Dover Esplanade Design Competition – Landscape Institute(UK)

The Landscape Institute is running a competition for

“Dover Esplanade design competition is a two-stage design competition to produce an innovative design for a significant section of harbour-side beach and public realm on Dover’s waterfront. The aim is to create a modern and attractive new seafront that will become a major attraction to visitors and residents of Dover alike.

The competition is being run by the Landscape Institute Competitions Office under the auspices of a partnership comprising Dover Harbour Board, Dover District Council, Kent County Council, SEEDA, and English Heritage.

The project is being funded jointly by SeaChange and the partnership. SeaChange is a government initiative led by CABE in partnership with Arts Council England, BIG Lottery, English Heritage, Heritage Lottery Fund, Museums, Libraries and Archives Council, and the Regional Development Agencies.

The deadline for expressions of interest is 23 January 2009

Contact Sabina Mohideen, competitions@landscapeinstitute.org for a copy of the stage 1 brief.

[SOURCE: Landscape Institute: Dover Esplanade Design Competition]

Burj Dubai all set for 09/09/09 soft opening – Emirate Busines 24/7

“The target is to have the event coincide with the opening of the Metro on 09/09/09,” a person close to the matter told Emirates Business.

[SOURCE: Emirates Business 24/7 – Burj Dubai all set for 09/09/09 soft opening]

Densities data set measures – Regen.net

Regen.net(subscription) reports “Understanding densities at the level of the suburb and the city can promote better quality in housing development and bring shape to urban extensions, Jesse Honey concludes”

[SOURCE: Regen.net(subscription) Densities data set measures]

Sienna Architecture will close its doors – OregonLive.com

OregonLive.com reports “One of Portland’s most venerable architecture firms is closing its doors, another victim of a stumbling economy.

Sienna Architecture Co., founded in 1951….in October, Sienna downsized its downtown Portland office from 45 to 25 and retained only four of its nine Seattle employees” sadly now it is set to close its doors.

[SOURCE: OregonLive.com – Sienna Architecture will close its doors]

West 8 wins competition Bridge Aarschot

The winning design of West 8 and BAS-Dirk Jaspaert for the new pedestrian bicycle bridge, that will span the rail tracks in Aarschot, focuses on the functional character of the bridge as well as on its potential to tempt and surprise its users.

The bridge will connect the different old and new parts of the city, the landscape and the centre with each other and becomes a crucial link within the regional bicycle path network. It also creates new access points to the platforms.

By virtue of its location, form, structure and the use of material, the bridge captures the qualities of the surrounding landscape. It offers cyclists and pedestrians a new rest and meeting place above the busy rail tracks, but at the same time it gives them a sense of security.

The steel space grid is supported by sculptural pillars and its curved shape offers a variety of constantly changing perspectives and experiences.

[SOURCE: West 8 Urban Design & Landscape Architecture / news / West 8 wins competition Bridge Aarschot]

Design body slates city strategy vision – Regen.net

Regen.net reports “A draft design framework for developments in the west of Edinburgh has been criticised by the Scottish Government’s design champion.

While Architecture and Design Scotland (ADS) describes Edinburgh City Council’s strategy as nationally significant, it added that it lacks a clear vision and fails to mention the importance of place-making.”

read the full article @ the [SOURCE: Regen.net – Design body slates city strategy vision]

Central government support significant for Macau’s development – Macau Daily Times

Macau Daily Times reports “Advancing the nine measures, within the six guidelines recently announced, the 2008-2020 draft plan for the reform and development for the Pearl River Delta region and the important instructions to the future development of Macau, are friendly measures and are of a profound meaning for the territory,” secretary Lau said

[SOURCE: Macau Daily Times – Central government support significant for Macau’s development].

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