Ecotowns: for and against – Times Online

The Times has published an insightful article about the ‘eco-towns’ proposed by the UK Government

Ten new clean, green ‘eco-towns’ will be built by 2020. And pigs might fly, say critics. They argue that the government is bulldozing through a programme that will create the slum estates of the future

This is how it will be. Across the fair face of Albion, to the ringing of bells and the soft murmur of doves, appears a leafy flush of eco-towns. They are sun-dappled utopias, urban dreamworlds in which no human need is unfulfilled. Wildlife romps through bird-loud glades. People work at home or in business parks to which they can stroll or cycle. Public transport is swift, efficient and free, so cars are not needed. Community sports hubs, leisure and cultural facilities are so abundant that nobody wants to leave the town anyway. Children walk safely to schools in which the most popular subject is environmentalism. There are superstores for convenience, and farmers’ markets for friends of the planet. Allotments, too, for those who want to grow their own. Energy is renewable, insulation total and the carbon footprint zero.

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Winners of IFLA2008 Student Competition

The head of the jury, Prof. Beverly Sandalack has announced the three winners of the IFLA Student Competition 2008.

The winners are (in random order):
- ‘Waving Mat’ by Li Jinhzhu, Zhao Yue, Yuan Shouyu, Ling Chunyang and Chen Jing of the School of Architecture, Tianjin University, China
- ‘Kemet’ by Philipp Urech, ETH Zurich, Switzerland
- ‘Landscape Architecture for needs/slums…’ by Tomas Degenaar, WUR, The Netherlands

The final results will be announced at the prize award on the 1st of July 2008 at the Congress.

SOURCE: IFLA2008 – Winners.

Arup creates a gateway to Zaragoza Expo 2008

Two Arup buildings opened on June 13 forming central features for the Expo 2008 in Zaragoza, Spain. The Bridge Pavilion, designed by Zaha Hadid Architects and Arup is a pedestrian bridge and also serves as the main entrance to the Expo site. The bridge also provides one of the event’s main exhibition spaces.

Before reaching the Bridge Pavilion visitors to Zaragoza Expo 2008 will encounter another Arup collaboration, the Digital Water Pavilion. Created by the architect Carlo Ratti, the pavilion provides breathtaking views over the Expo site.

For more information refer to ARUP News

SOURCE: ARUP

OMA appoints Shohei Shigematsu as Partner

The Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA) has appointed Shohei Shigematsu as partner of the OMA Holding company. Mr. Shigematsu is currently director of OMA*AMO PC in New York.

Mr. Shigematsu is currently in charge of Cornell University’s new building for the College of Architecture, Art and Planning in Ithaca, NY, a Mixed-use High-rise Building in Jersey City, NJ, and a Residential Tower with CAA (Creative Artist Agency) screening room on 23 East 22nd Street in Manhattan amongst other projects.

SOURCE: OMA.eu – OMA appoints Shohei Shigematsu as Partner.

Want a new urban model? Go west – TheStar.com

VANCOUVER–Even in this city of condos, The Beasley stands out. Not because of its height (33 storeys), the number of units (271) or its location (Yaletown). What makes it impossible to ignore is its name – The Beasley.

In this city, that can mean only one thing, Larry Beasley.

On the off chance you haven’t heard of Beasley, he is Vancouver’s former chief planner and creator of the famous “Vancouver model,” which for all its flaws, now defines this city.

The point is that in a world obsessed with starchitects and celebrity designers, Vancouver is one of few cities to have grasped that the important issue isn’t architecture, but planning. It’s not so much buildings as the space between them that differentiates one city from another, that makes one city attractive, another unappealing.

SOURCE: TheStar.com – Ideas – Want a new urban model? Go west.

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