Foster + Partners and Buro Happold joint venture to design four stations for Saudi Arabia’s new Haramain High-speed Railway

Foster + Partners reports

Foster + Partners and Buro Happold joint venture has been appointed to design four stations along a new high speed railway line in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, which will link the cities of Makkah and Madinah via Jeddah. The Haramain High-speed Railway (HHR) is a major infrastructure project, conceived to forge new social and economic links by dramatically cutting journey times between the cities in western Saudi Arabia and by providing a new transport option for many of the pilgrims making the journey to the religious cities of Makkah and Madinah.

SOURCE: Foster + Partners

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Birmingham’s £6bn makeover – The Independent

The Independent reports

“Britain’s new architectural hot spot is Birmingham and it’s handing £6bn to a thundering horde of architects to prove it. First up, in a £193m scheme, Europe’s biggest library, care of the acclaimed Dutch designers Mecanoo.”

SOURCE: The IndependentBirmingham’s £6bn makeover 

Barbara Deutsch Named Executive Director of Landscape Architecture Foundation

Barbara Deutsch has been named Executive Director of the Landscape Architecture Foundation. The appointment was announced by LAF President Dennis Carmichael, who said, “Barbara has a compelling combination of energy and enthusiasm, management experience and landscape architecture design sensibility. The Board is excited about working with her to increase the impact of landscape architecture in sustainable design and planning.”

Deutsch said she is delighted about the opportunity to expand LAF’s influence and role in sustainable design. “I’m looking forward to reaching out to other environmental organizations to develop partnerships and joint programs which will leverage LAF’s strengths and resources and lead to greater impact in local and national arenas.”

Deutsch comes to LAF from a diverse background in landscape architecture, marketing, systems engineering and academia. Most recently, she has been Associate Director at BioRegional for its One Planet Communities Program in Washington, D.C. While there, Deutsch was on a team that partnered with the Hunt Development Group as its sustainability consultant for the Hill East neighborhood redevelopment project in D.C. The team completed a Sustainability Action Plan which committed Hill East to be a zero waste, zero water and 100 percent sustainable lifestyles community, one of only six in the world, and the first in a major U.S. city. She also assessed biomass supply for renewable energy solutions for the Sustainability Strategy for the Chicago 2016 Olympics bid pursuit.

Before that, Deutsch was Senior Director of the Casey Trees Endowment Fund where she played a key role in developing the organization’s vision, strategic plan, policies, programs, partnerships and infrastructure. She secured $350,000 in grant funding for strategic projects and led the 2002 Street Tree Inventory. She also worked with District partners and the community to develop and pass the D.C. Urban Forest Preservation Act of 2002 and has testified at D.C. Council hearings on issues of land use, stormwater management, tree cover and green infrastructure.

Deutsch left Casey Trees in 2006 when she was awarded a Loeb Fellowship at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design. During the fellowship, she was inspired by leaders from all over the world on how to make change and studied Real Estate Finance and Development and Effective Leadership of Social Enterprise. In 2007 Deutsch won an ASLA Professional Research award for the EPA grant: “The Green Build-Out Model: Quantifying Stormwater Benefits of Trees and Green Roofs in Washington, D.C.”

Deutsch earned a B.S. in Commerce from the University of Virginia and worked for ten years as a marketing representative at IBM before shifting direction to seek a Masters in Landscape Architecture from the University of Washington. After completing her degree she worked in Hong Kong for a landscape architecture firm on new town planning and infrastructure. She returned to the United States to teach for two years in the University’s Landscape Architecture Department before moving to D.C. She is currently a lecturer in the Landscape Sustainable Design Certificate Program at George Washington University where she introduced the water budget analysis tool into the curriculum.

Deutsch will succeed L. Susan Everett, who has been LAF Executive Director since 1998. She is taking over the leadership role at a time of overall stability for the Foundation, despite the global economic crisis. “LAF is fortunate to have diversified sources of revenue, including both a scholarship endowment and the Second Century Endowment, which supports programs. We’ve taken measures to ensure LAF’s ongoing financial health, reducing expenses in 2009 and deferring some program expansion until 2010. However, overall we are in a stronger position than many nonprofits,” said Dennis Carmichael.

Deutsch will assume the position responsibilities on April 27th, overlapping with Everett for one week as part of the transition.


HASSELL on Site with New Christchurch Integrated Terminal – Dexigner

Dexigner reports

“HASSELL on Site with New Christchurch Integrated Terminal Designed by HASSELL, in conjunction with celebrated local architects Warren and Mahoney the new Christchurch Integrated Terminal is currently on site.

This major project sees the demolition of the existing 1960 domestic terminal and the creation of a new state of the art facility…..”

SOURCE: Dexigner – HASSELL on Site with New Christchurch Integrated Terminal

Top architects attack Prince Charles — again – Times Online

Times Online reports

“THE Prince of Wales has been criticised by some of the world’s leading architects for “using his privileged position” to intervene in the design of a controversial luxury development in one of the most attractive parts of London.”

SOURCE: Times Online – Top architects attack Prince Charles — again –

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