For an entire century, New York was the city of skyscrapers, the epitome of the vertical city. It just kept growing into the sky, faster and faster. It was an exhilarating adventure in stone, steel and glass — and seemingly unsurpassable.
In “Delirious New York,” his legendary 1978 book about the giant city of skyscrapers and its magic, the young Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas raved about what he called the “colonization of the sky.”
Even the 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center have not diminished the enthusiasm the now world-famous architect has for the skyscraper as a model of success. Despite the disaster, says Koolhaas, the skyscraper is still “about the only type of building that has survived the leap into the 21st century.”
From a Western perspective, at least, this is precisely the problem. Economically booming megacities — such as Beijing, Shanghai and Dubai — where extravagant skyscrapers are shooting up all over, mean that cities like New York are beginning to look old and outdated, despite attempts to modernize. In Europe, the eastern part is beginning to look more modern than the western part. Cities like Istanbul and Moscow are more dynamic than London, Paris or Milan.
SOURCE: Salon News – The battle of the skyscrapers .
Foster + Partners is designing and then erecting, with the help of the public, a special installation to mark the launch of the 2008 London Festival of Architecture (LFA) on Saturday 21 June. Part of the LFA’s Kensington, Chelsea and Knightsbridge Hub, the structure will be constructed and dismantled on Exhibition Road in a single day.
The design will be revealed at the event and Foster + Partners is delighted to announce that the installation will incorporate a new eight channel site specific sound sculpture by artist Bill Fontana.
The temporary structure will rise to over ten metres in height, feature tensile components and involve public participation. Members of the public will be invited to assist between 10.00am to 12.00pm and then help to raise the structure at 2.00pm. Situated adjacent to Imperial College, visitors will be able to experience the interior of the installation and the specially commissioned sound piece until 6.30pm.
Bill Fontana lives and works in San Francisco, exhibits internationally and is represented in London by Haunch of Venison. He has spent more than thirty years creating installations that use sound to transform the visitor’s experience of art and architecture.
Designer: Foster + Partners, Sound artist: Bill Fontana, Engineer: Buro Happold Technical installation: ESS Projects
With support from:
Architen Landrell , Creative Technologies, Imperial College, Keim Paints, Medico, Rope & Marine Services, SheetFab , Showstars , Stage One
Denise Ryan of the Times Colonist (Canada) has written a great article on the language, lexicon, jargon of Eco-English. Terms that we use in day to day life as professionals and educators but often we forget what they actually mean.
For the correct meaning on Bioaccumulation, Freecycling, Point Sources and many other terms we use in our professions this is a great reference for young and old.
Read more @ the SOURCE: Times-Colonist – Talking green: A guide to eco-English – Denise Ryan
Designing a new city in northern Libya for two million people seems a daunting task, but Rob LeBlanc doesn’t seem fazed by it.
“It’s a massive, massive project,” the landscape architect says of the resort city he is planning on the Mediterranean coast.
“It details where houses are going to go, the industrial parks, airports, office buildings.”
Landscape architects, who specialize in large scale land planning and design, are in demand around the globe, says LeBlanc, who launched his company, Ekistics Planning & Design of Dartmouth, about 12 years ago.
That demand spurred LeBlanc, 41, to start a separate company, Land Inc., about 18 months ago; it focuses solely on international projects. That company, which shares an office with Ekistics, is designing golf courses, resorts and even entire cities in countries such as China, Egypt and Morocco.
Read more @ the SOURCE: Nova Scotia News – TheChronicleHerald.ca.
Research and Markets has announced the addition of The Research of China’s LED Lighting Market 2007 to their offering.Under the global energy crisis and the growth awareness of environmental protection, semiconductor LED lighting has been considered by the world as a best measure to protect and save energy. In 2006, global LED lighting market realized 7 billion U.S. dollars, an annual growth more than 20 per cent. In the next five to ten years, the expectation of global semiconductors will make 50 billion to 100 billion U.S. dollars potentially.
Since 2004, the Chinese government has begun to implement the LED lighting project. There are five bases of LED lighting in Shenzhen, Shanghai, Nanchang, Dalian and Xiamen in China.
The growth of high-brightness LED (HB-LED) is faster than the LED. There were 50% growth of high-brightness LED devices in 2005 and 2006, but, the same period, the growth of the LED was 20% and 26.7%respectively. China’s companies produced 25 billion high-brightness LED devices in 2006.
In terms of the upgrading technology and luminous efficiency, large-size LCD TV backlighting, automotive, commercial and industrial lighting are the major application fields of LED lighting. From 2006 to 2010, LED display with a compound annual sales growth of 19.2 percent, landscape lighting of 37.2% and LCD backlight of 31.5 percent.
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