Contentious British Library Achieves Grade 1 Listed Status As Public Opinion Mellows

  • Director of Listing at Historic England, Roger Bowdler, said: “The British Library is one of England’s finest modern public buildings.
  • Colin St John Wilson’s stately yet accessible design incorporates fine materials and a generous display of public art.
  • The Library’s dramatic and carefully considered interiors achieve its ultimate goal: of creating a space to inspire thought and learning.

    “Historic England has had a really constructive consultation with the British Library throughout.

  • This will enable it to go on flourishing as a dynamic public building, in which appropriate change is welcomed.

    “It joins a select group of other listed post-war public libraries on the National Heritage List for England.

  • Intended to move and inspire its visitors, the British Library’s London site is much-loved and well-used by scholars and members of the public alike for its soaring and stimulating spaces.


Turkey’s mega projects: Pipe dreams or game-changers?

  • Proponents of such major development projects see this as Turkey’s march toward becoming a fully developed and even more prosperous country, saying a resource-poor country can generate wealth through large-scale construction projects.
  • But critics are insistent that regulations are being violated or ignored, and the massive environmental damage these projects could cause will hurt the country even more in the long term.
  • This is not the case with this old centralist mindset that exists at the moment,” he told MEE.

    “These people [the government] see these big construction projects as purely a source to make money for themselves and those close to them,” he added.

  • The construction of hundreds of hydroelectric power stations in the region is also a major point of contention.
  • Local media reports say that work is continuing at some sites despite a local court ordering a halt to construction activity.


Enterprise Data Management Strategy

  • In this article we take stock of enterprise data management challenges; and a solution roadmap which improves the ability to create a successful enterprise data management framework that supports the organisations goals of accurate business insight and competitive edge.
  • Data publication and distribution to different systems

    When architecting an enterprise data management solution, both of these aspects must be kept in mind.

  • In summary, post a decision on buy/build/outsource or partner, five basic tenets can be applied for enterprise data management success:

  • With the benefits of outsourcing kicking in, more units can be brought under the fold of the enterprise data management program.
  • The huge amount of customization required to fit the individualistic needs of a organization can require far more effort than expected, negatively impacting the success of an enterprise data management program, complicated by misconceptions around Big Data.


Carter lands £35m aircraft design centre deal Ι Construction Enquirer

  • R G Carter has started work on a £35m research centre at Cranfield University that will change the design of future aircraft.
  • Adjacent areas introduce space for manufacturers to conduct private research, alongside office space, and meeting rooms for the university research team and partners.
  • Architects CPMG have designed the Aerospace Integration Research Centre (AIRC) and groundwork has now begun at the Bedfordshire site

    The centre will bring together academic research and testing of new ideas by co-investment partners Rolls-Royce and Airbus.

  • This will provide a showcase for the university and its partners, accommodating exhibitions and conferencing, as well as informal meeting areas.
  • The three-storey building includes an open laboratory space with a 40m clear span, capable of housing large airframe integration projects, presentation and visualisation space alongside state-of-the-art simulation facilities.


COS accepting architect students for fall semester

  • With the start of College of the Sequoias’ upcoming fall semester, comes the return of its many academic programs, including the school’s architecture program.
  • COS also opened the Tulare College Center, which operates agriculture programs and other programs.
  • The architecture department is located at the COS Tulare Campus, 4999 E. Bardsley Ave.
  • On Aug. 17, new and returning students will have the opportunity to join the program, which offers seven main courses.
  • Since 2000, the department has assisted in helping more than 100 students successfully gain employment in architecture, and 48 to attend four-year universities pursuing bachelor degrees, said Rolando Gonzalez, architecture professor.


House by Hermansson Hiller Lundberg references Classicism

  • Hermansson Hiller Lundberg – a Stockholm studio made up of architects Andreas Hermansson, Andreas Hiller and Samuel Lundberg – designed the building as a permanent residence for a family.
  • Broad white piers and a colonnade suggest a Classical aesthetic on the facade of this small residence near Stockholm by architecture firm Hermansson Hiller Lundberg (+ slideshow).
  • “The repetition of pillars and the juxtaposition of building elements create a minimalistic complexity,” said Hermansson Hiller Lundberg.
  • These were rendered off-white, with the most prominent surfaces given a smooth surface, while others were left with a rough texture.
  • Walls and ceiling surfaces inside the house have also been rendered off-white, while the floor is polished concrete.


Construction workers hurt in ceiling collapse

  • The workers were hurt on the second floor of 317 Madison 42nd St. across from Grand Central Terminal about 10:15 a.m., officials said.
  • Two workers were injured when a ceiling collapsed in Midtown Friday morning.
  • John Gallagher, a spokesman for Tishman Construction, which is overseeing site work, described the injuries as “minor” and said the wounded workers would be released from the hospital today.
  • It’s not immediately clear what caused the collapse.
  • First responders transported the injured pair to Bellevue Hospital both in serious condition, the FDNY spokeswoman said, and one of the victims is suffering from life-threatening injuries.


Steve Leone, Principal at Spiezle Architectural Group, Appointed to New Jersey Foundation for Aging Board of Trustees – Press Release Rocket

  • Steve Leone, a principal at Spiezle Architectural Group, Inc., has been named to the Board of Trustees of the New Jersey Foundation for Aging (NJFA).
  • Spiezle Architectural Group is an award-winning, full-service architectural and planning firm.
  • Leone heads the firm’s senior living practice.
  • Spiezle serves senior living, academic, corporate/commercial, government, hospitality, recreational and religious clients.
  • In addition, Leone is a co-founder of Life Enrichment Aging in Place Professionals (LEAPp), a coalition of experienced professionals consulting with public and private organizations to create communities that support aging in place.


£10m Burnley FC training facility approved Ι Construction Enquirer

  • Burnley Football Club has got the planning green light  to build a new football academy.
  • The Clarets must now wait to see whether plans for the elite training facility which fall within the green belt will be called in by the communities secretary.
  • The build will also include an indoor all-weather area with a small spectator gallery, to meet the requirements of EPPP.

    Outside, plans include the development of three full-sized training pitches and two three-quarter size pitches.

  • Subject to final approval, work on the Gawthorpe improvements is now expected to kick-off later this year.
  • To share your stories email Grant Prior or Aaron Morby… always off the record


And finally… World’s first piece of crowdfunded public infrastructure opens

  • A 400-metre-long pedestrian bridge described as the “world’s first crowdfunded public infrastructure project” has opened in Rotterdam.
  • In 2012, the Luchtsingel plan won the Rotterdam City Initiative.
  • It also links up a series of individual public realm projects, including a rooftop vegetable garden and a new park.
  • It was then awarded the 2012 Green Building Award, the Berlin Urban Intervention Award in 2013, the 2014 Rotterdam Architecture Award, and was nominated for the Golden Pyramid and the Dutch Construction Award in 2015.
  • Named Luchtsingel, which means “air canal”, the structure runs through a building and across roads and railways to connect three previously disconnected areas of the city.