Winners of IFLA2008 Student Competition

The head of the jury, Prof. Beverly Sandalack has announced the three winners of the IFLA Student Competition 2008.

The winners are (in random order):
- ‘Waving Mat’ by Li Jinhzhu, Zhao Yue, Yuan Shouyu, Ling Chunyang and Chen Jing of the School of Architecture, Tianjin University, China
- ‘Kemet’ by Philipp Urech, ETH Zurich, Switzerland
- ‘Landscape Architecture for needs/slums…’ by Tomas Degenaar, WUR, The Netherlands

The final results will be announced at the prize award on the 1st of July 2008 at the Congress.

SOURCE: IFLA2008 – Winners.

New green materials testing lab for Dubai – Xpress

Dubai Municipality has established a new laboratory for testing green materials. The new initiative will be used for assessing the characteristics of these materials as per the international approved standard specifications, said Eng. Hawa Abdullah Bastaki, Director of Dubai Central Laboratory Department.

She said the initiative is also in line with the Dubai Government’s directives on facing the current environmental challenges aimed at transforming Dubai to a hygienic and sustainable city adhering to all environment friendly standards, which will make it capable of providing safe and secure life for its citizens.

Read more at the SOURCE: Xpress: News – New green materials testing lab for Dubai.

Foriegn firms aren’t just in India for the cash

The Times of India looks at foreign firms in India and talks about

Be it a slum redevelopment project in congested Mumbai or Kolkata’s new museum of modern art, the global imprint on the country’s fast-changing urban landscape is evident. Made in India but designed by a clutch of foreign architects looking to cash in on the country’s real estate boom.

This is true of many developing nations (UAE, China, India, Vietnam, Tanzania,) that when the first major projects such as airports, museums, galleries, opera houses are slated for design and then construction many foreign firms are issued the contracts. And as the article speaks about it has a lot to do with star marketing power but often it has more to do with the experience of designing and building large scale projects and finalising them within a short time frame(eg Olympic, Commonwelath Games Venues).

The author refers to RMJM, Foster and Partners, HOK, who all have experience in large scale projects but also have offices all around the world so they understand what it takes to open a new office in a developing nation and to make it work.

Having international firms design infrastructure, civic and residential projects is not all bad, the country benefits from projects being seen on the world scale an example is the Olympic Stadium (bird’s nest) in Beijing many people have known about this building years in advance of the Olympics. The main benefit to the developing country is that many of these large firms employ local workers and train them in the international standard of design, engineering and detailing which they can then take to a local firm or move on and open their own firm. This is true of many of the major cities in China where over the last 15 years foreign firms have opened offices and worked on large scale projects and local firms have learnt from their successes and failures (in design and business) and now compete quite successfully against foreign firms.

Most of all it is up to local firms, schools and governments to educate the current and future designers of India so that they can compete and win against foreign firms not just from North America and Europe developed Asian countries but their developing neighbors such as China.

SOURCE of Original Article: Times of India – Foreign hands building India – Author: Neelam Raaj

RhinoTerrain 1.0 for Rhinoceros 4.0 Released

RhinoTerrain SARL today announced the release of RhinoTerrain 1.0 for Rhinoceros 4.0, a plugin for generation and analysis of accurate 3D terrain models for use in Architecture, Survey, Civil Engineering and Landscaping practices plus support for output to 3d printers.

Features include Fast Terrain Creation, True terrain visualisation, Contour Curve Generation and Terrain Importer.

Value
The plug-in is available for purchase now at 695 USD / 695 Euros

SOURCE: Rhino Press Release

IHG to open tallest hotel in Vietnam by 2011

InterContintenal Hotels & Resorts(IHG) to open Vietnam’s tallest hotel in 2011 InterContinental Hanoi Landmark to occupy upper floors of a new 336-metre tower, one of the world’s tallest buildings 

IHG announced the addition of InterContinental Hanoi Landmark, Vietnam’s tallest hotel, to its growing list of InterContinental Hotels & Resorts under development. The company has signed an agreement with Korea-based Keangnam Enterprises to develop the brand new luxury hotel in the centre of West Hanoi. Targeted to open in early 2011, InterContinental Hanoi Landmark will have 383 rooms and suites and 300 serviced residences, occupying the upper floors of the 70-storey, 336-metre Keangnam Hanoi Landmark Tower. The development is expected to be among the 20 tallest buildings in the world.

SOURCE: IHG Press Release

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