West Kowloon Cultural District concept consultants named

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.

SOURCE: News.gov.hk
You can watch the design presentations by Lord Foster, Rem Koolhaas & Rocco Yim at West Kowloon Cultural District Authority

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Designs on Policy – Allison Arieff Blog – NYTimes.com

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 goes Mobile

World Landscape Architect goes Mobile

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.

Fire safety concerns raised for green roofs – Daily Commercial News

Daily Commercial News reports

California brush fires frequently make the news as they destroy homes and businesses. Supposing a brush fire occurs on top of a downtown highrise?

Read more at the SOURCE: Daily Commercial News – Fire safety concerns raised for green roofs

Brooklyn Botanic Garden: Visitor Center


Image Credit: Brooklyn Botanic Garden

With the approach of its centennial in 2010, the Garden looks forward to both celebrating past achievements and creating new ways to engage and inspire future generations. In this spirit, BBG is pleased to unveil plans for an extraordinary new Visitor Center pavilion, which will break ground in summer 2009 and open in 2011. Already receiving acclaim, it has been presented with a prestigious Award for Excellence in Design by the Public Design Commission of the City of New York.

The proposed building is the design of the award-winning New York City architectural firm of Weiss/Manfredi, known for its sensitive integration of architecture, art, infrastructure, and landscape design.

SOURCE: Brooklyn Botanic Garden: Visitor Center

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