Recession & Recovery Special Report – Architectural Record

Architectural Record has a special report on Recession & Recovery

“How architects can survive the economic crisis—from revamping your resume to getting government contracts.”

[SOURCE: Architectural Record | News | Economy]

West 8′s Twist Bridge gets coverage from Wallpaper.com

Wallpaper.com reported on West 8′s new bridge

“Even though landscape design experts West8 might be known for their innovative larger scale public spaces and urban planning work, bridge design has also been on their agenda for a long time now; the firm has already designed over 100 bridges in their home country of The Netherlands, and internationally.”

SOURCE: Twist Bridge, Vlaardingen – Architecture – Wallpaper.com

World Landscape Architect Editor’s Note: When will landscape architecture override the term landscape design?

Pedestrian Malls are they dead? Op-Ed piece – World Landscape Architect

Is the pedestrian mall dead, do cars really add vitality to places or is it a mere lack of government and planners not creating exciting places to live, shop and relax? Numerous cities around the world have implemented pedestrian malls and most often deemed failures as they get old and tired with a lack of investment and also a lack of ownership from citizens and shop owners.

In the 1970′s pedestrian malls were seen as a new way of revitalising areas and bringing life to an area by stopping traffic noise and pollution entering. Numerous cities implemented the pedestrian mall to often see them become desolate places and then decide after 10-20 years to reopen the street to traffic. Was this failure due to the poor planning and site selection or was it due to the lack of activity such as vehicle movement making the area seem unsafe?

Often pedestrian malls fail because the selection of street to close is poor, such as a large street or a purely shopping street with only retail stores. The best pedestrain malls that survive today are those in areas with a varied mix of uses – shopping, restaurants, bars, and often have commercial and high-density residential within 5 minutes walking distance.

Currently Boston’s area known as Downtown Crossing is being labelled as a failure by the community and stating that it should be reopened to traffic as reported in The Boston Globe report Should Downtown Crossing be reopened to traffic? However, are these claims that it’s a failure more a sign of a detoriating downtown lacking energy? are people just coming to downtown to work? does downtown crossing need redevelopment? Many downtowns and central business districts are suffering as they have become merely places to work and not places to live.
The best solution for Downtown Crossing is proactive decisions from the City to get developers, retailers, restauteurs to recreate the area.

During an economic crisis countries and cities need visions to energise their cities. The economic crisis is the best time to get people together to get opinions and ideas on how areas can be improved as many people in the community now have the time available. A city community consultation and subsequent ideas can generate interest in an area and thus investment from developers as they see opporunities that may have gone unnoticed before. Generating of an ideas and possible change also gives everyone in the city a better outlook and hope in the current economic circumstances.

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Estidama chooses X-Architects’ work as reference project – Zawya

Zawya reports

“Dubai-based X-Architects masterplanning for the Al Naseem project in Al Ain will be used as a reference project by Abu Dhabi-based Estidama, according to the local practice.

“Estidama is the new authority in Abu Dhabi and they are recognising projects based on sustainability in this part of the world,” said Farid Esmaeil, founding partner at X-Architects.”

[SOURCE: Zawya - Estidama chooses X-Architects' work as reference project]

UAE is well-positioned to survive the economic crisis – AMEinfo.com

HH Sheikh Nahayan stated at the ‘The Gulf Region in the Global Economic Crisis: Force for Stability’ Forum that,

‘Our national leaders, our Government agencies, our businesses and our universities are examining the questions related to the nature and size of this economic downturn. They are continually monitoring its effect on the sectors most affecting the UAE – finance, real estate and tourism and they want to know how long it will last, and what measures are needed to deal with its ramifications.’

[SOURCE: AMEinfo.com - UAE is well-positioned to survive the economic crisis | Dubai Chamber]

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