In a July interview with Der Spiegel, celebrated Olympic architect Jacques Herzog defended his decision to accept a signature commission from China, despite the nation’s abysmal record on human rights. The headline said enough: “Only an idiot would have said no.” Given the reception that Herzog’s Bird’s Nest has received –
Read more @ the SOURCE: Guardian.co.uk – Kriston Capps: Olympic architecture is a burden after the games end
The NYTimes gives a good overview working with clients on designing sustainable residential landscapes.
Read more @ the SOURCE: NYTimes.com – Creating Landscapes That Balance Beauty and Sustainability
Aedas Hong Kong — the Asia-
Pacific headquarters of the global Aedas Group – today offers an overview of its ongoing expansion and growing strength in terms of both market position and expertise across a broad spectrum of architecture and design sectors.
The mainland China market has contributed substantially to Aedas Asia’s overall growth. New commissions in the region include a major mixed-use development in Pa Zhou, Wuxi Times Square, and the Shenyang IFC.
SOURCE: Aedas Ltd in 2008: Expanding Horizons, Strong Growth.
This new competition for Market Place seeks talented landscape architects to help deliver a landscaping and public realm scheme in the historic city of Salisbury.
The renaissance of the city’s Market Place forms an integral part of a recently commissioned document setting out a Vision for the future of Salisbury. In the heart of the city, the Market Place is a bustling area which is home to a thriving charter market. The overall objective is to design and implement a high quality scheme which improves, enhances and reclaims the Market Place, Guildhall Square and surrounding areas as a high quality focal space for the city. The promoters are hoping that the successful scheme that will provide a vibrant, welcoming place that is a showpiece of modern public realm design in an historic setting.
The focus of the competition will be the development of the Market Place. However, the successful team will also be expected to produce a city public realm strategy.
Selection will take the form of a two stage process, which at stage one seeks expressions of interest. A shortlist of up to six teams will be drawn up and invited to produce concept designs.
The competition is being organised by the RIBA on behalf of Salisbury District Council as part of a joint initiative with Wiltshire County Council.
The deadline for expressions of interest is Tuesday 16th September 2008.
To download a preliminary briefing paper click here.
SOURCE: Landscape Institure: Salisbury Market Place Competition.
The shadow rural affairs minister was invited by Snowdonia National Park Authority (SNPA) to assess the environmental improvements being carried out by its tenant farmers.
“Farmers need to feel they are getting the support they need from the Assembly Government to help maintain Wales’ beautiful landscape.”
Read more @ the SOURCE: Daily Post North Wales – Landscape work praised … but not red tape –
… green displays are obviously high on the agenda in Liverpool at the moment, with Green Spot’s temporary woodland installation appearing in the courtyard of the newly refurbished Bluecoat centre, just a day ahead of another Biennial plantation by architect firm Diller Scofidio + Renfro.
Both installations involve trees being planted on a temporary basis, though Green Spot is notable because of its hefty backing. The Forestry Commission and the Environment Agency are just two of the major partners working with communications firm Creative Concern to make the project happen. As such, Green Spot arrives with serious ambitions, above and beyond the usual artistic concepts involved in gallery-based displays.
Read more @ the SOURCE: Metro.co.uk – Green Spot provides an urban oasis
With the completion next spring of the new convention centre in Vancouver’s Coal Harbour, there will be a few blocks of new parkland added to the city — but they’re strictly for the birds and the bees.
The expansion project, west of the current convention centre, is being topped off with a 2.4-hectare green — or “living” — roof that covers the flat, sloping segmented roof, and will be the second-largest in North America, next to a Michigan Ford plant covered with grass patches.
SOURCE: The Province – Green roof boasts host of eco pros.