A Borrowed Place on Borrowed Time

In Hong Kong, where land for construction is scarce and commerce has long ruled, preservation has usually given way to a tide of urban development. Few of the British expatriates and Chinese immigrants who came to the city with the moniker “borrowed place, borrowed time” saw it as a permanent home. But since the territory was returned to Chinese rule from Britain in 1997, its local identity has come to the forefront and heritage conservation has taken on the overtones of a populist struggle.
Rendering of the Hong Kong Jockey Club’s proposal for the Central Police Station (inset) and Victoria Prison

Recently battles have been waged over buildings that in most cities would have little historical appeal. In the past year, the demolition of two 1950s ferry terminals to make way for a highway and commercial property developments spurred demonstrations, hunger strikes and arrests.

“These recent heritage battles represent a desperate search for a cultural anchor,” says Lee Ho Yin, director of the architectural conservation program at the University of Hong Kong. “It’s part of Hong Kong people seeking their own identity and roots.”

A Borrowed Place on Borrowed Time – WallStreetJournal.com.

ICA’s new space is honored as a work of art

This year’s Parker Medalist is the Institute of Contemporary Art, on the South Boston waterfront. No surprise here, since the ICA is probably the most praised new Boston building in years. The architects are the New York firm of Diller Scofidio + Renfro, with local associates Perry Dean Rogers.

ICA’s new space is honored as a work of art – The Boston Globe.

Palm collection for LACMA

Forget what you know about the palm, that topknot-on-a-pole that punctuates much of Los Angeles. Come Feb. 16, when the Renzo Piano-designed Broad Contemporary Art Museum opens at LACMA, you’re going to be reacquainted with the tree. Your impressions will never be the same.

Over the last year, artist Robert Irwin and landscape architect Paul Comstock have been “curating” a collection of palms that will function as a living LACMA display—an ever-changing exhibition of botanical sculpture that introduces Piano’s addition and links the elements of the museum’s campus

Palm Pilots – Los Angeles Times – Susan Heeger

New York Market – but Where?

KIM SEVERSON looks at the quandry facing New York of where to place a permanent food market. Kim looks at Greenmarkets and locations in New York that could satisfy the need and hunger for a market in the Big Apple.

Hungary for a Market, But Where? – New York Times

London Olympics bringing in more equipment for clean up

The London Olympics site is current undergoing remediation and has just brought in more moachinery to clean 750 tonnes of soil per day. The construction program starts in spring with the Olympic Stadium.

Read more at Building.co.uk

Calgary – a city looking to the future

Calgary is looking towards the future when in 2035 some 70,000 people will live in the downtown core and in 2025, 180,000 people will work there. Calgary is an Winter Olympic host city that is planning its future and looking towards international and national examples of good and bad developments.

Calgary needs to develop into city with an exciting downtown core with life and activity. However it needs to mix the uses of the city and not dedicate areas to one use activities. It needs to mix the civic, cultural, commercial, urban and green uses to make a dynamic urban environment to serve the new and existing population in Calgary.

Also Calgary needs to invest more sustainable infrastructure for transport and also expand the +15 network so that the new residents of the downtown core can move from home to workplace to afterwork activities easily.

Lets hope the City, Developers, Retails and the people of Calgary can capitalise on this new vision.

Article inspired by Planners envision vibrant makeover’ – by Mario Toneguzzi – Calgary Herald

Wysing Arts Centre revamp ready to be unveiled

The visual arts in Cambridge are set to receive a boost, with the opening of the revamped Wysing Arts Centre this week.

The £1.7m centre, incorporating a total of nine buildings, has been in development for three years, with design by architect Hawkins Brown, while London branding consultancy OSB Design has created a signage system and graphics.

£1.7M Wysing Arts Centre revamp ready to be unveiled – Design Week.

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