St.Petersburg could lose its UNESCO status *UPDATE*

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St. Peterburg, Russia could lose its UNESCO status as a World Heritage Centre if the plans of the world’s biggest natural gas company to build a 396 metre (1,299 ft) skyscaper go ahead. The $3 billion building designed by RMJM has still not been approved by the local government.

SOURCE: Bloomberg

*UPDATE*

1. Opponents of the Okhta Center, also known as the Gazprom Tower, filed a lawsuit late last week asking the court to cancel an upcoming public hearing as “illegal.” SOURCE: St.Petersburg Times

2. St. Petersburg residents on Tuesday (01.09.09) clashed with police and OAO Gazprom security guards during a public hearing over the plan to erect the tallest skyscraper in Europe. Around 12 people who attended Tuesday’s meeting were removed, as calls of ‘shame on Gazprom’ rung in the air. SOURCE: Architect’s Journal

Jakarta City calls for help to keep green space

Jakarta City administrators seem to have thrown in the towel claiming that the 650 sq km city is to big to manage with too few city workers and audit team to manage and police development in the city. The city is asking the private sector to help manage buildings in the city and surrounding green spaces. The current green space in the city is 9.97% whereas the plan drawn up in 2000 mandated a minimum 13.49% by 2010.
The Jakata Globe quoted Nirwono Joga, head of the Indonesia Landscape Architecture Study Group, said

“his group and the Indonesian Association of Planners were both ready to step in and form audit teams for the green space supervision program next year.”

SOURCE: Jakata Globe – City calls for help to keep green space

What is a wetland worth?

According to Department of Environment Protection(DEP) in Connecticut about $250,000. Recently a wetland next to Route 7 in Danbury, CT was filled in with gravel by a Department of Transportation(DOT) contractor during the widening of  road. The DOT and DEP have come to an agreement as a civil penalty for the damage to the wetland in lieu of a fine. A remediation plan will have to be drafted and the project is expected to finish in spring 2012.

SOURCE: Newtimes.com

UNM Student Wins Award for Pat Hurley Neighborhood Project

Katya Yushmanova

Katya Yushmanova

University of New Mexico Landscape architecture Yekaterina “Katya” Yushmanova is the recipient of a 2009 JSR Student Award for her project, Changing Perspective: Farming Habitat, that she designed for the Pat Hurley neighborhood in Albuquerque’s West side. The award comes with a $2,000 scholarship. The concept was to design a project that could act as a catalyst for quality of life improvement for residents.

Yushmanova’s design came out of a studio assignment for graduate students in UNM Landscape Architecture Studio 3 last fall. Taught by Adjunct Professor and Landscape Architect John Barney, the students worked on visioning projects for the Pat Hurley Neighborhood.

Barney said that the area was selected because of its interesting geography and history. “Pat Hurley, for whom the park is named, is the son of the famous Western artist Wilson Hurley,” he said. The students researched the area and discovered the remnants of agricultural patterns along the ditches and evidence that Atrisco Plaza was an actual plaza at one time.

Yushmanova’s winning design looked at the abandoned canal in the bosque. “It was poorly engineered. It still floods and has created an unintentional habitat, or wildlife corridor,” she said.

Yushmanova wrote, “The Pat Hurley neighborhood is a historically agricultural community on the west bank of the Rio Grande, but in recent years, most agricultural land was sold to developers despite the neighborhood’s proximity to the river – a definite amenity in the desert southwest. The quality of the new developments is low and there is a lack of parks and recreational facilities. The riverside trail along the levee is under-used and poorly maintained. The residents prefer to use well-maintained trails and recreational facilities on the east bank of the river instead.

Yushmanova earned her bachelor’s in art history from the University of Culture and Art in St. Petersburg, Russia. “Living in the American Southwest has given her an appreciation for the “stark and fragile beauty of the desert – so different from my native Siberia.”

The JSR Foundation awards scholarships to students who demonstrate a passion for preserving, improving and enhancing public spaces through responsible and innovative land use and design. The foundation and scholarship are named in honor of Jane Silverstein Ries, FASLA; the first woman to pursue a career in landscape architecture in Colorado.

DESIGN PROPOSAL

DESIGN PROPOSAL (Credit: Katya Yushmanova)

ANALYSIS

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INSPIRATION

SECTIONS

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SOURCE: UNM Today

PROJECT IMAGES CREDIT: Katya Yushmanova

Rooftop Gardens of the World – Huffington Post

The Huffington Post is looking for submission of photos of the green roofs around the world. The photos are being ranked by users to determined the 8 Rooftop Gardens from around the world. Its easy to enter just find the address of the project and then upload a photo and give a quick description of the roof.

Some of the current top 8 includes roofs include Acros Fukuoka Building, Japan, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, Waldspirale, Germany, Marriot Hotel, Victoria Canada for the other top 8 roofs and to add yours go to the SOURCE: Huffington Post – 8 Rooftop Gardens From Around The World

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