STAFF at the Botanics are today moving into their new £16 million home after completion of building work on the visitor centre. The striking John Hope Gateway will be officially opened to the public in October.
They will now spend the next two months installing exhibitions and planting a biodiversity garden outside the visitor centre.
SOURCE: Scotsman.com – Edinburgh Botanics staff move in as £16m visitor centre blooms
The Ministry of Education suggests 30 million euros from the natural gas available for an initiative of the University of Amsterdam, Leiden University and Wageningen University together with Naturalis a center for biodiversity to form. With the money is a very large, joint collection consisting of 37 million plants, rocks, stuffed animals and fossils, which Dutch Center for Biodiversity (NCB) in the top 5 global state. Moreover, a joint laboratory for DNA barcoding with the Central Bureau Schimmel Cultures, with offices in Leiden and Utrecht.
Het ministerie van OCW stelt 30 miljoen euro uit de aardgasbaten beschikbaar voor een initiatief van de Universiteit van Amsterdam, Universiteit Leiden en Wageningen Universiteit die samen met Naturalis één centrum voor biodiversiteit gaan vormen. Met het geld wordt een zeer omvangrijke, gezamenlijke collectie gevormd van 37 miljoen planten, gesteenten, opgezette dieren en fossielen, waarmee het Nederlands Centrum voor Biodiversiteit (NCB) wereldwijd in de top 5 staat. Bovendien wordt een gezamenlijk laboratorium voor DNA-barcoding opgezet met het Centraal Bureau voor Schimmelcultures, met vestigingen in Leiden en Utrecht.
SOURCE: Wageningen University, 03/08/09 VIA groeneruimte.nl (Netherlands)
Architects Journal reports
Architects have reacted angrily to Irish deputy prime minister Mary Coughlan’s claim that they are a sector that has yet to feel ‘the chill winds of economic reality’, and that they should be slashing fees to make the Republic more competitive.
read the full article at the SOURCE:Architects Journal – Fury as Irish deputy PM tells architects to reduce their fees
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
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