RMJM, an international architecture firm with U.S. headquarters in New York City, and Harvard University Graduate School of Design will announce today the launch of a $2 million program aimed at tackling a global shortage of architects. The
announcement will occur at 6:30 p.m. in Piper Auditorium, Gund Hall, Harvard Graduate School of Design, 48 Quincy Street, Boston, MA.
RMJM’s $1.5 million donation, matched by another $500,000 from the Harvard GSD, establishes the “RMJM Program for Research and Education in Integrated Design Practice,” which aims to stem a “brain drain” in the design and construction industry. It is the largest cash donation received by the GSD since a donation from The Aga Khan in 1999.
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Landscape architect Cornelia Oberlander lectures on “Aesthetics and Sustainability” at 7 p.m. Palm Springs Art Museum, 101 Museum Drive, Palm Springs. $5 to $10. (760) 322-4800. SATURDAY 15th
Thu Thiem New Urban Area’s management has announced that an international contest to design infrastructure for this Ho Chi Minh City suburb will be launched next Monday.
Organized by the city People’s Committee, the competition solicits designs for the area’s central square, a riverside park, and a bridge for walkers.
From preliminary entries, the judges will select six outstanding designs and provide US$20,000 to each designer.
The final winners are expected to be announced in August.
The top entry will get a cash award of $50,000 and the right to negotiate a contract to execute the project.
The next two designs will get $30,000 and $15,000.
The US-owned Sasaki Associates Company is acting as consultant for the contest.
Interested companies can send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com for more information.
The 657-hectare township in the Thu Thiem Peninsula in District 2 was approved last year at a cost of $10 billion.
Upon completion in 2025, it will have residential areas, financial and commercial centers, an international exhibition and convention complex, and other facilities.
The 2008 NZILA SHIFT Conference will highlight and discuss these emerging modes of design practice in the context of the fluid and unpredictable nature of urban change.
A diverse range of speakers will consider legal and planning implications, contemporary design initiatives, changing technologies and the challenges of serving the needs and interests of society as a whole.
MORE DETAIL AT THE CONFERENCE WEBSITE
On the heels of the Chinese New Year, the Center for Architecture marks the Year of the Rat with two new exhibitions devoted to contemporary Chinese architecture. “Building China: Five Projects, Five Stories” and “Co-Evolution” will bow together tomorrow, February 26 at the center, located at 536 LaGuardia Place in New York. An opening party will be held from 6pm-8pm.
“Building China: Five Projects, Five Stories,” running through May 31, highlights five recently completed projects from emerging Chinese artists. The goal of the exhibition is to use each work’s complexities to illustrate the modern realities of architecture in the rapidly-developing nation. Projects include the Dafen Art Museum in Shenzhen and the Cultural Revolution Timepiece Museum in Sichuan, both completed last year.
Contemporary Chinese at Center for Architecture – 2/25/2008 – Interior Design.