SPIEGEL ONLINE reports “The financial crisis has led to the cancellation of spectacular construction projects in the previously booming metropolises of Dubai, Moscow and Abu Dhabi. Does the demise of overblown architecture spell an opportunity for sustainable building?”
read the full article @ the SOURCE: SPIEGEL ONLINE – Architecture’s Reality Check: Global Downturn Dooms Prestige Construction Projects
this is leicestershire.co.uk reports that the “Architecture found in Paris, Barcelona and London has been used by developers as inspiration for their vision of an eco-town.
The Leicester Mercury can exclusively reveal new artist’s impressions showing what Pennbury would look like if it is built.”
[SOURCE: thisisleicestershire.co.uk – Eco-town inspired by Paris and Barcelona].
A brand new mentoring programme has been created to support students who have enrolled on the 14-19 Diplomas in Construction and the Built Environment (CBE) and Engineering.
The mentoring programme has been developed in partnership with the Construction Industry Council, Newham Education Business Partnership and the London Borough of Newham 14-19 Education team and will be launched in January 2009.
The programme involves linking volunteer practitioners from related built environment disciplines with young people aged 14 to 19 years old in Newham, giving the volunteer an invaluable opportunity to support and encourage potential future practitioners. The mentoring programme aims to raise the student’s aspirations and self-esteem, support improvement in their academic performance, develop key functional skills and support informed career choices.
Mentors and mentees will have regular meetings at the students’ school or college where they will share knowledge and information which, will enhance the student’s work-based learning and further develop their practical and academic understanding of their chosen career of interest.
For further information or if you wish to become a volunteer and support young people in Newham contact Danna Walker (CIC, Project Manager) on 020 7399 7404 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Read more @ the SOURCE: Landscape Institute – Newham Construction Mentoring Programme.
Rochdale Online reports
“Rochdale’s new public transport hub came a step closer to reality this week after Greater Manchester Passenger Transport Executive announced the five-strong design team for the £11.5million project.
Aedas Architects and surveying firm Davis Langdon will join engineering and construction specialists Atkins, Jacobs and Marston and Grundy will design the Smith Street interchange on the River Roch.”
[SOURCE: Rochdale Online -Design team chosen for transport interchange].
“Statutory planning guidelines on development in urban areas were launched on Dec 31, 2008 by Irish Minister for the Environment John Gormley.”
[SOURCE: The Irish Times – “Urban development guidelines published”]