The challenge was to design a building complex, with open space and other amenities, that would transform a neglected city block in downtown Dallas into a model of sustainable construction and living practices.The contest guidelines put hard construction costs in the range of $30 million and $60 million for the project, which would be designed to meet LEED Platinum standards and include about 500 residential units, 50 sq. ft. of arable land per unit, and about 75,000 sq. ft. of retail space.The competition was launched in January by urban redevelopment specialist RE:Vision in collaboration with the Central Dallas Community Development Corporation and community design facilitator bcWORKSHOPS. The entry deadline was May 8; three winners have since been chosen by a six-member jury.According to RE:Vision Dallas, judging focused on four areas, each weighted at 25% in the overall scoring: sustainability; affordability and constructability; innovation and originality; and the project’s ability to “encourage sustainable use of energy, transportation, commerce, community, and construction.”Behind the green wallRE:Vision has posted images of all three winners as well three honorable mentions (click here for the contest summary page). Eventually, one of the three winners will be picked for the actual project, which, the Central Dallas CDC executive director told the Dallas Observer, likely won’t break ground until after 2010.All three winners – a project called Entangled Bank, from the firm Little, based in Charlotte, North Carolina; Greenways Xero Energy, from David Baker and Partners Architects and Fletcher Studio, based in San Francisco; and Forward Looking, from Atelier Data and MOOV, both based in Lisbon, Portugal – attempt to accommodate the arable-land requirement in fairly ambitious ways.But as one Observer reader pointed out, growing anything but desert-tolerant succulents on the buildings’ south- and west-facing sides will be difficult because of the intensely hot Texas sun, and attempts at maintaining green-growing, moisture-retaining walls can be derailed by mold problems that are particularly tenacious in Dallas.But the CDC seems willing to listen to good advice. And there’s plenty of time before digging starts.
Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… IT + Project Management: A Love Affair 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… mat young Guest author Mat Young is senior technical director at Fusion-io.Many enterprise employees no doubt received new tablets this Holiday season. And many are likely to bring them to work on Wednesday, January 2, 2013 – perhaps the biggest day ever for the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) trend.Will corporate IT be prepared for the challenge?Managing BYOD devices like tablets poses many security and compliance challenges. Forrester has predicted that that tablets would become the primary computing devices in 2013, so it will be instructive to watch how corporate IT policies evolve to support or discourage BYOD with tablets. (Of course, some lucky workers will end up with tablets provided to them by their employers!)Recent research has noted that – not surprisingly – many tablet users use their devices for email. With traditional data-storage infrastructure, the added workload of all these new tablets connecting into corporate networks could create quite a strain on applications like Microsoft Exchange. If organizations are running virtualized infrastructure or virtual desktops (VDI), delivering consistent performance gets even more complicated.Easy-to-use apps with data served from the cloud make tablets especially attractive to mobile workers. This has led to a boom in mobile applications. It will also be interesting to track how download and adoption rates for mobile apps delivered through the cloud are impacted by the BYOD influx in 2013.Keeping on top of network performance will be a critical requirement for IT teams watching to see how the BYOD influx affects their infrastructure. One possibility is to boost the use of flash memory on the server side as well as on the device side.From cell phones to tablets, NAND flash powers just about every mobile device. But investing in flash on the server-side as well can help improve performance of specific applications and remove overall bottlenecks.As BYOD brings ever-more mobile devices into corporate environments, IT faces a very real challenge to keep up. The proud owners of all those new tablets will demand nothing less. Tags:#BYOD Related Posts
The Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) will revert to its old strategy of contesting in elections on its own after its alliance with the Samajwadi Party failed to stop the BJP from winning in Uttar Pradesh in the second consecutive general election.BSP chief Mayawati said on Monday that her party would contest in all major and minor elections on its own in the “interest of the party and the movement.” Her declaration has shut the door on the possibility of renewal of the alliance with the SP. Earlier this month, the alliance was put on hold after Ms. Mayawati announced that the BSP would contest all 11 seats on its own in the Assembly byelection. The BSP chief cited “political compulsions” for the decision and said the Yadavs had deserted the SP and hurt the prospects of the alliance. However, she kept the chances of a reunion in future alive with the ultimatum that SP chief Akhilesh Yadav train his cadre to be “missionary”, like BSP workers, and said, “there is no break-up of the alliance yet.” However, on Monday, in a series of tweets, Ms. Mayawati targeted the SP and reverted to her old criticism of the governments run by the party. Ms. Mayawati said she had forgotten the old unresolved complaints and hassles and set aside the “anti-BSP and anti-Dalit decisions” of the SP government, including the measures against reservation in promotion and the deterioration of the law and order situation, and followed the “Gathbandhan dharma” in the public and national interest. But the SP’s “behaviour” after the general election compelled the BSP to wonder whether it would be possible to defeat the BJP in future, she said. “It is not possible,” asserted Ms. Mayawati, a former Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh. Her announcement came a day after the BSP held a meeting in Lucknow, at which Ms. Mayawati tightened her family’s grip on the party. She appointed her younger brother Anand Kumar as vice-president and his son Aakash Anand as a national coordinator, going against her stand against dynastic politics. Ms. Mayawati told party workers that they should focus on strengthening the organisation and increasing the mass base through bhaichara, a reference to a coalition of disparate castes. In 2007, Ms. Mayawati’s victory in Uttar Pradesh was attributed to this social engineering.