Building a Greener America

Forget the common icons of global warming. Fuming tailpipes and industrial smokestacks, it turns out, are less culpable for climate change than a set of offenders hidden in plain sight: buildings.

Read more @ the SOURCE: Business Week – Building a Greener America.

London offers its memorial to the 52 victims of 7/7 terrorism – Times Online

Ben Hoyle of the Times looks at the newly unvealed design for the 7/7 memorial

The design unveiled yesterday by the architects Carmody Groarke is on a more human scale than the American and Spanish projects. It consists of 52 steel columns, one for each innocent life lost, arranged in a clearing at the southeast corner of Hyde Park. Each column stands 3m (about 10ft) tall, weighs about a tonne and is cast from stainless steel in a process that ensures that each one is subtly different from the others.

Read more @ the SOURCE: London offers its memorial to the 52 victims of 7/7 terrorism – Times Online.

Zhang Xin and Pan Shiyi: Beijing’s It-couple – Times Online

Zhang Xin and Pan Shiyi are the It-couple of Beijing: property tycoons who made a fortune at dizzying speed – and whose futuristic designs are reshaping their city.

The article gives a more human side to the developers rather than just money and square metres

SOURCE: Zhang Xin and Pan Shiyi: Beijing’s It-couple – Times Online.

Sasaki and Olympic Green – LA TIMES

Christopher Hawthorne wrote an interesting article about the Olympic Architecture and was interesting to read about his conversation with Sasaki about the Beijng Olympic Green as follows:

“I was put through to Dennis Pieprz, the president of the firm, who oversaw its work on the Green. After I asked him whether he would be in the capital during my visit and available to give me a tour of the results, there was a long pause.

“Well, I haven’t been to Beijing in quite some time,” he finally said, explaining that Olympic officials had taken over and modified the Sasaki plan so extensively that the firm now basically disavows the final product.

And there it was, plain as day on the firm’s website, when I went back to check: “Sasaki had no involvement in the design and implementation of the final landscape for the Beijing Olympics.”

So much for signature Olympic architecture. This is something closer to the reverse: A firm anxious to scrub its name from the official record before the Games get underway.”

SOURCE: Los Angeles Times – Chinese architects the winners in Games – .

GMP, Foster+Partners back in the running for Euro 2012

One of the key issues dogging Ukrainian organisers is the renovation of Kiev’s 84,000-seat Olympic stadium, due to hold the Euro 2012 final.
A Taiwanese firm won a tender earlier this year to modernise the facility, but Ukrainian officials have since ceased all dealings with the company and reopened the bidding to German firm GMP and Britain’s Foster and Partners.

SOURCE: Football Feed Article | Football | guardian.co.uk.

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