International architecture firm RMJM has announced that its UK-based landscape architectural division, Land, is to adopt the name STRATA.
RMJM’s landscape architects already operate under the name STRATA in the Middle East and Asia. This step will create a single global design brand for the firm’s landscape business.
Land, as it has been known since 2005, is part of the team which was recently appointed to design the Athletes’ Village for the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. Other major projects include a mixed use development and public realm masterplan for Maryhill Locks in Glasgow (for client Elder and Cannon Architects and Collective Architecture) and providing landscape architecture services for RMJM’s Okhta Centre project in St Petersburg, Russia.
Viraj Chatterjee, STRATA’s Hong Kong-based Design Director, said; “Our client-base is increasingly international and it’s important that we reflect that in the way we work. Bringing the teams together under one international design brand will help us to share expertise and collaborate more effectively, bringing in talent and experience from around the world in order to meet our clients’ needs.”
John Vidal reports at guardian.co.uk
Decc rejects proposal from Rupert Armstrong-Evans but accepts very similar project from Rolls-Royce and WS Atkins….
Rupert Armstrong-Evans, who pioneered renewable energy in Britain and now runs a marine engineering firm in Cornwall, spent 18 months researching the idea of a 12-mile long “tidal reef” for the estuary…………
read the full article and watch the video at the SOURCE: guardian.co.uk – Engineers accused of taking ‘tidal reef’ idea in Severn estuary competition
Paul Lukez of Worldchanging has written an interesting article about Paris as the urban ideal and how it and then reviews the entries by various firms into Le Grand Pari de L’agglomération Parisienne…
The problem of city-making today is as much about making new cities as it is about transforming our existing metropolises, especially suburbs, and edge-city developments. The suburban metropolis is relatively young…
read the full article at the SOURCE: Worldchanging: Bright Green: Transforming Paris: “Le Grand Paris 2030” as a Post-Kyoto Metropolis
Image Source: Flickr – Xtreambar
Will Hurst, David Rogers of Building Design report
It will happen, says government; Cabe to beef up review panel in meantime
A competition promised by the government to help find the best designs for its flagship eco-towns initiative has been mothballed.
read the full article at Building Design – Design competition for eco-towns mothballed
Science Daily reports
New research shows that 21st century British woodlands are less distinctive than those of the early 20th century due to environmental change. Native woodland plants have re-organised over the last 70 years in response to increased soil fertility and loss of light related to increased canopy shading.
SOURCE: Science Daily – Woodlands Suffer Large-scale Biodiversity Loss
Bournemouth University. “Woodlands Suffer Large-scale Biodiversity Loss.” ScienceDaily 21 July 2009.
25 July 2009 <http://www.sciencedaily.com /releases/2009/07/090722083727.htm>
Urban Landscape Group have just launched the Barge Beach Budapest/Uszály Strand
Budapest is famous for its Turkish baths and open air pools, but this summer there is an unusual addition to the capital’s bathing scene: a floating beach on the Danube river, right in the city centre.
Mayor Gabor Demszky on Thursday praised the solution to the “decades old” problem of Budapest citizens being cut off from the Danube by the two busy highways that run along its embankments.
The “beach” is actually a wooden-decked platform built onto old barges of the type that haul cargoes of coal and stone up and down the Danube.
It has an area of 2100 square metres, larger than six tennis courts, with a 16-metre swimming pool, a coffee bar sand pits and a childrens paddling pool and sun loungers.
Az Uszály Strand egy medencés strand, mely egy uszály rakterébõl kialakított úszó- és gyermekmedencébõl, valamint az uszály mellé csatolt 2 bárkából áll, melyeken különleges, a strandolást kiegészítõ „vízélmények” valamint napozóágyak találhatók, melyek 2100m2-en terülnek el. A vízen úszó különleges látványstrand a Duna-part frekventált, turisták által látogatott belvárosi szakaszán jelent unikális élményt az érdeklõdõknek, a hazai közönségnek és a turistáknak egyaránt.
SOURCE: Urban Landscape Group VIA Inhabitat
Image SOURCE: Urban Landscape Group
The Eurohypo Aktiengesellschaft of Frankfurt, Germany, and Topos – International Review of Landscape Architecture and Urban Design are holding the International Urban Landscape Award (IULA) competition again this year in search of exemplary urban design projects for sustainable development in Germany or the United Kingdom. Taking place for the third time, the competition seeks to contribute towards sustainable ways of securing and advancing the quality of life and economic activity.
This time round, the prize is divided into two categories: Category A, which honours ground-breaking, newly-built or redeveloped urban architecture, and Category B, which recognises initiatives, concepts, designs or research projects in the field of sustainable urban development. Both categories come with a cash prize of €25,000.
Further information and the obligatory project form can be downloaded at www.topos.de
Closing Date: Entries must be received by 3 September 2009