River Soar Footbridge – RIBA

Shortlist announced – River Soar Footbridge Competition

The RIBA is delighted to announce the shortlist in the competition to design a new foot and cycle bridge crossing the River Soar in Leicester.

151 expressions of interest were received from all over the world including India, Australia, Iceland, Brazil and the USA. Six teams have now been shortlisted for the second stage design phase and those teams are:

- Allies and Morrison with Price and Myers

- Explorations Architecture, Paris with Buro Happold

- Knight Architects with Gifford Bridge Designers

- McDowell & Benedetti with Arup

- Moxon Architects with Arup

- Ramboll Whitbybird

James Sinclair of Leicester Regeneration Company said “We have been delighted by both the quantity and the quality of the submissions received, even though this has made the selection exercise a very exacting process. We now have an outstanding shortlist of design teams and look forward to seeing the results of their design development in the New Year”.

The shortlisted designs will be submitted in early February 2009 with final presentations held on 19 February 2009 in Leicester.

SOURCE: RIBA – River Soar Footbridge.

RMJM Hillier renamed RMJM and adds a new Director

Architect’s Journal reports “RMJM Hillier – the North American division of RMJM – has announced that the company will now operate under the name RMJM.”

Scotsman.com reports that RMJM has appointed Eric Allan as the new European commercial director to drive its continuing growth.

[SOURCE: Architects Journal – RMJM Hillier renamed RMJM].

[SOURCE: Scotsman – RMJM reveals new director]

Green lobby irked by mindless beautifying-The Times of India

The Times of India reports

“City environmentalists and architects are frustrated with KMC’s mindless beautification drives at the city’s parks and tanks, which often endup destroying nature, rather than preserving it.

Conservation architect Manish Chakraborti blamed KMC’s poor planning and the reliance on contractors for the exclusion of tanks from the city. “The KMC does not involve city planners, designers or landscape architects when they want to beautify a place. Instead, they leave it to the wisdom of small-time contractors, who have no aesthetic sense,” he said.”

read the full article @ The Times of India – Green lobby irked by mindless beautifying-Kolkata

European Landscape Convention

Landscape Institute(UK) reports

“The Government ratified the ELC in November 2006, it came into force on the 1 March 2007 and Defra, Natural England and English Heritage produced a Framework for Implementation in England in October 2007.

If you would like to register interest in participating in a workshop please use the following email: elcworkshop@landuse.co.uk. Workshops are scheduled for 13th and 28th January.”

read the full announcement @ the SOURCE: Landscape Insitute – European Landscape Convention.

St. Louis arch: Preservation vs. revitalization – SFGate.com

SFGate.com reports

“For decades, the vaulting curve of stainless steel known as the Gateway Arch has risen above the Mississippi River.

The 91-acre park around the arch, however, is another matter.

……..opponents note that the grounds, designed by the landscape architect Dan Kiley, belong not just to the people of St. Louis but to all Americans.”

read the full article @ the [SOURCE: Sfgate.com – St. Louis arch: Preservation vs. revitalization].

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