Toronto awarded 2015 Pan Am Games

InsideToronto reports

Toronto has won its bid to host the 2015 Pan Am Games – meaning that Scarborough will have a new LRT line servicing Malvern, and the Scarborough Campus of the University of Toronto will be home to a new-state-of-the-art aquatics centre and athletic facility.

read more at the [SOURCE: InsideToronto Article: Toronto awarded 2015 Pan Am Games]

The Urban Land Institute Announces Winners Of The 2009 Global Awards For Excellence Competition

Highline NY

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Five outstanding developments have been selected as winners of the 2009 Urban Land Institute’s (ULI) Global Awards for Excellence competition, widely recognized as the land use industry’s most prestigious recognition program. The winners are: the American University in Cairo – New Campus, Cairo, Egypt; California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco; The Rise, Vancouver, British Columbia; West Chelsea/High Line Rezoning Plan, New York City; and Zhongshan Shipyard Park, Zhongshan, China.

SOURCE: The Urban Land Institute

AECOM wins US$60-million Kai Tak redevelopment project


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AECOM Technology Corporation (NYSE: ACM), a leading provider of
professional technical and management support services for government
and commercial clients around the world, announced today that it has won
key contracts worth US$60 million from the Hong Kong Special
Administrative
Region to provide infrastructure design and construction
supervision consulting services for the landmark Kai Tak redevelopment
project.

The aim of the effort is to transform the old Kai Tak Airport site into
a vibrant community supported by a variety of commercial, social and
recreational facilities. AECOM’s work will encompass urban design;
landscape, road, drainage and sewerage works; sewage pumping stations;
water supply systems; and dredging and treatment of contaminated
sediment.

“We are proud to contribute our expertise to this landmark project,”
said John M. Dionisio, AECOM president and chief executive officer.
“This exciting project provides an excellent example of how AECOM is
able to leverage our global expertise and presence to serve our clients.”

Construction is scheduled to be implemented in phases during 2011. The
project’s public park is expected to be completed during 2012, while the
overall effort is scheduled to be completed during 2018.

[SOURCE: AECOM]

Urban planning must be precise and scientific – Vietnam PM


Hanoi, a constant construction site – IMAGE SOURCE: Flickr – seier+seier+seier
Nhan Dan reports

The Prime Minister of Vietnam – Nguyen Tan Dung stressed that urban planning must be precise and scientific to ensure sustainable development while receiving a delegation of the Vietnam Urban Development Planning Association (VUDPA) led by its President Nguyen The Ba in Hanoi on November 5.

[SOURCE: Nhan Dan — News]

What’s behind that MLA that gives a landscape architect expertise? – Michael Spencer

Michael Spencer, ASLA, is a landscape architect with 25 years experience who recently wrote an article in the Naples Daily News giving an outline of the profession and its wide scope. He also gives some advice on how to become an Landscape Architect and also licensing. Michael concludes with why someone should hire an LA?

Michael writes in one paragraph

As I listen to this fine music, there’s something on my mind for some time, so let’s take a small side trip. The topic? Just exactly what is a landscape architect (LA), anyway? What are the qualifications? What is the educational background?

To read more of the article go to the [SOURCE: Naples Daily News – Make it Green: What’s behind that MLA that gives a landscape architect expertise?]

It’s  good to see a Landscape Architect in a newspaper highlighting the role of the profession. Maybe if your currently unemployed or underemployed it might be good idea to contact your local or city newspaper and offer to write an article about the profession.

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