Infrastructure development in Middle East expected to slow – Propertywire.com

Propertywire.com is reporting “Falling oil prices could seriously affect construction projects in the Middle East with a review of infrastructure spending likely.”

[SOURCE: Propertywire.com (subscription) Infrastructure development in Middle East expected to slow]

Cultural Landscape Exhibition – Landslide 2008

Cultural Landscapes often never get the praise that architecture receives, often looked at as no more than a garden. People often lack the understanding and knowledge of landscape architecture and its impact on day to day lives through creating liveable spaces that often hold more cultural significance as bare witness to numerous events in a landscapes history. However, due to the lack of understanding of cultural landscape architecture and its importance as a design profession; designs often loose their lusture as they are tweaked, modified, modernised or oblieterated from the urban fabric.

This leads us to the inspiring article that Kathryn Shattuck from the New York Times wrote on The Cultural Landscape Foundation and the

“….president of the foundation, based in Washington, Mr. Birnbaum, 47, is an advocate not only for historic landscapes, created or natural, but also for the visionaries who have shaped them.”

Mr Birnbaum in the article also summarises the Foundation’s roll as

“…..to begin to get people to recognize that the American landscape is in fact a cultural institution worthy of celebration,”

Shattuck also quotes Tom Fox of SWA Group as stating that Mr Birnbaum is

“….like a little Johnny Appleseed for the design professional and landscape architect,” said Tom Fox, a principal with SWA Group, a planning and landscape design firm in Sausalito, Calif. “He’s spreading the word.”

The main interest of the article is promoting the Photography Exhibition @ George Eastman House in Rochester New York from November 19 to January 4, 2009

read more of this great article by Kathryn Shattuck @ New York Times – Art – Saving Those Landscapes, in Pictures at Least, at the Cultural Landscape Foundation’s Show at the Eastman House –

 

 

 

Building could slow at Ajman emirate’s dream city

The Guardian (UK) reports that

“Construction of a $60 billion city in the emirate of Ajman could be slowed, its developer says, in another sign that the global economic crisis is hitting the Middle East’s grand development plans.”

[SOURCE: Business Feed Article | Business | guardian.co.uk]

Landscape Institute 2008 awards

The awards comprised 15 categories in 2008, including landscape design, planning, science and research with 38 entries recognised as winners, highly commended or commended. Overseas winners include New Providence Wharf in Ontario and a development along the Haihe river in China.

SOURCE: Landscape Institute – Project to deliver sustainable communities in East London lauded as top landscape scheme in UK.

Congratulations to the winners of the awards – see a full list here

Bahrain planning green areas

Gulf Daily News reports that Bahrain is looking to go green with a ‘one plan’ initiative. The initiative is lead by Skidmore Owings Merril (SOM) who are looking into several areas for building communities and waterfront areas.

SOURCE: Gulf Daily News – Greener Bahrain

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