“For more than a decade, as property values soared, luxury condominium developers found creative ways to promote projects. Some touted exclusive addresses and lavish amenities while others enlisted celebrity architects and endorsers to help drum up enthusiasm. Now, as numbers of sales fall in even the most resilient real estate markets, developers are having to work even harder. And many are turning to an area that once received only perfunctory attention: landscape design.
“Today, a buyer is just as likely to ask about the gardens and public spaces at a development project as what kind of kitchen or bath amenities there are,” says Edward Lewis, a London estate agency that specialises in new properties. And in a slowing market, every detail matters.
In New York the backers of Beekman Plaza have listed their landscape architects, Field Operations, in collaboration with Dutch planting expert Piet Oudolf, alongside their star architect, Frank Gehry.
For their part, top architects say working closely with landscape designers from the outset of a project is essential, particularly on large-scale housing developments. “Landscaping used to be one of the weak links in residential condominium design,” says Gisue Hariri, a partner at design firm Hariri & Hariri Architecture.”
Read more @ the SOURCE: FT.com / Home UK / UK – Wrapped in green.
The winners of the second North American Holcim Awards competition for Sustainable Construction projects were announced at a ceremony in Montreal. Total prize money of USD 270,000 was presented to nine projects from Canada and the United States that showcase the latest approaches to address critical topics including housing affordability, employment, renewable energy, and water efficiency.
Holcim Awards Gold 2008
Solar 2 Green Energy, Arts and Education Center, New York, USA
Main author: Christopher J. Collins, Excecutive Director, Solar One Green Energy, Arts and Education Center,
New York, USA
Holcim Awards Silver 2008
Self-contained day labor station, San Francisco, USA
Main author: Liz Ogbu, designer, San Francisco, USA
Holcim Awards Bronze 2008
Living with Lakes Center for freshwater restoration and research, Sudbury, Canada
Main author: John Gunn, scientist, Laurentian University, Sudbury, Canada
Holcim Awards Acknowledgement prizes 2008
Evergreen Brick Works heritage site revitalization, Toronto, Canada
Main author: David Stonehouse, urban planner, Evergreen, Toronto, Canada
Minimal-impact North Vancouver Outdoor School, Canada
Authors: Ron Kato, Larry McFarland, Craig Duffield, Larry McFarland Architects, Vancouver, Canada
Strategy for environmentally-friendly integration of beehives, Detroit, USA
Authors: Stéphane Orsolini, Erika Mayr, Berlin, Germany
Holcim Awards “Next Generation” 1st prize 2008
Microstructure research for building skins, Cambridge, USA
Authors: Neri Oxman, John Hart, architects, MIT, Cambridge, USA
Holcim Awards “Next Generation” 2nd prize 2008
Residential density for urban spaces, Toronto, Canada
Authors: Chenglong Wang, Lingchen Liu, architects, Beijing, China
Holcim Awards “Next Generation” 3rd prize 2008
Responsive urban downtown activity center, Boston, USA
Author: Andrew Edward Lantz, student, Harvard GSD, Cambridge, USA
SOURCE: Holcim Awards 2008 North America.
“To achieve the vision of Hong Kong as Asia’s world city, the Government will focus on three broad areas in working out the future blueprint of Hong Kong – improving a quality living environment, enhancing economic competitiveness, and strengthening links with the Mainland, Secretary for Development Carrie Lam says”
read more @ the SOURCE: news.gov.hk – Progressive development key to planning.
“Last month, the Tolerance Park and Monument was dedicated atop the Armon Hanatziv ridge along the Goldman Promenade in Jerusalem. Its main attraction is an impressive 15-meter bronze sculpture, the handiwork of Polish sculptor Czeslaw Dzwigaj.”
read more @ the SOURCE: Haaretz – Israel News – Choked by unrealistic messages
It may not be the sprawling 50-acre countryside farm he once dreamed of running, but for Newton resident Greg Maslowe, the 2 acres of city-owned property in south Newton is just right.
read more @ the SOURCE: The Boston Globe – Challenge, rewards in running Newton’s only remaining farm –