Town awards contract for downtown study

novanewsnow.com reports

Yarmouth town council has awarded the tender for its downtown revitalization plan. Ekistics Planning and Design, a Halifax-based firm, won the contract to perform the study. The project, which is expected to cost about $45,000 and be completed by October, was aided by news that the town received $30,000 from ACOA to go towards the cost of the study.

SOURCE: novanewsnow.com – Town awards contract for downtown study

West Kowloon Cultural District concept consultants named

The West Kowloon Cultural district was a design competition won by a team led by Foster & Partners was announced in February 2002. The winning design was shelved in 2006 over concerns of funding and development. Since then three advisory groups have been in charge of the project. EOI tenders were called in late 2008 for a Conceptual Plan and on Monday after reviewing the 40 submissions the below was announced by Hong Kong Government.

Cultural district concept consultants named

Three consultants – Foster + Partners Limited, Office for Metropolitan Architecture and Rocco Design Architects Limited – have been selected to help prepare the West Kowloon Cultural District concept plan. Mott MacDonald Hong Kong Limited has been named the project consultant.

Announcing this at the West Kowloon Cultural District Authority Consultation Panel second meeting today, Chief Secretary Henry Tang said the selection process was fair and open, but vigorous.

SOURCE: News.gov.hk
You can watch the design presentations by Lord Foster, Rem Koolhaas & Rocco Yim at West Kowloon Cultural District Authority

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Rebuilding cities – Down To Earth magazine

Down To Earth magazine has published a great article by Yogesh Saaji & Jonathan Smulian (Wallace Roberts and Todd) about the urban renewal in Indian cities:

Contrasts in living standards in India make it imperative that urban planning ensures equitable distribution of employment avenues, housing and basic infrastructure. Affordable transport systems facilitating convenient access from homes to workplaces are as critical as educational, commercial, and recreational opportunities.

read the full article at the SOURCE: Down To Earth magazine – Rebuilding cities
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The National Stadium Beijing wins RIBA Lubetkin Prize 2009

The RIBA Lubetkin Prize 2009 winner is The National Stadium Beijing by Herzog & de Meuron with China Architectural Design & Research Group and Arup Sport for National Stadium Company.

The National Stadium in Beijing – nicknamed ‘the bird’s nest’ – by Herzog & de Meuron, with the China Architectural Design and research Group, Arup Sport and Ove Arup and Partners Hong Kong, and artist Ai Wei Wei, has scooped the Royal Institute of British Architects’ (RIBA) prestigious Lubetkin Prize for the most outstanding work of architecture outside the European Union by an RIBA member.

The presentation of the RIBA’s Lubetkin Prize will took place at a ceremony on the 14th July at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Whitehall, sponsored by Cosentino and in partnership with UK Trade & Investment (UKTI). Winners of 2009 RIBA International Awards will also receive their awards at the ceremony.

SOURCE: RIBA

Flickr Image Source: Ed-meister

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Vegetable gardens bring urbanites back to earth – People’s Daily Online

People’s Daily Online reports

Green finger syndrome is sweeping China’s modern cities as more and more stressed out office workers seek solace by growing their own tomatoes and cabbages among the concrete high rises

Yu Kongjian, dean and professor of the Graduate School of Landscape Architecture at Peking University said such amateur urban agriculture was good therapy for stressed out office workers and their families.

“What the office workers want is a healthy living style away from the office, such gardens help all generations. The joy brought by labor and harvest also has educational benefits to the young generation and brings memories alive to the older generation,” he said.

SOURCE: People’s Daily Online – Vegetable gardens bring urbanites back to earth

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