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 – TheChronicleHerald.ca.
Research and Markets has announced the addition of The Research of China’s LED Lighting Market 2007 to their offering.Under the global energy crisis and the growth awareness of environmental protection, semiconductor LED lighting has been considered by the world as a best measure to protect and save energy. In 2006, global LED lighting market realized 7 billion U.S. dollars, an annual growth more than 20 per cent. In the next five to ten years, the expectation of global semiconductors will make 50 billion to 100 billion U.S. dollars potentially.
Since 2004, the Chinese government has begun to implement the LED lighting project. There are five bases of LED lighting in Shenzhen, Shanghai, Nanchang, Dalian and Xiamen in China.
The growth of high-brightness LED (HB-LED) is faster than the LED. There were 50% growth of high-brightness LED devices in 2005 and 2006, but, the same period, the growth of the LED was 20% and 26.7%respectively. China’s companies produced 25 billion high-brightness LED devices in 2006.
In terms of the upgrading technology and luminous efficiency, large-size LCD TV backlighting, automotive, commercial and industrial lighting are the major application fields of LED lighting. From 2006 to 2010, LED display with a compound annual sales growth of 19.2 percent, landscape lighting of 37.2% and LCD backlight of 31.5 percent.
SOURCE:: RESEARCH & MARKETS PRESS RELEASE
Shenzhen in the south of China has been growing at a break neck pace for the last 30 years and create a new city and urban structure that differs greatly from the great cities developed during the 20th Century such as New York.
The New York Times Magazine has produced an audio slide show that gives an insight into the makeup and construction of Shenzhen. See the Slide Show @ NYTimes.com
Almost a century after Tsarist-era spending came to an end, St. Petersburg is embarking on a new golden age. This time, Russia’s new energy wealth is funding $50 billion in infrastructure projects that will bring Peter the Great’s “Window on Europe” into the 21st century.
By 2020, the city is to have an office tower taller than any in Europe today, a new international airport busier than any in Scandinavia today, and a cruise ship port with more berths than any cruise port of call in the world.
To ease transportation bottlenecks, St. Petersburg is doubling the underground subway system and plans to build a 72-kilometer elevated rail system. Construction crews are building a $3 billion container port, a 116-km ring road, and a 46-km north-south bypass toll road, to speed highway traffic between Finland and Moscow.
SOURCE: The St. Petersburg Times – Economic Forum – $50 Bln By 2020.
Please see attached for a Press Release announcing the results of the TORSANLORENZO INTERNATIONAL PRIZE – 2008.
Landscape design in transformation of the territory
• 1st Prize: Paulinum school in Schwaz, Austria. Rainer Schmidt architect (Austria)
• 2nd Prize: Restauration of the Sforza Cesarini garden in Rome, Italy. Virginio Melaranci,
Cinzia Giuliani, Dimitri Ticconi, Ilia Monachesi, architects (Italy)
• Mention: Pathway and landscape observatories in San Michele di Gazania, Italy.
Ex.Studio, Patricia Meneses and Ivan Juarez, architects (Spain)
Urban green spaces
• 1st Prize: restructuration of the ‘Colline de la Paix’ in Finocchio, Italy. Luigi Franciosini,
Paola Porretta, Antonella Tittoni, Paolo Uliana, Giovanna White, architects (Italy).
• 2nd Prize: General Maister Memorial Park in Ljubno ob Savinji, Slovenia. Matej Kucina,
Tanja Maljevac, Primoz Pugelj, Marjan Pobolsaj, Toncek Zizek, architects (Slovenia).
• Mention: Palm Grove, Darling Harbour, Sydney, Australia. Timothy Williams, Darren
Graham, architects (Australia).
• 1st Prize: Villengarten St. Gilgen, Salzbourg, Austria. Rainer Schmidt, architect (Austria).
• 2nd Prize: Atlas Apartments, Sydney, Australia. Adrian Mc Gregor, Larissa Ward
While discussing the proposed $7.5 million renovation of the Downtown Mall, city planners and the MMM Design Group, the Norfolk-based design firm contracted to do the work, have repeatedly vowed to remain faithful to the original Lawrence Halprin design. Interestingly, no one bothered to consult Halprin himself.
Reached at the California studio where he’s busy working on his memoirs, the 92-year-old landscape architect says he was unaware of the current plan to update his 1976 Charlottesville Mall design. Still, it wasn’t unfamiliar news. Quite a few of his landscapes have been renovated and altered over the years– and in 2003, the same year he received the National Medal of Arts from President Bush, the nation’s highest honor for artistic excellence, his Skyline Park in Denver was demolished.
Read more @ the SOURCE: The Hook – ONARCHITECTURE- Mauling the Mall? Don’t change the bricks: Halprin.
The luxurious resort hotel Stowe Mountain Lodge opens next week, and it already has a significant place in local history.
The $200-million resort is the centrepiece of Spruce Peak at Stowe, a posh, eco-conscious community of lofty mountainside living. It embraces superlative skiing, hiking, golf on a new wilderness-style course and spa life at a branch of the Cooper Institute, the Dallas-based wellness centre.
SOURCE: Canada.com (The Gazette) – $200-million resort adds to luxury landscape in Stowe.