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.
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 .
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 @ NDTV.com: India polarised over water privatisation by Supriya Sharma.
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.
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
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
FUNDING is in place to see a new Crystal Palace built as part of plans to overhaul a historic park.
A leading Scottish Bank, believed to be Clydesdale Bank, has given its support to the scheme in Crystal Palace Park.
It is backing plans for a smaller replica of the famous Crystal Palace as part of £265m worth of private investment in the palace, with additional funding from the park being generated by the development.
Read more at NS – 265m Funding To Build New Palace by Thom Kennedy