Fire-safe designs for the future – theage.com.au

  Geoff Maslen of The Age reports

“Ian Weir is baffled. Why is it that local authorities in Australia are so blase about having residents in fire-prone landscapes?

Dr Weir earned his PhD at the University of Western Australia after seven years of research that has resulted in a “bushfire responsive house” ….A practising architect who now lectures in landscape architecture at the Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, Dr Weir is horrified at the destruction and loss of life in the Victorian fires…….”

[SOURCE: theage.com.au – Fire-safe designs for the future]

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Market Square Makeover Plans Unveiled In Pittsburgh – WTAE Pittsburgh

WTAE Pittsburgh reports

“In an effort to attract more visitors and businesses to Pittsburgh’s Market Square, the city is planning a makeover for the gathering spot.”

Also included in the WTAE news report is the sketches by Klavon Design Associates

SOURCE: WTAE Pittsburgh – Market Square Makeover Plans Unveiled In Pittsburgh

Other reports on Market Square

Pittsburgh Post Gazette – City unveils plans for pedestrian-friendly Market Square

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review – City will try anew to fix Market Square

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RTKL-Designed Dubai Mirdif Center on Target for 2009 Opening – Contract Magazine

Contract Magazine reports

“RTKL, the international architecture, planning and design firm, reports that Mirdif City Center, located on Dubai’s Eastern growth corridor, is on track for a late-2009 opening and
is expected to be the region’s first eco-friendly retail center.”

[SOURCE: Contract Magazine – RTKL-Designed Dubai Mirdif Center on Target for 2009 Opening]

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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