Grounds for Optimism – UK

Landscape Institute reports that

Grounds for Optimism launched successfully to secondary schools across South East England and Yorkshire and Humberside this September. 100 schools have now signed up to take part along
with many landscape practices.

The repsonse has been fantastic but they are still looking for more landscape professionals to sign up and take part in supporting the schools.

In February 2009 Grounds for Optimism will shortlist school entries down to 10 in each region and each of these schools will be teamed
up with a landscape practice.

Practices need to be willing to donate a minimum of three days of time to supporting these schools. Guidelines will be supplied to all interested practices that have signed up.

Involvement could help schools to refine their designs, understand cost implications, improve their presentations and plan their use of space better.

All the shortlisted schools will have the opportunity to present their designs at a prestigous event next summer, with one
school being chosen as a Gold Award
winner.

For more click here Grounds for Optimism.

SOURCE: Landscape Institute (UK)

How not to fund urban renewal – livemint.com

Kanhu Charan Pradhan of livemint.com writes

”Continuing growth in India and China is now seen as essential for the world’s economic health. Urbanization is a necessary correlate, if not the engine of that growth. Our flagship urbanization programme is the Jawaharlal National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM), directed at strengthening urban governance, providing basic services to the poor in 63 selected cities and enabling these to access capital markets to build infrastructure. Urban infrastructure and construction is a key candidate for replacing the diminished investment demand from industry and financing growth in this sector is necessary to maintain our pace of growth.”

continue reding more @ the SOURCE: livemint.com – How not to fund urban renewal – Views – livemint.com.

Thailand moves toward addressing Climate Change – UNEP

“Thailand is increasingly addressing problems of air quality in tandem with those of climate change, recognizing the “co-benefits” of such an approach, said Supat Wangwongwatana, director-general of Thailand’s Pollution Control Department (PCD) at the Better Air Quality (BAQ) 2008 workshop.”

SOURCE: UNEP

Abu Dhabi Well Positioned for Infrastructure Investments

While banks’ liquidity in the Gulf region has been affected by the global credit crisis and the region’s central banks have launched measures to shore up confidence. The crisis has placed Abu Dhabi in an ideal situation, where it can use its surplus cash for launching projects.

Read more @ the SOURCE: Khaleej Times Online – Abu Dhabi Well Positioned for Infrastructure Investments.

Sands Macau – finance needed and possible job losses

Various news agencies (AFP, Reuters) are reporting that the Sands Macau may be forced to layoff 9000–11000 workers as work is suspended on the its several projects in Macau as they look for financing of 1.2–2.0 billion USD to restart the work on the sites.

For more information read the SOURCE: International Herald TribuneLas Vegas Sands to fire up to 11,000 Macau workers

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