St. Petersburg Times reports
“The future home of the Salvador Dali Museum is a blank canvas, a smooth greensward adjacent to the Mahaffey Theater on the downtown waterfront.
The design by Tampa-based architect Yann Weymouth of the international firm HOK has to serve two practical imperatives: display the collection, the most comprehensive in the world, to best advantage; and protect it from the ravages of a possible storm, up to a Category 5 hurricane, with 18-inch concrete walls.”
[SOURCE: St. Petersburg Times – Groundbreaking today on new Salvador Dali Museum]
In a period when the tallest buildlings are going up such as the Shanghai Tower and Burj Dubai it is comforting to see a city that has the initiative to protect its character and urban fabric.
Hangzhou is requiring that buildings that surround the beautiful West Lake should be made less than 24 metres(78.7ft). The Shangri-La hotel on the edge of the Lake will be made to reduce its building.
read more @ the SOURCE: The Guardian – Chinese city to trim tall buildings
Balitmore Sun reports
“One plan for the long-delayed revitalization of the “superblock,” a crucial piece of Baltimore’s west-side renewal effort, got its first airing before a city design panel today showing a 28-story, T-shaped apartment tower, a 120-room boutique hotel with a restaurant and small and medium size stores.”
[SOURCE: baltimoresun.com – West-side ‘superblock’ plans unveiled]
“AMSTERDAM, The Netherlands, Dec 11, 2008 – Beginning in June 2009, a major new European cultural destination, the greatly expanded Hermitage Amsterdam, will welcome visitors to its elegantly restored 17th-century building in the historic heart of Amsterdam. Renovated at a cost of some 40 million Euros (approximately $50 million), the building has been redesigned as a series of light-filled galleries by Dutch architects Hans van Heeswijk and Merkx + Girod.”
[SOURCE: MarketWatch – A New Cultural Center for Europe, Hermitage Amsterdam, to Open in June 2009]
SWA Group project, Beijing Finance Street, was selected as one of five winning developments in the Urban Land Institute’s (ULI) Global Awards for Excellence competition, widely recognized as the land use industry’s most prestigious recognition program. SWA projects have been honored with four ULI Awards for Excellence in the past three years (previous winning projects include Victoria Gardens, Hangzhou Hubin Redevelopment and Luohu Station). Earlier this year, Beijing Finance Street won the Business Week/Architectural Record China Award.
West 8 + DTAH’s recently completed Spadina Wave Deck for Waterfront Toronto has been nominated for this year’s Brit Insurance Design Awards. Brit Insurance Design Awards is the Design Museum London’s annual exploration of the most innovative, interesting and forward looking new work in design of all kinds.
[SOURCE: West 8 Urban Design & Landscape Architecture / news / Spadina Wavedeck nominated for Brit Insurance Design Awards 2009]