Prashant Gopal of BusinessWeek looks at Green Jobs in the recovery
The American Recovery & Reinvestment Act of 2009 is a stimulus package that includes money for solar farms, wind turbines, electrical grid updates, mass transit, and the weatherizing and retrofitting of buildings. Besides its environmental benefits, the spending is expected to produce much needed jobs—about 1 million to 1.5 million of them, according to estimates by some environmental groups.
Read the full article @ the SOURCE: BusinessWeek – Now Hiring: Green-Collar Workers
Construction of Sammy Ofer wing, named after shipping magnate who donated money for the project, is due to start in August
Bovis Lend Lease has won the £35m contract to build a new wing for the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich.
Construction work on the Sammy Ofer wing is due to start in August, with build set to be completed in time for the surrounding area to stage the equestrian events at the 2012 Olympics.
read the full article at the SOURCE: Building.co.uk – Bovis wins £35m maritime museum extension job
Bovis team includes a multi-discipline team including Churchman Landscape Architects
The West Kowloon Cultural district was a design competition won by a team led by Foster & Partners was announced in February 2002. The winning design was shelved in 2006 over concerns of funding and development. Since then three advisory groups have been in charge of the project. EOI tenders were called in late 2008 for a Conceptual Plan and on Monday after reviewing the 40 submissions the below was announced by Hong Kong Government.
Cultural district concept consultants named
Three consultants – Foster + Partners Limited, Office for Metropolitan Architecture and Rocco Design Architects Limited – have been selected to help prepare the West Kowloon Cultural District concept plan. Mott MacDonald Hong Kong Limited has been named the project consultant.
Announcing this at the West Kowloon Cultural District Authority Consultation Panel second meeting today, Chief Secretary Henry Tang said the selection process was fair and open, but vigorous.
You can watch the design presentations by Lord Foster, Rem Koolhaas & Rocco Yim at West Kowloon Cultural District Authority
Technorati Tags: OMA, Foster+Partners, Rocco Yim, West Kowloon,
A great opinion piece about a need for a Design Policy by Allison Arieff of the NYTimes.com
Some designers I spoke to are less than thrilled with the whole design policy idea. An architect said emphatically, “Good design needs no spokesperson, needs no voice other than itself.” Yet I’m not convinced that’s always the case. Otherwise, we wouldn’t be living in, as I’ve heard one homeowner describe it, “a house with a Spanish Gothic front”, or driving Pontiac Aztecs through poorly designed intersections……..
read the full op-ed piece at the SOURCE: NYTimes.com – Designs on Policy – Allison Arieff Blog
World Landscape Architect has a new mobile text-based edition for those of you on the go and like to read on the train or sitting back at your favourite cafe reading World Landscape Architect.
To get the mobile edition you don’t have to go to a new link, just go to worldlandscapearchitect.com on your phone (most phones are supported including iPhone, Nokias, etc) and the site will appear in text version.
We also now have worldlandscapearchitect.com to save your fingers from typing. This can be used for mobile and normal browsing.