New Estidama website launched – AMEinfo.com

AMEinfo reports

“The Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council (UPC)has launched the new web site version of Estidama – sustainability in Arabic…….The state-of-the-art online portal includes a number of interactive tools that allow users home page customization according to their bespoke needs and specialized interests on sustainability issues.”

[SOURCE: AMEinfo – New Estidama online resource to foster sustainability knowledge and dialogue]

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Let’s have an Olympic legacy like this – Evening Standard

Rowan Moore of the Evening Standard writes

“The legacy masterplan is the work of three practices, EDAW, Allies and Morrison, and the Dutch KCAP. All have a reputation for competence and professionalism………”

[SOURCE: Evening Standard – Let’s have an Olympic legacy like this]

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Capability Brown’s first garden plan to be brought to life after 250 years – Telegraph

Telegraph reports

“A garden design by Capability Brown, one of England’s greatest gardening architects, is to be brought to life after remaining hidden for 250 years.

The sketch, believed to be Brown’s first garden plan, covers around 100 acres of rolling Northumberland countryside close to where he was born in 1716.”

SOURCE:TelegraphCapability Brown’s first garden plan to be brought to life after 250 years

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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]

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