AUTODESK UNIVERSITY — More than 9,000 design professionals from 74 countries will again descend on Las Vegas this week for what has become a yearly pilgrimage of all things Autodesk . Attendees at Autodesk University (AU) 2008 will experience design innovation through the voices of customers in industries such as manufacturing, architecture and building, media and entertainment, automotive and transportation, geospatial and education.
Highlights of the Autodesk University experience include:
AU General Session and Keynotes with Cool Customers: Industry keynote sessions will feature customers such as:
- Tom Kelley, general manager of IDEO, a seasoned innovation practitioner, will share proven techniques for fostering a culture of creativity and developing processes for continuous innovation.
- Bob Berkebile, founding principal at BNIM Architects, and Barry Weiss, Sony Pictures Imageworks senior vice president of animation and artist development, will focus on the design visualization side of 3December and discuss the “green” rebuilding of Greensburg, Kansas, a town devastated by a tornado in 2007.
Sustainability: The Sustainable by Design booth features the results of Autodesk’s first sustainability report and showcases products across industries that enable architects, engineers and designers to make more sustainable design decisions. Information is available on how 3D modeling, building information modeling (BIM) and Digital Prototyping enable designers to visualize, simulate and analyze their designs early in the design process to facilitate sustainable design decision making.
SOURCE: Autodesk – Autodesk University
AECOM Technology Corporation announced today that it has been selected to provide architectural and engineering services to the Toronto Transit Commission for design of the Sheppard West and Highway 407 stations on its Toronto-York Spadina Subway Extension project.
[SOURCE: AECOM: News Release].
Engineering and design firm Arup has again triumphed with its work on the National Aquatic Centre, aka the Water Cube. For two years running Arup has received the ACEA’s top prize, with the Water Cube announced as Project of the Year at the 2008 Association of Consulting Engineers Australia (ACEA) Awards for Excellence.
[SOURCE: ARUP – Water Cube wins ACEA Project of the Year]
“Last week in Hong Kong for the MIPIM Asia Exhibition and Conference, EDAW CEO Joe Brown, FASLA, offered insight on Hong Kong’s West Kowloon Cultural District project. The project has been part of an ongoing effort by the Hong Kong government to inject vigor into the city’s legendary waterfront by creating a world-class collection of the best cultural facilities. Looking to the increasing competition of other regional hubs such as Singapore, Shanghai, and Beijing, the Hong Kong community has, since 1996, been discussing the cultural district as a key opportunity in solidifying the city-state’s aspiration of being “Asia’s World City.” The district would sit right on Victoria Harbor on a prime, but now derelict, site measuring 40 hectares.
After a lengthy tendering process, the Hong Kong government eventually appointed a local developer consortium to implement an ambitious scheme proposed by the architects, Foster and Partners. The plan as it was has since been canceled and mired in a cloud of doubt. This year, the government has convened a new authority to manage and implement a new plan for the area; a new tender has yet to be issued but is expected soon.
There are many parallels between the West Kowloon project and Saadiyat Island in Abu Dhabi, where EDAW has been leading the urban design and public realm design as lead consultant. Saadiyat, like West Kowloon, has at its core a signature, waterfront cultural district that aims to transform a relatively business-oriented city into a high-art destination. Saadiyat will feature institutions such as the Guggenheim and the Louvre. West Kowloon, like Saadiyat, sits on a barren waterfront and would need bold architecture that addresses the rest of the city to be truly transformational. With this in mind, Mr. Brown was able to share EDAW’s work on Saadiyat to the Hong Kong community through several avenues.
Saadiyat Island Cultural District.
In an interview with the Hong Kong-based South China Morning Post, Asia’s leading English daily newspaper, Mr. Brown encouraged Hong Kong to focus on the quality of the art and programs that would be on offer. The Hong Kong Economic Times, a leading Chinese-language newspaper akin to The Wall Street Journal or Financial Times, profiled EDAW’s work at Saadiyat in a full-page article last week citing the project as inspiration for Hong Kong to emulate. Mr. Brown was also interviewed on RTHK, Hong Kong’s public radio station.”
[SOURCE: EDAW – Joe Brown compares West Kowloon to Saadiyat Island].
Gulf News reports
“The demand for engineers, architects and senior managers in the construction industry in the UAE has slumped due to the global financial turmoil but has not halted, a construction recruitment company official said.”
[SOURCE: Gulfnews: UAE construction outlook still optimistic despite global crisis].