Valletta to lose 400 parking spots to Renzo Piano’s plans

Times of Malta reports

City Gate’s regeneration will see 400 parking spaces lost, the investments ministry said, and not 2,000 as claimed by the Chamber of Small and Medium Enterprises, GRTU.

The plans by world-renowned architect Renzo Piano will do away with the parking spaces in St James Ditch and Freedom Square, Valletta, an issue of concern for Valletta shop owners and office workers

SOURCE: Times of Malta – Valletta to lose 400 parking spots to Renzo Piano’s plans

Rotterdam Centraal Station construction has started – West 8

Rotterdam Centraal Station
Construction works on the new public transportation terminal at Rotterdam Central Station have started. In 2012 the station will have a spacious, comfortable and well accessible new terminal that can cope with the increased passenger flow. It is expected that over the next 15 years the average number of passengers will rise from 110.000 to 330.000.

SOURCE: West 8

IMAGE SOURCE: West 8

LiD Architecture wins Dublin’s Parlour Design Competition

Dublin City Council and Point Village Limited are delighted to announce that the winner of Dublin’s Parlour Design Competition is LiD Architecture

The RIAI (Royal Institute of Architects in Ireland) administered the single stage competition on behalf of the competition promoters, Point Village Limited. The objective of the competition was to design a new public civic space for Dublin. “The Parlour” will have strong social, cultural and environmental character and a countrywide profile for holding an intense and varied programme of music and other outdoor events including markets and monster céilís.

The assessors (Harry Crosbie, CEO, Point Village Ltd., Dick Gleeson, Dublin City Planner, Dublin City Council, John McLaughlin, Director of Architecture, Dublin Docklands development Authority, Kilian Skay, Architect, Dublin City Council, Peter McHale, Partner, Bruce Shaw Partnership and Denis Byrne, Denis Byrne Architects) were impressed by the range and quality of the 46 responses to a challenging and complex brief.

LiD Architecture’s winning submission’s simple, strong, clear idea effortlessly addressed the brief. The central concept is to use shipping containers as basic building blocks which will be configured in creative ways to address challenges of containment, movement, art, lighting and art performance. The jury felt that this solution displayed high levels of flexibility, adaptability and toughness in use. The design resonates powerfully with docklands and embraces the temporary nature of the challenge.

There were four submissions commended by the jury. These were submitted by David Wright ArchitectsDerek Murphy Architects, McGarry Ní Éanaigh Architects, Henegan Peng Architects and NEX.

SOURCE: RIAI

IMAGE SOURCE: RIAI IMAGE CREDIT: LiD Architecture

Urban beekeeping the new buzz?

IMAGE SOURCE: Flickr – Jordan

BBC NEWS reports

Disease, mites and fungal infections may be destroying our native colonies, but a plot has been hatched to restock their numbers on Britain’s urban rooftops and gardens.

Omlet, the firm which fuelled interest in urban chicken-rearing with its modern plastic Eglu coop, has launched the beehaus – a plastic hive aimed at urban dwellers.

SOURCE: BBC NEWS | UK | Is urban beekeeping the new buzz?

Edinburgh Botanics staff move in as £16m visitor centre blooms

Scotsman.com reports

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.
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SOURCE: Scotsman.com – Edinburgh Botanics staff move in as £16m visitor centre blooms

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