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.”

Read more @ the SOURCE: The Boston Globe – Something from Nothing 

New Dubai hub to handle up to 120 million passengers a year – MarketWatch

The world’s tallest tower, largest mall, longest bridge — it has them all, or will soon. The new airport complex, under construction about 40 kilometers (25 miles) southwest of old Dubai, is no exception.
The sheer dimensions of the $10 billion Al Maktoum airport are difficult to convey. It will have two huge terminals, six concourses, six parallel runways and a smaller terminal for low-cost and regional airlines. The terminals and concourses will be linked by a light railway system.

SOURCE: MarketWatchNew Dubai hub to handle up to 120 million passengers a year – MarketWatch.

NYC artist builds Lego model of Trump Dubai tower — Newsday.com

New York City artist has built a replica of the soon-to-open Trump Dubai hotel tower out of thousands of Lego pieces.

Nathan Sawaya’s 10-foot version of the distinctive five-star hotel is expected to be unveiled Monday in Columbus Circle.

SOURCE: Newsday.com NYC artist builds Lego model of Trump Dubai tower

Making San Francisco into a people-oriented city

Tim Holt of San Francisco Chronicle interviews urban planning guru, Jan Gehl about San Francisco and create urban spaces and a more pedestrain city(Ed– Maybe hard with those hills) and open air shopping.

Read more @ the SOURCE: SFGate.com – Making S.F. into a people-oriented city

Good design requires innovation – Seattlepi.com

GRAHAM BLACK AND BRAD KHOURI have written a comprehensive article about designing residential developments in Seattle.

Town homes don’t have to be ugly and dampen the human spirit. But so many of them are eyesores that town homes have become a lighting rod in the local debate over housing. They’ve been blamed for the decline of community and called a threat to single-family neighborhoods. Their rapid proliferation has even prompted recent City Council-led community forums.

Town homes aren’t the problem. A critical part of the housing stock, they allow the city to create more urban density, reduce our carbon footprint and provide an affordable housing option for local families.

Bad design and laziness are the real problem. Badly designed, shoddily built, cookie-cutter town homes that don’t fit or build the character of our city’s neighborhoods isolate residents from one another and discourage open space. Bad design is the result of a formula-driven approach, where generic plans are slapped onto every lot, regardless of site or neighborhood.

Seattle has an opportunity to shape neighborhoods for the future. The city needs to take charge of its permitting and design process, eliminate the loopholes that allow some builders to avoid design review and give an incentive for opting into that process. Design review, when done right, can ensure projects that make the city a more interesting place.

Read more @ the SOURCE: Seattlepi.com - Good design requires innovation.

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