Brad Pitt unveils plans for New Orleans homes

Brad Pitt launched his own regeneration project for Katrina-ravaged New Orleans yesterday, unveiling designs for a range of eco-friendly and flood-proof homes.

Pitt, who had ambitions to be an architect if he had not taken up acting, commissioned 13 architectural firms to produce houses that would incorporate solar power and other environmentally-sound designs.

Brad Pitt unveils plans for New Orleans homes | Special reports | Guardian Unlimited.

Architecture Firms Involved

Architect Safdie won’t be drawing up master plan

Moshe Safdie, the world-renowned architect behind Montreal’s Habitat 67, has been squeezed out of drawing up the master plan for the future hospital of the McGill University Health Centre, The Gazette has learned.

The MUHC announced with great fanfare in November 2006 that it had hired Safdie to design the hospital to be built on the site of the former Glen railway yard in the city’s west end.

Architect Safdie won’t be drawing up master plan.

Major New Art Museum to Help Spark Presidio Rejuvenation

SAN FRANCISCO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Doris and Donald Fisher today unveiled an elegant conceptual design for the proposed Contemporary Art Museum at the Presidio (CAMP), which will house the Fishers breathtaking collection of modern art and significant art education programs for the public.

The graceful, light-filled building is envisioned by Gluckman Mayner Architects as a contemporary response to the scale, material and topography of the Presidios Main Post that will complement the surrounding historic buildings and landscape.

Major New Art Museum to Help Spark Presidio Rejuvenation BUSINESSWIRE

 Gap founder Donald Fisher has unveiled the design of the museum he wants to build in San Francisco’s Presidio – a sedate but glassy modern building bearing little resemblance to the historic military structures that would be its neighbors.

Proposed Presidio museum would be modern addition to historic military site SFGATE

Calcutta has Grand Plans for 7 urban hubs

Keeping the upcoming industrialisation and urbanisation in view, separate master plans will be prepared for seven upcoming industrial hubs and urban conglomerates.

The identified industrial hubs and urban centres are Paradip, Kalinga Nagar, Jharsuguda, Angul-Talcher, Puri, Berhampur and Sambalpur.

The Telegraph – Calcutta

Slums bursting at the seams

More than three hundred thousand people could be living in sub-human conditions in the slums by the end of the decade if the unplanned growth of the Islamabad Capital Territory and Rawalpindi continues, urban planners associated with private companies say. Various civic agencies of the twin cities would be largely responsible for this horrendous state of affairs. “Non-adherence to the sensible planning has already driven the twin cities to the brink of a breakdown, bringing the services and utilities under severe strain from more than 13 hundred thousand people (the current population of the twin cities),” a member of the Rawalpindi planning board says.

Islamabad News.