A Borrowed Place on Borrowed Time

In Hong Kong, where land for construction is scarce and commerce has long ruled, preservation has usually given way to a tide of urban development. Few of the British expatriates and Chinese immigrants who came to the city with the moniker “borrowed place, borrowed time” saw it as a permanent home. But since the territory was returned to Chinese rule from Britain in 1997, its local identity has come to the forefront and heritage conservation has taken on the overtones of a populist struggle.
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Rendering of the Hong Kong Jockey Club’s proposal for the Central Police Station (inset) and Victoria Prison

Recently battles have been waged over buildings that in most cities would have little historical appeal. In the past year, the demolition of two 1950s ferry terminals to make way for a highway and commercial property developments spurred demonstrations, hunger strikes and arrests.

“These recent heritage battles represent a desperate search for a cultural anchor,” says Lee Ho Yin, director of the architectural conservation program at the University of Hong Kong. “It’s part of Hong Kong people seeking their own identity and roots.”

A Borrowed Place on Borrowed Time – WallStreetJournal.com.

London Olympics bringing in more equipment for clean up

The London Olympics site is current undergoing remediation and has just brought in more moachinery to clean 750 tonnes of soil per day. The construction program starts in spring with the Olympic Stadium.

Read more at Building.co.uk

MacWorld – VectorWorks 2008 Review

MacWorld review a program loved by many landscape architects for its intuitive design layout and ability for the trained to produce great designs with ease.

MacWorld goes through all the new changes to Vectorworks 2008 such as Heads-up display, Workgroup Management, Import Export with ACAD 2008, Streamlining of Viewports. The review also looks at Landmark with its improved plant palette and image geo-referencing with shp files.

Read more at MacWorld

Greece to transform airport into a park | Spero News

A MULTIMILLION-EURO plan to transform Athens’ former airport into a residential park complete with sports venues and leisure and business centres has been met with mixed reactions by experts.

On November 26, Public Works Minister George Souflias opened the Elliniko project to public consultation, giving architects, landscape architects, civil engineers, local mayors, ministers and transport directors an opportunity to air their objections – or forever hold their peace – before the bulldozers roll in.

“My first impression is that it’s probably the best plan that has ever appeared for the area,” says landscape architect Thomas Doxiadis. “It is a very responsible and forward-thinking landscape strategy of the type we should be looking at for the next century.”

Greece to transform airport into a park | Spero News.

Making material connections with ‘New West Coast Design’

Curator Ted Cohen will start laying out a show called “New West Coast Design: Contemporary Objects,” which will start Jan. 18 in San Francisco, only after he returns from a two-week vacation lounging by the beach in Cabo San Lucas.

Among the larger objects are a surfboard by Thomas Meyerhoffer, a bicycle by Bruce Gordon and a tricycle by Portland artist Sacha White.

Some of the other objects come from San Francisco landscape architect Marcel Wilson; furniture designers Derek Chen, Mike and Maaike and One & Co;

Making material connections with ‘New West Coast Design’.

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