Smithsonian selects 6 firms for design competition

The Smithsonian has announced the selection of six firms who will participate in a two-month design competition that will determine which one firm is asked to submit a formal proposal for the design of the new National Museum of African American History and Culture. The museum is scheduled to be constructed on a five-acre plot of land on Constitution Avenue between the Washington Monument and the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History.

Devrouax & Purnell Architects/Planners, P.C, and Pei Cobb Freed & Partners Architects, LLP

Diller Scofidio + Renfro in association with KlingStubbins

Foster + Partners/URS joint venture

Freelon Adjaye Bond in association with SmithGroup

Moody Nolan Inc. in association with Antoine Predock Architect PC

Moshe Safdie and Associates Inc. in association with Sultan Campbell Britt & Associates

SOURCE: Media-Newswire.com & Smithsonian

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Confusion over plan for Qatar’s tallest tower – ArabianBusiness.com

Arabian Business reports

“The architects behind the Dubai Towers in Doha, which will be Qatar’s tallest building, are waiting for clarification over whether the project will be passed to a new master developer for completion, Arabian Business can reveal.”

SOURCE: Confusion over plan for Qatar’s tallest tower – ArabianBusiness.com

University Hires Sustainability Director | BU Today

BU Today reports

In an ongoing effort to make Boston University more eco-friendly, University leaders have hired the school’s first director of sustainability.

SOURCE: BU Today – University Hires Sustainability Director

Its A Dream Come True (from Evening Times)

Evening Times reports

“ON February 19, Princess Anne will officially open North Glasgow College’s eyecatching new building in Springburn. Evening Times writer ANN FOTHERINGHAM was treated to a sneak preview before its unveiling next month . . .The impressive £42million landmark building, designed by RMJM Architects, is just across the road from the old college, but they are light years apart in terms of design and facilities.”

SOURCE: Evening Times – Its A Dream Come True

Arabian World Construction Summit

Over 500 delegates and 60 industry experts will attend the Arabian World Construction Summit (AWCS) 2009 to discuss the changing face of the region’s construction industry in light of the global economic downturn.

To be held from 9-11 February at the Emirates Palace Hotel, Abu Dhabi, UAE the summit will witness experts deliberating on key factors that will help the industry tide over the toughest crisis in more than 10 years.

Richard Thompson, Editor for MEED, said: “The construction industry in the region has enjoyed dynamic growth over the past few years but we have witnessed demand stagnating for the first time in a decade following the global economic situation. This is compounded by master developers placing projects on hold to focus more on riding out the current conditions and meeting tight deadlines for developments already underway.”

Key industry leaders who will lead panel discussions at AWCS 2009 will include Abdul Majeed Al Fahim, Chairman of Pearl Dubai, Ali H. Kolaghassi, Vice-President – Corporate Business Development with Saudi Oger, Sami Asad, Chief Operating Officer of Aldar Properties, and Mounir D. Haider, CEO of Sorouh Real Estate.

http://www.arabianconstructionsummit.com/


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