First winners announced at World Architecture Festival – Barcelona 22-24 October 2008

Civic – Guangzhou Baiyun International Convention Center, China, by Buro II

Culture – Oslo Opera House in Norway by Snøhetta

Energy, Waste and Recycling – Landscape restoration of the Controlled Rubbish Dump “La Vall d’en Joan”, Spain, by Batlle & Roig Architects

Health – Centre pour le Bien-être des Femmes et la prévention des mutilations génitales féminines ‘G.Kambou’, Burkina Faso, by FAREstudio

Holiday – Nk’Mip Desert Cultural Centre, Canada (pictured) , by Hotson Bakker Boniface Haden Architects

Housing – Mountain Dwellings, Denmark , by BIG – Bjarke Ingels Group

Learning – Universita Luigi Bocconi, Italy, by Grafton Architects

Nature – Olympic Sculpture Park, Seattle Art Museum, United States of America, by Weiss/Manfredi Architecture/Landscape/Urbanism

read more @ the SOURCE: World Architecture Festival – Barcelona 22-24 October 2008.

Building urban India – Columnist – livemint.com

India’s cities face many challenges, and one looms larger than the rest: How much will it cost to build our urban infrastructure?

read more @ the SOURCE: livemint.comBuilding urban India – Columnist –

Compost In The Mix For Storm Water Management :: BioCycle, Advancing Composting, Organics Recycling & Renewable Energy

Projects in Georgia highlight the use of compost in the engineered soil matrix for bioretention cells, which sustainably manage storm water runoff.

read more @ the SOURCE: Biocycle(jgpress.com) – Compost In The Mix For Storm Water Management :: BioCycle, Advancing Composting, Organics Recycling & Renewable Energy.

Lab report examines new ideas for parks, public landscapes – ASU News

Flying into Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport, you become powerfully aware of a suburban landscape dominated by housing subdivisions, by single-family houses with large yards and private pools. You will also see, interspersed throughout the vast expanse of residential tracts, a scattering of public parks and preserves. But what role do these public landscapes play in a city with so many private landscapes, with such abundant opportunities for personalized leisure?

read more @ the SOURCE: arizona state university: Lab report examines new ideas for parks, public landscapes | ASU News.

Madrid seeks to deepen ties with Indian metros -The Economic Times

Eyeing business opportunities and increased tourism, the Spanish capital of Madrid is seeking to deepen its engagement with Indian metros, particularly New Delhi, by showcasing its expertise in the area of efficient and sustainable development of cities.

SOURCE: The Economic Times.– Madrid seeks to deepen ties with Indian metros – Foreign Trade-Economy-News-

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