The McNay Art Museum in San Antonio, the oldest modern art museum in Texas, has officially reopened after doubling in size. The 45,000-square-foot expansion — named the Jane and Arthur Stieren Center for Exhibitions — allows the museum to host larger, critically-acclaimed exhibitions and enables it to show more of its collection, with distinctive additions such as a beautiful outdoor sculpture garden to showcase the museum’s growing sculpture collection. The $33.1 million Stieren Center re-opened on June 7, 2008.
Jean-Paul Viguier, a French architect who has designed several modern-day Paris landmarks, served as the museum’s lead architect. TBG, Texas’ largest landscape architecture and planning firm, was responsible for designing the new outdoor sculpture gardens and other exterior features.
SOURCE: SunHerald.com – San Antonio’s McNay Art Museum Reopened After $33.1 Million Expansion.
Governor David Paterson announced that Waterfront communities along the Hudson River will share in the award of $24.9 million in grants from the New York State Environmental Protection Fund’s Local Waterfront Revitalization Program,
Grant awards for 97 projects in every region of the state cover planning, design and construction of projects that focus on economic, community, environmental and recreational improvements.
Source: Environment News Service – Hudson River Waterfront Projects Funded for 400th Anniversary.
A national earthquake relief team has chosen a site to rebuild the Beichuan county seat, which was severely devastated in the earthquake.
This is the Bandengqiao area of Mianyang city, and it covers ten square kilometers. After a 20-day field research, experts decided to recommend this site to rebuild the Beichuan county seat.
Li Xiaojiang, chief of China Academy of Urban Planning & Design, said, “It is safe. Earthquakes and other geological disasters will occur less frequently here than in other areas.”
read more @ the SOURCE: CCTV International.
Central Plains Water’s (CPW) proposed dam across the Waianiwaniwa Valley would be like a line of tower blocks extending 2km across the Canterbury countryside, a hearing has been told.
Landscape architect Di Lucas, who was giving evidence on behalf of the Malvern Hills Protection Society, produced a photo montage of the 55m-high dam based on the comparable height of the Forsyth Barr tower in Christchurch.
SOURCE: Stuff.co.nz – Irrigation dam ‘inappropriate’