SOURCE: Nova Scotia News –

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