Berlin to get square to mark the fall of the Wall

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

New carbon-negative cement wins Competition

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]

Burning issue of Spain’s wetlands

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Aljazeera.net reports

The European Union is asking Spain why one of its precious wetland reserves has been allowed to dry up so much that the peat which lies beneath the surface is on fire.

Ecologists blame the mismanagement of water resources and over-irrigation for the environmental tragedy in the Tablas de Daimiel National Park, which is part of a UNESCO biosphere and has EU protection.

Read more at the [SOURCE: Aljazeera.net - Burning issue of Spain's wetlands]

Related article Spanish wetland facing destruction – [guardian.co.uk]

Atkins set to poach talent from design-led practices

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Building Design reports

The country’s biggest employer of architects has set its sights on wresting design-led work away from “complacent” signature practices by recruiting more creative designers……..
A team led by Atkins recently beat five others, including Frank Gehry, to land a £300 million new college campus in Glasgow……

Boom in design review prompts new guidance

The number of design review panels has more than doubled in the last five years, so that now almost every local authority has access to high quality independent design advice. Over 80 panels are up and running across England.

New guidance has been launched, Design review: principles and practice, to promote consistently high standards for all panels.

The guidance has been developed by CABE, the Royal Institute of British Architects, the Royal Town Planning Institute and the Landscape Institute.

[SOURCE: CABE]

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