New York luring developers with landscape

January 9, 2010,AEDT

New York is creating new parks in Queens at Hunter Point South to lure developers and then tenants to the area. Weiss/Manfredi are the landscape architects for the project and the New York Times recently quoted Michael Manfredi as saying “The city needed to signal to a fairly skittish development | Read More

Over 200 interventions to be displayed at Guggenheim exhibit

January 5, 2010,AEDT

For the building’s 50th anniversary, the Guggenheim Museum (NY, USA) invited more than two hundred artists, architects, and designers to imagine their dream interventions in the space for the exhibition Contemplating the Void: Interventions in the Guggenheim Museum. Submissions were received from all over the world from a wide range of | Read More

SWA urban design project in Anning, China starts construction

January 5, 2010,AEDT

The principal government of Miyi County in Sichuan Province, China, just north of Kunming, has started construction on the first phase of a 330-hectare (1.3 square miles) new-town designed by SWA Group’s Los Angeles office utilizing historical ecologies as well as technology innovation to create a more sustainable community. One | Read More

Wetlands restored after long term acid runoff

January 5, 2010,AEDT

Australian scientists have announced the world’s first successful large-scale restoration of a coastal wetland being devastated by acid runoff. The acid crisis at East Trinity began in the 1970s, when developers drained and cleared 800 hectares of tidal wetland to grow sugarcane. This dried out underlying acid sulfate soils causing | Read More

Australian state government fastracks the rebuilding of Marysville

January 4, 2010,AEDT

3 months after WLA reported in Marysville Moving On that the Marysville Urban Design Framework was released for public comment now comes news that the UDF has been fast-tracked and approved by Victorian State Planning Minister Justin Madden. Marysville was the township that was destroyed during the 2009 bushfires. Mr | Read More

Sustainable Sites gets coverage in Biocycle

December 23, 2009,AEDT

The Sustainable Sites Initiative launched the Guidelines and Performance Benchmarks 2009 in November 2009 has received more recent press coverage from the December issue of Biocycle magazine. The article looks at the history of the Initiative and explores the Ecosystem as a Baseline. The article also looks at the pilot program | Read More

Vectorworks 2010 gets new Service Pack

December 21, 2009,AEDT

Recently Nemetschek released Service Pack 2 for English Vectorworks 2010 and its variations (eg Landmark, etc). Vectorworks 2010 now has Service Pack 2 which fixes issues with DXF/DWG import & export, wall joining as wells as a few other updates. For all you techies who want to know everything that | Read More

Australian architects think about cities in 2050 and beyond

December 21, 2009,AEDT

The Australian Institute of Architects has announced a shortlist of proposals for the Australia Pavillion at the Venice Biennale. The shortlist of 24 was selected from 129 submissions addressing urban spaces in 2050 and beyond. Some of the proposals include: New cities of 50,000-100,000 in desert areas Cities which feature | Read More

Walter Hood in the New York Times

December 21, 2009,AEDT

New York Times feature with Walter Hood about Crown Memorial State Beach Mr. Hood, whose landscape architecture firm designed the grounds of the de Young Museum in San Francisco, lives in Oakland, and he spends a lot of time traveling. In August, he accepted a Cooper Hewitt National Design Award | Read More

Calls for Collaboration between professions

December 16, 2009,AEDT

Susan Szenasy posted on Metropolis an article titled “United We Stand” in which she recalls some government officials giving encouragement at a recent NeoCon East annual trade show that there is “a new day for government design”. Szeasy goes on to talk about the importance to design of the recent | Read More

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