Three Sixty Design is Awarded M/WBE/DBE Certification

Three Sixty Design is Awarded M/WBE/DBE Certification

Three Sixty Design, a Denver landscape architecture firm specializing in site planning and sustainable and urban design, has received Minority/Women and/or Disadvantaged Business (M/WBE/DBE) certification. In addition to the certification, Three Sixty Design was designated as an As-Needed Services firm for the Office of the State of Architect.

Currently, only eight landscape architecture firms in Colorado are designated with a W/S/DBE certification, and “only a few of those have the experience and capacity to do larger public or development projects,” Courtney McRickard, Three Sixty Design principal, said. “Although the economy has hit many architecture and landscape architecture firms, it has actually been beneficial for us. We are now in the position to compete against the larger firms while still providing cost effective design services.”

SOURCE: PRWEB

WPA 2.0 registrations close FRIDAY 24th

WPA 2.0 is a design competition organised by UCLA think tank, cityLAB, to see “who rules the sewers rules the city”

Organizers Dana Cuff and Roger Sherman are betting that recent projects like the High Line in New York (an abandoned elevated railway, now a public park) will trigger a creative range of submissions from all over the U.S. “In every city there are planners and architects who are imagining more robust ways to revitalize local infrastructure. We want to give them a forum, to spark the kinds of projects that will serve communities.

With the Recovery Act (aka the Stimulus Package), on the minds of everyone concerned with the future of our cities, cityLAB, a UCLA urban design think tank, is providing a unique opportunity for designers worldwide to contribute infrastructure proposals that re-envision the new American metropolis. Beginning with a competition that encourages designers to “take back the streets,” WPA 2.0 sets the stage for a new generation of Working Public Architecture.

The competition will be followed by a symposium at the National Building Museum in November 2009. In Washington, cityLAB will convene leading researchers, practitioners, and policy-makers to expand the enlivened discourse on urban infrastructure and promote implementable options that imagine our physical environment as more livable, more beautiful, and more sustainable.

Remember to register by Friday 24th July to find out more about the competition go to the website

SOURCE: cityLAB

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Designs on Policy – Allison Arieff Blog – NYTimes.com

A great opinion piece about a need for a Design Policy by Allison Arieff  of the NYTimes.com

Some designers I spoke to are less than thrilled with the whole design policy idea. An architect said emphatically, “Good design needs no spokesperson, needs no voice other than itself.” Yet I’m not convinced that’s always the case. Otherwise, we wouldn’t be living in, as I’ve heard one homeowner describe it, “a house with a Spanish Gothic front”, or driving Pontiac Aztecs through poorly designed intersections……..

read the full op-ed piece at the SOURCE: NYTimes.com – Designs on Policy – Allison Arieff Blog

Ecologically sustainable park behind Honan Allston library

Allston/Brighton TAB reports

Allston-Brighton residents received a first look at designs for a new ecologically sustainable park behind the Honan-Allston Library at the July 8 meeting of the Harvard-Allston Task Force.

The design, which was created with residents’ suggestions in mind, was generally well received by those who attended the meeting, though residents asked for the inclusion of a much-desired water element to the park………..

Sustainability was a key factor in the overall design, said Laura Solano, a principal for Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates.

Officials from Harvard University and MVVA stressed that the presentation did not represent the park’s final design.

SOURCE: Allston/Brighton TAB – Ecologically sustainable park behind Honan Allston library

Should humans dictate nature in the name of conservation? – The Globe and Mail

The Globe and Mail reports

On naked patches of land in Western Canada and the United States, scientists are planting trees that don’t belong there. It’s a bold experiment to move trees threatened by global warming into places where they may thrive amid a changing climate.

read more @ the SOURCE: The Globe and Mail – Should humans dictate nature in the name of conservation?

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