Grounds for Optimism – UK

Landscape Institute reports that

Grounds for Optimism launched successfully to secondary schools across South East England and Yorkshire and Humberside this September. 100 schools have now signed up to take part along
with many landscape practices.

The repsonse has been fantastic but they are still looking for more landscape professionals to sign up and take part in supporting the schools.

In February 2009 Grounds for Optimism will shortlist school entries down to 10 in each region and each of these schools will be teamed
up with a landscape practice.

Practices need to be willing to donate a minimum of three days of time to supporting these schools. Guidelines will be supplied to all interested practices that have signed up.

Involvement could help schools to refine their designs, understand cost implications, improve their presentations and plan their use of space better.

All the shortlisted schools will have the opportunity to present their designs at a prestigous event next summer, with one
school being chosen as a Gold Award
winner.

For more click here Grounds for Optimism.

SOURCE: Landscape Institute (UK)

How not to fund urban renewal – livemint.com

Kanhu Charan Pradhan of livemint.com writes

”Continuing growth in India and China is now seen as essential for the world’s economic health. Urbanization is a necessary correlate, if not the engine of that growth. Our flagship urbanization programme is the Jawaharlal National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM), directed at strengthening urban governance, providing basic services to the poor in 63 selected cities and enabling these to access capital markets to build infrastructure. Urban infrastructure and construction is a key candidate for replacing the diminished investment demand from industry and financing growth in this sector is necessary to maintain our pace of growth.”

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Design firm offers three separate strategies to revitalize downtown San Bernardino – San Bernardino County Sun

San Bernardino County Sun reports that

“The city needs to put its best face forward, especially on the 215 Freeway frontage, if it wants to improve its image.

That’s the recommendation of Vaughan Davies, director of urban design for EDAW, a 60-year-old Los Angeles urban design firm with offices in 22 cities around the world.

Four months after being retained by San Bernardino’s Economic Development Agency, Davies introduced three different planning strategies for revitalizing the downtown to the public in a standing-room-only presentation in the old Woolworth Building on the corner of Fourth and E streets on Thursday.”

SOURCE: San Bernardino County Sun – Design firm offers three separate strategies to revitalize downtown San Bernardino

Foster + Partners selected for excellence in construction in the Gulf region

Foster + Partners has been honoured with the title, “Architect of the Year”, in the inaugural Gulf State Building Awards, announced on 13 November at a ceremony in Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai.

Celebrating the highest standards in the region’s construction industry, entries were invited from companies working in the six member states of the Gulf Cooperation Council, including Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar, Oman, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

The judges noted that Foster + Partners’ new office in Abu Dhabi “has a variety of exciting projects already coming out of the ground – the Index Tower in Dubai will be completed next year…and the Al Raha Beach and the Central Markets projects are already bringing architecture of star quality to Abu Dhabi… Perhaps the practice’s greatest achievement has been the concept for Masdar, which has been designed as the most environmentally-friendly development in the UAE.”

Gerard Evenden, Senior Partner, commented:
“We opened our Gulf office in Abu Dhabi in April of this year on the strength of our projects in the region. To receive this award less than a year later is a real endorsement of our work and we look forward to realising some of our most exciting and challenging projects there over the next few years.”

Foster + Partners’ current work in the Gulf includes:

The Index, Dubai
Business Bay Offices, Dubai
Central Market, Abu Dhabi
Al Raha Beach Development, Abu Dhabi
Masdar Development, Abu Dhabi
Masdar Cityscape, Abu Dhabi
Masdar Institute of Science and Technology, Abu Dhabi
Blue City, Oman
UAE Pavilion at Shanghai Expo 2010

SOURCE: Foster + Partners – Press Release

Mayor clears Crossrail station and Wood Wharf – Wharf.co.uk

Wharf.co.uk reports that

“The future landscape of Canary Wharf is beginning to take shape after Mayor Boris Johnson rubber-stamped three major developments.

The London figurehead approved plans for West India Dock’s Crossrail station, the 7.98 hectare Wood Wharf office and residential scheme, and the 37-storey Newfoundland hotel near Heron Quays.

SOURCE: Wharf.co.uk – Mayor clears Crossrail station and Wood Wharf

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