Sarah Chung at the THEUBYSSEY.CA reports
The 24-hour design session, or 24-hour charette, consisted of interdisciplinary architecture student teams designing a rain-proof, bright, and lively pavilion to be erected in Downtown Vancouver for the 2010 Olympics. The event was held at the Lasserre Building and ended at 9am Monday morning.
“[The Olympics] are starting to get so close…this is a chance to have an effect and be involved in the Olympics, and the fact that [the pavilion] will actually be built, that’s really exciting,” said Jamie Johnson, a second-year Landscape Architecture student.
Winners will be announced on November 16 by a panel of multi-disciplinary judges.
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Ben Walmer, principal in the Somerville-based architectural firm, LiMN Architects, recently returned from rural Nigeria where he donated eight days of his time and professional expertise to help children and families step out of poverty
The project scope includes a 12+ acre training center with a dormitory for 20 students, a simple classroom and dining pavilion for 30 students, a production facility for tilapia farming and Hydroponic gardening, zero energy water flow-driven spiral waterwheels to move water from the river to fish tanks, a bioreactor to generate all electrical needs, and other related infrastructure.
Read more at the [SOURCE: NJ.com – LiMN Achitects principal returns from volunteer design charette in Nigeria – Somerset Reporter]
Turenscape (Beijing Turen Design Institute) has been awarded the Landscape Category award at the 2009 World Architecture Festival for a 22-hectare park in Tianjin, China – The Adaptation Palettes: Regenerative Landscape Design
Through Regenerative Design and by allotting landforms, the natural process of plant adaptation and community evolution is introduced to transform a former deserted shooting range used as a garbage dump, into a low maintenance urban park; providing diverse nature’s services for the city including containing and purifying storm water; improving the saline-alkali soil, providing opportunities for environmental education and creating a cherished aesthetic experience.
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Recently, Kentucky.com published an interesting article about Lexington Mall. A mall that has slowly died over the last 20 years and become part of the urban decay of Lexington. The site now offers a great opportunity for development as it is located inside the New Circle Road(See Map). The site’s history is similar to many urban malls in North America slowly died since the 1990’s and many attempted redevelopments by the owner but nothing ever eventuated and then abandonment of the site for it to decay.
The site is 30 acres of prime real estate as its 3 miles from downtown and near schools and other amenities. The article cites Brian Lee, a Landscape Architecture professor at University of Kentucky stating that
“It’s one of the few sites in Lexington with a water view,” said Brian Lee, a University of Kentucky landscape architecture professor whose students have studied the site for academic exercises in urban redevelopment.
The author of the article suggests that the site could be a “new urban” mixed village and shows diagrams of a possible “Seaside” style development. However, I think this idea sells the site short of its possibilities and that it should integrate more public functions and should be more connected to the surrounding parks and utilise the edges along the main roads.
What would you do with the site?
To read and more go to the[SOURCE: Kentucky.com – Acres of prime land are full of potential – Business]
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Henry Gass of McGill Daily reports
The fight for Montreal’s environmental future has recently reached new heights, as various environmental groups in the city promote the installation of energy-efficient green and white roofs.
Green rooftops, or rooftop gardens, are becoming more and more popular in Montreal, while white rooftops, flat surfaces with a white polymeric membrane stretched across, are just starting to be introduced.
Read the full article at the [SOURCE: McGill Daily – Green, white roofs come to campus]