BDP to design new Telford & Wrekin Academy with Kier

Working with its partner Kier Construction, BDP has won the commission to design the new Abraham Darby Sport & Learning Academy at Ironbridge in Telford, as part of the Telford BSF project.

The design combines a 1050 place Academy, sponsored by the Haberdashers’ Livery Company, with a 420 place primary school and a community leisure centre, set on a sloping site at the gateway to the Ironbridge World Heritage Site.

The scheme exploits the levels to produce a highly compact design, thereby freeing up as much space as possible for external play, learning and sports provision.

SOURCE: BDP | BDP to design new Telford & Wrekin Academy with Kier.

IMAGE SOURCE: BDP

After storm, Central Park renewal effort takes root – USATODAY.com

USATODAY.com reports

In the space of half an hour on the night of Aug. 18, a freak blast of 80-mph wind knocked down more than 500 trees, including some of the park’s oldest and grandest, and battered 1,000 others, causing devastation unknown in the park’s 156-year history.

The planting of new trees will begin in the spring, Blonsk(president of the Central Park Conservancy) says, but it will take two years to replant the damaged areas fully. The replanting is an opportunity to increase plant diversity that will encourage more wildlife, especially birds, and bring more variation to the terrain, Blonsky says.

via After storm, Central Park renewal effort takes root – USATODAY.com.

KATRINA FOUR YEARS LATER Status of Coastal Wetland Restoration Projects

Restoring the wetlands can help prevent future flooding in New Orleans

Four years have passed since Katrina ravaged New Orleans. Immediately following the hurricane, investigators determined that historic loss of coastal wetlands played a major role in the depth of flooding that took place.

SOURCE: CONDUCIVE: KATRINA FOUR YEARS LATER Status of Coastal Wetland Restoration Projects.

Design concept selected for Community Connector project

The Community Connector design concept submitted by Gustafson Guthrie Nichol/Allied Works Architecture Team has been selected by jury comprised of distinguished professionals from across the United States. The competition was between four outstanding design teams and was initiated to develop a conceptual design for a Community Connector that seeks to meet federally mandated mitigation requirements. This mitigation is triggered by the planned widening of I-5 in proximity to the West Barracks area of the Fort Vancouver National Site, which will occur in conjunction with the Columbia River Crossing (CRC) project to replace the I-5 bridge over the Columbia River. With a design concept in hand, City staff will initiate more detailed coordination with the CRC designers and engineers during the CRC planning and engineering phases. Please click here to get more information, including more images of the designs selected.

SOURCE: City of Vancouver, Washington, USADesign concept selected for Community Connector project – City of Vancouver, Washington, USA.

Richard Rogers’ Maggie’s cancer care centre has won the RIBA Stirling Prize 2009

Maggie’s Centre, a beautiful cancer care sanctuary in west London by Richard Rogers’ practice Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners has won the coveted RIBA Stirling Prize 2009 in association with The Architects Journal and Crystal CG. This is the second time the practice has been awarded the RIBA Stirling Prize (Barajas Airport, Spain, 2006).

The presentation of the UK’s premier architectural award took place at a special awards ceremony this evening (Saturday 17 October) at Old Billingsgate in London, and was televised live on Channel 4 at 9pm.

SOURCE: RIBA: Richard Rogers’ Maggie’s cancer care centre has won the RIBA Stirling Prize 2009.

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