Kimbell Art Museum reveals $70 million Renzo Piano expansion designs – Fort Worth Business Press

Fort Worth Buiness Press reports

“After a year and half of discussion and planning, Fort Worth’s Kimbell Art Museum on Nov. 18 unveiled preliminary plans for a new $70 million neighboring building designed by Italian architectural giant Renzo Piano and funded by the Kimbell Art Foundation.

Piano said only about 20 percent of the existing lawn will be incorporated into a sweeping berm that will shield the roof from the western sun and insulate the walls. Piano said he is working closely with landscape architect Pond & Co. of Atlanta.”

SOURCE: Fort Worth Business PressKimbell Art Museum reveals $70 million Renzo Piano expansion designs –

Nakheel to scale back projects on slowdown – Gulf News

GulfNews reports

“Nakheel PJSC, the state-owned developer planning a kilometre-high tower in Dubai, will scale back some of its projects because of the global economic slowdown.”

SOURCE: Gulfnews: Nakheel to scale back projects on slowdown.

Los Angeles Architects Recognize Top Green Design Firm

Los Angeles, CA (Vocus/PRWEB ) November 18, 2008 — The Environmental Nature Center in Newport Beach, CA. was one of six competition winners at the 2008 AFLA Green Gala, hosted by the Los Angeles chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council. Jim Wirick, Managing Principal at LPA Inc., accepted the award at the Wallis Annenberg Building in Los Angeles.

SOURCE: PRweb.com – Los Angeles Architects Recognize Top Green Design Firm.

Landscape designers apply nature’s tricks

San Francisco Chroncile reprts that

“Susan Van Atta, from Santa Barbara, is explicitly engaged in ecological restoration in many of her Southern California projects. Bernard Trainor, now in Monterey but active from the Carmel Valley to Marin County, says his gardens aren’t about replicating nature. But both converged on similar themes: looking at natural landscapes for inspiration and, as Trainor puts it, “learning tricks from nature and applying them.”

SOURCE: SFgate.com – Landscape designers apply nature’s tricks.

Detroit City Council critiques plans for $47M in federal funds – The Detroit News

The Detroit News reports that

“The city faces a tight deadline to approve a spending plan to collect on $47 million in federal home foreclosure aid, amid calls to revise recipients Monday from several City Council members, nonprofits and community groups.”

SOURCE: The Detroit News – detnews.com Detroit City Council critiques plans for $47M in federal funds

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