balmori associates, inc. (@balmorilab) – landscape and urban designers used streaming video and Twitter t0 hold the Making Public Places Forum via Twitter. Although there were some technical glitches with the video the Forum continued online with Twitter and various questions from the online community were tabled to the group to answer.
The forum involved Diana Balmori, Erik de Jong and 40 landscape and urban design students looking at the Meat Packing district
To see the Forum discussion go to search.twitter.com and search for #mpplaces
To see the photos taken by Balmori Associates of the Forum and site visit during the tour goto Twitpic
For more information about the Area and Forum download the Info Pack here from Balmori Associates
Struggling RMJM secures China deal – Scotsman.com Business
RMJM, the Scottish architects recently forced to lay off 60 staff, has sealed a contract to design a $30m (£18.5m) sporting complex in north-east China. The firm, which is best known for its work on the controversial Scottish Parliament building, has been appointed sole designer for the five-storey Olympic-standard complex in Dalian.
SOURCE: Scotsman.com Business – Struggling RMJM secures China deal
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
Flickr Image: Joi
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]
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