UBC students design pavilion for 2010 Olympics

Sarah Chung at the THEUBYSSEY.CA reports

The 24-hour design session, or 24-hour charette, consisted of interdisciplinary architecture student teams designing a rain-proof, bright, and lively pavilion to be erected in Downtown Vancouver for the 2010 Olympics. The event was held at the Lasserre Building and ended at 9am Monday morning.

“[The Olympics] are starting to get so close…this is a chance to have an effect and be involved in the Olympics, and the fact that [the pavilion] will actually be built, that’s really exciting,” said Jamie Johnson, a second-year Landscape Architecture student.

Winners will be announced on November 16 by a panel of multi-disciplinary judges.

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Some Engineering firms see 6% rise in 2010

In the recent post from ENR.com it found that CEO’s of Engineering & design-build firms predicted a rise of 6% in revenues in 2010 based on a recent survey by Environmental Financial Consulting Group. One CEO commented that the competitive bidding had gotten ugly and was screwing up the market.

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New MLA program to be offered at Sam Fox School of Design in 2010

Record reports

The Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts will launch a new Master of Landscape Architecture (MLA) program in fall 2010, announced Bruce Lindsey, dean of the College of Architecture and the Graduate School of Architecture & Urban Design.

Chairing the MLA program will be Dorothee Imbert, currently associate professor in the Department of Landscape Architecture at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design (GSD).

Meanwhile, the Sam Fox School will begin offering a new undergraduate minor in landscape architecture in fall 2011.

Deadline for applications is Feb. 1, 2010. Students can apply online through the Sam Fox School’s graduate admissions page. For more information, visit samfoxschool.wustl.edu or call 935-6227

for more information go to the [SOURCE: Record – New master’s degree in landscape architecture to be offered in 2010 by Liam Otten]

Taipei to hold Internation Flora Expo in 2010

Taipei, Taiwan will hold a International Gardening and Horticulture Expo from the Nov. 6, 2010 to April 25, 2011. The expo will showcase the indigenous vegetation and be a unique fusion of horticulture and technology. The Expo site is 91.8 hectacres with 14 pavillions and four areas featuring different themes. With a budget for the Expo is The NT$3.53 billion it is expected to help Taiwan’s horticulture sector boost its production value by 23 percent.

SOURCE: Taiwan News Online – Taipei hopes to impress with 2010 Taipei International Flora Expo –

UNM Dean to step down in 2010

UNM Today announced that Dean and Professor Roger Schluntz, FAIA, will resign as dean of UNM’s School of Architecture and Planning on June 30, 2010.

UNM Today
quoted Schluntz as saying

“a number of truly remarkable accomplishments as well as many critical incremental transformations” at the School.

A national search will begin this fall and intends for a new dean to be hired when Schluntz steps down.


CSLA appoints Executive for 2009-2010

2009 – 2010 CSLA Executive:

Director(Toronto) – Linda Irvine, OALA, CSLA, ASLA, Manager, Parks and Open Space Development, Planning and UrbanDesign Department, Town of Markham, was appointed President of the Canadian Society of Landscape Architects(CSLA) during the organization’s annual general meeting held in Toronto August 15, 2009.

Neil Dawe, NLALA, CSLA,President of Tract Consulting Inc. was elected to the position of President-Elect
Arnis Budrevics, OALA, FCSLA,Principal Landscape Architect of Alexander Budrevics and Associates, was appointed to the CSLA Executive Committee.
Cathy Sears, AALA, CSLA, ASLA a Vice-President and leader of Stantec’s Planning & Landscape Architecture practice,transitioned to the role of Past President.

PIA announce Australia Award for Urban Design

The Planning Institute Australia (PIA) announced the Australia Award for Urban Design on 11 August.

This year saw a record number of entries, as well as a richness of creative projects from
around the nation. This year PIA awarded 2 winners and 1 commendation

Cities around the world are in the process of redefining their form to deal with issues of
climate change and sustainability, and to make them more liveable.
This significant piece of research was commissioned by the Victorian Government and
undertaken by a team led by the City of Melbourne and supported by a range of specialists.

Over the past two years, the City of Sydney, together with its collaborative design team of
architects, landscape architects, engineers, planners and access consultants has created a
unique, surprising, functional and totally engaging public park that has captured the
imagination of all those fortunate enough to pass or live nearby.



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