Wheels are turning for cycle hire

Ambitious plans to provide a cycle hire scheme in London by May 2010 are achievable according to a feasibility study released on the 18 November. Transport for London has now invited companies interested in running the scheme to get in touch with them.

SOURCE: Greater London Authority – Press Release.

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

University of Leicester stakes £1 billion to secure elite status

The University of Leicester — recently crowned University of the Year — has launched a £1 billion campus development to help it move into the top ten of British universities.

The building programme, one of the biggest ever undertaken in the sector, will strengthen Leicester’s unique position as an elite university committed to widening access to higher education.

Architects – Shepheard Epstein Hunter

SOURCE: University of Leicester – University of Leicester stakes £1 billion to secure elite status.

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

Scott Wilson win award for Tianjin Hai He River

The Hai He River Landscape Design project in Tianjin, China, was joint winner in the Consultancy Project (<£2m) of the Year category. Through landscape design and the creation of high quality public space, this project, in the heart of Tianjin, is a successful example of environment-led regeneration creating a sustainable resource for the present and future generations to enjoy.

SOURCE: Scott Wilson

East Village Riverwalk plan debuts – Calgary Canada

The developer for Calgary’s East Village will reveal the plans for the redevelopment to the public today. The project has suffered many delays and false starts over many years.

The plans for the first stage will redevelop a 4km section of the riverwalk connecting the East Village to Downtown.

Read the SOURCE @ Calgary Herald – East Village Riverwalk plan debuts.

Macau looks into different resort types

Macua is looking into developing resorts with a difference, currently most of the resorts in Macau cater mainly for gamblers with the numerous casinos opening up over the last 5 years.

The change in direction from Developers in Macau is not only due to a the economic downtown with developers such as Sands laying off 11,000 workers but also due to the recent visiting restrictions for Mainland visitors.

From our own visits to Macau we found that in the last 12 months food prices in restaurants have increased dramatically, taxi fares have risen over 20% and most of all the resorts are geared towards gamblers not families.

Families have realised that after to going to Macau once and you have seen the historical sites there is not much else for families to do if you go for a second trip.

Inspiration for Landscape Architect Media article was “Macau mulls plans to develop more integrated resorts to attract visitors” posted by Channelnewsasia.com

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