Second biggest Green roof in North America nearing completion

With the completion next spring of the new convention centre in Vancouver’s Coal Harbour, there will be a few blocks of new parkland added to the city — but they’re strictly for the birds and the bees.

The expansion project, west of the current convention centre, is being topped off with a 2.4-hectare green — or “living” — roof that covers the flat, sloping segmented roof, and will be the second-largest in North America, next to a Michigan Ford plant covered with grass patches.

SOURCE: The Province – Green roof boasts host of eco pros.

San Jose leaders try to reverse urban sprawl

Strip malls and low-rise office parks dominate the landscape of northern San Jose, but a long-term redevelopment plan could make over large swaths of the area along decidedly more urban lines.

Over the next three decades, the city wants to add more than 30,000 new homes and 80,000 jobs within walking distance of a Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority light-rail line on North First Street.

Read more @ the SOURCE: – San Jose leaders try to reverse urban sprawl.

Billionaires’ Row residents sign up stars of Chelsea Flower Show – Telegraph

Now, the residents of Kensington Palace Gardens, known as “Billionaires’ Row”, want trophy gardens to match – and only award-winning designers will do.

In a bid to outdo their neighbours, residents of the road in west London, who include the steel tycoon Lakshmi Mittal, the American industrialist Leonard Blavatnik and Jon Hunt, the founder of Foxtons estate agents, are signing up gold medal-winners from the Chelsea Flower Show to design their gardens.

SOURCE: Billionaires’ Row residents sign up stars of Chelsea Flower Show – Telegraph.

‘Architecture School’ premieres on Sundance Channel

Architecture School” follows a group of fourth-year architecture students as they conceive, refine and physically build a home for a family looking to reestablish themselves post Hurricane Katrina.

From classroom to construction site, the dedicated students learn on the job as creativity, vision and bold design meet the necessities of materials, budgets and time constraints, all while literally helping to rebuild New Orleans.

“Architecture School” was created by Michael Selditch and Stan Bertheaud.

Selditch, who taught architecture and was a practicing architect for 14 years, also directed the series.

“Architecture School” premieres on Sundance Channel on Wednesday August 20 at 9:00pm e/p.



Mimarlar Tasarim (Han T├╝mertekin) + Hashim Sarkis + George Hargreaves Consortium is one of 4 finalist teams selected for the Zorlu Center Architecture and Urban Design Competition, a mixed-use urban design center in Istanbul, Turkey. Zorlu Real Estate launched the competition in June 2007; receiving 117 applications and qualification from 13 international architecture offices.

For more information about the Zorlu Center Architecture and Urban Design Competition, please visit the Turkish Daily News.

SOURCE: Hargreaves Associates – Firm News.

Vancouver buys building, first of 12 planned sites –

The city of Vancouver has purchased a two-storey building at 514 Alexander Street for approximately $860,000, and the 20 single-occupancy units currently on the property will be upgraded to provide supportive housing.

This comes on the heels of last week’s approval of 12 city-owned sites for social housing.

read more @ the SOURCE: Vancouver buys building, first of 12 planned sites

A megalopolis in making on India’s southwest coast – Sindh Today

Propelled largely by funds sent home by people working abroad, mostly in the Gulf countries, Kerala’s coastal belt is undergoing rapid urbanisation of a kind not witnessed elsewhere.

Kerala has five cities, 53 towns and about 1,000 village panchayats. The division into urban and rural areas is arbitrary. Many urban areas retain their rural character and many villages boast of urban amenities. Continuous habitation from one end to the other gives the state the character of a rural-urban continuum.

Read more @ the SOURCE: Sindh Today – A megalopolis in making on India’s southwest coast (Letter from Kerala)

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