Students called to design sustainable community – Building Design

Technology giant Cisco has launched a competition for architecture graduates and undergraduates to design the “connected community of the future”

Entries must be submitted by February 27, and the winning design will be awarded £2,000, with an exhibition of finalists’ ideas to be held at the RIBA.

For more information go to the Cisco site

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Architecture firm Burt Hill cuts 50 jobs in Pittsburgh office; Dubai slowdown blamed – Pittsburgh Business Times

Pittsburgh Business Times reports “Only a little more than a month after an earlier round of job cuts, Butler-based Burt Hill laid off nearly 50 people Thursday from its international studio office located Downtown.”

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Industrial chic – globe and mail

globeandmail.com reports “The Wychwood streetcar repair barns were once a major hub of the Toronto Civic Railway, the forerunner of the TTC. After an environmentally-friendly makeover, they have become some of the most desired spaces for artists in the city.

“But society throws away way more buildings than it should,” he says. I feel very lucky to be involved in the redevelopment of these amazing brownfields and these incredible, unique structures. I see projects like this as examples of what we should be building.”


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Miami 21 rezoning changes inch forward – MiamiHerald.com

MiamiHerald.com reports “Two key pieces of the ambitious Miami 21 zoning overhaul received the divided endorsement of the city’s planning board Wednesday, but questions over the controversial plan’s effects on neighborhoods meant members were still debating the plan late into the night.”

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Oman Botanic Garden to Help Preserve Hundreds of Rare Native Plants

Khaleej Times Online reports

“A vital step has been taken to protect the hundreds of plants native to Oman, many of them threatened with extinction due to natural and man-made factors, with the setting up of a state-of-the-art nursery at the Oman Botanic Garden (OBG) in Al Khoudh in the Muscat governorate’s Seeb wilayat.

The nursery was designed by WS Atkins, constructed by Carillion Alawi and project managed by Bovis Lend Lease. The glasshouses were designed and outfitted by Cambridge HOK. “We want to develop the beauty of the Omani Environment and OBG will give an opportunity to scholars and researchers to get details about the Omani trees from one place,” Patzelt said.”

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