OMA reduced plans for Commonwealth Institute

The Architects Journal reports that the OMA plans for redevelopment of the former Commonwealth Institute in Kensington have been submitted with reductions in height and less demolition of existing buildings about outcry from conservation groups.
via Architects Journal – OMA’s Institute plans ‘significantly reduced’

World Landscape Architect first reported on the OMA Commonwealth Institute project in December 2008.

Declining cities have a chance to reinvigorate

The decline of large USA industrial cities has received  media attention recently in articles such as the Forbes Fastest Declining cities, which have caused a great amount of emotion and despair among the named city’s citizens. This was evident from the city meeting last weekend in Dayton, Ohio reported by Wall Street Journal – ‘Fastest Dying Cities’ Meet for a Lively Talk.

Many cities may have declining populations and reduced levels of employment within the city, however it does not mean that they are necessarily going to die and become ghost towns. Many of these cities have large amounts of cheap residential and commercial buildings that could be reused for other uses within the city. The office tower, big box stores, abandoned schools and office parks could once again come to life.  There is time for these cities to act and draw up plans on how to reinvigorate the city. However, its not just a city level or county level problem – state and the federal governments need to work together with citizens to find solutions. These solutions need to be found and acted upon quickly and decisively to change policy and zoning within cities.
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New Bridge Design competition for Calgary

The Calgary Municipal Land Corporation(CMLC) has announced a bridge design competition for St.Patrick’s Bridge.

CMLC has been charged with the responsibility of implementing public infrastructure improvements that will be the catalyst for private and public sector development in the Rivers District with a focus on East Village. The design and construction of a pedestrian/bicycle bridge – St. Patrick’s Bridge – is an important component of the infrastructure improvements in the Rivers District. CMLC has initiated a competitive process for the conceptual design of the pedestrian/bicycle bridge which crosses the Bow River and provides crucial links between the communities on the north and south of its banks with city attractions, amenities and pathway systems.

CMLC is committed to ensuring that the revitalization of the Rivers District provides the city, the province and the country with an excellent asset for Calgary to remain among the best places in the world to live, work, play and visit.

Closing: Sept 14, 2009

For more information go to the competition website.

WORLD LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT is not involved in this competition please send any enquiries or requests for information to the organisations via the competition website..

Kentucky surface mined mountains whats left behind?

Bill Estep of the Lexington Herald Leader at Kentucky.com has written the interesting article titled The plan: Plant 125 million trees which is the first in a an occasional series of stories about what happens to the land left behind after the mountains have been mined.

A group promoting reforestation in Appalachia is seeking more than $422 million to plant trees on mountains that were cleared or leveled for surface mining, a program that could have far-reaching impact on the economy and environment of the region……..

Read the first article in a series at the SOURCE:  Lexington Herald Leader at Kentucky.com - The plan: Plant 125 million trees

IMAGE SOURCE: Flickr – The Sierra Club

Living Green Roof used as laboratory at Princeton

Princeton University

At the moment, the roof above Dormitory A of the redeveloped Butler College complex is a “green” roof only in the most technical sense of the phrase.

The 14 varieties of hardy sedum planted on the Butler rooftop earlier this year have now exploded into a kaleidoscope of color. The contrasts in the palette of the many-hued rooftop garden are only expected to intensify as summer turns to fall.

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