Sasaki Associates hired for Troy city hall

Times Union reports

TROY — An architect firm that has worked at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute campus will take on plans to redevelop the city hall site.

The City Council voted unanimously, 9-0, Thursday night to award a $265,000 contract to Sasaki Associates Inc., of Watertown, Mass.

SOURCE: Times Union – Troy city hall consultant hired

Valletta to lose 400 parking spots to Renzo Piano’s plans

Times of Malta reports

City Gate’s regeneration will see 400 parking spaces lost, the investments ministry said, and not 2,000 as claimed by the Chamber of Small and Medium Enterprises, GRTU.

The plans by world-renowned architect Renzo Piano will do away with the parking spaces in St James Ditch and Freedom Square, Valletta, an issue of concern for Valletta shop owners and office workers

SOURCE: Times of Malta – Valletta to lose 400 parking spots to Renzo Piano’s plans

In the News Weekend – 8-9 August

Greensboro City Council debates the value of trees – [news-record.com]

Westfield planning group plans public presentation – [Indystar.com]

New LA County Arboretum CEO appointed – [PasadenaStarNews.com]

The edge effect: urban life on broadway -[ Sacramento History Examiner]

Cleveland State’s green roof nearly complete – [Smart Brief]

Talks to revise city’s master plan are in the early stages – [Post Bulletin] (Rocehester)

Dubai hotels go green – [The National]

BMI/pace hired for Parry Sound streetscape works

BMI/pace have been selected to upgrade the streets of Parry Sound as apart of the 2010 G8 Summit in Huntsville, Ontario.

The streetscape works are budgeted for $700,000 from the total $50-million G8 Legacy Infrastructure Fund. Most of the $50 million will be spent on the Expansion of Huntsville Centennial Centre to create G8 Centre, Huntsville budgeted at $16.7 million. (figures from Industry Canada)

VIA parrysound.com

AEC World Expo Videos – Inspiration for your weekend

Surfing through the net today and I found this post from Archinect about videos from AEC World Expo Online Conference. 21 videos (about 45 minutes each) from the various professionals. in their fields such as Wil Alsop, Alejandro Zaera Polo, Frank Gehry, Ben Van Berkel, Fred Dust and many others. Some of the videos are interviews and others are lectures given are different events. The theme for the videos is Technology and its role in areas of design.

Watch the 21 videos at  361° Design Conference  – AEC World Expo & Conference Online

SOURCE: AEC World Expo & Conference Online VIA Archinect

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