Smithsonian selects 6 firms for design competition

The Smithsonian has announced the selection of six firms who will participate in a two-month design competition that will determine which one firm is asked to submit a formal proposal for the design of the new National Museum of African American History and Culture. The museum is scheduled to be constructed on a five-acre plot of land on Constitution Avenue between the Washington Monument and the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History.

Devrouax & Purnell Architects/Planners, P.C, and Pei Cobb Freed & Partners Architects, LLP

Diller Scofidio + Renfro in association with KlingStubbins

Foster + Partners/URS joint venture

Freelon Adjaye Bond in association with SmithGroup

Moody Nolan Inc. in association with Antoine Predock Architect PC

Moshe Safdie and Associates Inc. in association with Sultan Campbell Britt & Associates

SOURCE: Media-Newswire.com & Smithsonian

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Its A Dream Come True (from Evening Times)

Evening Times reports

“ON February 19, Princess Anne will officially open North Glasgow College’s eyecatching new building in Springburn. Evening Times writer ANN FOTHERINGHAM was treated to a sneak preview before its unveiling next month . . .The impressive £42million landmark building, designed by RMJM Architects, is just across the road from the old college, but they are light years apart in terms of design and facilities.”

SOURCE: Evening Times – Its A Dream Come True

Landscape Will Redefine New Area in Shenzhen – Architectural Record


Anya Kaplan-Seem on Architectural Record reports

“For the large-scale redevelopment of Longgang Centre and Longcheng Square in Shenzhen, the United-Kingdom-based design collective Groundlab is turning the typical planning process upside-down.”

SOURCE: Architectural Record – Landscape Will Redefine New Area in Shenzhen

VAN ALEN INSTITUTE – Forum – Flight Patterns: Challenges of Urban Ecology & Diversity

Flight Patterns:

A Forum on the Design Challenges of Urban Ecology and Biodiversity
Moderated by Natalie Jeremijenko, New York Prize Fellow
Tuesday, February 10, 2009, 6:30pm at Van Alen Institute
30 W. 22nd Street, 6th Floor | New York, NY 10010

In response to the crash of US Airways Flight 1549 into the Hudson River on January 15th, and to the growing number of “bird strikes” to aircraft in metropolitan areas, please join Natalie Jeremijenko for a lively discussion and debate about the perceived threats of birds to public safety, and about the real risks and challenges we face in planning and designing for urban biodiversity.

Participants include Jeremy Edmiston, Architect and principal of SYSTEMarchitects; Paul Mankiewicz, Biologist, Plant Scientist, and Director of the Bronx-based Gaia Institute; Eric Sanderson, Landscape Ecologist with the Wildlife Conservation Society and Founder of the Mannahatta Project; and Kim Tripp, Director of the Jamaica Bay Institute at Gateway National Recreation Area.

This program is free and open to the public.

For more information go to the SOURCE: Van Alen Institute

Schwarzenegger’s restructuring proposals – SFGate.com

SFgate reports (via AP)

“Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger recently released 18 proposals to streamline government, a scaled-back version of his 2004 California Performance Review. His office projects the total cost savings at $126 million in the first year. One of his proposals is to eliminate the Landscape Architects Technical Committee, cutting 6.5 positions. Savings: $162,000.”

SOURCE: Sfgate.com – Schwarzenegger’s restructuring proposals

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