Steven Holl Architects, an award-winning firm with extensive experience in the arts, has been selected to design the initial academic buildings for Princeton University’s new arts and transit neighborhood.
The firm, with offices in New York and Beijing, is led by Steven Holl, who was named America’s Best Architect by Time magazine in July 2001 for “buildings that satisfy the spirit as well as the eye.”
At Princeton, the firm will be responsible for designing several buildings to house the Program in Theater and Dance, components of the Department of Music, the Lewis Center for the Arts and the Society of Fellows in the Creative and Performing Arts. Encompassing an estimated 135,000 gross square feet, the preliminary plans include a black box theatre, a large dance studio, an orchestral rehearsal studio, several smaller acting studios, dance studios, music practice rooms, classrooms, support spaces, a café and offices.
Mark Burstein, executive vice president noted that the landscape architect who collaborated with Holl on the water treatment facility in Connecticut was Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates, the same firm that will be working on the Princeton project. Sustainable building and landscaping practices will be of key importance.
Comparing old and new aerial photographs, state environmental officials last year spotted a suspicious-looking change in the landscape in Methuen, near the Dracut line. In July, they visited a horse stable on Tyler Street and confirmed that the owner had graded and filled wetlands without a permit, in violation of state environmental laws and regulations.
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As a result, the Department of Environmental Protection fined Lisa M. Pappalardo $10,225 and ordered her to restore the damaged wetlands, in a clear example of how detailed aerial images today can be used to help a government regulatory agency do its job.
Read more at – The Boston Globe – Improper development spied from sky Eric Moskowitz
Savvy designers are helping homeowners collect and reuse storm water rather than see it all wash away.
WHILE you watched much-needed showers race down the driveway and spill into street drains two weeks ago, did you perhaps think: How can I harness that rainfall? How can I save that water for a yard that has endured drought-like conditions?
It turns out that “harvesting” rainfall is not only good for the garden, but also good for the environment.
Read more at LA Times – Imagine: Rain, rain, stored away – Annie Wells
Wayzata Minnesota-based environmental organization Live Green, Live Smart announces The Sustainable House™ received Platinum certification from the U.S. Green Building Council™ (USGBC), for the remodeling of a 1948 rambler, located in Minnetonka, Minnesota. The award is the Council’s highest level certification for residential Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design™ (LEED). This is the first remodeled home to be certified Platinum by the USGBC, the most widely recognized green building standard-setting organization in the country.
The original house and landscape underwent major alterations focused on energy efficiency, water conservation, habitat protection, resource efficiency and healthy occupancy.
Eco-Pioneering Minnesota Group Earns First USGBC Platinum for Green Remodeled Home – businessnewswire.com
Ottawa Developers scorn city claims about residential land supply, while some suggest it’s time to tighten Greenbelt
Developers are calling on the city to expand Ottawa’s urban boundary, vehemently disagreeing with “preliminary” estimates that the city has more than 20 years worth of vacant residential land for future development.
“Who knows whether the city will bring in additional lands,” said John Herbert of the local homebuilders association. “What they are doing now is artificially driving up the price of land, through the roof.”
But calls to expand the urban boundary may have to wait until the spring for an answer, when the city will release a white paper with survey results on residents’ opinions about developing the city’s Greenbelt.
read more at Ottawa Business Journal
During six years writing about architecture for The Chronicle, I’ve seen trends come and go. Glass is the new stucco. Towers are taller and some of them twist. Celebrity architects spend as much time on self-promotion as serious design.
But here’s the trend that sticks, the one lasting change: Visual drama is no longer enough. Environmental sustainability counts for more than curb appeal.
That’s why San Francisco’s planned Public Utilities Commission building (KMD Architects) is so much a sign of the times. It’s conceived to be a showcase of “green” design, a departure from the bureaucratic norm. But by the time it opens in 2010, I’ll wager that even more adventurous buildings are close behind – because the world has changed, and architecture has to change with it.
read more at SFGate.com – I just want to say one word to you: sustainability. – Author: John King