Envisioning a world of $200-a-barrel oil – Los Angeles Times

“Throughout our history, we have grown on the assumption that energy costs would be low,” said Michael Woo, a former Los Angeles city councilman and a current member of the city Planning Commission. “Now that those assumptions are shifting, it changes assumptions about housing, cars and how cities grow.”

Push prices up fast enough, he said, and “it would be the urban-planning equivalent of an earthquake.”

SOURCE: Los Angeles Times – Envisioning a world of $200-a-barrel oil

The Best U.S. Cities, by Design

The Best U.S. Cities, by Design
Architectural firm RMJM Hillier weighed sustainability, awards, and both expert and residents’ opinions in its list of top 10 U.S. cities for design
See the BUSINESS WEEK SLIDESHOW OF top 10 US DESIGN cities

SOURCE: Business Week – The Best U.S. Cities, by Design.

Northern Ireland News – Causeway Architect’s Plan Has ‘Strong Environmental’ Basis

Causeway Architect’s Plan Has ‘Strong Environmental’ Basis
The National Trust’s preferred architect, for a proposed Giants Causeway visitor centre, will incorporate a “strong environmental basis” in its design.

The designer, Dublin-based Heneghan Peng, has taken the next step forward in building its plans, after submitting a “robust” planning application to the local authority.

SOURCE: Northern Ireland News – Causeway Architect’s Plan Has ‘Strong Environmental’ Basis.

The public lend a hand at the launch of the London Festival of Architecture

The public lend a hand at the launch of the London Festival of Architecture

Foster + Partners successfully built a conical structure, interwoven with fabric panels hand-printed by the public to kick off the Kensington and Chelsea hub of the London Festival of Architecture on 21 June. A focal point of the Exhibition Road Festival, the tensile structure was hauled into place with a tug-of-war rope by the public at 2pm. More than 4,000 visitors walked through the ten metre-high structure in the afternoon and enjoyed its sound installation by Bill Fontana. Overall turnout on the day was high – more than 30,000 visitors were reported at the event.

SOURCE: Foster + Partners.

Something from Nothing – Sasaki Feaure in The Boston Globe

Why would a company want employees diving into its trash bins? Because at Sasaki Associates, one of the country’s hottest landscape and urban-design firms that’s shaping the Olympic village in Beijing, life is all about salvaging good from bad.

FOREST PARK IS A LARGE GREEN space on the northern fringes of the Beijing Olympic site, home to this summer’s Games. It may also become the defining project for this 55-year-old team of urban and strategic planners, building and landscape architects, engineers, and graphic designers that specializes in turning bad land into something special. It was back on a Sunday in July 2002 when a young landscape architect fluent in Chinese ran into the office of Sasaki Associates president Dennis Pieprz, screaming, “We won, we won.”

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