Latest News

North America

Detroit: City’s plan to put foreclosed homes to use –
Hit by a deluge of foreclosures in the past three years, the City of Detroit said it has found a tool to get some of the houses back into use.

Winner selected for Jarvis Slip Competition –
Waterfront Toronto, joined by its government partners, today announced that a team led by Claude Cormier Architectes Paysagistes Inc. is the winner of the Jarvis Slip Public Space Design Competition. The design competition was held to produce an innovative design and to bring a fresh, new perspective to the one-acre site at the foot of Lower Jarvis Street.

Talk to your Neighbours First – Ann Arbor News
After hours of listening to residents speak against a large student housing project that the City Council eventually rejected, Ann Arbor Mayor John Hieftje had some advice for the next developer hoping to build on the site: Talk to the neighbors first.

Not in Silver Lake’s Backyard – by Christopher Hawthorne – Los Angeles Times
If you’ve spent any time in Silver Lake lately, you’ve probablyseen the signs. They have nothing to do with this year’s presidential campaign; they don’t point the way to a movie set or offer cash for your house.

They’re the result, instead, of a neighborhood battle that has turned increasingly bitter over the last year or so.


High and mighty by Will Alsop – The Guardian
Cities never stay still. The destruction of large parts of London in the second world war allowed a new urbanism – not all of it good by any means – to take place. The rise of London to become perhaps the world’s finance capital was accompanied by a realisation that a denser city of mixed use is environmentally more responsible than spreading out into green-belt areas and beyond. All these pressures make our urban environment more vibrant.

LI joins offers Prime Minister support in tackling climate change –
The Landscape Institute today welcomed a collaborative letter signed by the leaders of the built environment professions including LI President Nigel Thorne, sent to the Prime Minister, urging a “detailed, equitable and binding agreement” to avert the worse consequences of climate change.

Middle East

UAE Finalising railway plan –
The UAE is finalising a 350-kilometre national railway network plan to ease road congestion, said Sultan Bin Saeed Al Mansouri, Minister of Government Sector Development. The track will link Abu Dhabi to the east coast and will eventually be connected with the proposed GCC-wide railway network.

Beijing unveils ‘cool’ Water Cube swimming venue for Olympics

The National Aquatics Center, also known as the Water Cube – one of the two iconic venues for the 2008 Beijing Olympics, was unveiled here on Monday.

It was the public’s first look at the building after little more than three years of construction.

So far the venue has been dubbed the “cool” building of the Games with its translucent, blue-toned outside skin resembling a cube of bubbles?

The center, will host its first event – the “Good Luck Beijing Swimming China Open” – from January 31 to February 5.

Read & See more @ Chinadaily – Beijing unveils ‘cool’ Water Cube swimming venue for Olympics.

A Landscape in Winter, Dying Heroically

ON a cold January afternoon in this tiny village near the German border, the garden designer Piet Oudolf put on a heavy coat and led the way out of the 1850s farmhouse he shares with his wife, Anja, and into his garden. After a few steps he stopped and pointed with pride at a stalk of dead fennel standing in a bed of moribund, wheat-colored joe-pye weed. “Normally, people who garden would have cut this back by now,” he said. “The skeletons of the plants are for me as important as the flowers.”

Read more @ New York Times –  A Landscape in Winter, Dying Heroically .

India polarised over water privatisation

Across India, there is a rising tide of water privatisation projects made possible in recent years by a radical departure in the way national policy views water.

Water is no longer just a public service to be delivered by governments but a resource to be managed well if need be, with the participation of the private sector.

Read more @ India polarised over water privatisation by Supriya Sharma.

Iran News – Iran joins IFLA

Iranian Association of Greenery Engineers has joined the International Federation of Landscape Architects (IFLA), Iran Daily reported.

A team of experts headed by IFLA president, Diane Menzies visited Iran on January 25 to become familiar with landscape design in the country, reported IRNA.

IFLA president delivered a lecture on the academic status of landscape architecture at Shiraz University’s Architecture Faculty.

Iran News – Iran joins IFLA.

WWII-era bomber donated to Great Park

In years past, building a central park was about creating an escape from urban life with little nod to what it was replacing.

But the designers (Ken Smith Landscape Architects) of the Orange County Great Park, which is being built on 1,347 acres of the former El Toro Marine Corps base, are taking a new approach, embracing the site’s military past rather than bulldozing it.

In one such move, the park’s board today plans to accept the donation of a World War II-era patrol plane and bomber as the first artifact for an aviation museum expected to feature dozens of historic aircraft and memorabilia.

Read more @ Los Angeles Times WWII-era bomber donated to Great Park  by Tony Barboza 

Architect calls for tens of thousands of ‘green’¬†buildings

R.K. Stewart: Sustainable design really is designing in such a way that we utilize resources effectively and efficiently to preserve future opportunities for future generations.

Stewart was 2007 president of the American Institute of Architects.

R.K. Stewart: We need to design in a different way that lowers the amount of energy that we use. Our goal is to cut that utilization of fossil fuels by 50 per cent by the year 2010 and then continue to ratchet those reductions up in such a way that we can continue to have a high quality of life.

Read more @ Earth & Sky – Architect calls for tens of thousands of ‘green’ buildings  or Listen

1 ... 343 344 345 346 347 348 349 350 351 352 353 ... 366