RMJM designs first ‘green’ development in Turkey’s financial district


RMJM has today announced details of the US $1 billion development it is designing in Istanbul’s new residential and business district, which will be one of the ‘greenest’ projects in Turkey.

The luxury development – being designed by RMJM’s New York and Istanbul studios – will be located in the Atasehir district of Istanbul.

Set on a highly visible site that features panoramic views stretching from the Bosphorus Strait in the west to the Princes’ Islands and the Sea of Marmara to the south, the 372,000m² development includes a 60-storey tower, 1,500 residential units, a five-star hotel, offices and conference facilities with landscaped public areas and parking facilities.

The aim is to create an iconic complex that takes an innovative approach to planning and sustainability. The development is designed to achieve the ‘LEED’ sustainability accreditation from the US Green Building Council and, as such, would be the first mixed use development of its kind in Turkey. The project is scheduled to be completed in 2011.

SOURCE: RMJM

IMAGE CREDIT: RMJM

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Waters Edge re-defines city architecture

Queensland Business Review reports

A new development in Brisbane’s West End is set to draw inspiration from the river city, with nearly an acre of waterscape and open subtropical gardens. Upon completion, Waters Edge will comprise two, eight-story residential buildings, surrounded by 4,000sqm of water-scaped grounds.

Landscape architecture firm EDAW AECOM says the position of the site provides the opportunity to translate the qualities of the river into a central feature of the design.

SOURCE: Queensland Business ReviewWaters Edge re-defines city architecture

Stantec to conduct landmark ecological study

Environmental Expert reports

Environmental consulting and engineering firm Stantec has announced its plans to launch a significant pilot study focused on evaluating bat and bird movements off the coast of Maine. The project, the first phase of which will run from late July through October this year, will collect data on migration patterns of bats and birds in the Gulf of Maine….. It is designed to help provide baseline data for the planning of offshore wind projects in the region…

SOURCE: Environmental Expert

In the News – August 11

Builders poised to win £1bn masterplan deal [Echo News]

Portland’s Bike Master Plan update readies for the spotlight [BikePortland.org]

Downtown doesn’t need detailed master plan [Online Athens, USA]

Downtown park a step closer [Springfield News-Sun]

Architecture panel stalls on City Hall revamp proposal [mydesert.com -Palm Springs, CA]

Public consultation sessions begin in Al Gharbia [WAM]

AND NOW WHAT: Rethinking Spatial Practice During Crisis – The Architecture Foundation

In April 2009, The Architecture Foundation organised three roundtable debates to examine the nature of the dramatic economic and ecological challenges facing built environment practitioners. The debates were titled – AND NOW WHAT: Rethinking Spatial Practice During Crisis. The Architecture Foundation recently posted the video on Vimeo. Interesting to watch with many valid points to think about the built environment profession.

SOURCE: AND NOW WHAT: Rethinking Spatial Practice During Crisis from The Architecture Foundation on Vimeo.

AEC World Expo Videos – Inspiration for your weekend

Surfing through the net today and I found this post from Archinect about videos from AEC World Expo Online Conference. 21 videos (about 45 minutes each) from the various professionals. in their fields such as Wil Alsop, Alejandro Zaera Polo, Frank Gehry, Ben Van Berkel, Fred Dust and many others. Some of the videos are interviews and others are lectures given are different events. The theme for the videos is Technology and its role in areas of design.

Watch the 21 videos at  361° Design Conference  – AEC World Expo & Conference Online

SOURCE: AEC World Expo & Conference Online VIA Archinect

LEED Call for ideas due August 7

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC)invites the public to participate in a LEED Call for Ideas. This call is meant to provide a way for new ideas to be brought forward to help inform improvement to the LEED rating system. USGBC is looking for input on improving existing technical criteria, proposals for new credits and feedback on LEED’s overall effectiveness and rigor. Comments regarding LEED’s delivery model, certification process, pricing, etc., will not be considered as USGBC is looking for feedback specific to the technical requirements of the LEED rating system.
The Call for Ideas will end Friday, August 7, 2009.
Go to here to submit your ideas

SOURCE: U.S. Green Building Council via Sustainable Sites

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