Hadid leading architectural rush to the Emirates – International Herald Tribune

Sometime in 2011, three twisting towers are set to shoot up along a man-made creek in the desert sheikhdom of Dubai.

Bent at the waist, the Signature Towers will be the work of the Pritzker prize-winning architect Zaha Hadid, who, with fellow Pritzker winners Norman Foster and Frank Gehry, is leading an architect rush to the Emirates.

“We are trying things out for the first time which we wanted to try out, but couldn’t,” said Patrik Schumacher, a partner at Zaha Hadid Architects. “We have found an unusual degree of receptiveness to new ideas in the Gulf.”

The Persian Gulf is home to more than $2 trillion worth of construction projects, fueled by a quadrupling of oil prices over the last five years. As the Gulf states – home to about 40 percent of the world’s proven crude-oil reserves – seek to diversify away from hydrocarbons, their appetite for landmark buildings is growing.

Read more at the Source: Hadid leading architectural rush to the Emirates International Herald Tribune.

The push to greener housing – Canada

“Once people become more aware of green issues, they recognize the advantages,” he says. “If a house, because it is well-insulated and has an efficient heating system, costs $300 less a month to maintain than a similar neighbouring house, that house is worth more.”

An Eco Home survey conducted by Royal LePage Real Estate suggests Canadians are looking for greener homes and are ready to put their real estate dollars on the line for these purchases. Almost three quarters (72 per cent) of the 1,266 people surveyed said they would look for an environmentally improved property when buying their next home, and 63 per cent said they would pay more for an eco-friendly home.

Source: globeandmail.com: The push to greener housing.

Foster + Partners opens office in Abu Dhabi

Building on Foster + Partners’ pioneering work in the region and consolidating the practice’s long-term commitment to further development, HRH The Duke of York is to open a new Foster + Partners office in Abu Dhabi on April 3rd. The practice has been working in Abu Dhabi for the past two years, during which time it has developed an appreciation for and understanding of the specific design challenges faced by the local climate and culture.

Foster + Partners’ projects in the area – led by Senior Partner Gerard Evenden – include the design for Aldar Central Markets, a reinterpretation of the traditional market place and dynamic new quarter for Abu Dhabi, as well as the design for the Abu Dhabi World Trade Center, part of the Al Raha Beach Development. As a result of the Masdar Initiative, the Foster masterplan for Masdar will provide Abu Dhabi with a new sustainable city, a centre for new ideas for energy production and a sustainable urban blueprint for the future. Foster + Partners also won the international competition to design the new Sheikh al Zayed National Museum, an ambitious project to honour the legacy of the late ruler and founder of the nation.

Source: Foster + Partners

OMA to Redevelop Modernist London Icon

The Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA) has been selected to redevelop the iconic Commonwealth Institute in Kensington and Chelsea, London, by Chelsfield, one of the United Kingdom’s major property development groups, and their partner Ilchester Estate. The project includes the addition of a major residential scheme alongside the rejuvenation of the 1960’s structure at the edge of Holland Park.

OMA to Redevelop Modernist London Icon.

Source: OMA Website

Landscape Institute – Draft Position Statement on Climate Change

Following on from the success of our annual conference on the subject of climate change last November, the Landscape Institute’s Policy Committee and members of staff from the Secretariat have been working to develop our draft Position Statement on this theme. Please help us ensure that the final Position Statement best represents your views by taking a look through the draft document and completing the online survey. Both documents can be found here:

The aim of the document is to:

1. Demonstrate to stakeholders and Government the critical role of the landscape architecture profession in delivering climate change policy objectives;
2. Inspire clients to adopt a holistic, landscape architecture approach to development which also delivers resilience in the face of a changing climate and assists in reducing greenhouse gas emissions;
3. Provide guiding principles and case studies of the approaches taken by landscape architects to climate change adaptation and mitigation.

The closing date for receipt of comments is Monday 28th April 2008 at 5pm.

Download the Position Statement

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