Subway station architects intend to cheer you up

The Start reports

“In anticipation of the extension of the Spadina subway north from Downsview, the TTC has hired a gaggle of globe-trotting architects to design six new stations.

Among them are two leading U.K. practitioners, Will Alsop and Norman Foster, both of whom have worked in Toronto. Alsop, of course, is the author of the celebrated “flying tabletop” at the Ontario College of Art and Design. Foster’s only local project is the University of Toronto’s Leslie Dan Pharmacy Building.

“If you can cheer someone up for a few minutes,” Alsop declares, “it’s worth it.” “

SOURCE: TheStar.com | Columnist | Subway station architects intend to cheer you up.

Lighthouse Must Wait To Learn If Funding Available – The Herald

“SCOTLAND’S centre of architecture and design, The Lighthouse in Glasgow, will have to wait another month to see if it can receive a boost in funding from Glasgow City Council to help it avoid the prospect of closure.”

SOURCE: The Herald – Lighthouse Must Wait To Learn If Funding Available

CABE Space launches 2009 design skills scholarships

CABE Space has announced that applications are now open its annual design skills scholarship programme offering up to six people who work in the public realm the opportunity to travel abroad to learn from fellow professionals how a well-designed space can benefit the community it serves.

read more information @ the SOURCE: CABE Space launches 2009 design skills scholarships

First winners announced at World Architecture Festival – Barcelona 22-24 October 2008

Civic – Guangzhou Baiyun International Convention Center, China, by Buro II

Culture – Oslo Opera House in Norway by Snøhetta

Energy, Waste and Recycling – Landscape restoration of the Controlled Rubbish Dump “La Vall d’en Joan”, Spain, by Batlle & Roig Architects

Health – Centre pour le Bien-être des Femmes et la prévention des mutilations génitales féminines ‘G.Kambou’, Burkina Faso, by FAREstudio

Holiday – Nk’Mip Desert Cultural Centre, Canada (pictured) , by Hotson Bakker Boniface Haden Architects

Housing – Mountain Dwellings, Denmark , by BIG – Bjarke Ingels Group

Learning – Universita Luigi Bocconi, Italy, by Grafton Architects

Nature – Olympic Sculpture Park, Seattle Art Museum, United States of America, by Weiss/Manfredi Architecture/Landscape/Urbanism

read more @ the SOURCE: World Architecture Festival – Barcelona 22-24 October 2008.

Street furniture – a balancing act between design and revenue

Street furniture in the modern city is a balancing act between creating revenue stream from advertisers and a clean design element that has good design and function.

As reported by the Ottawa Citizen – Ottawa is currently facing this issue and using a $275,000 study to look at design, aesthetics and function and also a public consultation process which ends in December. Ottawa residents are invited to provide input at www.ottawasimplicity.ca

The Ottawa Citizen has reported “Ottawa landscape architect John Wright says street furniture should be quiet and harmonious, with good proportions and materials. Standard pieces should not be used in key places like Festival Plaza, he adds.”

Read more at the SOURCE: Ottawa Citizen – Mayor launches plan to rid sidewalks of ugly street furniture.

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