Calgary’s Calatrava footbridge unveiled

Calgary Herald reports

CALGARY – The newly released design for the city’s new pedestrian bridge has been derided by some Calgarians as a gaudy red waste of $24.5 million, and praised by others as a sleek, elegant contribution to downtown Calgary.

But to the architect, Santiago Calatrava, the Bow span is the most accessible, functional and technically challenging one he’s ever made…

read the full story at the SOURCE: Calgary Herald – Calgary’s $24.5M footbridge unveiled to cheers, jeers

IMAGE SOURCE: City of Calgary
IMAGE CREDIT: Santiago Calatrava

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Homebush Bay tree felling for V8 Supercars

One of the landscape architecture firms involved in designing Homebush Bay – the host site of the 2000 Olympics has come out in outrage that 147 trees have been felled for a motor car race to be held once a year.

Sydney Morning Herald reports

Tony McCormick, from Hassell Pty Ltd, said government and the community had made a huge investment to transform the Homebush Bay(Sydney Olympics) site into a world-leading environmentally sustainable project that had received international prominence…..

Mr McCormick, who led the design team, was concerned over the removal last week of 147 mature trees planted mainly on the median strips at the site in the years leading up to the 2000 Games.

SOURCE: Sydney Morning Herald – Homebush Bay tree felling for V8 Supercars gets black flag

Fury as Irish deputy PM tells architects to reduce their fees – Architects Journal

Architects Journal reports

Architects have reacted angrily to Irish deputy prime minister Mary Coughlan’s claim that they are a sector that has yet to feel ‘the chill winds of economic reality’, and that they should be slashing fees to make the Republic more competitive.

read the full article at the SOURCE:Architects Journal – Fury as Irish deputy PM tells architects to reduce their fees

RMJM’s European landscape architecture division rebrands as STRATA

International architecture firm RMJM has announced that its UK-based landscape architectural division, Land, is to adopt the name STRATA.

RMJM’s landscape architects already operate under the name STRATA in the Middle East and Asia. This step will create a single global design brand for the firm’s landscape business.

Land, as it has been known since 2005, is part of the team which was recently appointed to design the Athletes’ Village for the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. Other major projects include a mixed use development and public realm masterplan for Maryhill Locks in Glasgow (for client Elder and Cannon Architects and Collective Architecture) and providing landscape architecture services for RMJM’s Okhta Centre project in St Petersburg, Russia.

Viraj Chatterjee, STRATA’s Hong Kong-based Design Director, said; “Our client-base is increasingly international and it’s important that we reflect that in the way we work. Bringing the teams together under one international design brand will help us to share expertise and collaborate more effectively, bringing in talent and experience from around the world in order to meet our clients’ needs.”

SOURCE: RMJM

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