Leading UK architects to open Doha office

Trade Arabia reports

Leading international architectural practice Allies and Morrison intends to open its first Middle East office in Doha, in early autumn.

In the UK, Allies and Morrison is playing a pivotal role in preparing masterplan proposals for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Its vast experience spans significant projects such as the challenging restoration of the Royal Festival Hall on London’s South Bank, nominated for the RIBA Stirling Prize in 2008, and the new Astronomy Education Centre at the Royal Observatory, Greenwich and major urban regeneration projects such as King’s Cross Central and Bankside 123.

Allies and Morrison has also been working on the Heart of Doha masterplan together with EDAW and Arup.

SOURCE: Trade Arabia

RMJM’s European landscape architecture division rebrands as STRATA

International architecture firm RMJM has announced that its UK-based landscape architectural division, Land, is to adopt the name STRATA.

RMJM’s landscape architects already operate under the name STRATA in the Middle East and Asia. This step will create a single global design brand for the firm’s landscape business.

Land, as it has been known since 2005, is part of the team which was recently appointed to design the Athletes’ Village for the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. Other major projects include a mixed use development and public realm masterplan for Maryhill Locks in Glasgow (for client Elder and Cannon Architects and Collective Architecture) and providing landscape architecture services for RMJM’s Okhta Centre project in St Petersburg, Russia.

Viraj Chatterjee, STRATA’s Hong Kong-based Design Director, said; “Our client-base is increasingly international and it’s important that we reflect that in the way we work. Bringing the teams together under one international design brand will help us to share expertise and collaborate more effectively, bringing in talent and experience from around the world in order to meet our clients’ needs.”

SOURCE: RMJM

Damage control – Haaretz

Haaretz reports

The planners behind the recently opened section of Road 6 did their best to reduce the highway’s impact on the environment but admit that ‘irreversible damage’ was done

The planning concept included a comprehensive approach to landscape, out of a desire to minimize damage to plant and animal life. To reduce the amount of digging and filling in, 14 bridges with a combined length of 2.5 kilometers were erected, and three tunnels for the passage of animals were dug.

read the full article at the SOURCE: Damage control – Haaretz – Israel News

Engineers accused of taking ‘tidal reef’ idea in Severn estuary competition – guardian.co.uk

John Vidal reports at guardian.co.uk

Decc rejects proposal from Rupert Armstrong-Evans but accepts very similar project from Rolls-Royce and WS Atkins….

Rupert Armstrong-Evans, who pioneered renewable energy in Britain and now runs a marine engineering firm in Cornwall, spent 18 months researching the idea of a 12-mile long “tidal reef” for the estuary…………

read the full article and watch the video at the SOURCE: guardian.co.uk  – Engineers accused of taking ‘tidal reef’ idea in Severn estuary competition

Edmonton Urban Design Awards 2009 call for submissions


As part of its goal to transform Edmonton’s urban form, the City is once again holding its biennial urban design awards. The awards recognize those individuals, organizations, firms and projects that have set a high standard for urban, architectural and landscape design.

The 2009 Edmonton Urban Design Awards is being held in partnership with the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada – Alberta Chapter, and in consultation with the Alberta Association – Canadian Institute of Planners, the Alberta Association of Landscape Architects, the Alberta Association of Architects and the Edmonton Design Committee.

This is the third time the City is holding these awards, with competitions held previously in 2005 and 2007.

The call for submissions was issued on July 28, 2009. The deadline for submitting entries is October 8, 2009.

Goto the competition website for more information

SOURCE: City of Edmonton :: Edmonton Urban Design Awards 2009

World Landscape Architect is not involved with the competition please refer to the competition website for more information

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