In the News Weekend – 25-26 July

NDSU not worried about South Dakota architecture competition – INFORUM – Fargo

Va. architects see future in eco-friendly design – Times Dispatch

Mesa working on broader ‘Bicycle Master Plan’- East Valley Tribue

Finalists Selected for Downtown Master Plan – KWCH

KC parks get their day in the sun – kansascity.com

Japanese beetles less of a problem this summer, many think – State Register (IL, USA)

Nothing is sacred when it comes to progress – Shanghai Daily

EVENT:
Summer Sustainability Series on Urban Gardening in New York City with Sarah Seigal,
Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates
Toyota Sustainable Summer Series
Toyota Children’s Learning Garden 603 East 11th Street, New York, NY
July 30, 2009 from 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
SOURCE: Green Building Elements

Answers About New York’s Flora – NY Times

Dr. Gerry Moore, director of science for the Brooklyn Botanic Garden answered questions from New York Times readers about the Flora of New York in a three part series.

Read

Part 1: About New York’s Flora

Part 2: About New York’s Flora

Part 3: About New York’s Flora

SOURCE: New York Times


Architect Michael Maltzan On Where Cities Are Going – Curbed LA

Adrian Glick Kudler of Curbed LA has written a great post and synopsis of LAPL’s ALOUD The Contemporary City: Urbanism in Flux

Los Angeles Times architecture critic Christopher Hawthorne spoke with beloved local architect Michael Maltzan at the Central Library Tuesday night……
……And this was what Maltzan was getting at the whole discussion–that architecture can’t be about the “large, singular gesture” anymore……

read the full post at the SOURCE: Curbed LA: Architect Michael Maltzan On Where Cities Are Going

In the News – 24th July

Chicago 2016 Olympics: City awards main contracts for Michael Reese Hospital demolition – Chicago Tribune

Poor urban planning to blame for water dispute – Miami Herald

From car dealership to crime lab at Humber College – Daily Commercial News

New Curator Appointed For Christchurch Botanic Gardens – Scoop.co.nz

First look: Glen Howells Architects Swindon Triangle – Architect’s Journal

Make every town an eco-town – BDonline (UK)

UNStudio presents Raffles City, Hangzhou

RCH_080724_K04_LONG_FACADEUNStudio’s mixed-use Raffles City development is located near the Qiangtan River in Hangzhou, the capital of Zhejiang province, located 180 kilometres southwest of Shanghai. With a city population of 1.69 million, Hangzhou is one of the most renowned and prosperous cities in China and is well known for its beautiful natural scenery, particularly in the West Lake area.

According to Ben van Berkel, “The philosophy behind the Raffles City concept is to integrate mixed use in an urban context, but in such a way as to give this concept a twist; by focussing on where the urban context meets the landscape of the city. In the design of the towers the urban element of the project twists towards the landscape, whilst the landscape aspect, in turn, twists towards the urban context, thereby effecting the incorporation and consolidation of these separate elements in one formal gesture.”

Raffles City Hangzhou is due for realisation in 2012. After four years of planning and construction, it will reach a height of 60 stories, presenting views both to and from the Qiantang River and West Lake areas. Raffles City Hangzhou will provide a total floor area of almost 300,000 square metres.

UNStudio’s Raffles City in Hangzhou will be CapitaLand’s sixth Raffles City, following those in Singapore, Shanghai, Beijing, Chengdu and Bahrain. UNStudio’s Raffles City Hangzhou incorporates retail, offices, housing and hotel facilities and marks the site of a cultural landscape within the Quianjiang New Town Area.

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SOURCE: UNStudio

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