Olympic architecture is a burden after the games end

In a July interview with Der Spiegel, celebrated Olympic architect Jacques Herzog defended his decision to accept a signature commission from China, despite the nation’s abysmal record on human rights. The headline said enough: “Only an idiot would have said no.” Given the reception that Herzog’s Bird’s Nest has received –

Read more @ the SOURCE: Guardian.co.uk – Kriston Capps: Olympic architecture is a burden after the games end

New Orleans To New York: Fighting Blighted Properties – Bayoubuzz.com

When critics blasted the slow rebuilding of New Orleans, Ray Nagin shocked the world when he answered that all New York had to show for its recovery was a “hole in the ground” where the Twin Towers used to be.

Outrage flowed from all corners; yet ironically, Research Fellows at the conservative think tank the Manhattan Institute essentially argued that the Mayor was correct.

read more at the SOURCE: bayoubuzz.com – New Orleans To New York: Fighting Blighted Properties.

Reimagining Cities after Oil – UPenn – 7-8 November

This ground-breaking symposium has been organized to address the role of urban design in the face of one of the most profound and important challenges facing global society: the need to re-imagine and rethink how cities are designed and organized in a future without the plentiful and abundant oil upon which prosperous urban economies have been built.

More information at UPenn Symposium Website

New California Academy of Sciences green building to open 27th September

The Renzo Piano designed Calfornia Academy of Sciences in Golden Gate Park, San Francisco is set to open on Spetember 27th.

The new Platinium LEED certified musuem will house the Kimball Natural History Museum, Steinhart Aquarium and the Morrison Planetarium. The new energy saving building with its 2.5 acre roof was design by Renzo Piano in collaboration with STANTEC architecture.

You can buy tickets @ CALIFORNIA ACADEMY OF SCIENCES

SOURCE: San Francisco Sentinel.

Creating Landscapes That Balance Beauty and Sustainability – NYTimes.com

The NYTimes gives a good overview working with clients on designing sustainable residential landscapes.

Read more @ the SOURCE: NYTimes.com – Creating Landscapes That Balance Beauty and Sustainability

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