Glasgow is to be the host city for the 2014 Commonwealth Games, signifying potential new opportunities for architects and regeneration in parts of the city.
RMJM in Glasgow has worked with Glasgow City Council on the masterplan for the Athletes’ Village, part of which will be converted into a mixture of private and social housing for the East End of the City once the games are over.
UK Design Director of RMJM, Paul Stallan, said: “I am absolutely delighted at the announcement, and to have been part of the Commonwealth bid for Glasgow, one of the most exciting, design led cities in the world. The Games will contribute to the city’s future architectural legacy by regenerating the East End and bringing lasting benefit to the City.” more at ArchitectureScotland
DEVELOPERS should push the boundaries of design to help Wales achieve its sustainable development goals, the new development director of the Design Commission for Wales has said.
Wendy Richards, an experienced urban designer and landscape architect, has been involved in delivering a diverse portfolio of high profile design projects, ranging from a major urban park development in Hong Kong’s New Territories to the Riverfront Theatre in Newport as part of a team at Austin-Smith: Lord.
She has spent the last three years working with Newport City Council and Newport Unlimited as their principal urban designer and has worked within the private and public sectors over a number of years, as well as being a voluntary member of the Design Commission’s own Design Review Panel. more at westernmail
A NEW town will provide an “internationally important” wildlife habitat.
An ecologist acting for Multiplex Stannifer will today tell a planning inquiry that plans for the Mereham development include a wetland which would help water voles, reed buntings, amphibians and reptiles to thrive.
The inquiry will also hear from two other experts backing Multiplex with claims that the 5,100-home new town on the A10 near Stretham will enhance the landscape and will not be prone to flooding. more at Cambridge Evening News
Washington, DC, November 19, 2007— Despite a housing slowdown, the vast majority of landscape architecture firms report they are just as or even more busy than before, according to a third quarter survey by the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA). More than three out of four firms reported steady or increased billable hours compared to the previous quarter, and four in ten firms were planning to hire additional staff. more at ASLA.org
NEW YORK – Michael Arad achieved the dream of many architects: He won the competition to design the memorial to the victims of September 11, 2001, in Manhattan. If he had thought, somewhat naively, that his plans would be implemented in the format he envisioned, he was quickly disillusioned. Arad, a young architect who seemed steeped in euphoria and quite astounded by his win, became caught up in an imbroglio of politicians, architects, public officials and interest groups. more at haaretz.com
Dubai Municipality has announced its official sponsorship for GLADAC 2008, the first Gulf Landscape Architecture and Design Awards Conference, which will be held at Dubai World Trade Centre during 20-22 January 2008. more at AMEinfo.com
landscape architect – Leo Jew
It’s amazing what can be found beyond a fence. Nestled away from public gaze, down secluded cul-de-sacs; private environments are created to transport their owners to other worlds the minute they pass through the gates.
People who wanted their own “paradise on earth” created the earliest known gardens. Centuries later, not much has changed. And paradise has certainly been achieved at one Pakuranga property – one of the first purchased in a new subdivision established in the early 1980s. more at Times New Zealand