Struggling RMJM secures China deal – Scotsman.com Business

Struggling RMJM secures China deal – Scotsman.com Business

RMJM, the Scottish architects recently forced to lay off 60 staff, has sealed a contract to design a $30m (£18.5m) sporting complex in north-east China. The firm, which is best known for its work on the controversial Scottish Parliament building, has been appointed sole designer for the five-storey Olympic-standard complex in Dalian.

SOURCE: Scotsman.com Business – Struggling RMJM secures China deal


Ecotowns to get go-ahead despite local opposition – guardian.co.uk

The Guardian reports

An abandoned Norfolk airfield and a cluster of Cornish china claypit villages are to become the first of a controversial new breed of “ecotowns”, offering thousands of new homes built within a cutting-edge eco-friendly community.

The decision will be a blow to villagers who have campaigned against new developments at Rackheath, just outside Norwich, and St Austell in Cornwall. Only Rackheath got a top rating from an independent panel set up to judge the green credentials of the plans, yet it is one of three projects expected to be taken forward by ministers this week.

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Brooklyn Botanic Garden: Visitor Center


Image Credit: Brooklyn Botanic Garden

With the approach of its centennial in 2010, the Garden looks forward to both celebrating past achievements and creating new ways to engage and inspire future generations. In this spirit, BBG is pleased to unveil plans for an extraordinary new Visitor Center pavilion, which will break ground in summer 2009 and open in 2011. Already receiving acclaim, it has been presented with a prestigious Award for Excellence in Design by the Public Design Commission of the City of New York.

The proposed building is the design of the award-winning New York City architectural firm of Weiss/Manfredi, known for its sensitive integration of architecture, art, infrastructure, and landscape design.

SOURCE: Brooklyn Botanic Garden: Visitor Center

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Chicago architect wins competition for Burnham memorial | Cityscapes – chicagotribune.com

chicagotribune.com reports

Chicago architect David Woodhouse, who shaped the visitor pavilions at Buckingham Fountain, was named the winner Wednesday of a controversial design competition for a memorial to Daniel Burnham that would celebrate the legacy of the great Chicago architect and urban planner.

Woodhouse’s plan would reshape the grassy, tiered open space of Chicgao’s Museum Campus, just north of the Field Museum, with a gently sloping lawn, a diagonal pathway and a variety of stone walls, including two set at right angles that would form a ceremonial “corner” (left) honoring Burnham’s influential Plan of Chicago.

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£30m revamp for Redcar seafront

FOLLOWING an international design competition, one of the region’s most ambitious seafront regeneration plans was unveiled today (3 July) which will transform Redcar seafront and create the first-ever 80ft ‘vertical pier’ on this stretch of coast.

A total of £30m is planned to be invested in the seafront defences and to create a unique and vibrant promenade which will attract visitors with a network of beautifully designed public spaces incorporating water cascades, sunshine traps, performance space and sheltered seating from which to view the towns distinctive seascape.

The winning design team led by Harrogate-based landscape architects Smeeden Foreman working in collaboration with Seven Architecture, Arup and Davis Langdon, aims to bring characteristics of the beach up onto the promenade, using textures, colours, shapes and sights from the seafront in seating, paving and the ribbons of a wave canopy stretching along the coastline.

Text and Image SOURCE: Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council

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