Christopher Hawthorne wrote an interesting article about the Olympic Architecture and was interesting to read about his conversation with Sasaki about the Beijng Olympic Green as follows:
“I was put through to Dennis Pieprz, the president of the firm, who oversaw its work on the Green. After I asked him whether he would be in the capital during my visit and available to give me a tour of the results, there was a long pause.
“Well, I haven’t been to Beijing in quite some time,” he finally said, explaining that Olympic officials had taken over and modified the Sasaki plan so extensively that the firm now basically disavows the final product.
And there it was, plain as day on the firm’s website, when I went back to check: “Sasaki had no involvement in the design and implementation of the final landscape for the Beijing Olympics.”
So much for signature Olympic architecture. This is something closer to the reverse: A firm anxious to scrub its name from the official record before the Games get underway.”
SOURCE: Los Angeles Times – Chinese architects the winners in Games – .
One of the key issues dogging Ukrainian organisers is the renovation of Kiev’s 84,000-seat Olympic stadium, due to hold the Euro 2012 final.
A Taiwanese firm won a tender earlier this year to modernise the facility, but Ukrainian officials have since ceased all dealings with the company and reopened the bidding to German firm GMP and Britain’s Foster and Partners.
SOURCE: Football Feed Article | Football | guardian.co.uk.
The Landscape Institute is delighted to announce that Neil Williamson has taken up the office of President for the next two years.
Williamson, who began his duties earlier this month, is currently Head of Environmental Design within the Planning Service of New Forest District Council, and takes over from Nigel Thorne as the head of the chartered body for landscape architects.
New President for Landscape Institute.
THIRTEEN million trees have been planted halfway through an ambitious 20-year plan to transform an area of Scotland the size of Greater London by covering a fifth of it with woodland.
The charity behind the scheme says the Central Scotland Forest is taking the form and significance envisaged.
Read more @ the SOURCE: Scotsman.com – You won’t see the dereliction for the trees –
The Associated Press and other news outlets have reported over the last few weeks on the growing trend for young people and empty nesters moving downtown in major cities across the USA to save on fuel costs and to reduce their travel time.
The other growing trend is more people opting to use public transport to get to work whether it be driving to a station and riding to work.
Both of these shifts in commuter patterns is due to fuel however it is not solely in the USA, across Europe and Asis are changing their habits however many governments have been left lagging on public transport as they never anticipated a huge spike in oil.
Let’s hope this shift to downtown living and use of public transport stays for the long term and creates more livable walkable cities.
The reference SOURCE: Associated Press – Renters go downtown to save on gas, commuting
According to Wall Street Journal the village of Jinjia on the far eastern side of Shanghai is getting ready to be relocated as Disney continues negotiations on opening a theme park by 2012.
Disney Hong Kong has been open almost 3 years however has had mixed reviews due to its size and that the theme park was not adjusted to Chinese tastes. It will be interesting to see if Disney has learnt from HK Disney and create a Disney World Florida sized park on the Mainland.
Read the Wall Street Journal Article for more information