Mr. John Gormley, T.D., Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government(Ireland) on 8 October 2009 published the Government Policy on Architecture 2009-2015 Towards a Sustainable Future: Delivering Quality within the Built Environment. At an event to launch the Policy in the Custom House, the Minister outlined his belief that the new Policy on Architecture 2009-2015 “provides a dynamic framework for the implementation of public policy on architecture over the next seven years”.The implementation of the Policy on Architecture should lead to a greater emphasis on the role of architectural and urban-design quality in the design of the built environment. Minister Gormley emphasised that “the Policy complements and supports the Government’s wider economic strategy in areas such as research, green enterprise and the development of efficient and sustainable technologies for the built environment. Within the Policy there are various actions that support initiatives on job creation, enterprise and the export of Irish skills and products abroad.”
SOURCE: News – Department of the Environment, Heritage & Local Government.
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
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.
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