Three Olympic venues could be dropped

Three 2012 Olympic Games venues could be ditched after the government ordered accountancy firm KPMG to carry out a ‘top-level’ review as to whether they give ‘value for money’

SOURCE: Architects Journal.co.uk – Three Olympic venues could be dropped.

Decline and Fall

Hong Kong now places far greater importance on greening the urban landscape and caring for landmark trees. Indeed, the collapsed century-old coral tree in Stanley that killed Chong Chung-yin, 19, was among the best tended in the city and was inspected as recently as last week. But landscape consultants and environmentalists reckon the tragedy stems partly from the government’s lack of a comprehensive tree management policy….

read more @ the SOURCE: SCMP.com – the online edition of South China Morning Post, Hong Kong’s premier English-language newspaper.

Murase designs 945-foot tower for Oklahoma City

Murase Associates will soon change the landscape of Oklahoma with its design of a 945-foot tower in downtown Oklahoma City.

Read more @ the SOURCE: Daily Journal of Commerce.

HOK Sport has not tackled Olympic stadium problems, says Cabe – Building Design

Cabe has strongly criticised HOK Sport for failing to address concerns about the London 2012 main stadium design.

Cabe also raised concerns over the lack of integration of the Olympic venues in the wider landscape, calling for a “park-wide attitude” to create a holistic strategy.

Read more @ the SOURCE: Building Design(bdonline.co.uk): HOK Sport has not tackled Olympic stadium problems, says Cabe

Wastewater often used in urban agriculture: study

Wastewater is widely used to irrigate urban agricultural land in developing countries, a practice that has both advantages and disadvantages, a 53-city study presented at a water conference in Stockholm showed Monday.

SOURCE: Daily Times – Leading News Resource of Pakistan – Wastewater often used in urban agriculture: study.

Urban farms grow as cities seek safe, cheap food – Forbes.com

City folks also are relearning how delicious homegrown food can be.

read more of this article @ the SOURCE: Forbes.com – Urban farms grow as cities seek safe, cheap food

Olympic architecture is a burden after the games end

In a July interview with Der Spiegel, celebrated Olympic architect Jacques Herzog defended his decision to accept a signature commission from China, despite the nation’s abysmal record on human rights. The headline said enough: “Only an idiot would have said no.” Given the reception that Herzog’s Bird’s Nest has received –

Read more @ the SOURCE: Guardian.co.uk – Kriston Capps: Olympic architecture is a burden after the games end

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