The University of Toronto today announced an historic $14-million gift by John and Myrna Daniels to the Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design, the largest ever private gift to any architecture school in Canada.
The gift will fund a major physical expansion and renovation of the faculty and will also endow a scholarship fund for outstanding architecture, landscape and design students. In recognition of the powerful impact this gift will have on the university, U of T will name the Faculty the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape & Design. John Daniels received his bachelor of architecture degree from U of T in 1950 and went on to become one of Canada’s most important developers of residential communities.
“The Faculty of Architecture, Landscape & Design has a fabulous tradition of contributing to the creation of beautiful and functional buildings and sustainable cities,” said President David Naylor. “The Daniels’ remarkable benefaction will play a pivotal role in the education of the next generation of architecture leaders in Canada.”
Read more @ the SOURCE: University of Toronto – $14-million gift launches transformation of architecture education at U of T
One of LandDesign Inc.’s Nashville office team won an internal competition on green design.
Human Element, a Nashville team, tied for first place in the company-wide sustainable design competition and shared in the $10,000 first place award.
Fourteen teams competed across the company to reduce the carbon footprint of Birkdale Village, a 52-acre mixed use project with residential over retail located in Huntersville, N.C.
SOURCE: Nashville Business Journal – LandDesign team wins 10K for green design.
The U.S. Green Building Council’s new rating system for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design in neighborhood development, known as LEED-ND, is coming under fire for not putting a greater emphasis on affordable housing.
Critics say LEED-ND, in its current draft, discourages participating developers from alloting dollars into expensive energy-efficient affordable housing if their payback is, at most, four points out of a possible 106. They worry the point system, and any resulting developer disincentives, will get ingrained in municipal law books if local governments continue to adopt LEED standards at unprecedented rates — all at a time, they add, when the growing gap between wages and mortgages is creating an affordable housing crisis regionally and nationally.
In a recent study by Cambridge, Mass.-based New Ecology Inc., the cost of building green affordable housing held a nearly 3 percent premium, ranging up to 9 percent on some projects.
read more @ the SOURCE: Mlive.com – Critics say new green rating hurts affordable housing.
Ed: Although an interesting article however the article doesn’t mention the savings that low-income families will gain with lower energy bills.
More education of the public in relation to LEED is needed (eg initial construction cost vs long-term running costs and reduced environmental costs). Urban Planning also becomes more important including density of housing.
What does one of the largest independently owned oil and gas companies do to turn over a more sustainable leaf? Well, in this case, EnCana hired green-tech architecture firm du jour Foster + Partners to design their new, environmentally sustainable headquarters in Calgary, Canada. Dubbed The Bow, the new tower’s namesake comes from its overall shape, as well as the breathtaking views it offers inhabitants of the Bow River. As expected from a Foster + Partners design, the form of this sustainable skyscraper follows some very green function.
SOURCE: Inhabitat » Calgary’s new green skyscraper by Foster + Partners.
Forget budget furniture or do-it-yourself interior design – New Yorkers are switching to homegrown dining in an effort to cut costs as the economy flounders.
The number of green-thumbed residents using the city’s vegetable gardens has increased by the bushel in recent months because of soaring prices in the food aisles.
“We have had a huge increase in our participation this year,” said Jennifer Plewka, who manages Drew Gardens in the Bronx, where membership doubled from 25 to 50 in the last year.
Read more @ the SOURCE: NYDailynews.com – City veggie gardens flourish.
Reginans who want their yards landscaped can thank the current boom in the housing industry for longer-than-normal wait times.
Landscaping architects and contractors alike are struggling to keep up with a higher-than-normal demand for their services.
“Like all the other aspects of the construction industry, the landscape side is certainly booming,” agreed Cam Patterson, senior landscape architect for Stantec Consulting Ltd. and past-president of the Saskatchewan Association of Landscape Architects.
The increase in demand for landscaping services is translating into longer wait times for customers. “Projects are definitely taking longer to get built,” Patterson said. “Our biggest problem is finding people to do the work from the design side. We’re looking to hire,” Patterson said.
SOURCE: LeaderPost – easier.com – Landscaping wait grows
The days of spending six digits to remodel that kitchen are over.
Landscape architects are seeing a change in the way people are using their hard-earned money: In the coming decade, they’ll spend their cash (and their time) on the outdoor “great room.”
Erase the image of a simple patio with a few potted plants scattered around. Today, outdoor living is less about communing with nature and more about cooking, entertaining and relaxing outside with family and friends.
Read more @ the SOURCE: The Rocky Mountain News – Outdoor living areas all the rage : Home & Garden :