The upcoming 2008 Olympic Games are inspiring some show-stopping buildings and technologies, among them the Greenpix Zero Energy Media Wall by New York based architecture & media firm Simone Giostra & Partners. Visible from up to a kilometer away on one of Beijing’s most congested main roads, the 20,000 square foot bright light facade of the Xicui entertainment complex is more than stunning, it’s surprisingly strong in its green credentials. The Greenpix Zero Energy Media Wall is the world’s largest color LED display, and has a self sustaining energy life-cycle. Harvesting sunlight collected during the day via photovoltaic solar cells, the wall uses stored solar energy to light up the LED’s for a spectacular nighttime show.
SOURCE: Inhabitat » GREENPIX Zero Energy Media Wall Lights up Beijing.
NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The New York City Department of Design and Construction (DDC) and the New York Police Department (NYPD) announce the selection of Perkins+Will as the architect for the new three million square-foot Police Academy campus in College Point, Queens.
The project will consolidate the Police Academy into one location with the most advanced law enforcement training facilities in the world. Program areas include a diverse mix of instructional and support elements that comprise a total campus: a main instructional building, field house, firearms and tactical training facility, Police Museum, visiting lecturer accommodations, parking garage, tactical village, rescue training, outdoor track, outdoor muster deck, and driver training.
Working in a project office alongside DDC and NYPD team members, architectural design consultant Michael Fieldman Architect, and consultants, Perkins+Will has begun the design for the 35-acre site. The integrated team is charged with creating a model facility that is adaptable to evolving training needs and emerging technology.
SOURCE: BUSINESS WIRE – NYC DDC and NYPD Select Perkins+Will to Design $1 Billion New Police Academy.
High-profile arts facilities aren’t the only action around the Dallas Arts District.
Construction cranes bob over projects in the Dallas Arts District. A symposium will look at the effects of the downtown development.
Tonight a group of Harvard University students will present ideas for developing underused land at the district’s southeast corner. The presentation, titled “Good Design Makes Good Business,” will explore the impact of star-architect-designed arts facilities on commercial development nearby.
The symposium will be at 6:30 tonight at the Federal Reserve Building, after receptions for Harvard alumni and the public. Because of security requirements, reservations were required by Friday.
SOURCE: Dallas Morning News – Harvard students plan use of urban developments near Dallas Arts District
IT’S WILD, it’s out there and it matters to almost everybody, even if they hardly ever see it. Scotland’s remote and untamed mountains, moors and glens have been given overwhelming backing in a major new poll for the conservation agency, Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH).
Over 90% of people interviewed said they thought it important for Scotland to have wild places. Of the 1304 who were questioned, only six suggested wild land was not important.
More than 60% of Scottish residents said that action was needed to protect wild areas from being damaged by modern buildings, bulldozed tracks, mobile phone masts, electricity pylons or wind turbines. About 50% thought that wild places were under threat.
SOURCE: Sunday Herald – Majority Of Scots Values Scotlands Wild Places And Wants Action To Protect Them
The Concrete Dragon: China’s Urban Revolution and What it Means for the World, by Visiting Professor Dr. Thomas Campanella of the GSD Department of Urban Planning and Design, was recently publishedby Princeton University Press.
The book surveys aspects of rapid urbanization in China during the post-Mao era, exploring the driving forces behind the great Chinese building boom. Concrete Dragon also traces the historical precedents and global flows of ideas and information that are fusing to create a bold new Chinese cityscape. Historian Jonathan Spence has called The Concrete Dragon “a fascinating and timely book that sets the scene for any further discussion of China’s explosive urban growth across the last twenty years.” British urbanist Sir Peter Hall writes, “Anyone interested in contemporary cities, anyone interested in contemporary China, has to read it.”
Thomas J. Campanella is associate professor of urban planning and design at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He has also taught at MIT and Nanjing University in China, and was a Fulbright fellow at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. His previous books include Cities from the Sky (2001) and Republic of Shade (2003), winner of the Spiro Kostof Award from the Society of Architectural Historians.
SOURCE: Harvard Graduate School of Design