Cityscape rings up sales worth Dh20bn – Emirates Business 24/7

Property development giants dismantled their stands at the end of an international real estate show in Abu Dhabi yesterday after netting more than Dh20 billion and revealing major projects for potential investors.

Despite a surge in property prices because of strong demand and soaring construction costs, real estate has remained the most profitable sector in the UAE, while developers were surprised at the rush by potential buyers from the UAE and other countries.

Exhibitors at the four-day Cityscape Abu Dhabi described the rush at the sprawling Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre as a stampede and some had to cordon off their stands and recruit scores of security men to restore discipline. Besides property companies, banks benefited from the show as hundreds of clients were seen queuing at their stands for mortgage loans.

SOURCE: Emirates Business 24/7 – Cityscape rings up sales worth Dh20bn.

Up on the roof garden – Telegraph.co.uk

Only a few years ago, anyone who suggested growing plants on a roof might have been dismissed as a complete crank. Not any more.

Sedum on roof
The Botanical Roof Garden, Augustenborg, Sweden

Green roofs have started to appear on new buildings up and down the country with remarkable speed. Most feature a thin layer of the amazingly resilient hardy succulent plant, the sedum. Several different kinds are used, with leaves in a variety of different colours: yellow, green, red and bronze.

Grass and turf roofs are still not that common in this country. It’s a different story in Scandinavia, which has a long tradition of using turf, not least because it makes perfect practical sense: the layer of soil and grass insulates against cold winter weather, and protects the roof from wind damage.

Read more @ the SOURCE: Telegraph.co.uk Up on the roof garden – .

2008 Olympic Landscape Sculpture Designs Contest Launched

Today the BOCOG launched the rules for the design of the Landscape Sculptures Designs for the Bijing Olympics.

Refer the to the official BOCOG webpage for the Rules and Conditions

Pearl Harbor Navy Exchange Goes Green

In a collaborative effort between Navy Region Hawaii, Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Hawaii, and the Navy Exchange (NEX), a practical landscape design using environmentally-friendly vegetation and xeriscaping is being implemented at the Pearl Harbor NEX.

Many of the plants and shrubs requiring significant irrigation and maintenance have been removed and will be replaced with xeriscape functionality instead. Xeriscape is an innovative concept used to conserve water through the choice of hardy, drought-resistant plants and creative landscaping.

“Since water is such a valuable commodity, especially in Hawaii, it makes sense for Navy Region Hawaii to include xeriscape in current and future landscape designs,” said Matt Flach, landscape architect, Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Hawaii. “The principles of xeriscaping serve as guidelines to best-use irrigation, ultimately assisting water conservation efforts.”

Read more @ the SOURCE: Military.com – Pearl Harbor Navy Exchange Goes Green.

Sasaki selected for Cedar Rapids riverfront project

Two local firms, OPN Architects Inc. and Anderson-Bogert Engineers & Surveyors Inc. are teaming with Sasaki Associates on a new riverfront for Cedar Rapids.

Sasaki Associates beat out nearly 20 other firms for the work, and the council had been deciding between two finalists.

Sasaki won the work based on its previous riverfront work in North America and some its softer more natural approach to the riverfront that came from a brainstorming session.

SOURCE: GazetteOnline.com

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