Architect slams ‘dismal’ UK design – The Guardian

The Guardian reports

“Andres Duany flew in from America and yesterday unveiled a 64-point litany of mistakes made by British architects and planners over the last 50 years.

Duany is one of the original designers of Poundbury, the prince’s new town in Dorset, and said the leading lights of modernist architecture including Richard Rogers, Frank Gehry, Zaha Hadid and Peter Eisenman were “increasingly irrelevant”.”

SOURCE: The GuardianArchitect slams ‘dismal’ UK design

Stockholm’s Revitalized Green City Center – Inhabitat

Inhabitat reports on “A joint project between the Swedes at Nod Landscape Architects and Danes at BIG Architects is set to transform Slussen, Stockholm’s city center.”

[SOURCE: Inhabitat » Stockholm’s Revitalized Green City Center]

Brighter future for former pit villages – JournalLive

The Journal (Journallive.co.uk) reports

“AMBITIOUS regeneration projects totalling more than £25m have been unveiled in a masterplan aimed at giving a cluster of former Northumberland coalfield villages a brighter future.”

[SOURCE: Brighter future for former pit villages – JournalLive].

Winners of the RIBA Annie Spink Award 2008 announced

Professor Andrew MacMillan and Professor Isi Metzstein have been named as joint winners of the RIBA Annie Spink Award for Excellence in Architectural Education.

[SOURCE: RIBA – Winners of the RIBA Annie Spink Award 2008 announced].

The Architecture Research Unit’s islands of possibility – Building Design

Building Design reports on London Metropolitan University’s Architecture Research Unit has proposed one of three schemes chosen for the next stage in the development of South Korea’s enormous new reclaimed city of Saemangeum.

to read more goto the [SOURCE: The Architecture Research Unit’s islands of possibility – Building Design].

Londoners vote for park grants

The Mayor of London has launched a website and campaign for Londoners to vote for which park they think deserves upgrading.

Ten of the Forty Seven parks in London will be granted up to £400,000(USD$616,000)

Voting ends on 5pm, 30 January 2009, so hurry and vote now to Help a London Park.

SOURCE: London.gov.uk – Help a London Park.

Wheels are turning for cycle hire

Ambitious plans to provide a cycle hire scheme in London by May 2010 are achievable according to a feasibility study released on the 18 November. Transport for London has now invited companies interested in running the scheme to get in touch with them.

SOURCE: Greater London Authority – Press Release.

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