Auckland a city in need of ambition – NZ Herald

Auckland is failing to fulfil its potential and needs to be bidding for ambitious projects such as the 2016 Commonwealth Games, says Ludo Campbell-Reid, the city council’s urban design champion.

Campbell-Reid, who was brought to Auckland two years ago by then mayor Dick Hubbard to give the city a cohesive design framework, has spent a month in London where normally sanguine Londoners are getting excited about the Olympics being held there in 2012.

SOURCE:  NZ Herald – Auckland a city in need of ambition – 06 Jul 2008 -

Wildcard storm the Danish Embassy – London Festival of Architecture

Collaborating with Hemingway Design, Wildcard Creative have designed and produced another dynamic space in which to showcase the most exciting talent in the Danish Architectural community.

London, UK (PRWEB) July 5, 2008 — Leicester based design agency Wildcard Creative have taken over the underground car-park of the Arne Jacobsen designed Danish Embassy in London for sust-DANE-able, an exhibition of sustainable Danish Architecture. Wildcard transformed the entire space with over 1000 CAD cut cardboard profiles up to 3 metres high, incorporating plasma screens, audio and digital print. The entire installation uses recycled materials and will eventually be recycled at the end of its life.

Part of London Festival of Architecture, the event is open to the public until 12th July, Tues – Fri 3-7 PM, Saturday 12-4 PM. Prior registration required at http://www.sustdaneable.dk/en

SOURCE: London Festival of Architecture – Wildcard storm the Danish Embassy.

Lower Don Lands project receives sustainable development award

Waterfront Toronto, alongside Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates, has been honoured for the sustainable design of its Lower Don Lands project.

The new development, one aspect of Waterfront Toronto’s 8000-hectare central waterfront transformation, recently received the 2008 Royal Architecture Institute of Canada’s (RAIC) Sustainable Development Award.

The award is designed to recognize the role urban design and architectural excellence play in maintaining and enhancing the quality of life in Canadian cities.

SOURCE: Beach-Riverdale – THE MIRROR – Lower Don Lands project receives sustainable development award.

Going up – Vertical gardens catch on – Vancouver Sun

Vancouver is in the middle of a green wall revolution. A record number of these environmentally friendly sustainable “living” walls – also called vertical gardens – are being built here at the moment.

One of the first ones went up a couple of years ago at the aquarium’s Aquawest Learning Centre. Measuring 3 metre by 15.2 metre (10 by 50 feet), it was filled with 7,000 plants, mostly native species of fern, bleedingheart, huckleberry and wintergreen.

read more @ Vancouver Sun – Going up – Vertical gardens catch on.

Landscape failed in eco-town plans, says Landscape Institute

The importance of landscape is neglected in the Government’s eco-towns plans, the Landscape Institute said this week.

Chair of the Landscape Institute Policy Committee Jon Lovell said eco-towns provided “an outstanding opportunity” but warned that the sustainability of the proposed eco-towns depended on the integration of landscape planning, design and management. He said that green space needed to be viewed as essential infrastructure – as equally as important as roads, services and other ‘grey’ infrastructure’ components.

SOURCE: Landscape Institute – Landscape failed in eco-town plans, says Landscape Institute.

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