Jordan initiates environmental forum to tackle urban challenges_English_Xinhua

Jordan will host the Eco-Cities of the Mediterranean Forum 2008 scheduled to open on Oct. 18 with aims to tackle urban environmental issues and promote environment-friendly practices across the Mediterranean region, local daily The Jordan Times reported Wednesday.

SOURCE: XinhuaJordan initiates environmental forum to tackle urban challenges_

Reimagining Cities after Oil – UPenn – 7-8 November

This ground-breaking symposium has been organized to address the role of urban design in the face of one of the most profound and important challenges facing global society: the need to re-imagine and rethink how cities are designed and organized in a future without the plentiful and abundant oil upon which prosperous urban economies have been built.

More information at UPenn Symposium Website

West 8 participates in the 11th International Architecture Exhibition, Venice Italy

As part of the 11th International Architecture Exhibition “Out There: Architecture Beyond Building”, West 8 will participate in “Uneternal City. Thirty years after Roma interrotta”. This is a specific section in the Artiglierie dell’Arsenale dedicated to the city of Rome.

Together with eleven other Italian and international design studios West 8 was asked to re-imagine the City of Rome.

SOURCE: West 8 Urban Design & Landscape Architecture / news / West 8 participates in the 11th International Architecture Exhibition, Venice Italy.

Hyder appoints new CEO

 Ivor Catto, currently a member of the Executive Board of Atkins, has been named as successor to Tim Wade as chief executive of Hyder Consulting.

He will take on the role on 1 December. Tim Wade, who had announced he would retire on 31 August, will stay on until that date.

SOURCE: Hyder Consulting News

Gulf Landscaping – Abu Dhabi

Gulf Landscaping is an exhibition for the booming Middle East outdoor design and landscaping architecture industries. The exhibition will serve as a sourcing platform and networking event for the regions landscape architects, developers, contractors and other key buyers to enable them to select products, services and solutions for the huge number of major developments in the commercial, retail, leisure and residential sectors, as well as city parks and highways.

Location Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre, United Arab Emirates

Event Website

Solar-powered cars begin race to Calgary reports that 15 solar-powered cars, including four managed by teams from Canadian schools, rolled out of a suburb of Dallas, Texas, on Sunday en route to Calgary in the 2008 North American Solar Challenge.

The race should end on July 22 at the University of Calgary – Solar-powered cars begin race to Calgary.

RMJM help inner city youths become architects reports that RMJM the Edinburgh based firm has launched a  project worth £1m  in conjuction with the Stephen Lawrence Trust to encourage more inner city youths from ethnic minorities to pursue a career in architecture.

RMJM worked on the Scottish Parliament building hopes that the project will increase the diversity and creativity of architecture and help address the global skills shortage that will become more pressing over the next 25 years as more architects retire.

SOURCE: RMJM has designs for young urban architects – Business.

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