Over the past three millennia Jerusalem has known its fair share of master builders, from Kings David, Solomon and Herod to Suleiman the Magnificent and mayor Teddy Kollek. But the city has also known a mirror-image legacy of monumental and municipal projects that were stillborn or abandoned.
Read more @ Jerusalem deconstructed | Jerusalem Post.
WORK was due to start today restoring the historic Playfair Steps which run from Market Street to Princes Street Gardens.
The steps, which were built in 1828, are being revamped as part of a £10,000 project, which will see the original stone repaired rather than replaced so they keep the look of wear and tear that has built up over the years.
The four organisations involved – Edinburgh World Heritage, the city council, the National Galleries of Scotland and the Halifax Bank of Scotland – are funding the project, which is expected to take a couple of weeks, equally.
Read more @ Edinburgh Evening News – Work begins on £10k revamp of city’s iconic Playfair Steps –
To cover the littered lake of cracked asphalt, the students suggested gardens. For the darkest corners of the schoolyard, they asked for new playgrounds, safe and bathed in light.
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To help relieve the dark memories of the site at the Mount Vernon School where four young people were shot, three of them fatally, in August, the schoolyard here will be remade.
At a community meeting at the school on Tuesday night, students who participated in redesigning the schoolyard, in collaboration with landscape architects and the Trust for Public Land, unveiled the plans.
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Some artists might take offense if their work were likened to a giant pickle, but the architect Ken Shuttleworth has no objection to the nickname that Londoners have bestowed on his most famous design, 30 St Mary Axe, aka the Gherkin.
A newer creation, which is to be erected this year on the Jubilee Campus of the University of Nottingham, has been officially christened Aspire. The red-and-orange steel sculpture is a gift from an anonymous donor who wanted a new symbol for the university and the city — something that the people of Nottingham can see from a long way away, says Sir Colin Campbell, the university’s vice chancellor.
Read more @ Buildings & Grounds: Ken Shuttleworth, Designer of the ‘Gherkin,’ Has a New Spire at University of Nottingham – Chronicle.com.
For more than two years, a team of architects, landscape architects and planners at Princeton University has labored to strike a perfect balance between the old and the new. They have balanced between centuries of tradition and plans for innovative new spaces where architects can continue to design buildings that are both of their time and timeless.
Read more @ Princeton University – Princeton unveils most comprehensive campus plan in its history.
Scientists and property developers say green roofs on commercial buildings are good for the environment and good for the soul.
“Green roofs reduce energy through insulation, reduce stormwater run off and benefit individuals and communities,” says Green Roofs Australia president Geoff Wilson. “But Australia is behind the rest of the world. We have to act soon. Climate change is a fact.”
read more @ theage.com.au – Oases in the sky are a growing trend in our concrete jungles | .