Rotterdam Centraal Station construction has started – West 8

Rotterdam Centraal Station
Construction works on the new public transportation terminal at Rotterdam Central Station have started. In 2012 the station will have a spacious, comfortable and well accessible new terminal that can cope with the increased passenger flow. It is expected that over the next 15 years the average number of passengers will rise from 110.000 to 330.000.

SOURCE: West 8

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LiD Architecture wins Dublin’s Parlour Design Competition

Dublin City Council and Point Village Limited are delighted to announce that the winner of Dublin’s Parlour Design Competition is LiD Architecture

The RIAI (Royal Institute of Architects in Ireland) administered the single stage competition on behalf of the competition promoters, Point Village Limited. The objective of the competition was to design a new public civic space for Dublin. “The Parlour” will have strong social, cultural and environmental character and a countrywide profile for holding an intense and varied programme of music and other outdoor events including markets and monster céilís.

The assessors (Harry Crosbie, CEO, Point Village Ltd., Dick Gleeson, Dublin City Planner, Dublin City Council, John McLaughlin, Director of Architecture, Dublin Docklands development Authority, Kilian Skay, Architect, Dublin City Council, Peter McHale, Partner, Bruce Shaw Partnership and Denis Byrne, Denis Byrne Architects) were impressed by the range and quality of the 46 responses to a challenging and complex brief.

LiD Architecture’s winning submission’s simple, strong, clear idea effortlessly addressed the brief. The central concept is to use shipping containers as basic building blocks which will be configured in creative ways to address challenges of containment, movement, art, lighting and art performance. The jury felt that this solution displayed high levels of flexibility, adaptability and toughness in use. The design resonates powerfully with docklands and embraces the temporary nature of the challenge.

There were four submissions commended by the jury. These were submitted by David Wright ArchitectsDerek Murphy Architects, McGarry Ní Éanaigh Architects, Henegan Peng Architects and NEX.

SOURCE: RIAI

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Urban beekeeping the new buzz?

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BBC NEWS reports

Disease, mites and fungal infections may be destroying our native colonies, but a plot has been hatched to restock their numbers on Britain’s urban rooftops and gardens.

Omlet, the firm which fuelled interest in urban chicken-rearing with its modern plastic Eglu coop, has launched the beehaus – a plastic hive aimed at urban dwellers.

SOURCE: BBC NEWS | UK | Is urban beekeeping the new buzz?

Uganda: Vanishing Wetlands Put Country at Risk of Ecological Disasters

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allAfrica.com reports

Once a town that had numerous wetlands to show for it, Kampala’s wetlands now count for only 16 per cent of the total cover. Al-mahdi Ssenkabirwa writes about the dangers that await us as a consequence.

Wetlands are a vital resource because they serve as sponges and water filters. They also prevent destructive flooding along lakes or rivers. But this resource is considerably disappearing by the day. Reason – excessive pollution and encroachment.

SOURCE allAfrica.com – Uganda: Vanishing Wetlands Put Country at Risk of Ecological Disasters

Taipei Pop Music Center International Design Competition

CLICK FOR UPDATE OF STAGE 1 SHORTLIST ANNOUNCED ON 23RD OCTOBER 2009

To encourage pop music creation, patronage performing talents and teams, integrate relevant peripheral industrial development, the R.O.C. plans to build a large pop music performing center in northern Taiwan with outdoor performing plaza and relevant measures. It is aimed to support development of the pop music industry in Taiwan with the goal of becoming the leading center of the Chinese creative music development internationally and for industrial experiment. The government is now actively pushing for the Northern Taiwan Pop Music Center Construction Plan.

With an area of approximately 7.65 hectares, the center base is located in Nangang District, Taipei City, nearby the MRT Kunyang Station. The principal space design comprises of an indoor performing hall with 4500-6000 seats, an outdoor performing space with 15000 standing seats, exhibition space for reputed musicians, a digital library, a medium and small indoor exhibition and performing live house, industrial communities and incubation space, etc.

For more information about Taipei Pop Music Center International Design Competition go to the Competition Website

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