Sienna Architecture will close its doors – OregonLive.com

OregonLive.com reports “One of Portland’s most venerable architecture firms is closing its doors, another victim of a stumbling economy.

Sienna Architecture Co., founded in 1951….in October, Sienna downsized its downtown Portland office from 45 to 25 and retained only four of its nine Seattle employees” sadly now it is set to close its doors.

[SOURCE: OregonLive.com – Sienna Architecture will close its doors]

Architecture’s Reality Check: Global Downturn Dooms Prestige Construction Projects – SPIEGEL ONLINE

SPIEGEL ONLINE  reports  “The financial crisis has led to the cancellation of spectacular construction projects in the previously booming metropolises of Dubai, Moscow and Abu Dhabi. Does the demise of overblown architecture spell an opportunity for sustainable building?”

read the full article @ the SOURCE: SPIEGEL ONLINE – Architecture’s Reality Check: Global Downturn Dooms Prestige Construction Projects

West 8 wins competition Bridge Aarschot

The winning design of West 8 and BAS-Dirk Jaspaert for the new pedestrian bicycle bridge, that will span the rail tracks in Aarschot, focuses on the functional character of the bridge as well as on its potential to tempt and surprise its users.

The bridge will connect the different old and new parts of the city, the landscape and the centre with each other and becomes a crucial link within the regional bicycle path network. It also creates new access points to the platforms.

By virtue of its location, form, structure and the use of material, the bridge captures the qualities of the surrounding landscape. It offers cyclists and pedestrians a new rest and meeting place above the busy rail tracks, but at the same time it gives them a sense of security.

The steel space grid is supported by sculptural pillars and its curved shape offers a variety of constantly changing perspectives and experiences.

[SOURCE: West 8 Urban Design & Landscape Architecture / news / West 8 wins competition Bridge Aarschot]

Design body slates city strategy vision – Regen.net

Regen.net reports “A draft design framework for developments in the west of Edinburgh has been criticised by the Scottish Government’s design champion.

While Architecture and Design Scotland (ADS) describes Edinburgh City Council’s strategy as nationally significant, it added that it lacks a clear vision and fails to mention the importance of place-making.”

read the full article @ the [SOURCE: Regen.net – Design body slates city strategy vision]

We need a unity of purpose to rebuild America – SFGATE.com

sfgate.com reports “With the inauguration of Barack Obama, the national conversation about an all-embracing sense on national purpose has begun. The idea that is emerging from many sources in different forms is to retool America – its cities, its industry, its infrastructure and its landscape……”

Read the great article by Daniel Solomon @ the SOURCE: SFGATE.com – We need a unity of purpose to rebuild America.

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