Construction starts on Noorderpark – West 8

This week construction works have started at the Noorderpark in Amsterdam. The first part to be developed is Volewijk-Oost and will be ready mid-2009. When all parts are completed, Amsterdam will have a real green central park that functions as a central meeting point, with spaces that can be used for large gatherings and functions.

The design by West 8 for the new park will transform the urban landscape that was created by construction works on the new local railway line, the North-South line. In addition to tying together three existing parks that were isolated from each other, West 8’s design also proposes a broad circuit track that links the existing disjointed parks, with new bridge connections which span across the canal and over the road and railway line.

SOURCE: West 8

Project H builds their first Learning Landscape in Uganda – inhabitat

Inhabitat reports

Design nonprofit Project H has completed the construction of their first Learning Landscape, a playground that teaches elementary math concepts using ten interactive games. Built from reclaimed tires in a simple sandbox structure, the pilot installation was built at the Kutamba AIDS Orphans School in southern Uganda by Project H design fellows Dan Grossman and Heleen de Goey. The grid system facilitates games that teach addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division, along with spatial and logical reasoning. The Kutamba installation is the first of many – Project H hopes to build at least 5 more in Africa and in the US.

SOURCE: Inhabitat » Project H builds their first Learning Landscape in Uganda

When to cut a deal, when to run – reportonbusiness.com

reportonbusiness.com: When to cut a deal, when to run

“When times were good, Scott Wentworth’s clients thought little of spending $150,000 to spruce up their properties with outdoor kitchens, hot tubs and babbling pools.

Mr. Wentworth, a landscape architect and owner of Scott Wentworth Landscape Group in Kingston, specializes in large residential projects …….instead of pitching pricey projects that would see his customers have their dream yards by the end of the summer, he’s showing them how to spread the cost over several seasons.”

[SOURCE: reportonbusiness.com: When to cut a deal, when to run]

Fire devastates TVCC building in OMA’s CCTV complex in China


A fire started on Tuesday evening (Beijing Time) in the TVCC building of the OMA designed CCTV Complex in Beijing, China.

The TVCC building, adjacent to the iconic CCTV building that opened late last year.

OMA stated on their website “The Office for Metropolitan Architecture has learned that there has been a serious fire at the Television Cultural Centre (TVCC), the building adjacent to the headquarters of China Central Television (CCTV).

The TVCC building was due to open in mid-May and contained a hotel, a theatre and several studios.

As we learn more about this tragedy, we will advise the public further.”

Mandarin Oriental Hotel that was due to open on mid-2009 stated on their website “We
can confirm that the fire at the construction site of Mandarin
Oriental, Beijing, which was scheduled to open in the second half of
2009, has been extinguished. CCTV, the developers of the hotel, has
placed the following statement on their website:
“Beijing Fire Control Bureau says CCTV staff responsible for the
construction of the new TV complex, hired staff to ignite large festive
firecrackers outside the building, and caused the fire. The move did
not receive approval from related authorities. The fire has caused
severe damage. CCTV sincerely apologizes for the damage that the fire
caused, and the inconvenience it has brought to the public.”
All 64 Mandarin Oriental employees, who are located at an offsite
pre-opening office, are safe. It has been confirmed that a fireman has
lost his life and our sympathy is with his family.
We would like to express our appreciation to everyone who has conveyed
their concern about this sad incident.
It is too early at the present stage to assess the full extent of the
damage. We understand that a full investigation is underway and will
take time to complete.
Mandarin Oriental has signed a long term contract to manage the hotel
and has no ownership interest in the building.
Further updates will be issued as appropriate.”

SOURCES: OMA and Mandarin Oriental Hotel


gh3 announced winner of June Callword Park – Canadian Architect – 2/9/2009

gh3 announced as winner of the June Callwood Park international design competition

download the winning entry.

view the design competition report

SOURCE: canadianarchitect.com – Canadian Architect – 2/9/2009

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