Fire-safe designs for the future – theage.com.au

  Geoff Maslen of The Age reports

“Ian Weir is baffled. Why is it that local authorities in Australia are so blase about having residents in fire-prone landscapes?

Dr Weir earned his PhD at the University of Western Australia after seven years of research that has resulted in a “bushfire responsive house” ….A practising architect who now lectures in landscape architecture at the Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, Dr Weir is horrified at the destruction and loss of life in the Victorian fires…….”

[SOURCE: theage.com.au - Fire-safe designs for the future]

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Development proceeds on EDAW-designed Palestinian eco-town

EDAW reports

“EDAW and Faber Maunsell are collaborating to plan and design Rawabi, the first new town to be constructed in the West Bank region. The town will accomadate 30,000 people, providing social infrastructure such as schools and libraries, and following a sustainable framework.”

[SOURCE: EDAW.com - Development proceeds on EDAW-designed Palestinian eco-town]

RTKL-Designed Dubai Mirdif Center on Target for 2009 Opening – Contract Magazine

Contract Magazine reports

“RTKL, the international architecture, planning and design firm, reports that Mirdif City Center, located on Dubai’s Eastern growth corridor, is on track for a late-2009 opening and
is expected to be the region’s first eco-friendly retail center.”

[SOURCE: Contract Magazine - RTKL-Designed Dubai Mirdif Center on Target for 2009 Opening]

Glasgow superhotel receives planning permission – Scottish Architecture

Scottish Architecture reports

“Aedas, has received planning consent for its masterplan, architectural and landscape design for Bothwell Plaza, in Bothwell Street Glasgow.

The completed scheme is set to be be the tallest commercial building in Glasgow. The 60,000 square metre, 18-storey development will comprise a mixed-use scheme including office, retail and leisure space and a five-star, 320-bed hotel.”

[SOURCE: Scottish Architecture - Glasgow superhotel receives planning permission]

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Local leaders work to achieve Chicago’s green urban planning legacy

Medill Reports

“A century after Daniel Burnham created “The Plan of Chicago” – considered the first comprehensive U.S. city planning document – local experts presenting at the American Association for the Advancement of Science’s annual meeting in Chicago still marvel at his foresight and the relevance of his message.”

[SOURCE: Medill Reports - Local leaders work to achieve Chicago's green urban planning legacy]

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