Brentwood Park could get major facelift

Pittsburgh Post Gazette reports

The Brentwood Park Initiative may soon finalize plans for an ambitious overhaul — more than $6 million worth — of the town’s park.

A master plan has been presented to the group by J.T. Sauer & Associates, a landscape architect and engineering firm in McKees Rocks.

Initiative members met Tuesday for a walk through the park to visualize some of those proposals, which include replacing the basketball and tennis courts with two youth baseball fields, extending the track around the football field, relocating the basketball courts closer to the high school, adding a deck hockey rink, expanding the pool to include spray features, new turf and building a grandstand for the football stadium.

SOURCE: Pittsburgh Post Gazette (post-gazette.com) Brentwood Park could get major facelift

I. M. Pei to receive the Royal Gold Medal for architecture

The Chinese-born American architect I. M. Pei, who is best known in Europe for his transformation of the Louvre in Paris, has been named today (Tuesday 6th October 2009) as the recipient of one of the world’s most prestigious architecture prizes, the Royal Gold Medal.

Given in recognition of a lifetime’s work, the Royal Gold Medal is approved personally by Her Majesty the Queen and is given to a person or group of people who have had a significant influence “either directly or indirectly on the advancement of architecture”.

I. M. Pei is one of the most prolific architects of all time having completed over 170 projects and more than 50 masterplans. At the age of 92, he remains actively engaged in architecture. His work easily spans the divide between commercial and cultural architecture, and he is equally respected and sought after by clients in all fields.

SOURCE: RIBA

West 8 wins architecture award Rietveldprijs 2009

The design for Papendorp Business Park, West 8 designed together with Wissing Stedebouw en Ruimtelijke Vormgeving, has won the Rietveld Award 2009. For the first time a landscape and urban design project has won the award in stead of a building.

The awards ceremony takes place on the 15th of November 2009. The Rietveld Award is a bi-annual award and aims to stimulate the quality of the built environment of the city of Utrecht.

See for more information: www.rietveldprijs.nl

SOURCE: WEST 8
IMAGE SOURCE: WEST 8

China coastal city wins UN Habitat award

China Daily

The local government of an Eastern China coastal city won a United Nations Habitat award on Monday for well executed urban planning which has transformed the city into a green home with new housing and infrastructure.

The awardee is the municipal government of Rizhao, a coastal city in Shandong province, Eastern China.

SOURCE: China Daily – China coastal city wins UN Habitat award

Wetlands loss linked to Outer Continental Shelf oil and gas pipelines in new study

NOLA.com reports

A new study for the federal Minerals Management Service concludes that the construction of pipelines related to oil and gas production in the Outer Continental Shelf of the Gulf of Mexico “can cause locally intense habitat changes, thereby contributing to the loss of critically important land and wetland areas.”

read the full story at the SOURCE: NOLA.com – Wetlands loss linked to Outer Continental Shelf oil and gas pipelines in new study | New Orleans Business News

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