LABASH Expo & Conference – Penn State

The theme for LABASH 2009 is “Make Your Mark;” we’ll present outstanding guest speakers, workshops, and other activities to provide you with the tools you’ll need to make your own mark on the field of landscape architecture. This is an exciting time to be a landscape architect. As students, we are the next generation of leaders in the profession. LABASH 2009 will bring you the most cutting-edge information to help you become a better landscape architect. We look forward to seeing you in February, and we hope Penn State will leave its mark on you with an enjoyable and memorable LABASH experience.

LABASH – Penn State

University Hires Sustainability Director | BU Today

BU Today reports

In an ongoing effort to make Boston University more eco-friendly, University leaders have hired the school’s first director of sustainability.

SOURCE: BU Today – University Hires Sustainability Director

VAN ALEN INSTITUTE – Forum – Flight Patterns: Challenges of Urban Ecology & Diversity

Flight Patterns:
A Forum on the Design Challenges of Urban Ecology and Biodiversity
Moderated by Natalie Jeremijenko, New York Prize Fellow

Tuesday, February 10, 2009, 6:30pm
at Van Alen Institute

In response to the crash of US Airways Flight 1549 into the Hudson River on January 15th, and to the growing number of “bird strikes” to aircraft in metropolitan areas, please join Natalie Jeremijenko for a lively discussion and debate about the perceived threats of birds to public safety, and about the real risks and challenges we face in planning and designing for urban biodiversity.

Jeremijenko brings together a cross-disciplinary group from architecture, art, ecology, biology, and environmental planning and policy to better understand the plight of bird populations in the context of our struggles to balance urban infrastructural and ecological agendas and demands. How might we rethink transportation infrastructures in relationship to wildlife restoration and conversation strategies in metropolitan areas and vice versa? What are the consequences of wildlife species adaptation to urban phenomena, systems, people? How do we design for cohabitation?

Participants include Jeremy Edmiston, Architect and principal of SYSTEMarchitects; Paul Mankiewicz, Biologist, Plant Scientist, and Director of the Bronx-based Gaia Institute; Eric Sanderson, Landscape Ecologist with the Wildlife Conservation Society and Founder of the Mannahatta Project; and Kim Tripp, Director of the Jamaica Bay Institute at Gateway National Recreation Area.

Natalie Jeremijenko is one of Van Alen Institute’s 2008-2009 New York Prize Fellows in Sustainable Cities and the Social Sciences, supported by a partnership between Van Alen Institute and the Social Science Research Council.

This program is free and open to the public.

Van Alen Institute
30 W. 22nd Street, 6th Floor | New York, NY 10010

Arabian World Construction Summit

Over 500 delegates and 60 industry experts will attend the Arabian World Construction Summit (AWCS) 2009 to discuss the changing face of the region’s construction industry in light of the global economic downturn.

To be held from 9-11 February at the Emirates Palace Hotel, Abu Dhabi, UAE the summit will witness experts deliberating on key factors that will help the industry tide over the toughest crisis in more than 10 years.

Richard Thompson, Editor for MEED, said: “The construction industry in the region has enjoyed dynamic growth over the past few years but we have witnessed demand stagnating for the first time in a decade following the global economic situation. This is compounded by master developers placing projects on hold to focus more on riding out the current conditions and meeting tight deadlines for developments already underway.”

Key industry leaders who will lead panel discussions at AWCS 2009 will include Abdul Majeed Al Fahim, Chairman of Pearl Dubai, Ali H. Kolaghassi, Vice-President – Corporate Business Development with Saudi Oger, Sami Asad, Chief Operating Officer of Aldar Properties, and Mounir D. Haider, CEO of Sorouh Real Estate.

http://www.arabianconstructionsummit.com/


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11X Design Tour – Portland

Free open house of 11 modern architectural home designs by 11x Design in Portland

10AM – 5PM Saturday 21 February

Go here for the map of the designs and details

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