Sasaki selected for Cedar Rapids riverfront project

Two local firms, OPN Architects Inc. and Anderson-Bogert Engineers & Surveyors Inc. are teaming with Sasaki Associates on a new riverfront for Cedar Rapids.

Sasaki Associates beat out nearly 20 other firms for the work, and the council had been deciding between two finalists.

Sasaki won the work based on its previous riverfront work in North America and some its softer more natural approach to the riverfront that came from a brainstorming session.

SOURCE: GazetteOnline.com

Professor pushes envelope of park design – Daily Journal of Commerce

“We need a lot more parks and a lot fewer chairs,” said Galen Cranz.

At a lecture Tuesday, Cranz, a professor of architecture at University of California Berkeley, was preaching to the choir when she shared her excitement about creating more parks.

Cranz is an expert in park design. But, ironically, she wrote the book on the chair – aptly called “The Chair.” It is a study of the history of the chair and the science behind the ergonomics of today’s high-end chairs, such as the Aeron. Her point: We sit too much and walk too little.

At Tuesday’s lecture, part of Portland Parks & Recreation’s “Great Parks, Great Cities” lecture series, Cranz gave a brief history of parks in the United States and attempted to give a glimpse into the future of parks.

“Defining the Sustainable Park,” as her speech was titled, turned out to be difficult. That’s because we’re only in the first inning of understanding what the new prototype for sustainable parks will look like, she said.

Read more @ the SOURCE: Daily Journal of Commerce – Professor pushes envelope of park design – Sam Bennett

Cityscape Abu Dhabi extended due to Events success

In an unprecedented decision in the history of Cityscape exhibitions, the government of Abu Dhabi has requested that the premier real estate development and investment event be extended by one day. Cityscape Abu Dhabi will remain open for an extra day, now concluding on the evening of Friday 16 May.

SOURCE: Business Intelligence Middle East – News.

Embedded.com – Freescale unveils $61,000 Green Technology Design Challenge

Freescale Semiconductor has set June 6th as the deadline for entries to its European design challenge, which this year is targeted at projects that encourage innovation in environmental design and offers incentives to encourage designers to “go green.”

Five finalists will receive $1,000 each. The first place winner of the European and all regional Freescale Technology Forum (FTF) design challenges will receive $10,000, second place receives $5,000 and third place receives $2,000.

SOURCE: Embedded.com – Freescale unveils $61,000 Green.

Brownfield speaker: Promote urban architecture – Crain’s Detroit Business

Urban environments – and their potential for redevelopment – are a reason for celebration in America.

That was the message from Bill Strickland, CEO of Pittsburgh-based Manchester Bidwell Corp., during his keynote remarks at the national Brownfields 2008 conference at Cobo Center in Detroit Monday.

“There is nothing wrong with poor people that good food, sunlight, celebration and architecture can’t fix,” said Strickland, a developer and author.

Read more @ the SOURCE: Crain’s Detroit Business – Brownfield speaker: Promote urban architecture .

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