Construction slump forces architecture firms to cut jobs – JSOnline

JSonline reports that

“The recession and credit crunch, which have killed plans for new condominiums, hotels and other projects, are forcing some Milwaukee-area architectural firms to cut jobs.

In recent weeks, Kahler Slater Architects Inc. and Eppstein Uhen Architects Inc. have eliminated 20 positions and 15 positions, respectively. Other firms have made smaller trims as they deal with declining work from developers and other clients.”

SOURCE: JSOnline.com – Construction slump forces architecture firms to cut jobs

Los Angeles Architects Recognize Top Green Design Firm

Los Angeles, CA (Vocus/PRWEB ) November 18, 2008 — The Environmental Nature Center in Newport Beach, CA. was one of six competition winners at the 2008 AFLA Green Gala, hosted by the Los Angeles chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council. Jim Wirick, Managing Principal at LPA Inc., accepted the award at the Wallis Annenberg Building in Los Angeles.

SOURCE: PRweb.com – Los Angeles Architects Recognize Top Green Design Firm.

Landscape designers apply nature’s tricks

San Francisco Chroncile reprts that

“Susan Van Atta, from Santa Barbara, is explicitly engaged in ecological restoration in many of her Southern California projects. Bernard Trainor, now in Monterey but active from the Carmel Valley to Marin County, says his gardens aren’t about replicating nature. But both converged on similar themes: looking at natural landscapes for inspiration and, as Trainor puts it, “learning tricks from nature and applying them.”

SOURCE: SFgate.com – Landscape designers apply nature’s tricks.

Detroit City Council critiques plans for $47M in federal funds – The Detroit News

The Detroit News reports that

“The city faces a tight deadline to approve a spending plan to collect on $47 million in federal home foreclosure aid, amid calls to revise recipients Monday from several City Council members, nonprofits and community groups.”

SOURCE: The Detroit News – detnews.com Detroit City Council critiques plans for $47M in federal funds

Ahearn researches ‘green’ building – Daily Collegian

Daily Collegian reports that “Professor of landscape architecture and regional planning Jack Ahern returned to the University of Massachusetts after a trip to China last month, where he gave several lectures.

According to Ahern, China’s surge in urbanization “may be faster than anywhere else in the world,” and this made it an ideal place to investigate how to implement sustainability practices.

An important aspect of creating this “green” infrastructure is rainwater management, or “the way water moves between the sky and rivers and the streams,” added Ahearn.”

Read more @ the SOURCE: Daily Collegian – Ahearn researches ‘green’ building – News.

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