Bovis wins £35m maritime museum extension job – Building

Building.co.uk reports

Construction of Sammy Ofer wing, named after shipping magnate who donated money for the project, is due to start in August

Bovis Lend Lease has won the £35m contract to build a new wing for the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich.

Construction work on the Sammy Ofer wing is due to start in August, with build set to be completed in time for the surrounding area to stage the equestrian events at the 2012 Olympics.

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Bovis team includes a multi-discipline team including Churchman Landscape Architects

In the News – 22 July 2009

Starting today we have a new section In the News where we will post news stories that didn’t make it as full posts but may be of interest to our readers.

Trees For The Future: Don’t Count Your Footprint, Just Plant a Tree – treehugger.com

Why birds in towns and cities don’t get up with the lark – The Times (UK)_

City to replace trees on Wilder Avenue – Honoluluadvertiser.com

New garden in Edmond park explains xeriscaping- NEWSOK.com

Thomas & Hutton Wins GAASLA Award of Excellence for the Ranger Memorial – thecreativecoast.com

Landscapers go with the flow to survive – AJC

A peak a PECO’s green roof in the sky – Weekly Press Philidelphia

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

Ecologically sustainable park behind Honan Allston library

Allston/Brighton TAB reports

Allston-Brighton residents received a first look at designs for a new ecologically sustainable park behind the Honan-Allston Library at the July 8 meeting of the Harvard-Allston Task Force.

The design, which was created with residents’ suggestions in mind, was generally well received by those who attended the meeting, though residents asked for the inclusion of a much-desired water element to the park………..

Sustainability was a key factor in the overall design, said Laura Solano, a principal for Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates.

Officials from Harvard University and MVVA stressed that the presentation did not represent the park’s final design.

SOURCE: Allston/Brighton TAB – Ecologically sustainable park behind Honan Allston library

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