As Mumbai Spills Over, Floodwater Creeps Closer – reports

Inspired by the 2005 floods, Dilip da Cunha and his wife, Anuradha Mathur, who teach design and landscape architecture at the University of Pennsylvania, have spent the last two and a half years studying Mumbai and its uneasy relationship with water. They recently released their findings and 12 proposals for making the city more resilient to floods in the form of a museum exhibit and a book, both titled “Soak: Mumbai in an Estuary.”

read the full article at the SOURCE: – As Mumbai Spills Over, Floodwater Creeps Closer

Also visit the website Soak: Mumbai in an Estuary

Purchase the Book(USD$125) – Soak: Mumbai in an Estuary

Projects to transform Sydney laneways, By George! – City of Sydney

7 Metre Bar Richard Goodwin, Adrian Macgregor and Russell Lowe

The Meeting Place Aspect Studios, Herbert+Mason, Derlot, Light 2

Infinity Forest – Mathew Chan (Scale Architecture), Isabelle Cordeiro, Katie Hepworth
City of Sydney reports

“We received more than 500 registrations and 68 submissions for this year’s Laneways By George! Hidden Networks project to transform and explore the potential of City laneways with creative, innovative and inspiring high quality temporary artworks,” said Lord Mayor Clover Moore MP.

Eight teams have had their concepts selected by Curator and urban designer Dr Steffen Lehmann and the City’s Public Art Panel.

The proposed Laneways By George! 2009 – Hidden Networks temporary artworks will now go through the DA process, then if approved be installed in time for the City of Sydney’s Art & About event in October.

The installations are intended to remain in place until the end of The Sydney Festival in late January 2010.

For more information, visit the website:

SOURCE: City of Sydney and Architecture & Design

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Moshe Safdie to under take beautification of Golden Temple surroundings reports

CHANDIGARH: Internationally acclaimed US based architect Moshe Safdie, who had successfully accomplished the most prestigious project of Khalsa Heritage Centre (KHC), Sri Anandpur Sahib would soon undertake the beautification of the surroundings of Golden Temple (Sri Harimandir Sahib) along with the corridor project (Galiara) around the holy Golden Temple at Amritsar……….

read more @ the SOURCE: – Moshe Safdie to under take beautification of Golden Temple surroundings

Struggling RMJM secures China deal – Business

Struggling RMJM secures China deal – Business

RMJM, the Scottish architects recently forced to lay off 60 staff, has sealed a contract to design a $30m (£18.5m) sporting complex in north-east China. The firm, which is best known for its work on the controversial Scottish Parliament building, has been appointed sole designer for the five-storey Olympic-standard complex in Dalian.

SOURCE: Business – Struggling RMJM secures China deal

Density, transparency of cities through photos – Hurriyet Daily News

Hurriyet Daily News reports

ISTANBUL – Images in which the concentration of the Asian population is visible through the architecture of Hong Kong are presented in two series, ‘Transparent City’ and ‘Architecture of Density,’ in Istanbul’s Çukurcuma.

Density, transparency of cities through photos Hong Kong architectural aesthetics and the often-overlooked human presence in the heart of international industry are among the subjects of German-American photographer Michael Wolf’s recent work, currently on display at the Elipsis Gallery in Istanbul.

find out more about the exhibition at the SOURCE: Hurriyet Daily News – Density, transparency of cities through photos

PUB (Singapore) launches Water Design Guidelines for developments

PUB reports

The ABC Waters Design Guidelines has been launched by Senior Parliamentary Secretary, Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources, Dr Amy Khor, on 25 June 2009. It is a document to introduce PUB’s ABC Waters Programme (a strategic programme aims to transform our drains, canals and reservoirs into beautiful, vibrant and flowing streams, rivers and lakes) and the potential applications of ABC Waters Design Features (bioretention swales, rain garden, wetland etc.) to the industry professionals, as well as the public and private sectors.

The ABC Waters Design Guidelines aim to create a sustainable and more livable city through the treatment of stormwater (rainwater) closer to source as well as beautifying urban spaces and creating new community focal points and greater urban bio-diversity.

Goto the PUB website to download the document


Situate Sculpture Project – Shortlist for international sculpture project announced

The jury of the situate competition – an international sculpture competition offering $1million for an artwork to transform Perth’s Forrest Place- have narrowed down 202 entries received from 33 countries to five shortlisted entrants.

The following entries have been selected as finalists:

Jean-Bernard Métais, Artist
Courdemanche, France

Dimmity Walker, Architect; Michael Patroni, Architect; David Walker, Artist
Perth, Australia

Fran Dibble, Artists; Paul Dibble, Artists; John Hardwick-Smith, Architect
Palmerston North, New Zealand

James Angus, Artist; Doug Knox, Consulting Engineer; Peter Mclean, Lighting Design
Sydney, Australia

Richard Giblett, Artist; Matthew Herbert, Architect; Jan Vastesaeger, Architect
Melbourne, Australia

SOURCE: Situate Sculpture Project – Shortlist for international sculpture project announced

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