African ministers of environment recently launched the Africa: Atlas of Our Changing Environment, which shows a rapidly changing landscape, prominent of which is the disappearance of glaciers on Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania and the Ruwenzori Mountains on the border of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Uganda.
SOURCE: allAfrica.com: Africa: Environment Ministers Launch ‘Environment Atlas’
The Age newspaper has reported that
Architect and RMIT alumnus Sean Godsell unveiled his plan for the Design Hub to BusinessDay yesterday, an innovative, landmark building for the city that has a “second skin” enveloping an eight-level tower.
The building will be on the corner of Swanston and Victoria streets, at the former CUB site. Mr Godsell has incorporated 16,000 glass-capped cylinders to mesh together a technologyheavy hide that adapts according to movement of the sun, rain and clouds.
Students and staff inside the building – which will include fashion and textile designers, industrial designers and landscape architects – as well as passers-by out on the street, will be treated to a stunning light show.
Read more @ the SOURCE: TheAge.com.au
Topos has just published Topos 63 – Transformation – and includes an article by reknowned landscape architect Ken Smith and his Orange County Great Park
A new park on the site of a former air base in Southern California aims to strike a balance between the needs of humans and the natural world. Through an innovative “Preview Park”, visitors can engage with the development of the park whose implementation will be phased over a timeframe of decades.
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SOURCE – Topos – The International Review of Landscape Architecture and Urban Design – Current issue.
This ancient capital city, long known for the architectural splendor of its centuries-old palaces and temples, is getting a new look that could have been plucked from science fiction.
A series of landmarks, notable for their futuristic design, will greet visitors to the Olympics. They include an Olympic stadium that looks like a giant bird’s nest, a swimming venue literally built of bubbles and a pair of black office towers that lean toward each other at a 10-degree angle.
SOURCE: International Herald Tribune – Beijing boasts stunning new buildings
According to some doomsday scenarios, spiking gas prices could turn the cul-de-sacs and two-car garages that surround North America’s cities – built over the past 60 years and designed for the convenience of people with cars – into tomorrow’s slums.
The predictions for the most part come from subscribers to the theory of “peak oil,” which holds that crude prices will shoot permanently upward as global demand outstrips dwindling supply, ruining the economy. But their predictions are getting a second look now, as suburbanites, especially in the United States, grumble at the rising price of a fill-up.
Read more @ the SOURCE: globeandmail.com: Today’s suburbs, tomorrow’s slums?.
This site in Sandao, Hainan province, has been recreated in the virtual online world of Second Life where the public will design an “Eco-friendly Community” that will later be built on the actual site.
When David Greenberg stumbled across a cluster of tree houses while trekking the jungles of Maui, he felt a sudden and mighty urge to rebel.
“That was the moment I knew I wouldn’t be an urban designer,” he says. The California native with a disdain for convention and an admiration of nature would instead reinvent himself as an “anti-architect” and “anti-designer”.
“Just like the architects went into the rundown parts of the cities in the US during the 1960s to remodel and revive, the landscape architects must go to China’s rural areas and do much the same thing,” he says. For that reason, he says: “I’m so lucky and so happy to be working for my last few years in China.”
SOURCE: Chinadaily – A mastermind of green design.