Christopher Hume of The Star.com gives great insight into the role of landscape architects and there future, he writes
“For the last 50 or 60 years, urban topography has been a largely accidental creation. Although planned in every detail, it adds up to less than the sum of its parts. As a result, we inhabit a terrain of unintended consequences. Little wonder, then, that landscape architecture could be to this century what architecture was to the last.”
read the full article @ the [SOURCE: TheStar.com | Columns & Blogs | Enhancing city life, one landscape project at a time].
MIPIM, the World’s Property Market, is set to welcome an unparalleled line-up of leading international architects as part of its 20th edition conference programme, to be held in Cannes from 10 to 13 March. For the first time, Zaha Hadid, Daniel Libeskind, Thom Mayne, Wolf Prix, Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizama will share the same stage, on Wednesday, March 11 at 4:15 pm, as they discuss design and urban planning issues, and offer their respective vision of tomorrow’s architectural practices.
Read more @ MIPIM 2009 – The world’s property market.
A public hearing on Miami 21, a major rezoning plan, drew scores of complaints, indicating tough issues ahead for the city leaders.
read the full article @ the [SOURCE: MiamiHerald.com – Miami 21 urban redevelopment plan gets airing
MarketWatch reports “Next Century Associates, LLC, a partnership between Los Angeles based real estate investor Michael Rosenfeld and an entity in the D.E. Shaw Group, today unveiled plans for a $2 billion mixed-use project on the 5.75 acre Century Plaza hotel site.
The project is being designed by Pei Cobb Freed & Partners, an internationally acclaimed architecture and urban design firm founded by I.M. Pei and Henry Cobb known for their iconic designs
plan and gardens” architecture “are being designed by Ken Smith Landscape Architecture. Recent projects include the rooftop garden at the New York Museum of Modern Art, Goldman Sachs World Headquarters and the Orange County Great Park.”
read the full article @ the [SOURCE: Market Watch – Next Century Associates Announces $2 Billion Vision for Century City]
LA Weekly reports
“Commission President Jane Usher, who, in a controversial letter slamming the policies of her political ally Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa once advised L.A. residents to sue City Hall over its move to increase housing density in neighborhoods citywide, publicly resigned with a similar missive, on December 11.”
read the full article @ the [SOURCE: Fiery Urban Critic Jane Usher Resigns - News - LA Weeklypage 1 - LA Weekly].