“AMSTERDAM, The Netherlands, Dec 11, 2008 – Beginning in June 2009, a major new European cultural destination, the greatly expanded Hermitage Amsterdam, will welcome visitors to its elegantly restored 17th-century building in the historic heart of Amsterdam. Renovated at a cost of some 40 million Euros (approximately $50 million), the building has been redesigned as a series of light-filled galleries by Dutch architects Hans van Heeswijk and Merkx + Girod.”
[SOURCE: MarketWatch – A New Cultural Center for Europe, Hermitage Amsterdam, to Open in June 2009]
SWA Group project, Beijing Finance Street, was selected as one of five winning developments in the Urban Land Institute’s (ULI) Global Awards for Excellence competition, widely recognized as the land use industry’s most prestigious recognition program. SWA projects have been honored with four ULI Awards for Excellence in the past three years (previous winning projects include Victoria Gardens, Hangzhou Hubin Redevelopment and Luohu Station). Earlier this year, Beijing Finance Street won the Business Week/Architectural Record China Award.
West 8 + DTAH’s recently completed Spadina Wave Deck for Waterfront Toronto has been nominated for this year’s Brit Insurance Design Awards. Brit Insurance Design Awards is the Design Museum London’s annual exploration of the most innovative, interesting and forward looking new work in design of all kinds.
[SOURCE: West 8 Urban Design & Landscape Architecture / news / Spadina Wavedeck nominated for Brit Insurance Design Awards 2009]
Interior Design reports with a great image gallery
“Seasonal decorations abound in Manhattan, but those with an architectural or interior twist are a special holiday treat for the New York design community. The Upper East Side’s flagship Calvin Klein Collection store on Madison Avenue and 60th St recently unveiled their annual holiday window display with an ultra-modern dollhouse as the central focus. “Madison Avenue (Doll)House” is a collaborative effort conceived by Dale Rozmiarek, senior vice president of creative services for Calvin Klein, Inc., designed by Joshua Prince-Ramus of REX Architecture PC, structurally engineered by Magnusson Klemencic Associates and fabricated by Situ Studio.”
[SOURCE: Interior Design – Calvin Klein Collaborates with REX Architecture for New York Holiday Display]
Wallpaper.com have presented a great video with a dialogue between Martha Schwartz and Will Alsop and the roles of landscape architects. A ‘must see’ for all landscape architects
“When Will Alsop questioned the role of landscape architecture in the development of public spaces in a recent speech, US-born London-based landscape architect Martha Schwartz couldn’t resist a response.”
SOURCE: Wallpaper.com – Video: Alsop and Schwartz debate
“In a research project at the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture’s Watershed Research and Education Center, graduate student Channon Toland is studying the use of green roofs to control the storm water that now runs off of manmade structures. Working with Brian Haggard, director of the Arkansas Water Resources Center, and Mark Boyer, head of the department of landscape architecture, Toland built 15 mock green roofs at the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture’s Watershed Research and Education Center in Fayetteville”
[SOURCE: KHBS NW Arkansas – Engineers Study Environmental Benefits Of Green Roofs]