Playing with different spaces

An abandoned municipal area, alongside a neglected backyard in Bat Yam, has been turned into a blossoming garden over the past three weeks, serving dozens of the city’s residents: pensioners, new immigrants, solitary people and families.

“We decided to do some recycling in an unused area of the city, to expand the concept of the shared living space and to enable residents to enjoy resources that actually belong to them,” explains the garden’s architect, Kerem Halbrecht, 29. The project, which was also planned by Halbrecht’s father, industrial designer Zvi Halbrecht, was included in the first International Biennale for Landscape Urbanism, which will open next Sunday in Bat Yam.

Source: Haaretz – Israel NewsPlaying with different spaces –

University of Pennsylvania Team Wins the 2008 ULI Competition

A plan drafted by a University of Pennsylvania team to redevelop a site within the Cedars neighborhood of Dallas has been selected as the winning scheme in the sixth annual ULI (Urban Land Institute) Gerald D. Hines Student Urban Design Competition. The teams entry was selected over plans submitted by other finalist teams from the University of Michigan, the University of Texas at Austin, and an additional team from the University of Pennsylvania.

Find the winning entries @ www.udcompetition.uli.org

Source: ULI Press Release

Burj Dubai – the tallest man-made structure in the world

Burj Dubai, the iconic high-rise developed by Dubai-based Emaar Properties PJSC, has surpassed the height of the KVLY-TV mast in North Dakota, USA, to become the world’s tallest man-made structure. Burj Dubai is now 629 metres (2,063.6 ft) high while KVLY-TV, which holds the record for the world’s tallest supported structure since 1963, has a height of 628.8 metres (2,063 ft).

Burj Dubai is already the world’s tallest building and tallest free-standing structure, and at 160 storeys, is taller than Taipei 101 (508 metres; 1667 ft) in Taiwan and CN Tower (553.33 metres; 1815.5 ft) in Toronto, Canada. Burj Dubai is billed to meet all four criteria listed by the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH), which classifies the world’s tallest structures. CTBUH measures the height of buildings to the structural top, the highest occupied floor, the top of the roof and the tip of the spire, pinnacle, antenna, mast or flag pole.

Emaar is partnering with South Korean construction major Samsung Corporation and New York-based Project Manager Turner Construction in constructing Burj Dubai, which was designed by Adrian Smith and Skidmore, Owings & Merrill of Chicago.

Source: Emaar Properties Press Release

Sustainable Urbanization in the Information Age

The Sustainable Urbanization in conference addresses the global challenges posed by rapid urbanization and its impact on global warming and the natural environment – from poverty and inequality to natural and manmade disasters – by calling for better sustainable planning for urban growth.

The conference will be held during Earth Week and start on April 23
United Nations Headquarters
First Avenue at 46th Street ECOSOC Chamber
New York, NY, 10017 United States

Sustainable Urbanization in the Information Age

Source: Dexigner

Urban Composter Design Competition for Panama City’s Historic Casco Viejo

A urban agriculture program underway in Panama City’s old quarter is sponsoring a design competition for the perfect balcony-sized composter. Designs must be compact, simple to build out of local materials, cost less than $25 to construct and fit within the character of the neighborhood.

Panama City’s old quarter, Casco Viejo (also called Casco Antiguo), is a UNESCO World Heritage site that is in the early stages of revitalization. With a large percentage of its population living below the poverty line, a group of local organizations and companies have begun an urban agriculture program in an attempt to provide residents with a higher degree of self-sustenance and a wider variety of nutritional options.

Full contest details can be found here: www.arcoproperties.com/images/Urbanposterfinal.jpg

The program is sponsored by Conservatorio SA, Arco Properties (www.arcoproperties.com), Island Planning Corporation, The Canal House (www.canalhousepanama.com) and Fundacion Calicant

Source: PRweb.com – Urban Composter Design Competition for Panama City’s Historic Casco Viejo.

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