Smithsonian selects 6 firms for design competition

The Smithsonian has announced the selection of six firms who will participate in a two-month design competition that will determine which one firm is asked to submit a formal proposal for the design of the new National Museum of African American History and Culture. The museum is scheduled to be constructed on a five-acre plot of land on Constitution Avenue between the Washington Monument and the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History.

Devrouax & Purnell Architects/Planners, P.C, and Pei Cobb Freed & Partners Architects, LLP

Diller Scofidio + Renfro in association with KlingStubbins

Foster + Partners/URS joint venture

Freelon Adjaye Bond in association with SmithGroup

Moody Nolan Inc. in association with Antoine Predock Architect PC

Moshe Safdie and Associates Inc. in association with Sultan Campbell Britt & Associates

SOURCE: Media-Newswire.com & Smithsonian

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University Hires Sustainability Director | BU Today

BU Today reports

In an ongoing effort to make Boston University more eco-friendly, University leaders have hired the school’s first director of sustainability.

SOURCE: BU Today – University Hires Sustainability Director

Laura Bush enthusiastic about Landscape Architect for presidential library – Dallas News

LORI STAHL of the Dallas Morning News reports

“The landscape architect selected to design the surroundings of the Bush Library is known for tackling tricky, prominent projects, including Pennsylvania Avenue in front of the White House.

Michael Van Valkenburgh, principal of a New York- and Cambridge-based design firm, is a recently announced key member of the design team that will create the Bush Library on a narrow tract of land between SMU and Central Expressway.”

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Falling traffic force Mexican airports to mothball new terminals

Flight Global reports “Two major new terminals are being mothballed and a third terminal is being closed in Mexico as the country’s airport operators struggle to cope with a steep decline in traffic.”

[SOURCE: Flight Global – Falling traffic force Mexican airports to mothball new terminals]

Funding freeze halts environmental projects across California – Los Angeles Times

Jordan Rau of the Los Angeles Times reports “Commissions and nonprofits charged with conserving parks, wildlife, water and mountain areas of the state are at risk of laying off staff or closing since the state stopped funding last month.”

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