Tallest residential Tower contracts awarded

Aedas_Pentominium_Tower_DubaiJust when you thought development in Dubai was frozen along comes the news that construction contracts were just awarded to Arabian Construction Company for Pentominium, the tallest residential in the world at 618 metres (2027 feet) and 124 floors. At a cost of AED 1.46 billion ($USD 400 million). The total floor area will be 170,000 square meters and expected to take just 48 months to build. Currently Q1 in Australia is the tallest residential tower in the world.  Aedas are the project designers.

SOURCE: Zawya

Low2No Competition winners announced

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Images from the submission by ARUP (London, UK) – Sauerbruch Hutton – Experientia – Galley Eco Capital

The Low2No Competition for an energy and innovation block in Jatkasaari, Helsinki, is shifting from ideas to implementation. The five international teams, selected out of 74 applicants to take part in the competition last May, have delivered their competition
proposals during the summer. The competition results were published on Tuesday, September 1st in Helsinki, Finland.
The jury selected the proposal of team ARUP – Sauerbruch Hutton – Experientia – Galley Eco Capital called c_life – City as living factory of ecology the winner. In their proposal, the multinational team leveraged a particularly promising consumer/behavioural framework to empower citizens in meeting the goal of sustainability. In addition, the team presented an innovative funding model for developing Jatkasaari into the first carbon neutral district in Finland.

Low2No Competition Teams (in alphabetical order)

WINNERS – ARUP (London, UK) – Sauerbruch Hutton – Experientia – Galley Eco
Capital

– Bjarke Ingels Group, BIG (Copenhagen, Denmark) – Vahanen – ARUP
Foresight Innovation – Transsolar Energietechnik – Anttinen Oiva
Arkkitehdit AoA – Masu Planning – Passiivitalo.fi – Pasi Maenpaa –
Mikko Jalas

– Peter Rose & Partners (Boston, USA) – Michael Van Valkenburgh
Associates – Guy Nordenson and Associates – Matthias Schuler,
Transsolar Climate Engineering – Mobility in Chain – ARO
Architectural Research Office

– REX/Croxton Collaborative/NOW (New York, USA) – Transsolar
Energietechnik – Magnusson Klemencic Associates – Bureau Bas Smets –
2×4 – Arup New York – Front – Jonathan Rose Companies

– WSP Group (London, UK) – Heatherwick Studios – B&M Architects – JK MM
Architects – Space Syntax – Helsinki University – AA Palmberg Ltd –
Pekka Himanen – Pauli Aalto-Setala

SOURCE: Sitra
IMAGES COURTESY: ARUP

Let native plants take their natural place instead of suburban lawn

Valerie Blaine at the Daily Herald has written a great article about letting lawns become natural pockets of grasslands across the suburbs. This can be an issue in gated communities and upmarket suburbs where the lawn and sometimes planting are regulated by species, heights and period of maintenance. The article is a great column about how we become slaves to the perfect American green lawn. read more of Blaine’s article at the Daily Herald

From my personal view, I think that green lawns ares not only an issue in America as talked about by Blaine but across the world were green lawns are seen as a must have for the perfect garden and park. The high costs of maintaining a green lawn are not only in monetary terms but also environmentally and ecologically. Planting a lawn that is a mono-culture or a few species creates an ecological wasteland. Grasslands are some of the most biodiverse landscapes that are often wiped out by residential developments to be replaced by green lawn, rows of hedging and roses. Even moreso in parks where residents demand pristine park lawns and playing ovals.

To change attitudes will take a long time unless environmental factors accelerate social change such as extended droughts which have occurred across the world including USA, Spain, Australia, India, parts of Africa. Brown lawns are now the norm in these countries as water is a scarce commodity for drinking not watering gardens. ‘Natural’ lawns or vegetable gardens can easily take the place of green lawns to provide a sustainable landscape.

Damian Holmes – 8 September 2009


In the News – 7 September

Newark kids drop in at new skatepark [Nj.com]
Ollies, grinds, and feebles were among moves on display at the opening of Newark’s only skateboard park — the first part of a three-phase program to revamp Jesse Allen park and provide some uncommon diversions for Newark kids.

Making nature centre stage: world renowned landscape architect to give free lecture [University Melbourne]

Highlighting the uniqueness of the environment will be Vladimir Djurovic’s priority when he gives the latest Melbourne School of Design Dean’s Lecture on September 8.
In “Landscapes of Living”, the Principal of Vladimir Djurovic Landscape Architecture (Lebanon) discusses his commitment to drawing out the uniqueness of an environment with simplicity of gesture that gives nature the stage, “guided by a philosophy of the esoteric but pragmatic, luxurious but minimal.”

“Landscapes of Living”
Tuesday 8 September, 7pm
Carrillo Gantner Theatre
Ground Floor, Sidney Myer Asia Building
University of Melbourne, Australia

America’s urban parks renewal

Neal Peirce of the Seattle Times has written an op-ed piece about the reawakening of America’s urban parks stating that

if there were ever a bonanza decade for America’s parks, this is surely it. Add stunning new parks in Boston, Atlanta, Cincinnati, Denver and Santa Fe, plus the success of conservancies in revamping great old parks in such cities as Pittsburgh, Brooklyn and San Francisco.

Peirce reviews various new urban parks in America including the Citygarden in St.Louis, Highline in New York and he also cites Harnik(parks expert for the Trust for Public Land) as saying

the 2004 opening of the Millennium Park in Chicago had the biggest impact on the American parkland scene since New York’s great Central Park opened in 1873.

A great piece that gives some insight into America’s urban park renewal – read the opinion piece at the
SOURCE: Seattle Times – The human-scale reawakening of America’s urban parks


Highline in New York


Citygarden in St.Louis – Flickr Image: Stannate

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