About a year ago, Kent Mendenhall, a former Pittsburg resident, walked into Pittsburg City Manager Allen Gill’s office. After some discussion, Mendenhall left Gill with detailed drawings of what an entryway to downtown Pittsburg could look like. “It was amazing,” Gill said. “He just walked in, unsolicited, left us some | Read More
World climate negotiators set a 2009 deadline Saturday for a landmark treaty to fight global warming after two weeks of intense haggling led to a climbdown by an isolated United States. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, who flew to the Indonesian island of Bali for a late appeal for flexibility, | Read More
Oscar Niemeyer, the last surviving founder of architecture’s Modernist movement, turns 100 on Saturday. The grandfather of Brazilian architecture is a living legend, and plans to remain so for a while. ‘People Need Beauty’: Architect Oscar Niemeyer Turns 100 – International – SPIEGEL ONLINE – News.
Human waste from the new mega-library in Peppermint Grove will be recycled and used on a $1 million landscaped park around the building. It will be the first time the technology has been used in Australia. Harvested “brown water” will water the lawns and urine will be treated and added | Read More
Lawrence Livingston Jr., a planner who left his mark on everything from San Francisco’s Market Street to the Bay Area’s natural landscape, has died at his home in Tiburon. Lawrence Livingston Jr., ‘Mr. Open Space,’ dead at 89.
As workers pounded in tall fence posts and moved stacks of metal barriers into Washington Square Park on Monday and Tuesday, cordoning off the area for Phase I of the park’s renovation, opponents were making a last-ditch effort to derail the project. Luther Harris, a plaintiff on an environmental lawsuit | Read More
For years, the aluminum lath house that sheltered the Desert Botanical Garden’s treasured cactus collection sorely needed a dynamic makeover. Considered state of the art in 1950, the space had long ago reached capacity, with specimens poking through the top of the lath and shade cloth roof, and spilling over | Read More
Singapore – A Japanese-inspired sensory park to be built in Singapore will be filled with sweet-smelling flowers designed to appeal to the elderly and Braille signs describing the plants for the blind, news reports said on Friday. Scheduled for completion in the first quarter of 2009, the 1.1- hectare pilot | Read More
Washington, D.C., December 13, 2007 — The AIA Board of Directors voted today to award the 2008 AIA Gold Medal to Renzo Piano, Hon. FAIA, internationally lauded architect of a wide array of singularly beautiful grand scale projects in Europe and the United States.Renzo Piano, Hon. FAIA, Named 2008 AIA | Read More
City landscape architects will go to work on the railroad running through Scarborough and Riverdale over the next few months, to try and find a way to hide two intrusive new signal towers from residents along the line. The two signal bridges are part of a massive $70-million rail construction | Read More