Landscape architect James Corner unveiled plans yesterday for creating America’s largest urban park in Memphis: a 4,500-acre site, five-times the size of Manhattan’s Central Park. Corner’s firm, Field Operations, beat out Hargreaves Associates and Tom Leader Studio, the other finalists in a six-month competition to master plan Shelby Farms, a patchwork of open space that had been a state-run prison farm during the mid-20th century and has since remained un-programmed.
Read more @ the Source: Architectural Record – Field Ops Wins Massive Memphis Park Competition
New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg and EPA Regional Administrator Alan J. Steinberg announced the opening of the third New York City Green Building Competition. This national competition seeks projects and ideas that promote the New York City as the pre-eminent cultural and sustainable urban epicenter. Design projects are encouraged that integrate whole-building principles, employ the tenets of green building construction and end-of-life considerations, anticipate post-occupancy concerns, and complement the community in which they reside.
“Green building is now in the mainstream here with visionary and innovative construction projects gaining a full head of steam all over the city,” Regional Administrator Steinberg said. “This competition helps create more visible examples of building green in the mosaic of everyday city life.”
“Promoting energy efficiency and environmentally friendly design in both old and new buildings is critical to our future, and the core of PlaNYC, our long-term plan for a sustainable New York” said Michael R. Bloomberg, Mayor of the City of New York “I am happy to announce once again that New York City will be holding a green building contest to highlight those who to create a greener future for New York through smart and innovative design.”
To find out how to enter the New York City Green Building Competition visit: http://www.nyc.gov/html/planyc2030/html/news/competition.shtml. Project submissions are due by Friday, May 30, 2008.
Source: US EPA – NYC and EPA Launch Third New York City Green Building Competition
Sod is not the only green substance growing on King’s Court English College House’s recently-installed green roof.
A King’s Court resident was arrested yesterday after maintenance staff discovered he was growing marijuana on the college house’s roof, which was completed this January.
Read more @ the Source: The Daily Pennsylvanian – ‘When green goes wrong’ .
Buildings are the biggest source of emissions and energy consumption in Canada.
They play a major role in the environmentally unfriendly trends projecting energy consumption to increase by 37 per cent and greenhouses gases by 36 per cent over the next 20 years in North America alone. Add to that that these buildings are interconnected by a series of roads and highways and you begin to see the magnitude of the issue.
There was an estimated $30-billion worth of building-construction plans in architects’ offices in cities across Canada as 2007 began. Once completed, these more than three million new buildings will have a lifespan of between 50 to 100 years – during which time they will consume energy in the form of electricity, and generate greenhouse gases by burning fuel oil, natural gas or liquid propane. Enter the role of the architect
Read more @ the Source: Daily Commercial News – Architects must encourage real progress on green building, not ‘greenwash’ by Kiyoshi Matsuzaki, FRAIC
Acclaimed Texas artist Margo Sawyer’s geometric work “Synchronicity of Color” was dedicated at Houston’s new downtown park, Discovery Green.
City Council Member James Rodriguez, Dawn Ullrich, director of the City of Houston Convention & Entertainment Facilities Department, Jonathon Glus, CEO of Houston Arts Alliance, Guy Hagstette, president of Discovery Green Conservancy, and Sawyer participated in dedication ceremonies. Sawyer received a mayoral proclamation from Council Member Rodriguez, who presented it on behalf of Mayor Bill White.
“Synchronicity of Color” is the newest addition to the City of Houston ‘s inventory of more than 400 civic art works in public spaces. The two-piece architectural installment of red- and blue-themed aluminum boxes conceal concrete stairwells that lead into the Convention District parking garage beneath Discovery Green, across from the George R. Brown Convention Center. More than 1,400 aluminum boxes were used to create the vibrant “Synchronicity of Color.”
Discovery Green is scheduled to be opened to the public on April 13.
Landscape Architect: Hargreaves Associates
Source: City of Houston Press Release
The Sustainable Urbanization in conference addresses the global challenges posed by rapid urbanization and its impact on global warming and the natural environment – from poverty and inequality to natural and manmade disasters – by calling for better sustainable planning for urban growth.
The conference will be held during Earth Week and start on April 23
United Nations Headquarters
First Avenue at 46th Street ECOSOC Chamber
New York, NY, 10017 United States
Sustainable Urbanization in the Information Age
“University Heights. That’s the new name, all right? … And we have a logo and everything and you’ll be seeing that all over.”
— Ward 8 Councillor Anthony Perruzza, on his mission to rebrand Jane and Finch
Over the past three decades, Jane and Finch has remained a crack in Toronto’s wall that has, again and again, been covered up with wallpaper.
It has been decorated with grants, surveillance cameras, task forces and studies. But as politicians furrowed their brows at the somehow-surprising findings of each commissioned report, all along, residents have been calling for a new foundation.
Jim Watson politely disagrees with critics who say the provincial government hasn’t committed itself financially to fixing Jane and Finch.
Read more at the Source: TorontoSun.com – Toronto And GTA- Lots of fixes, no solutions.