River Soar Footbridge – RIBA

Shortlist announced – River Soar Footbridge Competition

The RIBA is delighted to announce the shortlist in the competition to design a new foot and cycle bridge crossing the River Soar in Leicester.

151 expressions of interest were received from all over the world including India, Australia, Iceland, Brazil and the USA. Six teams have now been shortlisted for the second stage design phase and those teams are:

- Allies and Morrison with Price and Myers

- Explorations Architecture, Paris with Buro Happold

- Knight Architects with Gifford Bridge Designers

- McDowell & Benedetti with Arup

- Moxon Architects with Arup

- Ramboll Whitbybird

James Sinclair of Leicester Regeneration Company said “We have been delighted by both the quantity and the quality of the submissions received, even though this has made the selection exercise a very exacting process. We now have an outstanding shortlist of design teams and look forward to seeing the results of their design development in the New Year”.

The shortlisted designs will be submitted in early February 2009 with final presentations held on 19 February 2009 in Leicester.

SOURCE: RIBA – River Soar Footbridge.

RMJM Hillier renamed RMJM and adds a new Director

Architect’s Journal reports “RMJM Hillier – the North American division of RMJM – has announced that the company will now operate under the name RMJM.”

Scotsman.com reports that RMJM has appointed Eric Allan as the new European commercial director to drive its continuing growth.

[SOURCE: Architects Journal – RMJM Hillier renamed RMJM].

[SOURCE: Scotsman – RMJM reveals new director]

Green lobby irked by mindless beautifying-The Times of India

The Times of India reports

“City environmentalists and architects are frustrated with KMC’s mindless beautification drives at the city’s parks and tanks, which often endup destroying nature, rather than preserving it.

Conservation architect Manish Chakraborti blamed KMC’s poor planning and the reliance on contractors for the exclusion of tanks from the city. “The KMC does not involve city planners, designers or landscape architects when they want to beautify a place. Instead, they leave it to the wisdom of small-time contractors, who have no aesthetic sense,” he said.”

read the full article @ The Times of India – Green lobby irked by mindless beautifying-Kolkata

Nakheel Tower design firm cuts jobs – ArabianBusiness.com

Arabian Business.com reports 

“International architecture firm Woods Bagot, the company designing Nakheel’s one kilometre tower, has made a number of staff redundant in the last few weeks as business slows in the face of the global real estate slump.”

Read the full article @ the [SOURCE: Arabian Business – Nakheel Tower design firm cuts jobs ]

Youth panel start work on designing the Olympic site’s legacy: London Development Agency

London Development Agency reports

“A panel of 25 young people met for the first time after being given the unique chance to work alongside the masterplanners tasked with developing legacy plans for the Olympic Park site.

As part of ongoing community engagement and consultation, the London Development Agemcy (LDA) has given budding planners and designers from the five host boroughs, aged between 14 and 19-years-old, the chance to gain valuable industry experience and contribute to the legacy plans.

The LDA is leading a partnership overseeing the Legacy Masterplan Framework (LMF) – spatial plan for homes, parkland, schools, workspace, health and sporting facilities to be developed on the Olympic site Park after the 2012 Games.

Last week, the newly appointed panel met with the masterplanners – EDAW, KCAP and Allies and Morrison at their London offices and were given the chance to review latest design work, ask questions and present their views, ideas and priorities for creating the best legacy for the Olympic Park site and surrounding neighbourhoods.

Please contact the LDA media team for the chance to interview a panel member from your area.

Tom Russell, Group Director of the Olympic Legacy, said:

“The Legacy Now Youth Panel is a great opportunity for these young people to help shape their future. We want to harness that enthusiasm and offer practical experience where they can develop specialist skills for higher education and future careers.

“There has been so much enthusiasm from young people in the planning process during the summer consultation events. They will be the ones that will be able to look back in forty years time and judge the true legacy of the 2012 Games.”

The Legacy Now Youth Panel will:

* Meet planners, architects and decision makers
* Visit the Olympic Park site and other regeneration developments
* Take part in Olympic site model making with masterplanners
* Review designs and plans
* Undertake work experience placements
* Present and consult with wider groups of young people
* Communicate developments via website, blogs and e-bulletins
* Make creative projects including a ‘sound track’ of a walk through the Park
* Plan for a large scale youth event in Summer 2009.

The LDA has teamed up with Fundamental, an architecture centre based in east London, to form and oversee the Panel. They worked with the 2012 units from each borough to select teenagers with an interest in planning and the area around them.

The young people have been recruited from a range of existing groups from within their boroughs including Greenwich’s Young Peoples Council, Hackney’s Olympic Ambassador Scheme, Newham’s Architecture Crew, the Waltham Forest Youth Ambassador’s and the Tower Hamlets Sports Ambassadors.

Fundamental Chief Executive Nick Edwards, said:

“The evening was a huge success with a genuine dialogue taking place between the team of masterplanners at EDAW and young people from the five host boroughs. They presented their eight priorities for the Olympic Park Legacy and the team detailed how they were taking these into consideration in the development of their design. The ensuing debate was excellent and opened up a series of other discussions which will be carried over to a follow up meeting in the New Year.”

The Panel is just one of a number of upcoming youth events the LDA is holding as part of the Legacy Masterplan Framework consultation. They include half term workshops, a series of university lectures and school visits.

Bill Hanway, Chief Operating Officer of EDAW, said:

“The ability to deliver a significant and sustainable Olympic Legacy is built on understanding the goals and aspirations of the young people in the surrounding community. Their ambitions and skills will profoundly shape and inform the developing plans and the design team looks forward to working closely with them.”

The LMF outline planning application, due to be submitted next year, will be part of a wider economic, social and physical regeneration strategy for the Olympic Park and the Lower Lea Valley. The LDA is leading this work alongside London 2012 partners.”

SOURCE: Home-Youth panel start work on designing the Olympic site’s legacy: London Development Agency.

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