Ann Arbor moves ahead on city hall art project – Ann Arbor News – MLive.com

Ann Arbor News – MLive.com reports

“Ann Arbor elected officials Monday OK’d a $77,000 fee for German artist and landscape architect Herbert Dreiseitl to develop a proposal for a three-part art installation on the city hall property.

The project is the first undertaken by the Ann Arbor Public Art Commission.”

[SOURCE: Ann Arbor News - MLive.com - Ann Arbor moves ahead on city hall art project]

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Turning Shipping Containers Into Customizable, Affordable Housing – worldchanging.com

Worldchanging reports

“We recently started following the development of a cool new project taking root at Clemson University in South Carolina. Architecture faculty Martha Skinner and Doug Hecker and Landscape Architecture faculty Pernille Christensen are working with their students to design livable, sustainable dwellings using the large shipping containers sent to Caribbean nations.

According to assistant professor Caitlyn Dyckman, the containers are generally considered waste because it’s more expensive to bring them back to port than to leave them in the Caribbean. But the right redesign approach could turn these large vessels into viable housing.”

SOURCE: Worldchanging: Bright Green: Turning Shipping Containers Into Customizable, Affordable Housing

Market Square Makeover Plans Unveiled In Pittsburgh – WTAE Pittsburgh

WTAE Pittsburgh reports

“In an effort to attract more visitors and businesses to Pittsburgh’s Market Square, the city is planning a makeover for the gathering spot.”

Also included in the WTAE news report is the sketches by Klavon Design Associates

SOURCE: WTAE Pittsburgh – Market Square Makeover Plans Unveiled In Pittsburgh

Other reports on Market Square

Pittsburgh Post Gazette – City unveils plans for pedestrian-friendly Market Square

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review – City will try anew to fix Market Square

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RTKL-Designed Dubai Mirdif Center on Target for 2009 Opening – Contract Magazine

Contract Magazine reports

“RTKL, the international architecture, planning and design firm, reports that Mirdif City Center, located on Dubai’s Eastern growth corridor, is on track for a late-2009 opening and
is expected to be the region’s first eco-friendly retail center.”

[SOURCE: Contract Magazine - RTKL-Designed Dubai Mirdif Center on Target for 2009 Opening]

Let’s have an Olympic legacy like this – Evening Standard

Rowan Moore of the Evening Standard writes

“The legacy masterplan is the work of three practices, EDAW, Allies and Morrison, and the Dutch KCAP. All have a reputation for competence and professionalism………”

[SOURCE: Evening Standard - Let’s have an Olympic legacy like this]

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