Smithsonian selects 6 firms for design competition

The Smithsonian has announced the selection of six firms who will participate in a two-month design competition that will determine which one firm is asked to submit a formal proposal for the design of the new National Museum of African American History and Culture. The museum is scheduled to be constructed on a five-acre plot of land on Constitution Avenue between the Washington Monument and the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History.

Devrouax & Purnell Architects/Planners, P.C, and Pei Cobb Freed & Partners Architects, LLP

Diller Scofidio + Renfro in association with KlingStubbins

Foster + Partners/URS joint venture

Freelon Adjaye Bond in association with SmithGroup

Moody Nolan Inc. in association with Antoine Predock Architect PC

Moshe Safdie and Associates Inc. in association with Sultan Campbell Britt & Associates

SOURCE: Media-Newswire.com & Smithsonian

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Confusion over plan for Qatar’s tallest tower – ArabianBusiness.com

Arabian Business reports

“The architects behind the Dubai Towers in Doha, which will be Qatar’s tallest building, are waiting for clarification over whether the project will be passed to a new master developer for completion, Arabian Business can reveal.”

SOURCE: Confusion over plan for Qatar’s tallest tower – ArabianBusiness.com

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

Its A Dream Come True (from Evening Times)

Evening Times reports

“ON February 19, Princess Anne will officially open North Glasgow College’s eyecatching new building in Springburn. Evening Times writer ANN FOTHERINGHAM was treated to a sneak preview before its unveiling next month . . .The impressive £42million landmark building, designed by RMJM Architects, is just across the road from the old college, but they are light years apart in terms of design and facilities.”

SOURCE: Evening Times – Its A Dream Come True

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

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