Position statement – Green infrastructure and the value of connected, multifunctional landscapes

Landscape Institure reports

“The Landscape Institute believes green infrastructure approaches to land use planning must be afforded the same priority as conventional infrastructural components; a priority that it rightly deserves given its critical role in a wide range of challenges including economic competitiveness, climate change adaptation and mitigation, social cohesion, human health and wellbeing and reconnecting society with the natural environment.

Whilst appreciation of the value of natural elements throughout our urban and rural environments is increasing, there still exists a widespread lack of awareness of just how important these assets are. With this in mind, the Landscape Institute made the decision to produce a position statement on the them of green infrastructure and the important role that the landscape architecture profession has to play in its delivery.

Members’ views are vital in finalising the content of the draft document, a copy of which can be found here. We would be grateful to all members who would be willing to review the draft position statement and provide feedback.

Any queries should be directed to Stephen Russell, Policy and Public Affairs Officer, on 020 7299 4509 or at stephenr@landscapeinstitute.org”

[SOURCE: Landscape Institute – Position statement - Green infrastructure and the value of connected, multifunctional landscapes].

River Soar Footbridge – RIBA

Shortlist announced – River Soar Footbridge Competition

The RIBA is delighted to announce the shortlist in the competition to design a new foot and cycle bridge crossing the River Soar in Leicester.

151 expressions of interest were received from all over the world including India, Australia, Iceland, Brazil and the USA. Six teams have now been shortlisted for the second stage design phase and those teams are:

- Allies and Morrison with Price and Myers

- Explorations Architecture, Paris with Buro Happold

- Knight Architects with Gifford Bridge Designers

- McDowell & Benedetti with Arup

- Moxon Architects with Arup

- Ramboll Whitbybird

James Sinclair of Leicester Regeneration Company said “We have been delighted by both the quantity and the quality of the submissions received, even though this has made the selection exercise a very exacting process. We now have an outstanding shortlist of design teams and look forward to seeing the results of their design development in the New Year”.

The shortlisted designs will be submitted in early February 2009 with final presentations held on 19 February 2009 in Leicester.

SOURCE: RIBA – River Soar Footbridge.

RMJM Hillier renamed RMJM and adds a new Director

Architect’s Journal reports “RMJM Hillier – the North American division of RMJM – has announced that the company will now operate under the name RMJM.”

Scotsman.com reports that RMJM has appointed Eric Allan as the new European commercial director to drive its continuing growth.

[SOURCE: Architects Journal – RMJM Hillier renamed RMJM].

[SOURCE: Scotsman – RMJM reveals new director]

European Landscape Convention

Landscape Institute(UK) reports

“The Government ratified the ELC in November 2006, it came into force on the 1 March 2007 and Defra, Natural England and English Heritage produced a Framework for Implementation in England in October 2007.

If you would like to register interest in participating in a workshop please use the following email: elcworkshop@landuse.co.uk. Workshops are scheduled for 13th and 28th January.”

read the full announcement @ the SOURCE: Landscape Insitute – European Landscape Convention.

First look at OMA’s Commonwealth Institute scheme – Building Design

bdonline.co.uk reports

“OMA’s proposed luxury new build and refurbishment scheme for the iconic Commonwealth Institute in Kensington has been unveiled.’

read the full article @ [SOURCE: First look at OMA's Commonwealth Institute scheme - Building Design].

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