Visitor Centre Design Competition/Fort York National Historic Site – canadanarchitect.com

The City of Toronto invites design consultant teams, led by a registered Canadian architect, to submit Expressions of Interest (EOI) to participate in a two-stage national design competition for the design of a new Visitor Centre at Fort York National Historic Site.

A selection of up to five (5) shortlisted teams will proceed to Stage II of the competition, which calls for a design concept for the Visitor Centre and the surrounding grounds. Stage II submissions should express outstanding design and program excellence in order to reflect the City’s aspirations that the story of Fort York be told in meaningful and compelling ways in order to emphasize its relevance to both local visitors and tourists today.

 
Stage II submissions will be judged by a jury. The successful team will be retained to complete detailed designs and working drawings for the project. To obtain a copy of the Request for Expression of Interest (REOI) and more details, please refer to the City of Toronto’s call documents website at www.toronto.ca/calldocuments/ (Professional Services link) or https://wx.toronto.ca/inter/pmmd/calls.nsf/0/65B0BCCAF44F7C718525755F006EB357?OpenDocument.

 

The submission deadline is  12:00 noon (local Toronto time) on March 11, 2009.

SOURCE: canadianarchitect.com – Canadian Architect – 2/19/2009

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How Seattle can help green roofs to really grow – Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce

Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce reports

“Green roofs have developed great momentum in Seattle’s building industry in recent years, thanks to a growing body of built examples and performance data.

The city now finds itself with a unique opportunity to spark widespread acceptance of green roofs through a collection of policies, programs and incentives.”

[SOURCE: Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce]

Canadian Navy National Monument Design Competition Launched – Ottawa Start

The National Capital Commission (NCC) calls on teams of professional artists, landscape architects, architects and landscape designers to take part in a design competition to build a monument to the hundred years of service of the Canadian Navy. They are invited to forward their credentials and examples of prior experience for this first stage of the two-phase competition.

The year 2010 will mark the centennial of the Canadian Navy. To celebrate the occasion the National Capital Commission and the Canadian Navy are pleased to announce this design competition for the creation of a new monument at Richmond Landing, in the core of Canada’s Capital. The unveiling of the monument will take place in May 2011.

Four internationally renowned art and design professionals and a Navy representative, will select up to five finalist design teams, based on qualifications and past experience. Members of this jury are: Malaka Ackaoui, landscape architect; Dr. Laura Brandon, art curator and historian; Joe Fafard, artist; and Don Vaughan, landscape architect. Representing the Canadian Navy is Captain K.J. Pickford.

The teams of finalists will be invited to participate in phase two of the competition, where they will be asked to prepare a design concept and present it to the jury in October 2009.

The Request for Qualification document will be available between February 19, 2009, and May 4, 2009 on the NCC’s website at www.canadascapital.gc.ca/navy You can also contact Shirley Chartrand by e-mail at schartra@ncc-ccn.ca, by phone at 613-239-5407 or by fax at 613-239-5007 to receive a copy of this document.

The deadline for receipt of submissions is 3 pm (Eastern Daylight Time) on Monday, May 4, 2009.

The NCC and the Canadian Navy look forward to working together throughout this project which will result in the creation of an important symbol of Canada’s history and a new public gathering place where events of national scope will be held on an annual basis.

For information regarding the Canadian Navy Centennial please visit: http://www.navy.forces.gc.ca/centennial.

For more information on the National Capital Commission please call 613-239-5000 or 1 800 465-1867 or visit our website at www.canadascapital.gc.ca. TTY (text telephone for the hearing impaired) is available at: 613-239-5090 or toll-free 1 866 661-3530.

SOURCE: Ottawa Start

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Land preserved in Transylvania County – BlueRidgeNow.com

 BlueRidgeNow.com reports

“A rare natural community in Transylvania County, well-known to naturalists, biologists and conservationists throughout North Carolina, has been permanently protected through the efforts of the landowners and a local land trust, Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy…..”

SOURCE: Land preserved in Transylvania County | BlueRidgeNow.com | Times-News Online

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Green trees deliver green benefits – ABC News (Australia)

ABC News reports

“The economic benefits of greening urban areas outweigh the costs, a new US study has found.

Dr Greg McPherson of the US Department of Agriculture’s Forest Service in Davis, California will present the most comprehensive modelling to date on urban forests at the Urban Greenscapes Symposium in Canberra this week.

“This research is quantifying the role trees can play in clearing the
air, reducing stormwater runoff, sequestering carbon dioxide and saving
energy,” says McPherson, of the Center for Urban Forest Research…”

SOURCE: ABC News (Australia) – Green trees deliver green benefits

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