Dwell Magazine and Inhabitat.com are pleased to announce the first ever Reburbia competition: a design competition dedicated to re-envisioning the suburbs.
With the current housing crisis, the sub-prime mortgage meltdown, and rising energy costs, the future of suburbia looks bleak. Suburban communities in central California, Arizona and Florida are desolate and decaying, with for sale and foreclosure signs dotting many lawns. According to the US Census, about 90% of all metropolitan growth occurred in suburban communities in the last ten years. Urbanites who loathe the freeways, big box stores and bland aesthetics stereotypical of suburbia may secretly root for the end of sprawl, but demographic trends indicate that exurban growth is still on the rise.
For details on the Competition and how to enter go to the Re-Burbia Competition Website
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The Al Habtoor Leighton Group (HLG) has been awarded an AED 1.4 billion project at the Khalifa Port and Industrial Zone (KPIZ) by the Abu Dhabi Ports Company (ADPC).
HLG’s scope of work includes the construction of the on-shore port facilities and includes the construction of 47 buildings, the largest being the central facilities building which is over 300 metres long and five stories high. Also included is the associated infrastructure works which consists of a series of road networks, bridges, utility installations and hard and soft landscaping.
SOURCE: Leighton Holdings
“This article by Laura Burkhalter and Manuel Castells explores the urban dimension of the current economic crisis, describes the failure of the city forms developed in the 20th century, and outlines a series of alternative proposals on transportation, housing, public space, and urban planning………..”
read the full article at the [SOURCE: Archinect : Features : Beyond the Crisis: Towards a New Urban Paradigm]
The Athletes’ Village, which lies adjacent to the Olympic Park and Stratford City sites, will accommodate athletes during the Olympic and Paralympic Games and will leave the legacy of thousands of new homes after 2012. ODA Chairman John Armitt said: ‘Providing a world-class Village will play a crucial role in helping athletes deliver record-breaking performances in 2012 but we are also focussing on creating Gold-medal-standard housing in legacy. SOURCE: London 2012 outlines plans for ‘Gold medal standard’ Athletes’ Village – London 2012
FOLLOWING an international design competition, one of the region’s most ambitious seafront regeneration plans was unveiled today (3 July) which will transform Redcar seafront and create the first-ever 80ft ‘vertical pier’ on this stretch of coast.
A total of £30m is planned to be invested in the seafront defences and to create a unique and vibrant promenade which will attract visitors with a network of beautifully designed public spaces incorporating water cascades, sunshine traps, performance space and sheltered seating from which to view the towns distinctive seascape.
The winning design team led by Harrogate-based landscape architects Smeeden Foreman working in collaboration with Seven Architecture, Arup and Davis Langdon, aims to bring characteristics of the beach up onto the promenade, using textures, colours, shapes and sights from the seafront in seating, paving and the ribbons of a wave canopy stretching along the coastline.
Text and Image SOURCE: Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council