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

50,000 attended Cityscape Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company (ADNEC) and IIR Middle East, part of the Informa Group, have revealed that 50,000 participants attended this year’s Cityscape Abu Dhabi, which was held at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre from May 13 – 16. During the four day event it is estimated that Billions of Dirhams worth of property deals were done.

SOURCE: Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company (ADNEC) / Exhibitions, Conferences in Abu Dhabi. UAE.

London Festival of Architecture 2008

“The London Festival of Architecture this Summer will be the biggest event of its kind in the world. It will involve all the major players in London’s environment including the Mayor, Design for London, local authorities, officers and members, and major developers, not to mention some of the world’s leading architects.

The buzz of activity will move across five Hubs over five weekends, with exhibitions, cycle tours, walks, talks, performances, installations and interventions, boat trips along the Thames and large scale street animations each weekend, all focusing on the theme of FRESH!”

http://www.lfa2008.org/

Penn Announces New Architecture Dean – Architectural Record

The University of Pennsylvania plans to announce today that Marilyn Jordan Taylor, FAIA, a long-time partner at Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, will be the new dean of its School of Design.

Taylor, a pioneering female architect widely respected for her leadership in complex urban projects and civic initiatives, joined SOM 35 years ago. She was elected partner in 1985 and in 2001 became the firm’s first female chairman.

Her appointment at PennDesign takes effect October 1, 2008.

SOURCE:Architectural Record – Penn Announces New Architecture Dean

Landscape Architecture Director Honored

The Arizona Chapter of American Society of Landscape Architects, known as ASLA, has named University of Arizona Professor Ronald Stoltz as that organization’s “2008 Outstanding Landscape Architect.” ASLA presented the award at its annual meeting in Phoenix earlier this month.

Stoltz, director of the School of Landscape Architecture in the College of Architecture and Landscape Architecture at the UA, was cited for taking on a substantial role in raising funds for the unique, water-harvesting landscape that is integrated into the college’s new addition.


Source: UANews.org –  Landscape Architecture Director Honored 

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