Northwest Design Review Panel announces affiliation with CABE

The Places Matter! Northwest Design Review Panel has joined with seven other regional design review services to affiliate with the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment (CABE). This will create a national network of design review panels, providing all local planning authorities with access to independent practical design advice. The network (including CABE) will collectively review more than 800 schemes a year.

Affiliation means that there is an agreement defining shared values, a shared service, and a joint commitment to high standards in design review. It will ensure that the panels work more closely together, learning is shared, and a consistent service is provided to developers and planners across England.
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Brentwood Park could get major facelift

Pittsburgh Post Gazette reports

The Brentwood Park Initiative may soon finalize plans for an ambitious overhaul — more than $6 million worth — of the town’s park.

A master plan has been presented to the group by J.T. Sauer & Associates, a landscape architect and engineering firm in McKees Rocks.

Initiative members met Tuesday for a walk through the park to visualize some of those proposals, which include replacing the basketball and tennis courts with two youth baseball fields, extending the track around the football field, relocating the basketball courts closer to the high school, adding a deck hockey rink, expanding the pool to include spray features, new turf and building a grandstand for the football stadium.

SOURCE: Pittsburgh Post Gazette (post-gazette.com) Brentwood Park could get major facelift

I. M. Pei to receive the Royal Gold Medal for architecture

The Chinese-born American architect I. M. Pei, who is best known in Europe for his transformation of the Louvre in Paris, has been named today (Tuesday 6th October 2009) as the recipient of one of the world’s most prestigious architecture prizes, the Royal Gold Medal.

Given in recognition of a lifetime’s work, the Royal Gold Medal is approved personally by Her Majesty the Queen and is given to a person or group of people who have had a significant influence “either directly or indirectly on the advancement of architecture”.

I. M. Pei is one of the most prolific architects of all time having completed over 170 projects and more than 50 masterplans. At the age of 92, he remains actively engaged in architecture. His work easily spans the divide between commercial and cultural architecture, and he is equally respected and sought after by clients in all fields.

SOURCE: RIBA

West 8 wins architecture award Rietveldprijs 2009

The design for Papendorp Business Park, West 8 designed together with Wissing Stedebouw en Ruimtelijke Vormgeving, has won the Rietveld Award 2009. For the first time a landscape and urban design project has won the award in stead of a building.

The awards ceremony takes place on the 15th of November 2009. The Rietveld Award is a bi-annual award and aims to stimulate the quality of the built environment of the city of Utrecht.

See for more information: www.rietveldprijs.nl

SOURCE: WEST 8
IMAGE SOURCE: WEST 8

China coastal city wins UN Habitat award

China Daily

The local government of an Eastern China coastal city won a United Nations Habitat award on Monday for well executed urban planning which has transformed the city into a green home with new housing and infrastructure.

The awardee is the municipal government of Rizhao, a coastal city in Shandong province, Eastern China.

SOURCE: China Daily – China coastal city wins UN Habitat award

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