Master plan unveiled for NC State Fairgrounds :: WRAL.com

WRAL.com reports

“North Carolina’s State Fairgrounds is getting a $121 million makeover.

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler unveiled a master plan on Wednesday for 48 projects scheduled to be completed over the next 20 to 30 years. Proposed projects include new exposition space, new entrance gates and additional parking.”

[SOURCE: Master plan unveiled for NC State Fairgrounds :: WRAL.com]

New police facility will have ‘green’ design but won’t be LEED certified – The Windsor Beacon

The Windsor Beacon reports

“The new police facility will be a green building, using Best Practices building standards to design an energy-efficient, cost-savings home for the Windsor Police Department.

But the Windsor Town Board opted Monday night to not take the next step and make the building Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certified……..cost an extra $107,450 in design fees…….”

SOURCE: New police facility will have ‘green’ design but won’t be LEED certified | WindsorBeacon.com | The Windsor Beacon

Sharjah Municipality to complete execution of AED1.5 billion projects – WAM

WAM reports

“Sharjah Municipality (SM), UAE remains committed to completing all ongoing development and infrastructure projects, which it is executing at a total cost of more than AED1.5 billion, it was disclosed by SM Director General, Salah Tahir Al-Hajj.”

SOURCE: WAM

Make under pressure to alter Tottenham masterplan – Building Design

Building Design reports

“Make could be forced to alter plans for the redevelopment of Tottenham Hotspur Football Club amid claims that the planned demolition of listed buildings on the site would be “very difficult to justify” under planning rules.

Tottenham Hotspur announced last November that Make, alongside landscape architect Martha Schwartz, would masterplan the 8ha site, while KSS designs the stadium.”

SOURCE: Building Design – Make under pressure to alter Tottenham masterplan

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Planning fails to keep pace with urbanisation – Viet Nam News

Viet Nam News reports

HA NOI — Only about 30 to 45 per cent of Viet Nam’s urban zones are the result of detailed planning, a construction ministry survey shows.

And rapid expansion and complex planning procedures are likely to ensure that the rate will not quickly improve.

The survey shows that in major cities such as Ha Noi, Hai Phong and Da Nang from 70 to 100 per cent of the inner-city has been thoroughly planned.

Detailed planning ranges from 25 to 40 per cent in outer-city small-to-medium urban precincts.

SOURCE: Viet Nam News – Planning fails to keep pace with urbanisation

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Urban Design in a New Economy – Epoch Times

Epoch Times reports

Canada’s housing guru projects a vision of cities of the future

At a time when doom and gloom seem to be the order of the day, it is refreshing to hear a new perspective. “After down there is up,” was Dr. Avi Friedman’s opening message in a lecture he gave recently in Langford, British Columbia.

read the full article @ the SOURCE: Epoch Times – Urban Design in a New Economy

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Smithsonian selects 6 firms for design competition

The Smithsonian has announced the selection of six firms who will participate in a two-month design competition that will determine which one firm is asked to submit a formal proposal for the design of the new National Museum of African American History and Culture. The museum is scheduled to be constructed on a five-acre plot of land on Constitution Avenue between the Washington Monument and the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History.

Devrouax & Purnell Architects/Planners, P.C, and Pei Cobb Freed & Partners Architects, LLP

Diller Scofidio + Renfro in association with KlingStubbins

Foster + Partners/URS joint venture

Freelon Adjaye Bond in association with SmithGroup

Moody Nolan Inc. in association with Antoine Predock Architect PC

Moshe Safdie and Associates Inc. in association with Sultan Campbell Britt & Associates

SOURCE: Media-Newswire.com & Smithsonian

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