Work to restore two Lancashire parks to their original Victorian designs has under way. Diggers moved into the wet and muddy Avenham and Miller Parks to kick off phase two of the multi-million pound restoration project.
It has been made possible due to £2.35m of funding which was recently secured from the North West Development Agency and the Heritage Lottery Fund.
read the full article at the [SOURCE: lep.co.uk – Work begins on restoring Preston parks]
Architects Journal recently reported that the chief of Atkins has warned that
…We are in for another two years of recession….
Although on the positive side he also intimated that we are at the bottom of the recession.
read the full article at the [SOURCE: Architects Journal – Expect another two years of recession, warns Atkins chief]
Edinburgh College of Art is delighted to launch Vision, a major new publication about its current and future research projects in the creative disciplines.
A lavishly illustrated book, Vision includes focus features on the College’s current research groups as well as profiles of over 100 staff and their ‘visions’ of future research developments.
With the aim of progressing lively and accessible public engagement with academic research, Vision presents ground-breaking creative thinking across a vast range of art, design, architecture and landscape architecture disciplines. It also highlights the increase in cross-disciplinary and external collaboration in projects where experts in architecture, digital design, visual communications, business, anthropology, medical and computer science work with us to develop imaginative solutions to theoretical and practical issues.
Read more about Vision go to Edinburgh College of Art where you can download a copy of Vision
Herald Scotland reports
Scotland’s first eco-friendly village is set to be built on the outskirts of Glasgow.The pioneering development would see a low-carbon village called Polnoon created near Eaglesham, in East Renfrewshire.The Scottish Government has worked with developers on the design of the community, which they are dubbing the “conservation area of tomorrow”.Polnoon will have 121 homes and interconnected shared areas such as a central square, lanes and courts, which designers say will make better use of space and encourage residents to walk and cycle.
read more at the [SOURCE: Herald Scotland – Polnoon: Scotland’s first eco-village]
Landscape architect Scape Design Associates has been appointed to create a new public square in a major west London shopping area after beating shortlisted rivals Gillespies and Burns & Nice. The design will be developed with continued public consultation for planning application.
IMAGE SOURCE: King Street Regeneration
Recently SPIEGEL ONLINE reports that Sinai won the competition to design the new “Platz der 9. November 1989” (Nov. 9, 1989 Square). The square is to commemorate the day the Berlin Wall was opened when the first East German walked through the gates into the West.
Currently the site is somewhat neglected and has little to signify the importance that the site played in the history of Berlin and Germany.
The design for the Square will highlight the remaining 160 metres section of wall with a path running the length of the wall. The path will have “movements” represented with steel inlays inscribed with a word or quote.
A.W. Faust, the project leader from Sinai was cited by SPIEGEL ONLINE saying
“We wanted to recall the sum of these moments,” …… “Each moment made a huge impression and added to the momentum of the previous one.”
……….at the final point of this part of the display there will be a small copse of cherry trees (see graphic)….Faust explained that the firm has chosen a variety, Autumnalis, that blooms in the fall. “Hopefully there will be cherry blossoms falling on the ground every Nov. 9,”
The Square is expected to cost €350,000 ($520,000) and be finished by summer 2010.
Read more at the SOURCE: SPIEGEL ONLINE – Where the Berlin Wall First Fell: Historic Border Crossing Finally Gets a Facelift
London Development Agency reports
The London Development Agency (LDA) has congratulated a London company that has been recognised for its innovative and environmentally-friendly approach to construction.
The company was recognised for its potential contribution to the engineering and construction industries at the London Technology Fund (LTF) Competition awards ceremony held on Wednesday night at the Royal Bank of Scotland’s head office. Sarah Ebanja, Deputy Chief Executive at the LDA presented the Environment Award to Novacem, a start-up company developing carbon-negative cement.
Novacem, a spin-out from Imperial College London, has developed a groundbreaking type of cement, which has the potential to transform the cement industry from being a significant emitter of CO2 to being an absorber of CO2. Novacem estimates that for every tonne of ordinary Portland cement replaced by Novacem cement, around 0.75 tonne of CO2 could be captured and stored indefinitely in construction products.
[SOURCE: London Development Agency – New carbon-negative cement wins LDA-supported London Technology Fund Competition]