Houston Zoo starting work on $50 million African Forest

Houston Zoo - Existing Exhibit

Houston Zoo(existing exhibit) – Image Source: Flickr – Tracy_N_Brandon

Houston Chronicle reports

Moving away from the concept of bars and cages, the Houston Zoo in September will break ground for a $50 million African Forest, a 6.5-acre exhibit……

Jim Brighton, a landscape architect with Seattle-based PJA Architects, the project’s designer, said the exhibit will tell stories about the African forest, not simply provide an opportunity to look at wild animals in captivity.

SOURCE: Houston ChronicleHouston Zoo starting work on $50 million African Forest

Project to redevelop Ontario Provincial Police facilities attracts industry interest

Infrastructure Ontario and the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services (MCSCS) announced today that three companies have been short-listed to design, build, finance and maintain new Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) facilities located in 15 communities across the province.

The three short-listed companies are:

Forum Social Infrastructure (FSI): Forum Equity Partners Inc., Brookfield Financial Corporation, Stantec Inc., Bondfield Construction Company Limited, M. Sullivan & Sons Limited, Dominion Construction Company Inc.,
Johnson Controls Inc., and TD Securities Inc.

Integrated Team Solutions (ITS): Ellis Don Corporation, Fengate Capital Management Ltd., LPF Infrastructure Fund, WZMH Architects, Genivar Consultants Limited Partnership, PBK Architects, Smith Group, Habib
Architects, Kalmantis Architects, Tom Jones Corporation, Finn Way General Contractor Inc., Monteith Building Group Ltd., Black & McDonald, and Scotia Capital

SHIELD Infrastructure Group (SIG):
HOCHTIEF PPP Solutions North America Inc., Bird Design-Build Limited, Honeywell Limited, NORR Limited Architects & Engineers, Shore Tilbe Irwin & Partners, MCW Consultants
Ltd., Banerjee & Associates Ltd., MMM Group Limited, Evans Bertrand Hill Wheeler Architecture Inc., Trow Global Inc., Frecon Construction Limited, Collaborative Structures Limited, Miller Paving Limited, and CIT
Financial Ltd.

SOURCE: CNW Group | INFRASTRUCTURE ONTARIO | Project to redevelop Ontario Provincial Police facilities attracts industry interest

A sustainable park grows in Allston – The Boston Globe

A sustainable park grows in Allston – The Boston Globe

Harvard University planners, Boston redevelopment officials, and a Cambridge landscape design firm are working together to reincarnate the 1.74-acre space, behind the Honan-Allston branch of the public library, into a “sustainable’’ park……

Michael Van Valkenburgh, head of the landscape architecture firm [Michael Van Vlakenburgh Associates] designing the park, said Library Park’s green features won’t be obvious to most people.

SOURCE: The Boston Globe – A sustainable park grows in Allston

Marianne Boesky’s Hidden Terrace, Inches From the High Line – New York Magazine

Wendy Goodman in New York Magazine writes

Marianne Boesky’s terrace is inches from the most popular public space in New York. Landscape designer Paula Hayes made it private.


Image Source: New York Magazine Photo: Nikolas Koenig)

Read the full article at the SOURCE: New York Magazine – Great Room – Marianne Boesky’s Hidden Terrace, Inches From the High Line

Architect Michael Maltzan On Where Cities Are Going – Curbed LA

Adrian Glick Kudler of Curbed LA has written a great post and synopsis of LAPL’s ALOUD The Contemporary City: Urbanism in Flux

Los Angeles Times architecture critic Christopher Hawthorne spoke with beloved local architect Michael Maltzan at the Central Library Tuesday night……
……And this was what Maltzan was getting at the whole discussion–that architecture can’t be about the “large, singular gesture” anymore……

read the full post at the SOURCE: Curbed LA: Architect Michael Maltzan On Where Cities Are Going

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