Argentine Rodent Devastating US Wetlands

Nutria is a rodent – Image Source – Flickr: blmurch reports

Billions of dollars are spent every year in the United States in an attempt to control invasive species. Plants and animals brought legally and illegally into the country, have created extensive damage to the ecosystem and the economy.

SOURCE: Argentine Rodent Devastating US Wetlands –

Calgary’s Calatrava footbridge unveiled

Calgary Herald reports

CALGARY – The newly released design for the city’s new pedestrian bridge has been derided by some Calgarians as a gaudy red waste of $24.5 million, and praised by others as a sleek, elegant contribution to downtown Calgary.

But to the architect, Santiago Calatrava, the Bow span is the most accessible, functional and technically challenging one he’s ever made…

read the full story at the SOURCE: Calgary Herald – Calgary’s $24.5M footbridge unveiled to cheers, jeers

IMAGE SOURCE: City of Calgary
IMAGE CREDIT: Santiago Calatrava

Edmonton Urban Design Awards 2009 call for submissions

As part of its goal to transform Edmonton’s urban form, the City is once again holding its biennial urban design awards. The awards recognize those individuals, organizations, firms and projects that have set a high standard for urban, architectural and landscape design.

The 2009 Edmonton Urban Design Awards is being held in partnership with the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada – Alberta Chapter, and in consultation with the Alberta Association – Canadian Institute of Planners, the Alberta Association of Landscape Architects, the Alberta Association of Architects and the Edmonton Design Committee.

This is the third time the City is holding these awards, with competitions held previously in 2005 and 2007.

The call for submissions was issued on July 28, 2009. The deadline for submitting entries is October 8, 2009.

Goto the competition website for more information

SOURCE: City of Edmonton :: Edmonton Urban Design Awards 2009

World Landscape Architect is not involved with the competition please refer to the competition website for more information

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

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