The Orange County Great Park – Topos 63 – Current Issue

Topos has just published Topos 63 – Transformation – and includes an article by reknowned landscape architect Ken Smith and his Orange County Great Park

A new park on the site of a former air base in Southern California aims to strike a balance between the needs of humans and the natural world. Through an innovative “Preview Park”, visitors can engage with the development of the park whose implementation will be phased over a timeframe of decades.

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SOURCE – Topos – The International Review of Landscape Architecture and Urban Design – Current issue.

Beijing boasts stunning new buildings – International Herald Tribune

This ancient capital city, long known for the architectural splendor of its centuries-old palaces and temples, is getting a new look that could have been plucked from science fiction.

A series of landmarks, notable for their futuristic design, will greet visitors to the Olympics. They include an Olympic stadium that looks like a giant bird’s nest, a swimming venue literally built of bubbles and a pair of black office towers that lean toward each other at a 10-degree angle.

SOURCE: International Herald TribuneBeijing boasts stunning new buildings 

Today’s suburbs, tomorrow’s slums? – globeandmail.com

According to some doomsday scenarios, spiking gas prices could turn the cul-de-sacs and two-car garages that surround North America’s cities – built over the past 60 years and designed for the convenience of people with cars – into tomorrow’s slums.

The predictions for the most part come from subscribers to the theory of “peak oil,” which holds that crude prices will shoot permanently upward as global demand outstrips dwindling supply, ruining the economy. But their predictions are getting a second look now, as suburbanites, especially in the United States, grumble at the rising price of a fill-up.

Read more @ the SOURCE: globeandmail.com: Today’s suburbs, tomorrow’s slums?.

A mastermind of green design – China Daily

This site in Sandao, Hainan province, has been recreated in the virtual online world of Second Life where the public will design an “Eco-friendly Community” that will later be built on the actual site.

When David Greenberg stumbled across a cluster of tree houses while trekking the jungles of Maui, he felt a sudden and mighty urge to rebel.

“That was the moment I knew I wouldn’t be an urban designer,” he says. The California native with a disdain for convention and an admiration of nature would instead reinvent himself as an “anti-architect” and “anti-designer”.

“Just like the architects went into the rundown parts of the cities in the US during the 1960s to remodel and revive, the landscape architects must go to China’s rural areas and do much the same thing,” he says. For that reason, he says: “I’m so lucky and so happy to be working for my last few years in China.”

SOURCE: Chinadaily – A mastermind of green design.

EAD Launch of Abu Dhabi Sustainability Group – WAM

WAM reports – The invitation by H.E Mohammed Ahmed Al Bowardi, Secretary General of the Executive Council of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, Managing Director of EAD to establish the Abu Dhabi Sustainability Group attracted high response from government establishments and private sector companies, where 15 declared their interest to join in this group to support the Environment Agency’s efforts in the development and implementation of standards and make use of the best suitable technology to enable the Emirate achieve the required change.

SOURCE: WAM.

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