Allison Arieff in her blog for the New York Times writes “For a long time now I’ve been obsessed with suburban and exurban master-planned communities and how to make them better. But as the economy and the mortgage crisis just seem to get worse, and gas prices continue to plunge, the issues around housing have changed dramatically. The problem now isn’t really how to better design homes and communities, but rather what are we going to do with all the homes and communities we’re left with.”
Read the full article @ the SOURCE: [NYTimes.com – What Will Save the Suburbs? – Allison Arieff Blog]
Shanghai Daily reports “Wu Zhiqiang, the chief planner of Expo Shanghai, is an ardent fan who sees both sides of the emerging city, which is just as well as the decisions he has made will have a major bearing on how it is perceived long into the future.
“Shanghai is an adult with a juvenile skeleton,” said Wu, who leads the College of Architecture and Urban Planning of Tongji University.”
Read the full article @ the [SOURCE: Shanghai Daily Planner sets up future Shanghai]
The New York Times has reported on the Sustainable Sites report in the Home & Garden section. Although some of us may loathe that it is in the “Home & Garden” section, I feel that its great that the mainstream media is giving some coverage to something that we will need to understand, use and educate clients on in the near future.
Remember that public comments are accepted until January 20 so get writing and maybe setup a “Sustainable Sites” meeting or group in your office so that your firm can have a dialogue and discussion about the report.
The article gives good coverage to the report and its contents with a summary of points. Read the full article @ the SOURCE: NYTimes.com – In the Garden – Pushing for Sustainable Landscapes
Jessica Hume of The National Newspaper talks to Robert Egan Landscape Architect about Abu Dhabi.
The article starts with “After completing a waterfront development project in China, the landscape architect Robert Egan is now working on a project in Abu Dhabi which involves turning a downtown car park into a mixed-use public space. Also an abstract landscape painter, Egan sees the connection between the natural and built environments as one of the most important elements of design.”
read the full article at the SOURCE:The National Newspaper – A cityscape for all walks of life
The GCC governments are planning to combat the effects of the global recession this year by ramping up public sector construction spending.
From Qatar to Saudi Arabia, governments are increasingly beginning to play a bigger role in projects.
[SOURCE: ArabianBusiness.com – GCC to ward off crisis through public spend – Construction & Industry ]
XPRESS4me.com reports “…..XPRESS tally, based on unofficial estimates of job losses in Dubai since November 2008, showed thousands of job cuts, including the 3,370 announced by companies as of December 28.”
[SOURCE: Xpress: News | Sacking galore: Situation grim on job front].
Jakarta Post writes “The city administration has allocated Rp 24.5 billion (US$2.2 million) this year to spruce up BMW Park (Clean, Humane and Dignified) in Tanjung Priok, North Jakarta.”
[SOURCE: The Jakarta Post – BMW Park gets Rp 4b for design, assessment]