One of the landscape architecture firms involved in designing Homebush Bay – the host site of the 2000 Olympics has come out in outrage that 147 trees have been felled for a motor car race to be held once a year.
Architects Journal reports
Architects have reacted angrily to Irish deputy prime minister Mary Coughlan’s claim that they are a sector that has yet to feel ‘the chill winds of economic reality’, and that they should be slashing fees to make the Republic more competitive.
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International architecture firm RMJM has announced that its UK-based landscape architectural division, Land, is to adopt the name STRATA.
RMJM’s landscape architects already operate under the name STRATA in the Middle East and Asia. This step will create a single global design brand for the firm’s landscape business.
Land, as it has been known since 2005, is part of the team which was recently appointed to design the Athletes’ Village for the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. Other major projects include a mixed use development and public realm masterplan for Maryhill Locks in Glasgow (for client Elder and Cannon Architects and Collective Architecture) and providing landscape architecture services for RMJM’s Okhta Centre project in St Petersburg, Russia.
Viraj Chatterjee, STRATA’s Hong Kong-based Design Director, said; “Our client-base is increasingly international and it’s important that we reflect that in the way we work. Bringing the teams together under one international design brand will help us to share expertise and collaborate more effectively, bringing in talent and experience from around the world in order to meet our clients’ needs.”
The U.S. Postal Service celebrated another example of its environmental leadership as it dedicated its first and New York City’s largest green roof high atop the Morgan mail processing facility.
At nearly 2.5 acres, and safely perched seven stories above the city, the Morgan green roof offers a spectacular panoramic view of midtown Manhattan and the northern New Jersey shore. Its 14 orange-hued Ipe Brazilian wood benches are made from lumber certified sustainable by the Forest Stewardship Council. Native plants and trees include Calamagrostis, a lush, maintenance-free grass.
Damian Holmes of World Landscape Architect interviewed Elizabeth J Kennedy, Principal of EKLA about the US Postal Morgan Processing Facility Green Roof to get more of insight into the project.
WLA: Did you employ any sub-consultants for soil or other aspects of the design such as planting selection? How did they assist?
WLA: Besides the green areas is there any other sustainable elements used in the design of the green roof landscape?
WLA: Do you think your green roof project is the tipping point for green roofs or are they now seen as essential in city living?
It’s hard to get public agencies to fund poetics. By the USPS’s account the Morgan P&D Center project was a pilot project – an experiment that happened in part because the building had the structural capacity for a roof overburden load. Any programmatic use derived from the structural opportunity and desired operations benefit, not the other way around. In this sense the project was almost McHargian, with a touch of Norberg-Schulz.
I cannot stress enough the critical role the strict budget limit played in getting to a workable scheme and good result – and I deliberately use the word, “limit,” instead of “constraint.” Over the course of several iterations EKLA and URS Corp pared the concept to a simple, elegant solution that could be completed on time and within budget without sacrificing the essentials of good design – that was just right.
WLA: Are you currently designing any other green roof projects?