West 8 receives Bijhouwer Award

West 8 urban design & landscape architecture will receive the Bijhouwer Award for its exceptional and high quality design and implementation work in the areas of Garden Design and Landscape Architecture. The jury’s report stated that West 8 has been of significant importance to the development of the Dutch Landscape Architectural profession, since the practice was founded in 1987 by Adriaan Geuze.

West 8 has been awarded the prize for its unique contribution to developing the profession of Landscape Architecture. The Jury also recognized the important role West 8 has played in bringing the subject of Landscape Architecture to a comparable level to that of Architecture and Urban Design, within the public eye. In addition the award acknowledges the activities West 8 have contributed to, in the areas of urban development as well as West 8’s understanding, appreciation and protection of the Dutch landscape.

The prize will be awarded on the 7th of November by Eric Luiten, chairman of the foundation of NHBOS. Preceding the presentation of the Bijhouwer Prize a lecture will be given by Andre Dekker, artist of Observatorium Rotterdam.

The Bijhouwer Award is an initiative of the foundation of NHBOS, whose primary objective is to support Dutch Garden Designers and Landscape Architects. The prize, that comes with an award of € 25.000,-, is granted every two years. The primary criteria for spending the prize money is that it has to be spent on projects, activities or events which have a close relation to the work for which the prize was awarded. For more information see: www.nhbos.nl.

SOURCE: West 8 Urban Design & Landscape Architecture / news / West 8 receives Bijhouwer Award.

China’s developers suffer a pig of a year

“Until only a few months ago, property developers in China thought they were at the forefront of one of the great booms of the age, the fastest urbanisation in history.

Even in China, however, where the financial system has been relatively isolated from the global meltdown, a sharp downturn in the property market has caused many companies to rethink their plans.”

SOURCE: FT.com / Home UK / UK – China’s developers suffer a pig of a year.

Herzog & de Meuron Tenerife Arts Space officially opens – Building Design

“Herzog & de Meuron’s Tenerife Arts Space (TEA) has been inaugurated in Santa Cruz de Tenerife in the Canary Islands.”

SOURCE: Building Design(UK) – Herzog & de Meuron Tenerife Arts Space officially opens

Award-winning Nanjing to spend $4b on new housing

“Nanjing will spend another 30 billion yuan ($4.41 billion) to renovate 3 million sq m of dilapidated residential areas before the end of 2010, a government spokesman said yesterday.

The measures were announced after Nanjing won the top UN Habitat award at the ongoing World Urban Forum in the city.”

SOURCE: Chinadaily – Award-winning Nanjing to spend $4b on new housing.

It’s time to rethink ideas on urban planning_English_Xinhua

Paul Farmer, chief executive officer of the American Planning Association, once summarized his planning concept as “honor history, celebrate the present, and choose the future.”

In reality, especially at the current development stage in China, we seem to have too many “celebrations” of the present at the expense of historical heritage and future generations’ well-being.

SOURCE: Xinhua – It’s time to rethink ideas on urban planning

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