NASA launches ‘Sustainability Base’

August 26, 2009,AEDT

Yesterday, NASA’s Ames Research Center held a ground breaking ceremony for its new ‘Sustainability Base’ – a high performance Platinum LEED Rated building in Moffett Field California. The building will feature near zero net energy consumption, use 90 percent less potable water than conventionally built buildings of equivalent size and | Read More

Governors Island – Useless Beauty – The New Yorker

August 25, 2009,AEDT

Wondering what’s happening to Governors Island after the International Design competition was won by the design group led by WEST 8. Well, the August 31, 2009 edition of the New Yorker (subscription only) on p. 56 has an article titled ‘Useless Beauty’ by local correspondent Nick Paumgarten, who discusses plans for | Read More

Toyota uses LA & SF Interstates to launch Prius

August 20, 2009,AEDT

“Harmony Floralscape” along the Pasadena Freeway (SR-110) (Credit: Toyota) Toyota has unveiled “Harmony Floralscape” along the Pasadena Freeway (SR-110), this is one of the nine oversized floral designs that will appear alongside California freeways in support of the ongoing launch of the 2010 Toyota Prius hybrid vehicle. Seven of the | Read More

National Parks Report, Urban Woods and Green Energy Centre opens

August 19, 2009,AEDT

Scotland has seen had a lot of green news this week with the National Parks Report being released, which recommends the reducing the numbers of members of the authority and setting up a short term National Parks Strategy Group. The government also earmarked £1m for a makeover of Urban Woods | Read More

Rees Wavedeck – Toronto Waterfront opens – West 8

August 14, 2009,AEDT

Following in the footsteps of the Spadina and Simcoe WaveDecks, the Rees WaveDeck is the third in a series of four urban docks – designed by West 8+DTAH for WaterfronToronto – to create more public space along one of the most heavily used parts of the Toronto shoreline. This 480 | Read More

Robot Carpark opens in Dubai

August 14, 2009,AEDT

Sick of driving around and around on the carpark ramp to get to that elusive spot on the second last or last level of your cities carpark. Well, the future is here. A 765 car stall robotic carpark has just opened in Dubai at an office and hotel development. Able | Read More

Waters Edge re-defines city architecture

August 12, 2009,AEDT

Queensland Business Review reports A new development in Brisbane’s West End is set to draw inspiration from the river city, with nearly an acre of waterscape and open subtropical gardens. Upon completion, Waters Edge will comprise two, eight-story residential buildings, surrounded by 4,000sqm of water-scaped grounds. Landscape architecture firm EDAW | Read More

In the News – August 11

August 12, 2009,AEDT

Builders poised to win £1bn masterplan deal [Echo News] Portland’s Bike Master Plan update readies for the spotlight [BikePortland.org] Downtown doesn’t need detailed master plan [Online Athens, USA] Downtown park a step closer [Springfield News-Sun] Architecture panel stalls on City Hall revamp proposal [mydesert.com -Palm Springs, CA] Public consultation sessions | Read More

AEC World Expo Videos – Inspiration for your weekend

August 9, 2009,AEDT

Surfing through the net today and I found this post from Archinect about videos from AEC World Expo Online Conference. 21 videos (about 45 minutes each) from the various professionals. in their fields such as Wil Alsop, Alejandro Zaera Polo, Frank Gehry, Ben Van Berkel, Fred Dust and many others. | Read More

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