Herzog & de Meuron plans London towers – Building Design

Building Design reports “Swiss practice is working with Shard developer on UK’s tallest residential development

Herzog & de Meuron is working with the developer behind the Shard, Sellar Property Group, on credit crunch-defying designs for the tallest residential development in the country”

[SOURCE:  Building Design – Herzog & de Meuron plans London towers ]

Dover Esplanade Design Competition – Landscape Institute(UK)

The Landscape Institute is running a competition for

“Dover Esplanade design competition is a two-stage design competition to produce an innovative design for a significant section of harbour-side beach and public realm on Dover’s waterfront. The aim is to create a modern and attractive new seafront that will become a major attraction to visitors and residents of Dover alike.

The competition is being run by the Landscape Institute Competitions Office under the auspices of a partnership comprising Dover Harbour Board, Dover District Council, Kent County Council, SEEDA, and English Heritage.

The project is being funded jointly by SeaChange and the partnership. SeaChange is a government initiative led by CABE in partnership with Arts Council England, BIG Lottery, English Heritage, Heritage Lottery Fund, Museums, Libraries and Archives Council, and the Regional Development Agencies.

The deadline for expressions of interest is 23 January 2009

Contact Sabina Mohideen, competitions@landscapeinstitute.org for a copy of the stage 1 brief.

[SOURCE: Landscape Institute: Dover Esplanade Design Competition]

Architecture’s Reality Check: Global Downturn Dooms Prestige Construction Projects – SPIEGEL ONLINE

SPIEGEL ONLINE  reports  “The financial crisis has led to the cancellation of spectacular construction projects in the previously booming metropolises of Dubai, Moscow and Abu Dhabi. Does the demise of overblown architecture spell an opportunity for sustainable building?”

read the full article @ the SOURCE: SPIEGEL ONLINE – Architecture’s Reality Check: Global Downturn Dooms Prestige Construction Projects

Eco-town inspired by Paris and Barcelona

this is leicestershire.co.uk reports that the “Architecture found in Paris, Barcelona and London has been used by developers as inspiration for their vision of an eco-town.

The Leicester Mercury can exclusively reveal new artist’s impressions showing what Pennbury would look like if it is built.”

[SOURCE: thisisleicestershire.co.uk – Eco-town inspired by Paris and Barcelona].

Newham Construction Mentoring Programme – January Launch

A brand new mentoring programme has been created to support students who have enrolled on the 14-19 Diplomas in Construction and the Built Environment (CBE) and Engineering.

The mentoring programme has been developed in partnership with the Construction Industry Council, Newham Education Business Partnership and the London Borough of Newham 14-19 Education team and will be launched in January 2009.

The programme involves linking volunteer practitioners from related built environment disciplines with young people aged 14 to 19 years old in Newham, giving the volunteer an invaluable opportunity to support and encourage potential future practitioners. The mentoring programme aims to raise the student’s aspirations and self-esteem, support improvement in their academic performance, develop key functional skills and support informed career choices.

Mentors and mentees will have regular meetings at the students’ school or college where they will share knowledge and information which, will enhance the student’s work-based learning and further develop their practical and academic understanding of their chosen career of interest.

For further information or if you wish to become a volunteer and support young people in Newham contact Danna Walker (CIC, Project Manager) on 020 7399 7404 or email dwalker@cic.org.uk

Read more @ the SOURCE: Landscape Institute – Newham Construction Mentoring Programme.

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