A Landscape in Winter, Dying Heroically

February 1, 2008,AEDT

ON a cold January afternoon in this tiny village near the German border, the garden designer Piet Oudolf put on a heavy coat and led the way out of the 1850s farmhouse he shares with his wife, Anja, and into his garden. After a few steps he stopped and pointed | Read More

Seaside the good the bad the ugly of New Urbanism

February 1, 2008,AEDT

Seaside, Fla. might have been the backdrop town of Seahaven in the Oscar-nominated film “The Truman Show”, but some of the problems developers faced while creating the new-urbanist beachside community were anything but picturesque. The Urban Land Institute heard about some of Seaside’s headaches and successes from Jacksonville attorney Doris | Read More

Managing Traffic in the Urban Age

January 31, 2008,AEDT

The human species is, at this moment, in the process of becoming a mainly urban animal after a thousand generations spent mainly in rural conditions. Many economists and sociologists see this trend as our potential salvation in a world heading toward 9 billion people, although there are some big ifs. | Read More

Canadian architecture revival in Toronto

January 31, 2008,AEDT

Canadian architecture, especially in Toronto, is undergoing a revival of sorts. Whether the projects are heralded or panned, the Michael-Lee Chin Crystal at the Royal Ontario Museum, the colourful box-on-stilts (the Sharp Centre for Design) at the Ontario College of Art and Design and the Four Seasons Centre for the | Read More

WWII-era bomber donated to Great Park

January 31, 2008,AEDT

In years past, building a central park was about creating an escape from urban life with little nod to what it was replacing. But the designers (Ken Smith Landscape Architects) of the Orange County Great Park, which is being built on 1,347 acres of the former El Toro Marine Corps | Read More

Romp with architecture mixes styles, results at Crown Hall

January 30, 2008,AEDT

Ludwig Mies van der Rohe’s principles of free-flowing, flexible space were in full view during a first-time collaboration between Hubbard Street Dance Chicago and Illinois Institute of Technology architecture students over the weekend. The German-born modernist architect, who designed IIT’s Crown Hall in the 1950s with the idea of opening | Read More

Urban Design Competition site choosen in Dallas

January 30, 2008,AEDT

464-acre site south of downtown Dallas has been chosen as the study area for the sixth annual ULI (Urban Land Institute,USA) Gerald D. Hines Student Urban Design Competition, an ideas competition for university students created to honor the legacy of urban development pioneer Gerald D. Hines, chairman of the Hines | Read More

Drought, sprawl, focus of architects’ concepts for Atlanta

January 30, 2008,AEDT

A hundred years from now, Atlanta may look drastically different from the city it is today, as planners work to eliminate its 21st century problems of drought and urban sprawl with water collection centers, smaller highways and residents living in new urban areas. Those aspects were revealed Tuesday as part | Read More

HOK Designs First LEED Gold for Latina America

January 29, 2008,AEDT

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has certified the first LEED Gold building in Latin America. Located in Paseo de la Reforma in Mexico City, the HSBC Bank Headquarters Tower features a redesigned facade, public spaces, and interiors by architecture firm HOK. The 400,000-square-foot, 24-story redesigned Torre Angel building is | Read More

Green Buildings Don’t Have to Be New

January 29, 2008,AEDT

JUST about every month, a glitzy tower rises somewhere in the country, boasting the latest in “green” design and technology. To many people, that is an encouraging trend, especially when considering that commercial buildings account for more than 60 percent of the nation’s electricity consumption, according to government estimates, and | Read More

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