London Festival of Architecture 2008

“The London Festival of Architecture this Summer will be the biggest event of its kind in the world. It will involve all the major players in London’s environment including the Mayor, Design for London, local authorities, officers and members, and major developers, not to mention some of the world’s leading architects.

The buzz of activity will move across five Hubs over five weekends, with exhibitions, cycle tours, walks, talks, performances, installations and interventions, boat trips along the Thames and large scale street animations each weekend, all focusing on the theme of FRESH!”

http://www.lfa2008.org/

HARGREAVES SELECTED FOR PHASE ONE OF NEW ORLEANS: REINVENTING THE CRESCENT

Hargreaves Associates has been selected as Lead Designer for Phase One of New Orleans’ Reinventing the Crescent, as part of the team chosen by the New Orleans Building Corporation. New Orleans-based Eskew+Dumez+Ripple is Prime and Executive Architect, for the $116,935,000 budget, with three distinct areas of focus distributed along 4.5 of the Mississippi River. Hargreaves Associates will translate the 2007 master plan into three design packages geared toward transforming defunct wharves into an ecological park; forging stronger pedestrian connections between the French Quarter’s Jackson Square and the Moonwalk at the river; and retrofitting existing wharf structures into a Marigny/Bywater neighborhood park..

Hargreaves Associates 

Students Win 2010 Landscape Design Competition

Two students have won the 2010 Green Goal Mouille Point Student Landscape Design competition for designing a safe, spacious and aesthetic inner city park and recreation area head of the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

This comes after landscape design and architectural students from the University of Cape Town (UCT) and the Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) were invited to submit entries to redesign the Mouille Point promenade and beachfront area.

Scott Masson, a final year Masters Landscape Design programme student at UCT submitted a design which would transform the site into a dynamic people-friendly facility.

Marike Fick a final year design student at the CPUT, submitted a design of an amphitheatre which she felt would be an important feature to attract a variety of people to the area.

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allAfrica.com: South Africa: Students Win 2010 Landscape Design Competition

Urban poor benefit from Las Piñas housing project

N LAS PIÑAS CITY, VACANT LOTS RANGING in size from a few hundred square meters to several hectares are slowly being turned into productive parcels of land where the poor are taught to become self-sufficient.

Since 1995, the city government, with the help of Habitat for Humanity, Gawad Kalinga and other nongovernment and government organizations, has been building houses for urban poor families.

The houses, however, do not come free. At the very least, owners must pay P500 a month to the city government for 25 years for the right to call the houses their homes.

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Urban poor benefit from Las Piñas housing project

Maps chart noise in urban areas – BBC NEWS – UK

Residents in 23 towns and cities in England are to be given the chance to monitor noise levels in their area using interactive maps.

A Department of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) website shows the level of environmental noise from road and rail networks in the areas.

Users can search by postcode to monitor noise levels. The 23 areas include London, Manchester and Sheffield.

SOURCE: BBC NEWS – UK – Maps chart noise in urban areas.

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