Public Open Space becoming more of an issue in Hong Kong

The South China Morning Post had articles and editorial on Public Open Space provided by Developers.

The subtext to the controversy over the lack of public access to open space on private or commercial estates is a familiar one – suspicions of greedy developers, in collusion with the government, exploiting valuable public space for their own use. This is probably not the case, but the way developers have been able to camouflage these premises for private use is a clear sign that the system has not worked in the public interest. …

Also discussed in another article was the prohibitive cost of residents maintaining Public Open Space within their compounds. Discussion occurred about various developments in HK that had reduced access to Public Open Space in compounds due to high cost of maintenance and nuisance issues.

Source SCMP.com (Subscription ONLY) – the online edition of South China Morning Post, Hong Kong’s premier English-language newspaper.

Tishman Speyer selected for Hudson Railyards


Tishman Speyer, owner of such New York landmarks as Rockefeller Center and the Chrysler Center, will transform the West Side Yards into a vibrant neighborhood and commercial center on Manhattan’s Far West Side.

Founded and headquartered in New York, Tishman Speyer, along with the world’s leading architects, will convert a desolate rail yard into a thriving community complete with acres of green parks and gardens, distinctive residential buildings, striking commercial towers, and exciting retail shops, restaurants, and cultural venues.

Design Team includes:

Murphy/Jahn Architects
Master Plan Architect

PWP Landscape Architecture
Landscape Architect

Cooper-Robertson
Master Planner

Image Credits: Tishman Speyer
Source: Tishman Speyer –
Hudson Yards

UPDATE: RMJM Program with Harvard

RMJM, an international architecture firm with U.S. headquarters in New York City, and Harvard University Graduate School of Design will announced on March 17 the launch of a $2 million program aimed at tackling a global shortage of architects.

RMJM’s $1.5 million donation, matched by another $500,000 from Harvard, establishes the “RMJM Program for Research and Education in Integrated Design Practice,” which aims to stem a “brain drain” in the design and construction industry. It is the one of the largest cash donation received by the Harvard since a donation from The Aga Khan in 1999.

Source: RMJM Hillier 

 

Low-risk landscaping: It’s time to turf the toxins

Meg Sears reports on the pesticides and the downsides to using them to maintain your lawn and laws in Ontario.

Not everyone shares my joy with all flowers. Many people maintain gorgeous lawns by optimizing the conditions for growing grass and letting the plants and insects fight it out. With good agronomy in your corner, the grass will win. But others feel that synthetic pesticides are needed to maintain their sward. That option may end soon, if the provincial government passes legislation to ensure that only least-toxic options are available for sale and use in Ontario.

Read more at the Source: globeandmail.com: Low-risk landscaping: It’s time to turf the toxins.

International designs shape Indian construction projects – Thaindian News

Thaindian News  reports on designs such as the luxury villa designed by Giorgio Armani, an 18-hole golf course conceptualised by Greg Norman and skyscrapers with the FX Fowle touch – hiring global professionals has become a new trend with Indian realtors. With the $15 billion realty sector in India booming at an annual growth of 35 percent and global players lining up investments worth some $10 billion, this industry has begun attracting international planners and architects.

So don’t be surprised if fancy realty project names like Orchard Country, Sun City, Malibu Towne, Espace Nirvana Country and Karma Lakelands also have some top international civil engineers and architects associated with them.

Read more @ International designs shape Indian construction projects –

Source: Thaindian News.

World leading landscape architect to design living, breathing Olympic Park – London 2012

The ODA announced that world leading landscape architects LDA Design • Hargreaves Associates has been selected to design the Olympic Park for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, which will become a new kind of park promoting sustainable and active living.
The designers will develop detailed proposals for the open spaces in the Olympic Park for the Games and legacy using their combined experience designing groundbreaking parks in London, the UK and across the world, including the Sydney 2000 Olympic Park.

The 2.5 kilometre square Olympic Park is currently being been cleared and cleaned ready for construction to start in the summer. In 2009 work will start creating the parklands and public spaces that will enhance the experience of the London 2012 Games and form the largest new urban park in London since the great Victorian era of park building.

Source ODA – News: World leading landscape architect to design – living – breathing – Olympic Park – London 2012.

ODA announce shortlist of companies competing to landscape the north of Olympic Park – London 2012

The Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) announced a world-class shortlist of contractors bidding to manage the landscaping of the northern section of the London 2012 Olympic Park, which will be one of the largest new urban parks in Europe for 150 years.
The four shortlisted following a competitive procurement process are:

* Fitzpatrick Contractors Ltd
* Edmond Nuttall
* Skanska McNicholas
* Balfour Beatty

The ODA expects to appoint a landscape and public realm contractor for the north of the Park in the summer ready to pre-order trees and other plants, and for work to start on site in 2009. It’s expected that the appointed contractor will select and manage a number of specialist subcontractors.

Source: ODA – ODA announce shortlist of companies competing to landscape the north of Olympic Park – London 2012.

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