KATRINA FOUR YEARS LATER Status of Coastal Wetland Restoration Projects

Restoring the wetlands can help prevent future flooding in New Orleans

Four years have passed since Katrina ravaged New Orleans. Immediately following the hurricane, investigators determined that historic loss of coastal wetlands played a major role in the depth of flooding that took place.

SOURCE: CONDUCIVE: KATRINA FOUR YEARS LATER Status of Coastal Wetland Restoration Projects.

Design concept selected for Community Connector project

The Community Connector design concept submitted by Gustafson Guthrie Nichol/Allied Works Architecture Team has been selected by jury comprised of distinguished professionals from across the United States. The competition was between four outstanding design teams and was initiated to develop a conceptual design for a Community Connector that seeks to meet federally mandated mitigation requirements. This mitigation is triggered by the planned widening of I-5 in proximity to the West Barracks area of the Fort Vancouver National Site, which will occur in conjunction with the Columbia River Crossing (CRC) project to replace the I-5 bridge over the Columbia River. With a design concept in hand, City staff will initiate more detailed coordination with the CRC designers and engineers during the CRC planning and engineering phases. Please click here to get more information, including more images of the designs selected.

SOURCE: City of Vancouver, Washington, USADesign concept selected for Community Connector project – City of Vancouver, Washington, USA.

Richard Rogers’ Maggie’s cancer care centre has won the RIBA Stirling Prize 2009

Maggie’s Centre, a beautiful cancer care sanctuary in west London by Richard Rogers’ practice Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners has won the coveted RIBA Stirling Prize 2009 in association with The Architects Journal and Crystal CG. This is the second time the practice has been awarded the RIBA Stirling Prize (Barajas Airport, Spain, 2006).

The presentation of the UK’s premier architectural award took place at a special awards ceremony this evening (Saturday 17 October) at Old Billingsgate in London, and was televised live on Channel 4 at 9pm.

SOURCE: RIBA: Richard Rogers’ Maggie’s cancer care centre has won the RIBA Stirling Prize 2009.

Mayor defends urban planning project

Luanda – The Portuguese Mayor of Matosinho Chamber, Narciso Miranda Wednesdays in Luanda called for greater investments in planning of national urban centres, for demographically relief of the country’s capital, Luanda.

According to him, the housing programme of the government, providing for one million houses by 2012, is ambitious and the results will be positive if the issue related to the planning, quality and execution are cautioned.

SOURCE: Angola Press – National Reconstruction – Mayor defends urban planning project.

Archial staff try to follow Alsop

Building Design reports

Will Alsop’s move to RMJM took on a new twist this week after it emerged that staff at his former firm Archial were looking to follow him, with at least one major client considering following suit.

RMJM’s group finance director Declan Thompson revealed that former colleagues of Alsop’s were among the 50 people who have approached the firm for work……..

read the full story at the SOURCE: Building DesignArchial staff try to follow Alsop move

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