$14-million gift launches transformation of architecture education at University of Toronto — News@UofT

The University of Toronto today announced an historic $14-million gift by John and Myrna Daniels to the Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design, the largest ever private gift to any architecture school in Canada.

The gift will fund a major physical expansion and renovation of the faculty and will also endow a scholarship fund for outstanding architecture, landscape and design students. In recognition of the powerful impact this gift will have on the university, U of T will name the Faculty the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape & Design. John Daniels received his bachelor of architecture degree from U of T in 1950 and went on to become one of Canada’s most important developers of residential communities.

“The Faculty of Architecture, Landscape & Design has a fabulous tradition of contributing to the creation of beautiful and functional buildings and sustainable cities,” said President David Naylor. “The Daniels’ remarkable benefaction will play a pivotal role in the education of the next generation of architecture leaders in Canada.”

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UAE prepares for theme park boom – AMEinfo.com

The UAE may soon be the world’s premiere home for theme parks as an increasing number of entertainment giants such as Paramount Pictures and Marvel Entertainment are teaming up with local developers to build mega resorts in the country. However, as billions of dollars are being poured into these projects, some experts are raising concerns about whether these parks will be as successful as hoped.

SOURCE: AMEinfor.com – UAE prepares for theme park boom – UAE Focus.

Chealsea Flower Show starts tomorrow

Every year the Royal Horticultural Society hold the Chelsea Flower Show which also gives garden designers to show their skills and some of the latest garden trends. But the most prominent trends is going ‘green’ and not just the plants.

Many designers are showing the public how to use their garden for sustainable purposes and reinvigorate trends such as maximising small spaces, indigenous vegetation, solar energy, water harversting, vegetable plots, and the biggest current trend – green vertical landscapes (green walls).

The Chelsea Flower Show show starts tomorrow(20 May) and runs until the 24 May.

Harvard students plan use of urban developments near Dallas Arts District – Dallas Morning News | News for Dallas, Texas | Arts & Entertainment

High-profile arts facilities aren’t the only action around the Dallas Arts District.

Construction cranes bob over projects in the Dallas Arts District. A symposium will look at the effects of the downtown development.

Tonight a group of Harvard University students will present ideas for developing underused land at the district’s southeast corner. The presentation, titled “Good Design Makes Good Business,” will explore the impact of star-architect-designed arts facilities on commercial development nearby.

The symposium will be at 6:30 tonight at the Federal Reserve Building, after receptions for Harvard alumni and the public. Because of security requirements, reservations were required by Friday.

SOURCE: Dallas Morning News – Harvard students plan use of urban developments near Dallas Arts District 

NEW BOOK – The Concrete Dragon: China’s Urban Revolution

The Concrete Dragon: China’s Urban Revolution and What it Means for the World, by Visiting Professor Dr. Thomas Campanella of the GSD Department of Urban Planning and Design, was recently publishedby Princeton University Press.

The book surveys aspects of rapid urbanization in China during the post-Mao era, exploring the driving forces behind the great Chinese building boom. Concrete Dragon also traces the historical precedents and global flows of ideas and information that are fusing to create a bold new Chinese cityscape. Historian Jonathan Spence has called The Concrete Dragon “a fascinating and timely book that sets the scene for any further discussion of China’s explosive urban growth across the last twenty years.” British urbanist Sir Peter Hall writes, “Anyone interested in contemporary cities, anyone interested in contemporary China, has to read it.”

Thomas J. Campanella is associate professor of urban planning and design at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He has also taught at MIT and Nanjing University in China, and was a Fulbright fellow at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. His previous books include Cities from the Sky (2001) and Republic of Shade (2003), winner of the Spiro Kostof Award from the Society of Architectural Historians.

SOURCE: Harvard Graduate School of Design

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