Vital wetland restored to natural glory

JournalLive reports

A 50-YEAR healing operation for internationally-important wetlands in the North has taken a major step forward.

A £700,000 project to push forward the restoration of the 12,000-year-old Border Mires has been completed nearly two years ahead of schedule. Over 2,500 acres of the Border Mires.

Read the full article and watch the video @ the SOURCE: JournalLive – News – Environment – Vital wetland restored to natural glory

Chelsea design bidders include five linked to prince – The Guardian

The Guardian reports

Five firms of architects closely allied to the Prince of Wales’s approach to architecture will compete to draw up plans for the vacant Chelsea barracks site in London, after the prince succeeded in blocking an earlier design that he deemed “unsuitable”.

SOURCE: The Guardian – Chelsea design bidders include five linked to prince

RMJM designs first ‘green’ development in Turkey’s financial district


RMJM has today announced details of the US $1 billion development it is designing in Istanbul’s new residential and business district, which will be one of the ‘greenest’ projects in Turkey.

The luxury development – being designed by RMJM’s New York and Istanbul studios – will be located in the Atasehir district of Istanbul.

Set on a highly visible site that features panoramic views stretching from the Bosphorus Strait in the west to the Princes’ Islands and the Sea of Marmara to the south, the 372,000m² development includes a 60-storey tower, 1,500 residential units, a five-star hotel, offices and conference facilities with landscaped public areas and parking facilities.

The aim is to create an iconic complex that takes an innovative approach to planning and sustainability. The development is designed to achieve the ‘LEED’ sustainability accreditation from the US Green Building Council and, as such, would be the first mixed use development of its kind in Turkey. The project is scheduled to be completed in 2011.

SOURCE: RMJM

IMAGE CREDIT: RMJM

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EDAW AECOM planning 26,000 homes at Luton Gateway

The Luton Gateway is one of a number of local delivery organisations set up across the UK in areas identified by the government as being in a prime position to deliver housing……The Luton Gateway has a target to deliver an additional 26,000 homes and 19,000 jobs by 2021.

EDAW AECOM, a leading design and planning consultancy, has been appointed to complete an infrastructure schedule, requirement model and delivery plan and to refresh the Integrated Development Programme (IDP).  This will ensure that the appropriate infrastructure needed has been identified to allow the area to meet the required targets.  Work is already underway and it is expected that the study will be completed by October 2009.

SOURCE: Luton Gateway News: Overview via Planning Resource

AND NOW WHAT: Rethinking Spatial Practice During Crisis – The Architecture Foundation

In April 2009, The Architecture Foundation organised three roundtable debates to examine the nature of the dramatic economic and ecological challenges facing built environment practitioners. The debates were titled – AND NOW WHAT: Rethinking Spatial Practice During Crisis. The Architecture Foundation recently posted the video on Vimeo. Interesting to watch with many valid points to think about the built environment profession.

SOURCE: AND NOW WHAT: Rethinking Spatial Practice During Crisis from The Architecture Foundation on Vimeo.

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