Finalists announced for Dutch Design Awards

West 8 are one of the finalists in the Dutch Design Awards with the Bridge Vlaardingse Vaart, designed for the city of Vlaardingen, is one of the finalists in the Dutch Design Awards. The winners will be chosen by an international jury and introduced to the design world during the festive Award Show on 17 October 17, 2009. The designs of all finalists and winners will subsequently be exhibited for one week in the Brainport Greenhouse on the Stadhuisplein in Eindhoven during Dutch Design Week.

Bridge Bridge Deck

SOURCE: WEST 8

IMAGE SOURCE: WEST 8

£250m proposals for Barry waterfront

A new scheme for Barry Island, Wales has been submitted to planners with a expected cost £250 million. The scheme is expected to create 2,000 new homes, some retail areas, a waterfront cafe area, and expansive waterfront open space.

The development is expected to take 10 years and create 2,000 jobs according to the scheme backers.

The masterplan design was undertaken by Holder Mathias Architects, Soltys Brewster Landscape and Kedrick Davies of CDN Planning. The planning consultant for the scheme is Nathaniel Lichfield and Partners.SOURCE: Wales Online

In the News 3 September

Green green grass of Arbat [The Moscow News]
A new 2,700m2 (29,000 sq ft) green roof was recently completed at Novy Arbat building in Moscow at a cost of 20 million rubels ($USD625,000).

Horspath wind turbine ‘will harm landscape’ [Oxford Times]
CAMPAIGNERS fighting to protect the Oxfordshire countryside have claimed plans for a 130m tall wind turbine on the edge of the city would damage the landscape and dwarf nearby homes.

Kanner Architects’ Transformation of Venice Boulevard [Curbed LA]
Kanner Architects-designed new apartment complex on Venice and Superior is nearly finished…..but the architecture firm and landscape architect Dan Weeden deserve a lot of praise for helping transform this stretch of Venice Boulevard.

Finance ministry ‘green roof’ saves 5,630 euros in costs [ANA-MPG.gr]
The “green roof” created on the roof the economy and finance ministry building in Syntagma Square,  has resulted in savings of 5,630 euros a year, the ministry announced on Tuesday. The savings arise from a reduction in power used for cooling, amounting to 3,600 euros a year, and a reduction in fuel used for heating by 2,030 euros a year.

The green roof was created in July 2008 and covers about 650 square metres, or roughly half the surface at the top of the building.

Proposed fertilizer ordinance lauded [TBNWeekly.com]
Pinellas county Florida is proposing an ordinance to reduce fertiliser use by homeowners and landscape companies. Recently high levels of nitrogen where found in the local waterways. The county is not going to enforce the ordinance but are counting on an education program of homeowners and landscape companies

Design competitions to be held by the City

The City of Swainsboro, GA in conjunction with County officials,  is interested in creating a more user-friendly environment on the Square by integrating new shade structures that compliment the overall aesthetic and design of the space. New shade structures were first recommended by the Quality Growth Resource Team that visited Swainsboro earlier this year. The City of Swainsboro is only seeking designs, entrants are not expected or intended to build and implement their design into the Downtown Square. A total of $500 may be awarded to the winning design. For more information on this competition, entrants can visit the City of Swainsboro’s website at www.cityofswainsboro.org


NY State Governor signs Green Building Act

Governor David A. Paterson recently signed the State Green Building Construction Act. The new law gives OGS the authority to develop and implement new green building standards for New York State.

“The State of New York is committed to integrating sustainable design principles and energy efficiency into its building design and construction projects. The goal is an optimal balance of environmental, public and human benefits for meeting the state’s construction needs,” said Governor David A. Paterson. “Over the years OGS has demonstrated its ability to put policy into practice through its sustainable policies and LEED-certified green buildings program. I am confident that OGS will chart a sustainable path for environmentally sound, healthy and productive environments.”

SOURCE: OGS (NY)

$1 billion Parkland Precinct at NewQuay

A new $AUD1 billion development for New Quay an area of the Melbourne Docklands was revealed by MAB Corporation today. The fivc hectare residential and parkland development on Melbourne’s Victoria Harbour will create 1,000 homes for 2,500 people in the downtown area. The development will include 150,000 litre ( almost 40,000 gallons) of underground rainwater collection tanks for irrigation. The local community will be consulted on the activities that will be included in the new ‘local’ park.

SOURCE: MAB via Architecture & Design

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