Canadian architecture, especially in Toronto, is undergoing a revival of sorts. Whether the projects are heralded or panned, the Michael-Lee Chin Crystal at the Royal Ontario Museum, the colourful box-on-stilts (the Sharp Centre for Design) at the Ontario College of Art and Design and the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts (the new home of the Canadian Opera Company and the National Ballet of Canada) have got people talking.
Here at home, a new Congress Centre may soon provide us with something to talk about.
“Good architects are deeply concerned about society and culture and their relationship with a properly built environment,” Frascari said yesterday. “The students at Carleton are taught how to create more valuable, healthy, secure, sustainable and meaningful buildings and cityscapes.”
Read more @ ottawasun.com – More than just concrete walls– Kerry Thompson.
In years past, building a central park was about creating an escape from urban life with little nod to what it was replacing.
But the designers (Ken Smith Landscape Architects) of the Orange County Great Park, which is being built on 1,347 acres of the former El Toro Marine Corps base, are taking a new approach, embracing the site’s military past rather than bulldozing it.
In one such move, the park’s board today plans to accept the donation of a World War II-era patrol plane and bomber as the first artifact for an aviation museum expected to feature dozens of historic aircraft and memorabilia.
Read more @ Los Angeles Times WWII-era bomber donated to Great Park by Tony Barboza
Abu Dhabi has recently announced plans to turn itself into a sort of Arabian Left Bank, with cultural venues designed by Zaha Hadid, Frank Gehry, and Jean Nouvel. Beijing, meanwhile, is completing the giant steel bird’s nest of Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron’s Olympic Stadium, and also has Paul Andreu’s titanium-egg National Theater, and Rem Koolhaas’ unusual state television headquarters, which locals have dubbed “the twisted donut.” An obscure sheikhdom on the Gulf and the world’s largest Communist dictatorship have unexpectedly become the latest hotbeds of avant-garde architecture.
Read more @ SLATE.com – Architects can’t predict the future; why the fad for avant-garde architecture? – By Witold Rybczynski
Ludwig Mies van der Rohe’s principles of free-flowing, flexible space were in full view during a first-time collaboration between Hubbard Street Dance Chicago and Illinois Institute of Technology architecture students over the weekend.
The German-born modernist architect, who designed IIT’s Crown Hall in the 1950s with the idea of opening up the interior for multiple uses, may not have had dance performances in mind. But the interplay between settings created by the school’s aspiring architects and filled in by dancers at Crown Hall underscored Mies’ belief that an efficient structure can be endlessly transformed.
Read more @ chicagotribune.comRomp with architecture mixes styles, results at Crown Hall by Lucia Mauro
464-acre site south of downtown Dallas has been chosen as the study area for the sixth annual ULI (Urban Land Institute,USA) Gerald D. Hines Student Urban Design Competition, an ideas competition for university students created to honor the legacy of urban development pioneer Gerald D. Hines, chairman of the Hines real estate organization and a laureate of the Urban Land Institute J.C. Nichols Prize for Visionaries in Urban Development.
Read more at ULI: Testing a New Generation
Shanghai and Baoding have become the first cities to take part in a new WWF (World Wide Fund for Nature) initiative to research less carbon-intensive paths to urban development in China, the international environmental organization said.
The Low Carbon City Initiative will initially focus on energy efficiency in buildings, renewable sources of energy and the manufacturing of energy-efficient products.
“Cities are an important part of China’s economic development, but many face problems such as low energy efficiency and degraded environmental quality,” Li Lin, head of conservation strategies at WWF-China, said.
Read more @ Chinadaily.com – Cities join WWF to cut carbon use by Sun Xiaohua (China Daily)
R.K. Stewart: Sustainable design really is designing in such a way that we utilize resources effectively and efficiently to preserve future opportunities for future generations.
Stewart was 2007 president of the American Institute of Architects.
R.K. Stewart: We need to design in a different way that lowers the amount of energy that we use. Our goal is to cut that utilization of fossil fuels by 50 per cent by the year 2010 and then continue to ratchet those reductions up in such a way that we can continue to have a high quality of life.
Read more @ Earth & Sky – Architect calls for tens of thousands of ‘green’ buildings or Listen