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

Memorial for 7/7 victims opened


IMAGE SOURCE: Mayor of London

Mayor of London

The fourth anniversary of the 7th July bombings, which killed 52 people in the capital, will be marked today with the dedication of the London Bombing Memorial in Hyde Park.

The Mayor of London Boris Johnson will join the TRH The Prince of Wales, The Duchess of Cornwall and The Prime Minister to meet the families of the victims of the bombings and representatives of the emergency services and will attend the dedication ceremony.

During the ceremony the names of all those killed in the bombings will be read out and followed by a minutes silence.

SOURCE: Mayor of London

Financial Times reports

Designed by Carmody Groarke, the London architects, in collaboration with the victims’ families and in consultation with Anthony Gormley, the artist, the memorial which works both as a single sculptural group and as a marker to each of the 52 people who were killed. The architects say it captures “the notion of the singular and the collective loss”.

SOURCE: Financial Times Memorial for 7/7 victims opened

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