The Architecture Research Unit’s islands of possibility – Building Design

Building Design reports on London Metropolitan University’s Architecture Research Unit has proposed one of three schemes chosen for the next stage in the development of South Korea’s enormous new reclaimed city of Saemangeum.

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University of Leicester stakes £1 billion to secure elite status

The University of Leicester — recently crowned University of the Year — has launched a £1 billion campus development to help it move into the top ten of British universities.

The building programme, one of the biggest ever undertaken in the sector, will strengthen Leicester’s unique position as an elite university committed to widening access to higher education.

Architects – Shepheard Epstein Hunter

SOURCE: University of Leicester – University of Leicester stakes £1 billion to secure elite status.

Explore Design ’08: The Design Education Fair for Youth

Explore Design (ED) is North America’s first Education Expo dedicated to the design discipline. Explore Design is a structured two-day event where students are provided with the information required to pursue an education, and ultimately a career in the world of design. Students interested in design will be presented with all the information needed to make an educated decision about their future in a contemporary, interactive, and experimental environment. Educational institutions, associations and professional groups will all be accessible to student attendees.

Explore Design takes place on Wednesday and Thursday, October 1 and 2, 2008 in Constitution Hall at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, located at 255 Front Street West. For more information, please visit www.exploredesign.ca.

SOURCE: canadianarchitect.com – Canadian Architect – 6/18/2008.

CMU gets $2 million gift for architecture school – Pittsburgh Tribune

The Heinz Endowments has given $2 million to Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Architecture to endow a directorship and diversify students in urban design.

SOURCE: Pittsburgh Tribune-ReviewCMU gets $2 million gift for architecture school –

Foriegn firms aren’t just in India for the cash

The Times of India looks at foreign firms in India and talks about

Be it a slum redevelopment project in congested Mumbai or Kolkata’s new museum of modern art, the global imprint on the country’s fast-changing urban landscape is evident. Made in India but designed by a clutch of foreign architects looking to cash in on the country’s real estate boom.

This is true of many developing nations (UAE, China, India, Vietnam, Tanzania,) that when the first major projects such as airports, museums, galleries, opera houses are slated for design and then construction many foreign firms are issued the contracts. And as the article speaks about it has a lot to do with star marketing power but often it has more to do with the experience of designing and building large scale projects and finalising them within a short time frame(eg Olympic, Commonwelath Games Venues).

The author refers to RMJM, Foster and Partners, HOK, who all have experience in large scale projects but also have offices all around the world so they understand what it takes to open a new office in a developing nation and to make it work.

Having international firms design infrastructure, civic and residential projects is not all bad, the country benefits from projects being seen on the world scale an example is the Olympic Stadium (bird’s nest) in Beijing many people have known about this building years in advance of the Olympics. The main benefit to the developing country is that many of these large firms employ local workers and train them in the international standard of design, engineering and detailing which they can then take to a local firm or move on and open their own firm. This is true of many of the major cities in China where over the last 15 years foreign firms have opened offices and worked on large scale projects and local firms have learnt from their successes and failures (in design and business) and now compete quite successfully against foreign firms.

Most of all it is up to local firms, schools and governments to educate the current and future designers of India so that they can compete and win against foreign firms not just from North America and Europe developed Asian countries but their developing neighbors such as China.

SOURCE of Original Article: Times of India – Foreign hands building India – Author: Neelam Raaj

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