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Friday stuff – Architecture

### guardian.co.uk Thursday 11 June 2009 08.30 BST
Shortlist for Britain’s top public architecture prize announced
By David Batty

An environmentally friendly ringroad and a school sports hall made from recycled freight containers are among the 24 finalists competing for Britain’s top public architecture prize.

One of the projects, picked from 125 submissions of new work from the public sector, will be chosen to win the ninth Prime Minister’s award for Better Public Building in October.

The competition was set up to try to improve standards not only in public sector architecture but throughout the building process, from procurement to interior decoration.
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Public architecture award 2009 (15 pictures)
The Prime Minister’s Better Public Building award aims to show how ‘architecture of the everyday’ – streets, schools, bridges and stations – ranks among the most imaginative and beautiful designs being built today.
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### Engineering News 1 May 2009
Stadium projects safe and sustainable – Jordaan
By Philippa Levenberg

As the infrastructural phase of the 2010 FIFA World Cup preparation project nears completion, concerns emerge around whether the acquired assets, which will cost the South African government over R20-billion on completion, will be used after the final goal is scored.

In an interview with Engineering News, 2010 FIFA World Cup Organising Committee South Africa (OC SA) CEO Dr Danny Jordaan assures that the project, including five greenfield stadium projects, five stadium upgrades and the development of associated public transport infrastructure, will deliver maximum returns on the investment for South Africa.

“In a developing country, the most important question to ask when planning and implementing a project of this nature is what the postevent use of the infrastructural investment will be,” says Jordaan.
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### AIArchitect September 19, 2008
Miami Marine Stadium Wins Historic Designation
By Russell Boniface, Associate Editor

How do you . . . lead a restoration effort for an architecturally and regionally significant structure?

The City of Miami’s Historic and Environmental Preservation Board has nominated the Miami Marine Stadium for historic landmark status from the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Miami-based Friends of Miami Marine Stadium, under the umbrella of Dade Heritage Trust, has been working with AIA Miami in seeking to restore the 1964 concrete Modern structure that sits on the Virginia Key barrier island facing Biscayne Bay and features a view of the downtown Miami skyline.
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### Architecture Week – Page D1.1 . 26 April 2006
Design Department
Recreational Morphing
By Brian Libby

A generation ago, the University of Cincinnati was a commonplace American commuter school riddled with surface parking lots, the campus severed by a busy thoroughfare. Despite being nestled in the heart of a large city, it felt suburban. But over the ensuing years, the university has undergone a billion-dollar makeover.
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Brian Libby is a Portland, Oregon-based freelance writer who has also published in Metropolis, The New York Times, Christian Science Monitor, and Architectural Record.

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### Architecture Week – Page D4.1 . 19 August 2009
Design Department
Magic Blue Box
By Terri Peters

A giant blue cuboid has sprung up in Copenhagen, Denmark. This striking scaffolding box wrapped in translucent blue fabric is the new Copenhagen Concert Hall. Designed by Pritzker Prize-winning French architect Jean Nouvel, with acoustic design by noted Japanese consultants Nagata Acoustics, the building is the new permanent home for the Danish National Symphony Orchestra.

Visitors arriving by train will find the immediate context of the concert hall strange and uninhabited, aside from the giant blue box. At first glance, there seems to be little more to this neighbourhood than a train platform. Seemingly marooned in a vast dusty wasteland — Nouvel has said he imagined the building as an asteroid crash-landed on the site — the building’s simple form comes alive at night as a massive projection screen for video and images, a glowing lantern surrounded by canals.

Nouvel has managed to create a world-class national concert venue for Copenhagen — something the city previously lacked — as well as the local heart for a growing community, mixing practical and high-performance Danish modernism with jubilant and theatrical French avant garde.
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Terri Peters is a writer and designer based in Copenhagen and London.

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