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Design for Social Impact
May 25–August 3, 2014
Based on the idea that design is a way of looking at the world with an eye for changing it, the Museum of Design Atlanta (MODA) presents Design for Social Impact, an original exhibition offering a look at how designers, engineers, students, professors, architects and social entrepreneurs use design to solve the problems of the 21st century.

Japanese Design Today 100
June 27–July 19, 2014
The Japan Foundation presents the World premiere of the exhibition Japanese Design Today 100, which opens at UCLA’s Department of Architecture & Urban Design at Perloff Hall. This exhibition showcases the Designscape of contemporary Japan through 100 objects of Japanese design: 89 objects created since 2010 that are well known in Japan, as well as 11 objects that represent the origin of Japanese post-war modern product design. These 100 product designs are displayed in 10 categories: Classic Japanese Design, Furniture & Housewares, Tableware & Cookware, Apparel & Accessories, Children, Stationery, Hobbies, Healthcare, Disaster Relief, and Transportation.

BAM/PFA New Building Topping Out Celebration
July 17, 2014
Construction is nearing midpoint at the downtown Berkeley site of the future home of the University of California, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (BAM/PFA). Workers will soon be erecting the last of the steel beams that form the frame of this dynamic building. To celebrate this important milestone, BAM/PFA invites its Bay Area friends and neighbors to a “topping out” ceremony on Addison Street, between Shattuck Avenue and Oxford Street.

39th Annual American Craft Council San Francisco Show
August 8–10, 2014

The American Craft Council returns to San Francisco for its 39th Annual American Craft Council San Francisco Show this August 8-10, 2014 at Fort Mason Center. As the largest juried fine craft show on the West Coast, the 2014 San Francisco Show is expected to draw more than 12,000 fine craft collectors and design enthusiasts.

Conversations in Place 2014
August 10, 2014
ow in its third year, Conversations in Place 2014 begins another series of illuminating explorations of “Southern California – Yesterday and Tomorrow” at the historic Rancho Los Alamitos. The 4-part series begins Sunday, August 10 and continues through Sunday, November 2. The series begins with W. Richard West, Jr, President and CEO of The Autry National Center of the American West, Milford Wayne Donaldson, FAIA, chairman of the United States Advisory Council on Historic Preservation, and Pamela Seager, Executive Director of Rancho Los Alamitos, and Architect Stephen Farneth, FAIA, founding partner of the award-winning historic preservation firm Architectural Resources Group, in conversation about the place of museums and historic sites in shaping the story of Southern California. Can these institutions escape the straightjacket of the time to better interpret history to the 21st century?

NOW AND NEXT 2014 Symposium on Technology for Design and Construction
August 13–15, 2014
Meet thought leaders and colleagues interested in architecture, engineering, construction, open BIM Exchange, software trends and more. Learn about the innovations that are moving companies and people forward
including: where and how design and delivery is shifting; which software applications are transformative; best practices for collaborative project delivery; how to engage with the global BIM community. Connect with and hear from the best and the brightest such as Jordan Brandt, AutoDesk; Deke Smith, buildingSMART alliance; Ray Topping, Fiatech; Bill East, Prairie  Sky Consulting (formerly of the US Army Corps of Engineers).

Archtoberfest San Diego 2014
October 1–30, 2014
Archtoberfest San Diego 2014 is a collaboratively-operated initiative aimed at establishing an annual, month-long program of public events and activities pertaining to architecture, design, planning and sustainability.

New Urbanism Film Festival
November 2014
The primary goal of the New Urbanism Film Festival is to renew the dialogue about urban planning with a broader audience. The Festival brings in movies, short films, speakers, on the topics of architecture, public health, bicycle advocacy, urban design, public transit, inner-city gardens, to name a few. 

 

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Deadline: December 31
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Sep292010

The City of Madrid Receives Prestigious Green GOOD DESIGN Award 2010

El Parque de Buen Retiro, Madrid The City of Madrid is full of surprises. If the complexities of today’s urban life with large cities full of historical and modern buildings and a busy metropolis of high density neighborhoods and bustling urban traffic are to be avoided for the pristine countryside and open rural spaces, think again. Madrid is full of abundant huge green parks, magnificent tree-lined boulevards, flowers, emblematric green-scapes, vertical gardens, a boating lake, and an enormous sprawling parkland making the Capital of Spain one of the world’s leading examples of urban beautification and a Green Renaissance in our 21st Century.

Founded in Chicago in 1950 by architects Eero Saarinen and Charles and Ray Eames, GOOD DESIGN is the world’s oldest and most significant global program that awards the best of the best design in terms of visionary products and environments. 

For the entire press release, read after the jump.

GREEN MADRID: A CITY IN THE GARDEN

At 650m above sea level on a high continental plateau, Madrid is the highest capital city in Europe. The Comunidad de Madrid—in the center of which lies Madrid in a rough triangle—covers 7,995 sq. km, less than 2% of Spain’s territory. The City’s population is roughly 3.2 million while the estimated metropolitan area is calculated to be 5.84 million.

Madrid, its streets populated with trees, has the second highest number of aligned trees in the world, with 298,000 units, only exceeded by Tokyo. Green areas are constantly and continuously growing also surpassing the European average. Since 1997, green areas have increased by 16%. At present, 8.2% of Madrid’s grounds are green areas, meaning that there are 16m2 of green area per inhabitant, far exceeding again the 10m2 per inhabitant recommended by the World Health Organization.

“Green and manicured are the words that best describe Madrid,” states Mr. Narkiewicz-Laine. “Every direction you look in the city appears to be worthy of a picture postal card.”

The most central and attractive Green Area of Madrid is the Parque del Buen Retiro, an enormous manicured stretch of greenery that once constituted the eastern fringe of the city and was also the preserve of royalty and nobles. With its sculptured gardens, artificial lakes and roaming paths, the park is a wonderful green escape from the modern metropolis. Down the hill from the Retiro is the is the idyllic Real Jardin Botanico, a botanical garden packed with exotic plants.

Equally green is the Campo del Moro, which slopes away west of the Palacio Real, while the nearby Parque del Oeste is abundantly green and visually enticing. The Casa de Campo, west of the Manzanares, with its tree-lined boulevards is lovingly referred to by the locals as “the lungs of Madrid.”

In order to reduce pollution, Madrid’s city authorities have considered introducing a London-style congestion charge, but to day such a plan has not been enacted. Over four million vehicles enter and leave the capital everyday. The resulting cloud of pollution that settles over Madrid on a windless day is known locally as the “grey beret.” Spain’s obsession with diesel-fuelled cars (which produced seven times more pollution than cars running on unleaded petrol) only exacerbates the problem.

One obvious measure to stem pollution has been the current pedestrianisation of many inner-city streets, among them Calle de Arenal and some 40 hectares of streets in the barrio of Huertas, which have been closed to all but local traffic. Madrid’s constant investment in an already impressive underground metro system—one of the 10 longest in the world and the third longest in Europe—ensures that Madrid’s high pollution levels can no longer be blamed on inadequate public transport. Since 2000, more than 100km have been added to the network, drawing an ever-growing number of satellite towns into the system.

While garbage is collected in the Capital every night, recycling is, unfortunately, optional and largely ignored.
Beyond the city, the planned upgrading of the M-501 through the west of the Comunidad de Madrid has been hugely controversial. Environmentalists argue that the road expansion threatens 13 nesting pairs of the endangered Iberian Imperial Eagle, as well as destroying woodlands the shelter 10% of Spain’s endangered species and possibly the world’s most endangered cat species, the Iberia lynx.

While Madrid may also be endlessly expanding into previous nonurban areas and open lands, steps have been taken for compensation. Among these are ambitious plans, directed by Madrid’s Mayor, to reforest 15,000 hectors of land around the Comunidad de Madrid. Within metropolitan Madrid, 6km of the M-30 beltway have been recently driven underground to be replaced by the Parque de Manzanares, 500,000 sq. meters of landscaped greenery in southwestern Madrid that the Mayor calls a “giant green carpet.”

THE VISIONARY MAYOR

The success of Madrid as one the world’s foremost green cities is directly attributed to the astute leadership of Madrid’s Mayor, Alberto Ruiz-Gallardón, who has become affectionately known by the locals as “The Pharaoh” just for the sheer size and audacity of his visionary infrastructure projects. Mayor Ruiz-Gallardón is one of Europe’s most popular politicians and easily won the last election winning 34 out of the 57 seats.

“The Mayor,” states Mr. Narkiewicz-Laine, “is a modern-day Daniel Burnham with the same ‘make no little plans’ civic ventures and civic aspirations. He has determined that his city, the combination of stunning old and new architecture and feel-good contemporary.

“In all of Europe,” continues Mr. Narkiewicz-Laine, “one cannot find a more spectacular and agreeable green urban setting than Plaza Mayor, Plaza de Santa Ana, or Plaza de Oriente. Throw in such outstanding city parks (the Parque del Buen Retiro, in particular) and areas such as Chueca, Malsaña, Lavapiés, and Salamanca, which have their own enduring green and truly urban personalities, and you understand the dynamics of how a city harmoniously coexists and benefits from its open green spaces.”

 

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