Shenzhen in the south of China has been growing at a break neck pace for the last 30 years and create a new city and urban structure that differs greatly from the great cities developed during the 20th Century such as New York.
The New York Times Magazine has produced an audio slide show that gives an insight into the makeup and construction of Shenzhen. See the Slide Show @ NYTimes.com
MRDV – the architects that hail from Rotterdam producing a wide variety of built and theorical work that pushes the boundaries of urban densities and how people relate and live in cities. The New York Times has produced a special Architecture edition of its Magazine and includes numerous articles that are a great read. The article title ‘Crowded House’ focuses on MVRDV and gives a great insight in the architectural studios founders and their work from the past.
For a great insight into MVRDV’s work read Crowded House by Darcy Frey @ NY Times
Camden Council and land owner Network Rail are seeking expressions of interest from architects, landscape architects and urban designers for the design of a brand new, urban square at Kings Cross, London.
The first stage of the competition invites a response from international participants before the end of July who are asked to submit credentials and relevant experience. From these responses a shortlist of six will be chosen to work up concept propositions, for which an honorarium of £6000 will be paid. These will be reviewed by a technical panel and a final decision made by a jury that will meet in early December.
The deadline for Stage One submissions is 1 August 2008.
SOURCE: Landscape Institute: Urban Design Competition for Kings Cross.
Most Indians ranked environment pollution as their second worst problem in a list of six and believe that air, water and noise pollution will get worse, says a first-of-its-kind survey conducted by CNN-IBN and Outlook magazine.
The survey, in partnership with the Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) and Centre for the Study of Developing Societies (CSDS), found that most Indians regard air pollution to be the worst environment problem. Planting more trees is the environment challenge people want the Government to tackle first.
SOURCE: IBNLive – Green revolution: Air is what’s bothering Indians.
Vancouver is poised to become one of the creative cities of the world, but that success could be eroded if it can’t find a way to provide affordable housing, says the current guru of urban planning.
“You are in the proverbial catbird seat,” said Richard Florida, the hugely popular author of The Rise of the Creative Class, whose work has generated headlines around North America and even appearances on The Colbert Report.
For one, he says, Vancouver has developed a new kind of urbanism that combines a beautiful built environment with a beautiful natural environment
Read more @ the SOURCE: Vancouver Sun – City’s creativity relies on affordability, author says.
Almost a century after Tsarist-era spending came to an end, St. Petersburg is embarking on a new golden age. This time, Russia’s new energy wealth is funding $50 billion in infrastructure projects that will bring Peter the Great’s “Window on Europe” into the 21st century.
By 2020, the city is to have an office tower taller than any in Europe today, a new international airport busier than any in Scandinavia today, and a cruise ship port with more berths than any cruise port of call in the world.
To ease transportation bottlenecks, St. Petersburg is doubling the underground subway system and plans to build a 72-kilometer elevated rail system. Construction crews are building a $3 billion container port, a 116-km ring road, and a 46-km north-south bypass toll road, to speed highway traffic between Finland and Moscow.
SOURCE: The St. Petersburg Times – Economic Forum – $50 Bln By 2020.
Please see attached for a Press Release announcing the results of the TORSANLORENZO INTERNATIONAL PRIZE – 2008.
Landscape design in transformation of the territory
• 1st Prize: Paulinum school in Schwaz, Austria. Rainer Schmidt architect (Austria)
• 2nd Prize: Restauration of the Sforza Cesarini garden in Rome, Italy. Virginio Melaranci,
Cinzia Giuliani, Dimitri Ticconi, Ilia Monachesi, architects (Italy)
• Mention: Pathway and landscape observatories in San Michele di Gazania, Italy.
Ex.Studio, Patricia Meneses and Ivan Juarez, architects (Spain)
Urban green spaces
• 1st Prize: restructuration of the ‘Colline de la Paix’ in Finocchio, Italy. Luigi Franciosini,
Paola Porretta, Antonella Tittoni, Paolo Uliana, Giovanna White, architects (Italy).
• 2nd Prize: General Maister Memorial Park in Ljubno ob Savinji, Slovenia. Matej Kucina,
Tanja Maljevac, Primoz Pugelj, Marjan Pobolsaj, Toncek Zizek, architects (Slovenia).
• Mention: Palm Grove, Darling Harbour, Sydney, Australia. Timothy Williams, Darren
Graham, architects (Australia).
• 1st Prize: Villengarten St. Gilgen, Salzbourg, Austria. Rainer Schmidt, architect (Austria).
• 2nd Prize: Atlas Apartments, Sydney, Australia. Adrian Mc Gregor, Larissa Ward