At the moment, the grandest and most ethically ambitious architecture in the city — the green, living roof of the new convention centre — resembles a hair plug job. There’s a lot of bald up there.
It’s sparse, but growth proceeds. They started planting it two weeks ago, and crews are working their way across the six-acre roof sewing and digging in more than 750,000 plants. A green blush appeared on the canvas of the roof’s dark-brown growing medium of pumice and organic matter.
Read more @ the SOURCE: Vancouver Sun – City’s Signature Roof
A Connecticut architecture firm that designed Atlanta’s 1180 Peachtree Tower and Four Seasons Place, a 3.1 million-square-foot complex in Malaysia, is set to “make a new heart of Oklahoma City” with a Devon Energy skyscraper.
Larry Nichols, chief executive officer of Devon, said Friday that Pickard Chilton was hired from among seven internationally-accomplished architecture firms the company has interviewed the past several months.
Read more @ the SOURCE: NewsOK.com – Devon picks world-leading architects to design headquarters, public space
Bette Midler’s New York Restoration Project (NYRP), a not-for-profit organization dedicated to developing and revitalizing parks, community gardens and public spaces in New York City, on May 16 announces the debut of The Toyota Children’s Learning Garden in Manhattan’s Lower East Side neighborhood.
Read more @ SOURCE: The FINANCIAL – Bette Midler’s New York Restoration Project And Preeminent Landscape Architect Michael Van Valkenbur.
Property development giants dismantled their stands at the end of an international real estate show in Abu Dhabi yesterday after netting more than Dh20 billion and revealing major projects for potential investors.
Despite a surge in property prices because of strong demand and soaring construction costs, real estate has remained the most profitable sector in the UAE, while developers were surprised at the rush by potential buyers from the UAE and other countries.
Exhibitors at the four-day Cityscape Abu Dhabi described the rush at the sprawling Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre as a stampede and some had to cordon off their stands and recruit scores of security men to restore discipline. Besides property companies, banks benefited from the show as hundreds of clients were seen queuing at their stands for mortgage loans.
SOURCE: Emirates Business 24/7 – Cityscape rings up sales worth Dh20bn.
The University of Pennsylvania plans to announce today that Marilyn Jordan Taylor, FAIA, a long-time partner at Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, will be the new dean of its School of Design.
Taylor, a pioneering female architect widely respected for her leadership in complex urban projects and civic initiatives, joined SOM 35 years ago. She was elected partner in 1985 and in 2001 became the firm’s first female chairman.
Her appointment at PennDesign takes effect October 1, 2008.
SOURCE:Architectural Record – Penn Announces New Architecture Dean
Urban design and architectural excellence play an important role in maintaining and enhancing the quality of life in Canadian cities.
Conceptual/Theoretical Urban Design Plans
Le Campus Outremont (Montreal, QC)
Lead Firms: Groupe Cardinal Hardy in collaboration with Provencher Roy + Associés architectes. Full credits.
Canada’s National Ballet School / Project Grand Jeté: Stage 1 Jarvis Street Campus and Radio City (Toronto, ON)
Lead Firms: Goldsmith Borgal & Company Limited; Kuwabara Payne McKenna Blumberg Architect, Goldsmith Borgal & Company Limited, architectes en consortium; architects Alliance; Urban Strategies. Full credits.
Civic Design Projects
Corktown Footbridge (Ottawa, ON)
Lead Firm: Du Toit Allsopp Hillier / Du Toit Architects Limited Full credits.
Making the Edible Campus (Montreal, QC)
Lead Firms: Minimum Cost Housing Group, McGill University School of Architecture. Full credits.
Special Jury Awards:
Lower Don Lands (Toronto, ON)
Lead Firm: Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates, Inc. Full credits
Special Jury Awards:
Small or Medium Community Urban Design Award
University of Ontario Institute of Technology (Oshawa, ON)
Lead Firm: Diamond and Schmitt Architects. Full credits.
iCITY: Public Space v2.0 (Calgary, AB)
Allison Wood, University of Calgary. Full credits.
SOURCE: RAIC – 2008 National Urban Design Awards.
Only a few years ago, anyone who suggested growing plants on a roof might have been dismissed as a complete crank. Not any more.
Sedum on roof
The Botanical Roof Garden, Augustenborg, Sweden
Green roofs have started to appear on new buildings up and down the country with remarkable speed. Most feature a thin layer of the amazingly resilient hardy succulent plant, the sedum. Several different kinds are used, with leaves in a variety of different colours: yellow, green, red and bronze.
Grass and turf roofs are still not that common in this country. It’s a different story in Scandinavia, which has a long tradition of using turf, not least because it makes perfect practical sense: the layer of soil and grass insulates against cold winter weather, and protects the roof from wind damage.
Read more @ the SOURCE: Telegraph.co.uk – Up on the roof garden – .