In a July interview with Der Spiegel, celebrated Olympic architect Jacques Herzog defended his decision to accept a signature commission from China, despite the nation’s abysmal record on human rights. The headline said enough: “Only an idiot would have said no.” Given the reception that Herzog’s Bird’s Nest has received –
Read more @ the SOURCE: Guardian.co.uk – Kriston Capps: Olympic architecture is a burden after the games end
When critics blasted the slow rebuilding of New Orleans, Ray Nagin shocked the world when he answered that all New York had to show for its recovery was a “hole in the ground” where the Twin Towers used to be.
Outrage flowed from all corners; yet ironically, Research Fellows at the conservative think tank the Manhattan Institute essentially argued that the Mayor was correct.
read more at the SOURCE: bayoubuzz.com – New Orleans To New York: Fighting Blighted Properties.
The Renzo Piano designed Calfornia Academy of Sciences in Golden Gate Park, San Francisco is set to open on Spetember 27th.
The new Platinium LEED certified musuem will house the Kimball Natural History Museum, Steinhart Aquarium and the Morrison Planetarium. The new energy saving building with its 2.5 acre roof was design by Renzo Piano in collaboration with STANTEC architecture.
You can buy tickets @ CALIFORNIA ACADEMY OF SCIENCES
SOURCE: San Francisco Sentinel.
The NYTimes gives a good overview working with clients on designing sustainable residential landscapes.
Read more @ the SOURCE: NYTimes.com – Creating Landscapes That Balance Beauty and Sustainability
Aedas Hong Kong — the Asia-
Pacific headquarters of the global Aedas Group – today offers an overview of its ongoing expansion and growing strength in terms of both market position and expertise across a broad spectrum of architecture and design sectors.
The mainland China market has contributed substantially to Aedas Asia’s overall growth. New commissions in the region include a major mixed-use development in Pa Zhou, Wuxi Times Square, and the Shenyang IFC.
SOURCE: Aedas Ltd in 2008: Expanding Horizons, Strong Growth.
This new competition for Market Place seeks talented landscape architects to help deliver a landscaping and public realm scheme in the historic city of Salisbury.
The renaissance of the city’s Market Place forms an integral part of a recently commissioned document setting out a Vision for the future of Salisbury. In the heart of the city, the Market Place is a bustling area which is home to a thriving charter market. The overall objective is to design and implement a high quality scheme which improves, enhances and reclaims the Market Place, Guildhall Square and surrounding areas as a high quality focal space for the city. The promoters are hoping that the successful scheme that will provide a vibrant, welcoming place that is a showpiece of modern public realm design in an historic setting.
The focus of the competition will be the development of the Market Place. However, the successful team will also be expected to produce a city public realm strategy.
Selection will take the form of a two stage process, which at stage one seeks expressions of interest. A shortlist of up to six teams will be drawn up and invited to produce concept designs.
The competition is being organised by the RIBA on behalf of Salisbury District Council as part of a joint initiative with Wiltshire County Council.
The deadline for expressions of interest is Tuesday 16th September 2008.
To download a preliminary briefing paper click here.
SOURCE: Landscape Institure: Salisbury Market Place Competition.