Burj Dubai opening delayed – The National Newspaper

The National Newspaper reports

“The Burj Dubai, the tallest tower in the world, will be completed in December, three months later than scheduled, according to two contractors involved with the project. The contractors said work still needed to be completed outside and inside the building and the new deadline was December………”
SOURCE: The National Newspaper – Burj Dubai opening delayed

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Ecotowns to get go-ahead despite local opposition – guardian.co.uk

The Guardian reports

An abandoned Norfolk airfield and a cluster of Cornish china claypit villages are to become the first of a controversial new breed of “ecotowns”, offering thousands of new homes built within a cutting-edge eco-friendly community.

The decision will be a blow to villagers who have campaigned against new developments at Rackheath, just outside Norwich, and St Austell in Cornwall. Only Rackheath got a top rating from an independent panel set up to judge the green credentials of the plans, yet it is one of three projects expected to be taken forward by ministers this week.

read more at the [SOURCE: guardian.co.uk - Ecotowns to get go-ahead despite local opposition | Environment | The Observer]

Landscape Architecture Rising | ENR: Engineering News Record | McGraw-Hill Construction

The ENR: Engineering News Record looks at landscape architecture and how the profession is causing a shift in the way projects are designed. Landscape architects are bringing skills and ideas to projects but most of all vision, not just accepting the design given to them to place  the’green’ but also collaborating with architects, engineers and other professionals to create better design solutions for projects.

The ENR article begins……

Need to stop flooding or reduce stormwater runoff and sewer overflows? Looking to ease demand on treatment plants and avoid the cost of expansion? Seeking cleaner air or water? Interested in recharging an aquifer, rebuilding a shoreline or remediating a brownfield? Trying to stem highway pollution? Need to rebalance a watershed or ecosystem?…..

read the remainder of the article at the SOURCE: ENR: Engineering News Record  – McGraw-Hill Construction – Landscape Architecture Rising


Citygarden opens in St.Louis

Flickr Image: Stannate

Citygarden is a new park with a twist in St.Louis, unlike other parks it’s not just a green and lush landscape, it  incorporates art with the landscape.  A landscape that features fountains and pools, a waterfall, places to sit and a café.

A garden for residents and city workers to relax during the day, take a evening stroll or have a weekend coffee with the morning newpapers.

The garden occupies the two blocks between Eighth and Tenth and Chestnut and Market Streets. The two blocks, which are owned by the City and cover 2.9 acres, are part of the Gateway Mall, a 19-square block spine of green space that stretches mostly uninterrupted for a little more than a mile from Broadway to 21st Street. The space is framed to the east by St. Louis’s world-renowned Gateway Arch and its historic Old Courthouse.

The City of St. Louis and Gateway Foundation announced in June, 2007 that they would partner in creating the garden. The City owns the garden improvements and will continue to own the land. Its only expenses will be for water and electricity. The not-for-profit Gateway Foundation is providing the funding — an estimated $25-$30 million, covering design and construction and front-end “soft costs” such as financing, anticipated expenses for security and insurance, etc. The cost of the sculpture, which is and will remain owned by the foundation, is separate. Going forward, Gateway Foundation will pay for all costs of Citygarden except water and electricity.

Warren Byrd, principal of Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects, the Charlottesville, Va.-based landscape architectural firm that prepared the plan for the garden. Ten St. Louis-based firms supported Nelson Byrd Woltz in the design process, including Studio Durham Architects, which designed the cafe. BSI Constructors served as the general contractor.

Image SOURCE: Gateway Foundation

Also watch the great video at St.Louis Today with Warren Byrd who speaks about the project and the role of  Nelson Byrd Woltz in the project.

 

Topos 67 – Materials released

This issue is about good design with the right material and appropriate detail for the respective place. Topos presents very different designs from all parts of the world.

Issue 67 of Topos looks at a wide variety of projects from USA, Brazil, Chile, France, Denmark.


SOURCE: TOPOS 67 – Materials

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