LiD Architecture wins Dublin’s Parlour Design Competition

Dublin City Council and Point Village Limited are delighted to announce that the winner of Dublin’s Parlour Design Competition is LiD Architecture

The RIAI (Royal Institute of Architects in Ireland) administered the single stage competition on behalf of the competition promoters, Point Village Limited. The objective of the competition was to design a new public civic space for Dublin. “The Parlour” will have strong social, cultural and environmental character and a countrywide profile for holding an intense and varied programme of music and other outdoor events including markets and monster céilís.

The assessors (Harry Crosbie, CEO, Point Village Ltd., Dick Gleeson, Dublin City Planner, Dublin City Council, John McLaughlin, Director of Architecture, Dublin Docklands development Authority, Kilian Skay, Architect, Dublin City Council, Peter McHale, Partner, Bruce Shaw Partnership and Denis Byrne, Denis Byrne Architects) were impressed by the range and quality of the 46 responses to a challenging and complex brief.

LiD Architecture’s winning submission’s simple, strong, clear idea effortlessly addressed the brief. The central concept is to use shipping containers as basic building blocks which will be configured in creative ways to address challenges of containment, movement, art, lighting and art performance. The jury felt that this solution displayed high levels of flexibility, adaptability and toughness in use. The design resonates powerfully with docklands and embraces the temporary nature of the challenge.

There were four submissions commended by the jury. These were submitted by David Wright ArchitectsDerek Murphy Architects, McGarry Ní Éanaigh Architects, Henegan Peng Architects and NEX.

SOURCE: RIAI

IMAGE SOURCE: RIAI IMAGE CREDIT: LiD Architecture

Bike sharing comes to S.F. – but only briefly

San Francisco Chronicle reports

San Francisco got a taste of modern bicycle sharing when a truck pulled into Golden Gate Park on Sunday and dropped off seven bikes attached to a unique pay station that was portable, wireless and juiced by solar panels.

For five hours, hundreds of park visitors tested out the Bixi system, which since May has allowed Montreal residents – with the swipe of a credit card or prepaid pass – to unlock a bike from one station and drop it off at another.

SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle – Bike sharing comes to S.F. – but only briefly

In the News – August 5

Energy conservation education project launched in Beijing [Xinhua]

BACA sole UK practice asked to join Netherlands design competition – The Architect’s Journal

Park Plan Approved: Bartlesville City Council OKs plan for South East Park – Examiner-Enterprise.com

Cedar Creek Trail feasibility study almost complete [Sherwood Gazette]

Taking gardening to new heights [Palo Alto Online]

Lighting up the night: The Gardens at SIUE open ‘The Lantern’ [The Telegragh.com]

Steve McShane appointed to City of Salinas Design Review Board [TheCalifornian.com]

Energy conservation education project launched in Beijing

British Government unveils high-speed rail plan


Yesterday, The Guardian reported that the British Government is planning to build a north-south high speed train route.

The government has made the demise of domestic air travel an explicit policy target for the first time by aiming to replace short-haul flights with a new 250mph high-speed rail network.

The transport secretary, Lord Adonis, said switching 46 million domestic air passengers a year to a multibillion-pound north-south rail line was “manifestly in the public interest”. Marking a government shift against aviation, Adonis added that rail journeys should be preferred to plane trips. SOURCE: The Guardian – British Government unveils high-speed rail plan to ground short flights

Today, The Guardian reported that a budget airline predictably came out and called the idea ‘insane’ and rail as a high cost and inefficient.

The airline industry has dismissed a government pledge to replace domestic and short-haul aviation with high-speed rail with one leading carrier describing the move as an “insane” policy.

SOURCE: The Guardian – Airlines dismiss high-speed rail plan to replace short flights

On the same day as the airlines are calling this idea ‘insane’ the Environmental Audit Committee  published a report warning that the Government is not on track to meet targets for cutting its own emissions and could have to pay money to large private sector firms – who may have done more to reduce their emissions – in a new carbon trading scheme due to begin in April 2010.
SOURCE: Parliament.co.uk

Tomorrow(Aug 6), The Guardian will publish the 3rd Part of the series on Transport Policy

IMAGE SOURCE: Creative Commons attrib – Dave Bushell http://www.canbush.com/ppbfrontpage.htm

Vancouver BC Convention Centre Green Roof Video – Designspotter

Designspotter posted a video today of  2.5 hectares (6 acres) natural grassland roof on the Vancouver BC Convention Centre – Video Credit – Dave Budge

Vancouver’s 6 Acre Living Roof from Dave Budge on Vimeo.

SOURCE: Designspotter – Vancouver’s 6 Acre Living Roof by Dave Budge

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