Urban Splash reveals stunning seaside shortlist designs

Six architects vie to redesign Birnbeck Island and Pier in Weston-super-Mare

Six architects were shortlisted in an architectural competition to redesign the Birnbeck Island and Pier in Weston-super-Mare, Somerset.

The competition, which opened in August, is run by Urban Splash and RIBA. It received 95 entries from all over the world, including Hong Kong, Canada, Russia and the USA.

Urban Splash reveals stunning seaside shortlist designs – Building.

Malta – Tal-Qroqq Skate Park

Rural Affairs and the Environment Minister George Pullicino, and Finance Parliamentary Secretary Tonio Fenech, met up with the media at the Tal-Qroqq Skate Park yesterday and saw the progress of works underway, despite the rain.

“Our goal is to open the skate park towards the end of January, and it is also intended to be a garden and a recreational area for nearby residents,” said Minister Pullicino. “The project, to cost Lm100,000 in total, has been funded primarily by the Finance Ministry’s Good Causes Fund, and the works are being carried out by the Environmental Landscape Consortium (ELC),” he added.

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Modern residential projects are offering ample green spaces and robust facilities alongside homes to satisfy customers’ cravings for urban living in an rural setting. But, despite much ballyhoo about modern garden cities, today’s developments bear only a passing resemblance to the original idea….

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Coasts, conflicts and intangible heritage

The coastal areas likely to be hardest hit by climate change are the ones where people have the least choice of livelihood. Yet, the strong ties of Mediterranean society with its natural setting may yet prove valuable in combating environmental degradation.

An initiative between Malta, Greece, Cyprus and Italy has produced a book entitled Coasts and Conflicts, which aims to harmonise integration in the Mediterranean region.

A response to a call issued by the EU inter-regional funding mechanism saw the birth of ECONET-COHAST, an ecological network to bring conservation strategies in line to save coastal habitats, which are recognised as valuable on a European scale.

timesofmalta.com – Coasts, conflicts and intangible heritage.

Government gives £50m boost to Tate Modern expansion

The Tate has been given an exceptional £50m grant from the government towards the huge expansion of Tate Modern in time for the 2012 Olympics, it was announced yesterday.

The £50m will go towards a budget of £215m for the expanded museum. The government boost, said Purnell, should “act as a firm symbol of the government’s commitment to this amazing project and help draw in funds from other sources”.

With this cash boost in hand, work can really get underway to realise Herzog and de Meuron’s design, which will transform the South Bank skyline in time for 2012.

Government gives £50m boost to Tate Modern expansion  Guardian Unlimited Arts.

The Tate Modern is asking its visitors for ideas on the decoration of its new extension. But is this a good idea?

Guardian Unlimited: Arts blog – art: Should the public help to design the new Tate?.

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